With less than ten games to the end of the Premier League season, can Arsenal, Manchester City or Manchester United stage any kind of comeback?
While Chelsea has not been in the best of form, having drawn with Southampton and being dumped out of the UEFA Champions League by Paris St Germain on the away goals rule, it still appears to have a lead over its rivals in the title chase.
Can the teams in the chasing pack catch up, or at least stake their claim on a coveted higher position (and UEFA league qualification)? With only a point separating most contenders, it is a tight and tense race to the finish line.
Manchester City vs West Bromwich Albion (21 Mar, 8.45pm)
After its nightmare loss against Burnley, Manchester City is as close as it gets to a title-contender to Chelsea. City is currently six points behind and Chelsea has a game in hand.
The Citizens need to find some form of consistency in their undoubtedly talented team. West Brom has been in respectable form, having taken three wins from its last five matches.
The Citizens need no less than the full three points if they are going to stay in title contention.
Manchester City 2–1 West Brom
Newcastle United vs Arsenal (21 Mar, 11pm)
Champions League aside, it’s a great time to be an Arsenal fan, having recently seen off Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final, and having gone on a run of five wins in the last five league matches.
Newcastle has not been in impressive form by any measure of the word. Having just one win from the last five league games, the Toons remain apathetic about their current results as they sit comfortably away from relegation but far enough from the top of the table to be motivated.
Prediction: Newcastle 1–3 Arsenal
Liverpool vs Manchester United (22 Mar, 9.30pm)
Considering the result the last time these two met, it is certainly set to be an interesting fixture. Manchester United has been transformed since last season, thanks to Dutch mastermind Louis van Gaal. Coming fresh off a glorious win against Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford, van Gaal’s men will be looking to push on to greater things despite this significant hurdle.
Liverpool appears to be in amazing form too, with four wins and a draw from its last five league games. Also gunning for the reward of Champions League football next season, will the Reds be able to summon enough gumption to reverse the previous result? At Anfield, they have a strong chance.
Prediction: Liverpool 2–2 Manchester United
Hull City vs Chelsea (23 Mar, 12am)
It may just be business as usual for Mourinho’s men against minnows Hull City. Chelsea will be sure not to fall to the underdogs so far behind them in the table.
The title truly appears to be in the Blues’ hands now, and they have no reason to finish this season with anything less, European capitulation or otherwise.
Prediction: Hull City 0-2 Chelsea
By Basil Lee