The month of April is upon us which means the Barclays Premier League fixture list has shrunk to just eight matches left for most clubs. At present, just the top (Chelsea) and bottom (Leicester City) teams on the table have nine matches remaining with the other eighteen teams vying for the final 24 points available to them.
Chelsea’s minor foibles of late (falling out of the Champions League; four wins, three draws in their last seven BPL matches including a draw to lowly Burnley on February 21) have not cost them all that much in the end as they still lead Manchester City (61 points) by six points with a match in hand. The Blues (67 points) are prohibitive favorites to win the league as reported by Oddschecker.
On January 31, second-place Manchester City managed a draw at Stamford Bridge and closed the gap on Chelsea to five points. But City have been unable to fully build on the result and seem destined to play second fiddle this campaign. The Citizens’ run of form has not been worthy of a title challenge of late with an unthinkable loss away to Burnley coupled with a 2-1 loss to Liverpool at Anfield in the month of March. City is getting 16-1 odds to lift the trophy from most oddsmakers.
Third-place Arsenal have looked more likely to give Chelsea a run for the money in the league of late. Winners of six-straight league matches, the Gunners still have a shot to put a dent in Chelsea’s title hopes with an April 26 tie at The Emirates still on the slate. While the Gooners crashed famously out of Europe to upstart AS Monaco, Arsenal’s league form in March was impeccable. Oddsmakers are still not sold on the North Londoners with 25-1 odds to top the table being the most prevalent.
Manchester United appear to have the upper-hand on Liverpool for the fourth and final Champions League slot. At 59 points, the Red Devils have barely a whiff of a chance at the BPL top spot, but their form of late has also been stellar. After a 2-1 away loss to Swansea, United have won four on the trot.
Liverpool were streaking in the league until a devastating 2-1 home loss to United last time out. At 54 points, the Liverpudlians will slug it out with Southampton (53 points) and Tottenham (53 points) for the Europa League spots.
At the bottom end of the table, Leicester City are all but relegated with a dreadful 19 points through 29 matches. Barring a miraculous run of form, the Foxes will be playing their football in the Championship next season. Queens Park Rangers seem most likely to join them with just 22 points through 30 matches. Burnley (25 points) is currently the third team in the drop zone, but Sunderland (26 points), Aston Villa (28 points) and Hull City (28 points) have not distanced themselves from danger as of yet.
All to play for then even though Chelsea seems to have a stranglehold on the race. History dictates that there is much intrigue left in the final two months of the BPL season even if it is just over Champions League places and the relegation battle.
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Written by Zach Kay. Kay is a sports writer who has previously worked at several sports sites, including sportswriters.us.