Monday, April 28, 2014
This title is Liverpool's. See why.
Liverpool suffered an obvious defeat against Chelsea. Given that The Blues blasted Manchester City home and away, as well as the top teams in the English Premier League, this fixture was bound to go that way. It is by the same fashion that The Reds will land the title. Liverpool have been dealing ruthlessly with small teams. Crystal Palace and Newcastle fall in the class of small teams. It is a given that they will bag the points to get their total to 86.
The icing sugar is that Chelsea, in comparison, suffered humiliating defeats by smaller teams. Small teams do not come better than league-anchoring Cardiff and survival-hunting Norwich. One or both of these teams will take away the points from Jose Mourinho's side. Struggling teams normally ignore conventional football and hence, tactics from the rule book are rendered useless. And that is The Only One's strength. He can plan all he wants but he needs luck too. At best, he can win all the remaining matches and amass 84 points.
What is the cherry on top for Liverpool is that Everton suffered a shock defeat by Southampton and they have a mission to accomplish. Roberto Martinez promised his employers Champions League football. For him to deliver that, he needs those points against Manchester City. Despite that, the Toffees are the team of the season outside the top three on form alone. One can argue about the resurgent Crystal Palace, but no one can bet against Everton especially at Goodison Park.
Besides, there is Aston Villa who beat the Citizens already this season. They are also fighting for their lives. Sam Allardyce's West Ham United has been known to be party spoilers. He threw spanners into Chelsea's works earlier this season. Despite the chilling form of Yaya Toure and Sergio Kun Aguero's return, it is hard to see the blue side of Manchester collecting all 9 points at stake. A total tally of 86 is possible for them, but any drop will hand Liverpool the title in a platter. There is nothing that delights the Big Sam like adding sand to the cake.
To summarise, Chelsea and Man City will drop points and Liverpool will not. As if you didn't know.