Blues need 15 points to guarantee the title – if Spurs win every game
CHELSEA are close to winning the sixth league title in their history.
Despite Tottenham’s recent hot streak, the Blues need five wins from their final seven matches to GUARANTEE the title – no matter what Spurs do.
Here’s everything you need to know about the title race.
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When can Chelsea win the league?
Chelsea have a seven point gap over rivals Tottenham with seven matches still to play.
Spurs can get a maximum tally of 89 points this season if they win every remaining game.
Chelsea are currently on 75 points after beating Bournemouth at the weekend, meaning 15 points, five wins, will guarantee the title.
A points haul of 90 would be the most since 2008-09, when Manchester United won the title, and would far outstrip the 81 Leicester needed to win the Premier League title last season.
The earliest Antonio Conte and Chelsea can win the league is likely to be May 8 at home to Middlesbrough – providing they win every game between now and then, of course.
Who do Chelsea still need to play?
Chelsea begin their title run-in with easily their hardest remaining game, a trip to Old Trafford.
Former boss Jose Mourinho will not only be keen to put a massive dent in Chelsea’s title bid, United also need a win as they chase a top four spot.
The Blues then play Southampton at home (after an FA Cup semi-final with Spurs) before a trip to Everton on April 30.
Then follows a home game against Middlesbrough on May 8.
With the Blues’ match at home to Watford now rearranged for May 15, Chelsea will lift the trophy at West Brom on Friday, May 12, in the event that they and Spurs both win every game.
Interestingly, if Tottenham lose all three of their next games, and Chelsea win all of theirs, then the Blues will be watching on TV as an Arsenal win at White Hart Lane makes them mathematical champs.
Who do Tottenham still need to play?
Spurs have been in red hot form with six wins in a row to put the pressure on Chelsea.
And Mauricio Pochettino’s men will need to continue that streak to have any chance of toppling the Blues.
The bad news for Tottenham is that, on paper, they have a much, much tougher schedule than Chelsea.
Their good run will likely continue this weekend against Bournemouth but Spurs then have three London derbies in a row.
The first comes against a resurgent Crystal Palace, before the visit of rivals Arsenal.
Arsene Wenger has become public enemy No 1 in north London among some fans, but stopping Spurs winning the Premier League will help restore some of his damaged legacy.
Tottenham then travel to West Ham before welcoming Manchester United to White Hart Lane.
Their final match of the season comes at Hull City, while there is also a clash with Leicester City, at the King Power Stadium, that needs to be rescheduled.