Premier League predictions: five matches that will decide the title

01 April 2010 03:02
Manchester United v Chelsea

Saturday 3 April

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Prediction: Draw, United remain a point clear

Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal

Wednesday 14 April

Arsenal are sitting in the last chance saloon. Arsene Wenger will hope United and Chelsea draw, in which case wins at home against Wolves and at White Hart Lane 11 days later will bring them within two points. Drop points here, though, and the Frenchman can kiss the title goodbye on both cheeks.

Prediction: Tottenham win, Arsenal's title challenge over

Manchester City v Manchester United

Saturday 17 April

United's last genuinely threatening fixture, and what a game it promises to be. Unlike Chelsea, Sir Alex Ferguson will have a full six days to prepare for this lunchtime fixture. After this, only two home games and a manageable trip to Sunderland remain. If they are still in front after this weekend, it may well be game over.

Prediction: Draw

Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea

Saturday 17 April

Harry Redknapp may be the man who decides the title race, with Tottenham having to play all three challengers between now and the rest of the season. For all Chelsea's historical dominance over Tottenham, they have actually won only one of their last four fixtures on the ground. They have to win and hope Spurs can get something at Old Trafford a week later.

Prediction: Chelsea win and go a point clear

Liverpool v Chelsea

Saturday 1 May

Both United and Chelsea have simple final-day fixtures: at home to Stoke and Wigan respectively, so it could all come down to whether Carlo Ancelotti can conquer Anfield. Rafa Benitez's team may well be challenging for fourth spot, and if both teams desperately need a win, it could well be a high-scoring classic along the lines of Liverpool's 4-4 draw with Arsenal last season.

Prediction: Liverpool win, United win title

Source: Telegraph