Chelsea have made a storming start to the 2014-15 Premier League season. 12 points and 15 goals from their first four matches and they already have a five point lead over Manchester City who were the bookmakers’ second favourites at the start of the season.
Manchester City have even made a better start to the season than the sides looking for UEFA Champions League qualification and whom some may class as title challengers.
Arsenal have half as many points as Chelsea having drawn three successive in the Premier League. Last season’s runners-up Liverpool are on the same number having suffered defeats to both Manchester City and Aston Villa. And Manchester United are stuck on five points after an abysmal start.
José Mourinho’s side travel to Manchester City on Sunday for a match that could have massive implications on the title race. Chelsea already odds-on favourites, just imagine how short they will drop with a win. Just drawing will see them shorten. Perhaps now is a good time to back Chelsea to win the Premier League.
Should Chelsea win at the Etihad on Sunday, as they did last season, it would open up an early eight-point gap ahead of the second favourites. Perhaps the good news for City would be that we’d only be five games into the season.
The Portuguese manager is somewhat of an expert in this top of the table clashes – a positive head-to-head with Sir Alex Ferguson, undefeated against Arsène Wenger, took the title out of Liverpool’s hand last season and did the double over the champions.
Mourinho can afford to play for a draw to maintain a five-point lead over the defending champions. A victory though would send a clear message to the rest of the league and Chelsea would virtually have one hand on the Premier League title already.
Manchester City are winless in nearly four weeks since beating Liverpool on Monday night football towards the end of August. They have since lost 1-0 at home to Stoke City, drawn 2-2 at Arsenal and lost 1-0 at Bayern Munich. A heartbreaking last-minute defeat on Wednesday.
Chelsea did not fare much better in Europe – drawing 1-1 at home to a Schalke 04 side that had a host of injuries and a makeshift defence.
Premier League form for Chelsea though is quite unreal. Provided Diego Costa is fit as expected, they have a goalscoring machine with plenty of playmakers around him who are creating goalscoring chances for the Spaniard.
I can really see Chelsea winning at the Etihad on Sunday, provided Mourinho wants to. He may set up for the draw of course as he has done in big games previously. But Manchester City are there for the taking – only one clean sheet in their six competitive games this season, conceding eight goals. They’ve won only two of those matches.
Yaya Touré has not looked himself, and quite frankly, looks disinterested in playing for Manchester City at the moment. Perhaps not over the family tragedy that took part during this summer’s World Cup. Sergio Agüero’s injury problems have prevented the Argentine having a clear run out in the first team ahead of this game. Fernando is injured. Chelsea are the much-stronger looking team heading into this match, but of course, on their day, City are capable of beating anyone.
As far as I am concerned, a win for Chelsea on Sunday and the 2014-15 Premier League title race is over in September. A comfortable Champions League group means it could be until the latter stages of the tournament begin in February when Chelsea start dropping points surprisingly, if they do.
There’s a lot of depth in the Chelsea squad, they’re firing on all cylinders and have won of the best managers in world football. Can Manchester City and the rest of the Premier League cope?