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Football: Chelsea out to steal march on dormant rivals

Published on Mar 7, 2014 9:27 AM
Ramires of Chelsea celebrates scoring against Crystal Palace during their English Premier League soccer match at Stamford Bridge, London on Dec 14, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - With none of their Premier League title rivals in action this weekend, leaders Chelsea can open up a seven-point lead at the summit by beating Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

Arsenal's defeat at Stoke City last weekend, coupled with Manchester City's involvement in the League Cup final, saw Chelsea move four points clear and victory over Spurs would further galvanise their position.

Arsenal and City both have commitments in the FA Cup, while Liverpool, who stole into second place last weekend, do not have a fixture.

While City will have three games in hand by the time the weekend is out, Chelsea forward Andre Schurrle says that he and his team-mates are increasingly sure of their title credentials.

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