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 Saturday, April 26, 2014

It's been the most exciting run-in to the Premier League title race in years.

Liverpool are running away with the title, they've had a stunning run of results, they literally demolished Norwich at the weekend, although it was a close match in the end, a definite champions' performance, and Sterling had an incredible match, but they're only five points clear, and Chelsea are snapping at their heels, although it could be closer, they really weren't expecting to be beaten by Sunderland like that, nobody was, it was one hell of a surprise defeat, I mean they're the bottom club for heaven's sake, now that's embarrassing, it was Jose Mourinho's first home Premier League defeat, and yet earlier in the season it'd looked like Chelsea's title to lose, mind you they said that about Arsenal, now look at them hanging on in fourth, they might even not make it into the Champions League this year, something that's never happened before, all it takes is Everton playing well over their last three games, but they've still got to play Man City who are two places above them, that'll be a needle match, and it's not clear whether David Silva's ankle injury will play a part, but Aguero's hamstring has healed up, that's got to help, and City have a game in hand of course, so even though they're six points behind that could potentially be only three, and then there are still other games to play so it's anyone's title really, though not Arsenal, they've now lost one match too many, but they've got quite an easy run-in at the end of the season, all the bottom clubs including Norwich, again, in fact Norwich have got a killer end of the season playing all the top clubs, well I say top, Manchester United are having a rough time of late, hardly the team of old, not that it was ever going to be once Sir Alex left, a truly hard act to follow, and surely David Moyes was never going to amount to anything, I mean it must be hideously humbling to be only the seventh best football team in the country, I wonder if Ryan Giggs knows what he's taking on, they're all offering their praise today but you wait until he has a run of losing matches under his belt, I mean imagine the damage Sunderland could do, it was Borini's penalty that stuck the knife in at Stamford Bridge, the Blues just couldn't get past that goalkeeper, and they must be gutted that Ramires is out for the rest of the season, but that's a four match ban for you, serves him right for elbowing, and it might well turn out to be critical, especially if it all comes down to goal difference, because Man City's goal difference is much better than Chelsea's, and they've got a game in hand, so what could happen is that Man City win their match in hand against Aston Villa and then that leapfrogs them above Chelsea but if they only draw then that puts the two teams equal on points so that's when goal difference kicks in and that would put City not Chelsea in second, and in that case even Arsenal could sneak ahead if they win all their remaining games and the teams above them don't, that's how the game works, but Arsenal can no longer win the title, it's between the top three teams now, in fact the title's in Liverpool's hands now, all they have to do is win all three of their last three games, or win two and draw one, that'd still be enough, but if they only win two and lose the other then there is a chance that Man City could climb level on points and they'd probably have the better goal difference, but not necessarily, you can never take anything for granted in football, that's the whole point, but having said that Chelsea are surely going to beat Norwich, and Arsenal'll beat them too, so Norwich are definitely going down, and that could have quite an impact on the title challenge, but not as much impact as this weekend's top of the table clash between Liverpool and Chelsea, blimey that really is Super Sunday, we can expect high drama as the top two teams battle it out for three points, and Chelsea well know that a win might just let Man City through to take the honours, but then Chelsea have the best defence record in the Premier League, although Liverpool have won 13 of the two teams' 21 Premier League meetings at Anfield, and statistics like that are always important, but perhaps Chelsea will prioritise their Champions League second leg instead, because arguably that's where the greatest chance of glory is, and meanwhile Arsenal of course have the great distraction of the FA Cup Final, because it's about time Arsène got some silverware because his cupboard has been bare for years, it's quite frankly embarrassing, and Arsenal really threw away the league title earlier in the season, so at any lesser club he'd have been sacked by now, but a trophy would perk him up no end, and the signs are good because Arsenal thrashed cup finalists Hull in the league last weekend, and everyone knows that one football match is very much an indicator of how another will play out, like how West Ham beat Sunderland earlier in the month but Sunderland beat Chelsea and Chelsea are better than Man City so West Ham will obviously beat Man City in the last match of the season, stands to reason, and I can't believe it'll all be over in a fortnight, but there are still so many ways it could all pan out, the race for the fourth Champions League slot is especially tight, it's basically Arsenal versus Everton, which is ironic because Everton beat Arsenal recently but that slip up against Crystal Palace has cost them dear, not even Jason Puncheon's half-volley could help them, but Everton can go ahead if they beat Southampton today and then pretend they're fourth until Monday evening when Arsenal beat Newcastle, unless Newcastle win, or unless Southampton win, whatever, and we haven't even mentioned Tottenham yet, but then we don't have to really because they're no longer in the running for anything, not unless some mathematical improbability plays out, but it could happen, football's a funny old game, even with Liverpool five points clear they aren't yet assured of the title, but they must be the definite favourites, that is unless some other team wins, because it's wide open like that, and we probably won't know until the last match, but that's not going to stop me from endlessly speculating about what might happen and who might beat who and why, and the title's still basically anyone's.

It's been the most tedious run-in to the Premier League title race in years.

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