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Is the Premier League title race now a straight shoot-out between Manchester City and Liverpool? Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat at Selhurst Park on Saturday saw Jose Mourinho claim that the Blues were now out of the running and the bookies only give them half a chance of finishing top of the pile.
The London side are a best price 15/2 with BetVictor online to claim the title under Mourinho, although they have yet to visit Anfield and have a Champions League double header against PSG coming up. In short, it looks a tall order for Chelsea to land the spoils although their next three fixtures against Stoke, Swansea and Sunderland look winnable.
Manchester City are odds-on for the title and essentially have things in their own destiny, with Manuel Pellegrini’s side sitting two points behind Liverpool but with a game in hand. The fact that one of these matches is also a trip to Anfield means that Brendan Rodgers’ team can also control their own fortunes.
The Citizens are 5/6 for the league and five of their remaining eight matches take place at the Etihad Stadium, with Southampton, Sunderland, West Brom, Aston Villa and West Ham all looking beatable.
However, the champions of two seasons ago have got to make two trips to Merseyside and they also have to go to Selhurst Park which could be tricky considering that Chelsea were recently beaten by Crystal Palace.
As for Liverpool, they are as big as 15/8 to become champions for the first time in over twenty years, with the Reds having now scored an incredible 88 goals in 32 games and the next two matches at Anfield are Manchester City and Chelsea!
Rodgers will attempt to keep the team focused on the job in hand when they make the trip to Upton Park on Sunday, with away games against Norwich and Crystal Palace to play as well as finishing off with a home match against Newcastle.
“To perform like we did from the first whistle it was an immense performance and I am very proud of the them today,” Rodgers said after the Tottenham win.
“We are very confident with how we play, a lot was made the other night [against Sunderland] of us being anxious but that was not it, today Tottenham had a spell similar to Sunderland but the difference is we were 4-0 up today and not 2-1, but the confidence in how the players pass the ball, the intensity, they are very calm and focussed on the job and it was a wonderful team performance.
“It is credit to the players, the mentality in each game, we have shown over the course of the season the flexibility in the team – we have a played a 4-4-2 diamond in recent games today but today it was back to 4-3-3 but with two strikers up-field with one side open – so that is credit to them the flexibility and the ideas we have in games, but everyone knows their job and when to press.”