English Premiership

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2015-02-02 13:02
Manchester City's David Silva (L) and Nemanja Matic (R) tussle at Stamford Bridge.
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 - 50/1

45 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 champions.

(Historical statistics courtesy of BBC Sport)


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