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EPL – Premier League Standings – and odds – March 1, 2015


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Will anyone catch Chelsea?

With a five-point lead and a game in hand, the Blues appear to be on their way to running away with the Premier League title. Of course, a lot can change in a short time in the Premier League, and after another thrilling week of action in Matchday 27, there are sure to be twists and turns down the line.

But which teams might yet challenge for the top spot? And which squads will emerge in the tight race for a top-four finish? Along with taking a look at the updated table, upcoming fixtures and table odds, I’ll attempt to project the rest of the Premier League season.

Table

Premier League Standings
Place Team G W D L F A GD Pts
1 Chelsea 26 18 6 2 56 22 34 60
2 Manchester City 27 16 7 4 57 27 30 55
3 Arsenal 27 15 6 6 51 29 22 51
4 Manchester United 27 14 8 5 46 26 20 50
5 Liverpool 27 14 6 7 40 30 10 48
6 Southampton 27 14 4 9 38 20 18 46
7 Tottenham Hotspur 26 13 5 8 41 36 5 44
8 Swansea City 27 11 7 9 31 34 -3 40
9 West Ham United 27 10 9 8 39 33 6 39
10 Stoke City 27 11 6 10 31 34 -3 39
11 Newcastle United 27 9 8 10 32 42 -10 35
12 Crystal Palace 27 7 9 11 31 38 -7 30
13 West Bromwich Albion 27 7 9 11 25 34 -9 30
14 Everton 27 6 10 11 33 39 -6 28
15 Hull City 27 6 8 13 25 36 -11 26
16 Sunderland 27 4 13 10 22 38 -16 25
17 Queens Park Rangers 26 6 4 16 27 45 -18 22
18 Burnley 27 4 10 13 25 45 -20 22
19 Aston Villa 27 5 7 15 13 37 -24 22
20 Leicester City 26 4 6 16 24 42 -18 18
Sky Sports

Upcoming Fixtures

Upcoming Premier League Matchups
Date Time (ET) Home Away
Tuesday, March 3 2:45 p.m. Aston Villa West Brom
Tuesday, March 3 2:45 p.m. Hull Sunderland
Tuesday, March 3 2:45 p.m. Southampton Crystal Palace
Wednesday, March 4 2:45 p.m. Manchester City Leicester City
Wednesday, March 4 2:45 p.m. Newcastle Manchester United
Wednesday, March 4 2:45 p.m. QPR Arsenal
Wednesday, March 4 2:45 p.m. Stoke City Everton
Wednesday, March 4 2:45 p.m. Tottenham Swansea City
Wednesday, March 4 2:45 p.m. West Ham Chelsea
Wednesday, March 4 3 p.m. Liverpool Burnley
BBC

Title Odds

Odds to Win Premier League Championship
Team Odds
Chelsea 1-7
Manchester City 13-2
Arsenal 66-1
Manchester United 100-1
Liverpool 200-1
Tottenham 500-1
Southampton 500-1
Sky Sports

Looking Ahead

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Chelsea aren’t out of the woods just yet. The Blues still have tough matches to come against Southampton, Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool (though only Arsenal is away from home). The fact that the rough stretch of Chelsea’s schedule is at home doesn’t bode well for Manchester City, as Chelsea have yet to lose at Stamford Bridge in Premier League play (11 wins, two draws).

Still, the Blues have been susceptible to underachieving against weaker teams on the road under Jose Mourinho. Last season, away fixtures at Swansea City, Aston Villa, Stoke City and Newcastle resulted in losses, while they drew with West Brom. That meant that the Blues dropped 14 of a possible 15 points they would have expected to earn, the main reason City raised the trophy and the Blues finished third.

In other words, the Blues could yet blow this.

For now, however, the more interesting race appears to be for a top-four finish, as five teams are within seven points of one another between the third spot on the table (Arsenal) and seventh (Tottenham). The top three contenders for the last two spots, however, are Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool.

Nothing like the three most successful clubs in English football history doing battle down the stretch, eh?

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Each have their merits. Arsenal have finished in the top four in 18 straight seasons under Arsene Wenger and always seem to be playing their best football as the season comes to a close. The Gunners have recently adapted their style somewhat, playing a bit more defensively and utilizing Francis Coquelin as the holding player while moving Santi Cazorla to a box-to-box role alongside of him.

While disaster struck for the Gunners in the Champions League against Monaco, the tweaks to the system has led to nine wins in Arsenal’s last 11 games in all competitions. Few teams in the Premier League possess Arsenal’s skill and finesse in the midfield or in the wings, so if Olivier Giroud can more consistently finish his chances and the defense tightens up, they’ll be tough to dislodge from a top-four place.

Oh, and that’s if they can take some results against the league’s top teams, which has become an issue in recent years. They certainly dispatch of the lower-level squads, as Adrian Healey of ESPN quipped about on Twitter:

Manchester United, meanwhile, might have the most raw talent of the bunch, especially in their attacking force. Like Arsenal, the question will be more about the defense than about United’s ability to score goals and this group’s ability to finish in a top-four spot for the first time under Louis van Gaal.

And then there is Liverpool.

On some days, the Reds seem downright unbeatable and, as they showed on Sunday after beating Manchester City 2-1, always with a penchant for the dramatic winner. They are certainly red-hot at the moment, having not lost in the new year in Premier League play, and manager Brendan Rodgers was delighted with his team after Sunday’s win, per BBC Football News on Twitter:

On other days, they are pedestrian, plodding, a team still not quite over the loss of Luis Suarez this summer. Where the Gunners have Alexis Sanchez to lean on and United can pick from a wide cast of characters, Liverpool sometimes suffer from a lack of a true talisman or match-winner.

Some days, it is Philippe Coutinho. Some days, Raheem Sterling. When he is healthy, Steven Gerrard still have some magic in him. Ditto for Daniel Sturridge. But unless one of them steps up and consistently provides the magic for the Reds, keeping pace with Arsenal and United is going to be tough for the Reds.

Credit – Bleacher Report
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