By Lewis Rollins
- The Title race is on
- We crunch some of the key numbers behind Chelsea and Tottenham as we head to the conclusion of the season
PREMIER LEAGUE – After this Easter weekend’s Premier League antics, the title race fire has been re-lit and ready to burn until the end of the season!
Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur Title Race Breakdown
Premier League leaders Chelsea saw their lead at the top reduced to just four points after Tottenham dispatched Bournemouth comfortably on Saturday. Chelsea were haunted by former manager José Mourinho, who set up his Manchester United side perfectly to win 2-0.
With just six games left to play, We analyse the remaining fixtures for both sides:
- Who is in better form?
- Who are the key players?
- More importantly who is going to be crowned Premier League champions in May?
This weekend’s FA Cup semi-final between these two team could play a big part in the remaining fixtures in this season. It could also act as a huge confidence boost for the victor
Premier League Title Run-In
It will be a dash to the finish as we look at the title run-in fixtures
|Southampton (H)||Crystal Palace (A)|
|Everton (A)||Arsenal (H)|
|Middlesbrough (H)||West Ham (A)|
|West Bromwich Albion (A)||Manchester United (H)|
|Watford (H)||Leicester (A)|
|Sunderland (H)||Hull City (A)|
Looking at their fixtures, Chelsea look to have the more preferable final set of fixtures due to the fact that they only face one side in the top six – Everton away. They then only play away again once for the rest of the season against West Bromwich Albion, who aren’t in stellar form whatsoever.
In the remaining six fixtures Chelsea with play four at Stamford Bridge, they welcome Southampton, Middlesbrough and Watford before finishing the season at home to relegation bound Sunderland.
On the other hand Spurs’ remaining games look a lot more difficult. Up next is a trip to Crystal Palace, who have won five of their past seven games, before they host north London rivals Arsenal on April 30th.
Then there’s a trip to another London rival in West Ham before a home match against Manchester United which will be the last game at White Hart Lane and then trips to Leicester and Hull to wrap up the season.
Something that could be significant in this tight title race is that Chelsea are scheduled to play before Spurs in five of their remaining six games.
Which side has the more worrying injury list?
Chelsea missed both goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois through an ankle injury and defender Marcos Alonso due to illness on Sunday, both play big roles in their tight knit defence. Both are doubts for their FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham on Saturday, but luckily for Chelsea they are not expected to be long-term absentees.
Tottenham are without Erik Lamela and Harry Winks for the rest of the season but Ben Davies has deputised well for the injured Danny Rose at left-back.
Right back Kieran Trippier also impressed when he covered for Kyle Walker against Watford. And of course they have been boosted by the recent return of Harry Kane.
Which side are better on current form?
Tottenham are in red hot form, they managed to close the gap from 13 points in the middle of March to just four by winning their past seven Premier League games in a row. They have also won 12 consecutive league games at home, a run that matches their longest in a single season all the way back in the 1919-20 season.
Chelsea have stuttered a little in April with two defeats in their past four matches and a poor record of 10 games without a clean sheet.
There is no doubting that the United defeat on Sunday will encourage Conte to get a performance out of his team against Spurs on Saturday.
LAST FIVE GAMES
Chelsea – Eden Hazard
The Belgian winger had a tough time of it last season but seems to have found his swagger again under the management of Antonio Conte. He is key to unlocking his opponents defence and Chelsea will need him playing every single minute of the last six fixtures.
- Appearances – 30
- Goals – 14
- Assists – 5
Chelsea – Diego Costa
Like Hazard, Costa went from hero to zero last season with a lack of effort, energy and desire in his performances. This season he’s been back to his best and Conte seems to have been able to stop the aggressive part of his game coming out as often as it was.
- Apps – 30
- Goals – 17
- Assists – 5
Tottenham – Harry Kane
Kane returned from injury last weekend, just in time for the big FA Cup clash. The Spurs striker is currently sat in second place in the race for the golden boot with an impressive 20 league goals! With his presence and goal threat upfront Tottenham won’t have any trouble scoring.
- Apps – 24
- Goals – 20
- Assists – 5
Tottenham – Dele Alli
At the age of just 21, Dele Alli has scored a remarkable 16 goals this season. Kane is the main man at White Hart Lane however the youngster stepped when Kane was out and his team needed a replacement in the goals department.
- Apps – 31
- Goals – 16
- Assists – 5
Pick your winner – Who will lift the title?
Chelsea and Tottenham will play in The Emirates FA Cup semi-final on Saturday 22 April, 5:15pm BST
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