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Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal heading into pivotal stretch, let’s look at the fixtures

Feb 4, 2014, 2:30 PM EST

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Following Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Monday, the Premier League title race has once again been blown wide open.

Copy and paste that last part, I have a feeling we will be using that term ‘wide open’ for the rest of the season, just like we’ve used it for the opening 24 rounds of the 2013-14 PL campaign.

That’s why this season is so awesome.

With Arsenal top of the tree on 55 points, then Manchester City and Chelsea locked on 53 points in second and third respectively, it really is anyone’s league this year. Even Liverpool in fourth spot are only six points behind Chelsea and City, while Everton are eight points back. For argument’s sake, let’s focus on the top three.

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In the next six games Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea all have very different schedules and you have to say that the Gunners could soon be slipping off of top spot with a tough set of fixtures heading their way. And don’t forget, all three of these squads will be pushed to their limit with the FA Cup fifth round ties (where Chelsea head to City and Arsenal host Liverpool) and the UEFA Champions League knockout stages starting back up in two weeks time sees Arsenal face Bayern Munich, City take on Barcelona and Chelsea against Galatasaray.

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Here’s a look at the next six league games for each team, and by the look of things I think Chelsea will be top of the tree when their March 22 showdown with Arsenal rolls around at Stamford Bridge. The Blues from West London have the easiest schedule, with Arsenal up against it in the next few months. Especially with their smaller squad battling in the FA Cup and Europe.

Who do you think has an easier time of it? And who will be top after this pivotal stretch?

ARSENAL

February 8 – Liverpool (Away)
February 12 – Manchester United (Home)
February 22 – Sunderland (Home)
March 1 – Stoke City (Away)
March 8 – Swansea (Home)
March 16 – Tottenham (Away)

MANCHESTER CITY

February 8 – Norwich (Away)
February 12 – Sunderland (Home)
February 22 – Stoke (Home)
March 2 – NO PL GAME (League Cup final)
March 8 – Aston Villa (Home)
March 15 – Hull (Away)

CHELSEA

February 8 – Newcastle (Home)
February 11 – West Brom (Away)
February 22 – Everton (Home)
March 1 – Fulham (Away)
March 8 – Tottenham (Home)
March 15 – Aston Villa (Away)

  1. mrhyperpants - Feb 4, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    Rounds???????? There are no rounds in the English football.

    • konmtu - Feb 4, 2014 at 3:48 PM

      Really? So what do you call Arsenal vs. Liverpool in the upcoming FA Cup game? I pretty sure it’s a fifth ROUND match.

  2. mrhyperpants - Feb 4, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    Not in the Premier League.

    • sammyv1987 - Feb 5, 2014 at 6:49 AM

      Pretty sure he was referring to the FA cup and not the EPL when he mentioned 5th round. Maybe you should read the actual article before you post comments

      • sammyv1987 - Feb 5, 2014 at 6:50 AM

        Nvm I take back what I said. He did say previous 24 rounds of EPL.

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