The title run-in

Chelsea are comfortably positioned at the top of the English Premier League table - with a lead of 10 points over their closest rivals before this weekend's round of matches.

They have several players with the experience of winning the league and, unless their form hits a dramatic downturn, should be able to cruise through to the title even with a couple of losses.

They have to face only Manchester City and Manchester United among the top six.

Given City's indifferent form, they have the solidity and the firepower to see off Pep Guardiola's men at home.

Jose Mourinho's United could be a tougher opposition away. But, even if they lose to a resurgent United side, they should have enough points in the bag to start celebrating by early May.


•March 18 - Stoke (away)

•April 1 - Crystal Palace (home)

•April 6 - Man City (H)

•April 9 - Bournemouth (A)

•April 16 - Man United (A)

•April 23 - Southampton (H)

•April 30 - Everton (A)

•May 6 - Middlesbrough (H)

•May 13 - West Brom (A)

•May 21 - Sunderland (H) Postponed, to be confirmed

•Watford (H)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 12, 2017, with the headline 'The title run-in'. Print Edition | Subscribe