Chelsea’s Loss Less Significant than Future Fixtures

Of course, if you are a die-hard Blues fan Chelsea’s loss to Tottenham to end their winning streak hurt a bit.

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Dele Alli opened scoring on the Blues with a great header.

First, it’s Tottenham, and given their current form you hate to give them any help in their push for the title. But second, despite the string of victories, Chelsea only sits five points above second place to a Liverpool team that is on a hot streak of its own.

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An early Wijnaldum header was enough for Liverpool to top Manchester City Dec. 31st.

The next three weeks will do much to determine Chelsea’s chances at widening the gap between themselves and their closest competitors. There next three fixtures are Leceister, and Hull City, ranked 15th and 20th on the current PL table, and then Liverpool.

Chelsea would be in tremendous shape if they managed to sweep the next three games, which shouldn’t be a problem with Leceister and Hull City, but last time Chelsea met Liverpool they were on the wrong end of a 2-1 final scoreline.

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A bit of brilliance from Jordan Henderson put Liverpool over the top against Chelsea September 2016.

Liverpool has a hard match-up with Manchester United coming up and then a lesser opponent in Swansea before they meet Chelsea on the 31st of January. If Chelsea manages to sweep and Liverpool loses two out of their next three games, the Blues will increase their lead by double digits at the top of the table.

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Which means more reactions like this from Antonio Conte.

The outlying factor, and maybe Achilles heel to this is, you guessed it, Tottenham. The Spurs are on quite the run (unbeaten in last 5, only 2 losses in 20 match-ups) and their schedule isn’t showing any signs of slowing them down.

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Harry Kane and Dele Alli have proven to be a tour de force, netting 10 PL goals each to lead the team so far in 2016/2017.

If Tottenham wins four out of the next five games they’ll be seriously close on the heels of the league leaders, especially if they secure a win against Manchester City or Liverpool.

No matter what team you’re following, the next three to five weeks promises to be an exciting shake-down within the top of the table.

Who are you rooting for in the next five weeks and where do you realistically see them sitting when the dust settles? Let us know in the comments section! Score your supporter kits for Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, and more at www.soccercorner.com

 

 

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