Monday, 3 March 2014

Title Now Chelsea's to Lose!

Man City's fixture pile up could prove insurmountable, while Arsenal look down and out.

A second-half hat-trick from Germany international Andre Schurrle at Fulham saw Chelsea extend their lead at the top of the Premier League from one to four points over the weekend, and Jose Mourinho’s side’s title challenge looks well-placed for success at highly backable 1/1 odds.

Manchester City, who are 11/8 second-favourites in this market, may be only six points behind the Blues with two games in hand, but the 2011/12 champions’ quadruple quest could make life very difficult at the Etihad over the next couple of months.

Manuel Pellegrini’s men face Wigan at home in the quarter-final of the FA Cup next time out, while Chelsea take on Spurs at home in the top-flight – a fixture they haven’t lost since February 1990.

It’s entirely possible Man City will be nine points off the pace by the time they travel to Hull for their next Premier League outing, which takes place less than 72 hours after they take on Barcelona away in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.

The blue half of Manchester have a job on their hands to overturn a 2-0 deficit from the first match and are rank outsiders at 11/1 to go through at Barca’s expense, but their likely progression in the FA Cup would make squeezing in the three games they’ll have in hand on the west Londoners extremely tough.

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