Can anyone stop Chelsea now?

Published by on February 7, 2017

Chelsea kept their lead at the top of the Premier League at nine points with a thorough win over Arsenal on Saturday.

SkyBet now have the Blues’ odds of being champions in May at 1/8, with Tottenham closest behind at 12/1.

Manchester City follow at 14/1, and after that, it’s pretty clear there’s little faith in Arsenal or Liverpool mounting an incredible turnaround as they’re both at 50/1.

Right now, it seems a pretty much foregone conclusion that Antonio Conte will lead Chelsea to the trophy in his first season in charge.

However, with 14 games still left to play, it wouldn’t be unheard of for the pace-setters to lose such a lead.

Newcastle are probably the most famous examples, blowing their chance at glory in 1996. At one point, their lead was 12 points, but Kevin Keegan couldn’t lead them to any more than a 2nd placed finish.

City also produced a pretty spectacular collapse in 1972. Their biggest lead that season was five points, but they finished fourth after some bizarre signings partway through the campaign.

More recently, Liverpool were favourites in 2014 before losing a three-goal lead against Crystal Palace, and in 2008 Arsenal finished third despite topping the table in mid-March.

It will take something spectacular for the league-leaders to throw away their position at this stage of the season, especially with a nine-point lead. With no European football to contend with either, it’s difficult to see them not being Champions come May.