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Opta say Chelsea need 10 points from their final five games.


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Following Manchester United's 2-2 draw at Middlesbrough on Sunday, Chelsea's win against Manchester City looks vital as it means the London side have closed the gap to three points at the top of the table.

Chelsea now find themselves on 74 points, and will hope to get as many as possible from their final five games.

Last season Chelsea achieved a final total of 83 points - which is the most a team has ever accumulated without winning the Premier League title.

In order to erase the memory of this, it seems that will have to get at least 10 points from their final five matches to put up a real title challenge and overtake current champions Manchester United.

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The table above shows the highest points total's accumulated by Premier League teams who have not won the title.

The last three seasons have seen more points being collected by the teams in second place than ever before, with Arsenal (04/05), Chelsea (06/07) and Manchester United (05/06) all producing fine seasons but failing to land the pot.

United won the league in 1996-97 with a mere 75 points, yet still finished seven points clear. This season 68 points might only get you fifth place. The bar has certainly been raised.

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I'm not sure whether the bar has been raised or if its just that the league is more skewed to the top teams.

When only 75 points are needed to win the table you would probably find a number of closely matched teams.

These days realistically it is only the same 4 clubs are going to feature every year although from year to year some interloper such as for instance Everton will push the typically underachieving 4th team hard.

You need more points because the top 3 teams are mostly going to do well against the pack.

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That would bring us close but ManU is still holding all the cards.

Us and ManU have really tough fixtures ahead.

ManU:

H v Arsenal

A v Blackburn

A v Barcelona CL

A v ::Scalf::

H v Barcelona CL

H v West Ham

A v Wigan

Chelsea:

H v Wigan

A v Everton

A v Scum CL

H v ManU

H v Scum

A v Newcastle

H v Bolton

Looking at that table I would say ManU has even tougher fixtures ahead. If they manage to win both Arsenal and Blackburn they are pretty close in winning the whole league. But if they slip in either of those games we can really put pressure on them. I think we will beat Wigan home but not sure about winning in Goodison.

Worst case scenario is that Arsenal go past us with only Prem to play for...

::Scalf::::Scalf::

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