Cape Town - Can Manchester City still win the English Premiership title despite failing to close the gap against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday?
As it stands after 23 games:
1. Chelsea - 53 points
2. Manchester City - 48 points
3. Manchester United - 43 points
4. Southampton/Arsenal - 42 points
It's been done before:
In 2003, Manchester United were also five points behind (Arsenal) and managed to win the league.
It's been done harder than this before:
In 2011, City came from 8 points behind to pip United to the trophy and last season, City were 9 points behind Liverpool before cruising to the win.Lucky Number 23, for Chelsea:
Chelsea don't let it slip easily. In 2004, 2005, 2009 Chelsea were top of the log after 23 games by 10, 14 and 4 points respectively, and they were crowned league champions in each of those seasons.Fixtures favour the Blues:
Chelsea are still to face (among others): Southampton (H), Manchester United (H), Arsenal (A) and Liverpool (H)
City are still to face (among others): Liverpool (A), Manchester United (A), Spurs (A) and Southampton (H)The bookies also favour the Blues:
Leading South African bookmakers, Sportingbet
, have installed Chelsea as overwhelming favourites for domestic success.
Chelsea - 2/9
Manchester City - 15/4
Arsenal - 33/1
Manchester United - 50/145 is the dream:
With 45 points still up for grabs this season, it will be a while yet before the engravers record the 2014/15 English Premiership
(Historical statistics courtesy of BBC Sport