With Arsenal’s defeat to Everton in midweek, the Gunners, along with Liverpool, dropped to six points behind our West London neighbours. Man City are just one point behind and with our visit to the Etihad on Sunday we both have the possibility of falling even further behind the Blues.
By a quirk of the TV fixtures, Chelsea get to play first, and have a great chance to extend their winning run to 11 with an away game against struggling Crystal Palace. If Chelsea win as expected, they will open up a nine-point gap on us, making our game on Sunday even more important.
Our old captain, Cesc Fabregas, reckons this Christmas period will give his new side a chance to ‘send a message’ to their title rivals. Chelsea have been made to battle for the points lately though and only beat West Brom 1-0 in the last 15 minutes last weekend, and then had to fight against a battling Sunderland side for the same result in midweek. Fabregas, who scored the only goal in Sunderland, said after the game: ‘In the first half we were fantastic, we didn’t give them anything,’
‘They are a good team, playing at home and they want to win, so in the second half they put us under a little bit of pressure. The only downside was that we need to kill games when we have the chance, but the performance was really good. We will watch the videos tomorrow but we felt we were very strong.
‘We want to keep winning, we know in this period we can send a strong message and hopefully we can continue like this.
‘It’s very good we can compete like that, we should have been more clinical but credit to the defence, the whole team and Thibaut Courtois, who made some excellent saves, which shows we are together and strong.’
Chelsea are certainly looking unstoppable now, but is there still the chance that Arsenal, Liverpool or Man City can still catch them?
Their last three of this year are: Palace (A), Bournemouth (H) and Stoke (H). It is normally a fact that the team in front at the end of the year go on to claim the title, so do you think they going to be too far in front for anyone to have a hope of catching them in the second half of the season?