The Title May Come Down To Goal Difference

Portsmouth 0-5 Chelsea. Not the scoreline I wanted but one I expected. The result has boosted Chelsea’s confidence and goal difference. Now Arsenal are seven goals behind both Manchester United and Chelsea, but at this stage of the season winning the next game is all that is important.

This Saturday Chelsea host Aston Villa – their opponents in the FA Cup semi-final – a team four points from the last Champions League spot. It’s not an easy game for Chelsea and one they have to win. Villa will be content with a draw knowing that the other teams fighting for 4th place are inconsistent and will continue to drop points.

The race for 4th place will affect the race for the title with Manchester City and Spurs in pole position. Arsenal and Manchester United both play Man City next month. While all three title challengers also have to face Spurs.

The Birmingham game and the matches against Manchester City and Spurs are Arsenal’s hardest games out of the seven that they have left.

However, Chelsea have the hardest run-in. They face Aston Villa at home, Manchester United away, Spurs away and Liverpool away.

United face Chelsea at home, City away and Spurs at home with a potential banana skin away to Cuntburn Rovers four days after their second leg Champions League quarter-final.

The Champions League could be a disadvantage to both Arsenal and Manchester United. Teams are always weaker having played a tough midweek encounter against top European opposition.

The advantage that Arsenal have in their title challenge is that no one expects them to win the title or beat Barcelona. It’s a game by game approach. Beat Birmingham City and Arsenal are still in the hunt like a rat surviving the New York sewers.

April 3rd is the key date: Manchester United v Chelsea.

Someone will drop points.

Let’s hope it’s not Arsenal.

Keep It Arsenal

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