With just 5 games left for the top two, the Premier League title race is looking like it’s going to the wire. This weekend Chelsea face a tricky trip up to the North-West to take on Everton whilst Tottenham face Arsenal, at home, in the north London derby. I’ve been looking at the games between the top 7 clubs so far, this season.
Of the two games, Chelsea’s away trip to Goodison Park certainly looks the more difficult. Everton have only lost once, at home, against teams in the top 7 this season. That being the 1-0 defeat to local rivals Liverpool. In the same fixtures away from home, Arsenal have been poor, collecting just 1 point away at Manchester United.
The form of Chelsea against their top 7 rivals away from Stamford Bridge has not been great, taking just 4 points from a possible 15. Spurs on the other hand are unbeaten so far at White Hart Lane. The stats suggest this could be a very good weekend for Tottenham.
Are stats relevant though? These remaining games are all cup finals and we all know in cup finals, anything can happen. It’s about who turns up on the day. Who can handle the pressure.
Following Chelsea’s repeated attempts to sign John Stones from Everton a couple of seasons ago, there’s not much love lost between the two sides. Everton will be as keen to dent the Blues title hopes as much as Spurs. With the added spice of Romelu Lukaku looking for a way out of Goodison, possibly back to West London, it all adds up to an intriguing game.
Victory for Spurs will see them finish above Arsenal in the league for the first time in 22 years. Will the Gunners want that? Arsene Wenger has said his side must win all their remaining games if they’ve any hope of qualifying for the Champions League. Fourth place this season really will be worth an open top bus parade. Uncharacteristically, they’ve recently shown a bit of steel. If Alexei Sanchez’s chubbied up lip recovers, who knows what might happen. I live in hope.
Whatever the outcome of tomorrow’s games, the title will still be in Chelsea’s hands, albeit slightly shaky, they will still be in the driving seat. For what it’s worth, and it isn’t much, I don’t see either of the top two losing. My score predictions are 2-2 at Everton and a 2-0 victory for Spurs, giving Chelsea a 2-point lead with 4 games remaining.
After last season, there can’t be many Blues supporters who wouldn’t have took that at the start of the current campaign. Antonio Conte has done a great job in his first season at the club. To take a team that finished 10th last time to the verge of a League and Cup double is an incredible achievement.