Absence of key names could hinder Chelsea in potential early title-decider

January 1, 2015

Chelsea P20 W 14 D 4 L 2 GF 44 GA 19 PTS 46
Man City P20 W 14 D 4 L 2 GF 44 GA 19 PTS 46

On New Year’s Day it was tempting to look at this weekend’s clash between Chelsea and Manchester City as the titanic title tussle that we thought this Premier League season would never get. But City being City, the winner-takes-all tag has disappeared and a five point gap has resurfaced between the two ahead of Saturday evening’s Showdown at the Bridge.

January 31 is no time to be having the final top-of-the-table clash of the season, with there remaining 15 games still to play even as the dust settles after the Stamford Bridge match. That quirk is not just the fault of the fixture list but everyone else in the league failing to consistently test either side, whose fallibilities and vulnerabilities have crept to the surface since the turn of the year.

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