Chelsea go to Arsenal with outside chance of winning title by record margin

By Brian Sears 24 April 2015 Chelsea lead the Premier League by 10 points and remain on course to finish the season with one of the biggest points margins over the second-placed team ever seen. Whether they get close to the record (18 points) may well depend on how they perform this weekend against Arsenal. Win at the Emirates and and they could go close, with a potential total tally of 94 points on offer. Draw or lose and it starts to look a big task. This is the 34th season that a league win in English football has been awarded with three points....


Chelsea’s unique Premier League record against Man Utd tempers title upset

By Brian Sears 17 April 2015 The Premier League season could still have significant twists and turns at both ends of the table. When Chelsea host Manchester United this weekend, there's a real chance of one. Or is there? Manchester United have been ever-present in England's top division since it was revamped to become the Premier League from 1992-93. They have been the dominant club of the PL era. They have faced 45 different Premier League opponents in that time. And they have a positive head-to-head record against all of them in that period ... except Chelsea. As the graphic below shows, United have...


Resurgent United hope Manchester derby shows rivals City have passed peak oil

By Brian Sears 10 April 2015 Manchester City have been brilliant at times in recent seasons, thrilling to watch as they've scored at will and won two of the past three Premier League titles. But lately they've looked old, inconsistent and brittle, as well as costly in more senses than one. The defeat at Crystal Palace was a case in point. It highlighted City have the oldest squad in England's top division. Eight of the starting XI were aged 29 or older, and one of those under 29, Vincent Kompany, turns 29 today (10th April). If this XI isn't quite on its last legs...