LONDON (AP) - Jose Mourinho might have been right after all. Since Chelsea inflicted Manchester City its sole home defeat of the season in February, the Blues manager has been insisting his players are not the frontrunners in the race for the Premier League title, instead sticking the favorite tag on City.
Ahead of Saturday’s trip to struggling Crystal Palace, Chelsea sits atop the table with a one-point lead over Liverpool. But following the 3-0 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford, City is very much in the hunt, trailing Chelsea by just three points with two matches in hand. City travels to Arsenal on Saturday.
Here are five things to know about this weekend’s Premier League matches:
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Arsenal’s form has nosedived to such an extent that the Gunners will have to fight until the final rounds of the season to secure a top-four finish and Champions League football next season.
Having followed up their humiliating 6-0 loss to Chelsea with a disappointing home draw against Swansea, Arsene Wenger’s team is six points behind Chelsea and fifth-place Everton is just six points off with a game in hand. The Merseyside team is at Fulham on Sunday before hosting Arsenal on April 6.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, chasing a first trophy since 2005, acknowledges that his Premier League title hopes are all but gone and is focusing on the FA Cup and a top-four finish.
“Winning the title isn’t our biggest worry at the moment because we have to be realistic,” Wenger said. “Man City look unstoppable and are favorites because they have two games in hand. Everton won, so we have to focus and prepare well for the next game. It will be open until the end, we can still have surprises.”
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Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Sunderland lifted the Reds within one point of leader Chelsea in their bid for a first league title in 24 years. Currently on a seven-match winning streak, Brendan Rodgers‘ team seems unstoppable, spurred on by Uruguay star Luis Suarez’s superb performances day in day out.
Suarez has scored 28 league goals in 26 games this season, only six shy of the record held by Andy Cole and Alan Shearer.
According to former Liverpool great Steve McManaman, Suarez would become Liverpool’s greatest striker if he can lead the Reds to the title.