Chelsea took another huge step towards the Premier League title with an important win away at West Ham on Monday evening. The Blues are ten points clear once again after their title rivals closed the gap at the weekend, making the three points gained all the more impressive. With 11 games remaining are they on course to break the record for highest number of points reached in one season?
Back in the 2004/05 season, under the guidance of Jose Mourinho, Chelsea swept all before them and reached an astonishing 95 points, losing only one game and conceding just 15 goals. The Blues are currently on 66 points and with 33 points left to play for they could actually end the season on 99 points.
Remaining Premier League fixtures
Crystal Palace (H)
Manchester City (H)
Manchester United (A)
West Brom (A)
Watford (H) (TBA)
Chelsea’s run in is far kinder than some of their title rivals. They have played all of their away London Derbies and their toughest trip on the road will be Man Utd. The standout fixture is City at home, but there are no guarantees they will win every game. We can expect every side to be out to cause Chelsea immense difficulty, while they face some fixtures against teams who will be fighting against relegation.
Antonio Conte has just 11 different starting lineups this season, the lowest of any Premier League side and the consistency is there for all to see. Every player has been a top performer and it’s easy to see why the squad are enjoying themselves so much. Diego Costa netted his 17th league goal of the season against West Ham and Eden Hazard added his 11th in the league – the pair have been scoring freely. But a mention has to go to Pedro, who completes the attacking spearhead, his Premier League contribution has been seven goals and seven assists.
Kante looks set to win back-to-back Premier League titles and, given his impact on a side, there aren’t really any surprises. There is nothing else to say about the Frenchman that hasn’t already been said, but he will no doubt be the key player if Chelsea are to rack up eleven more wins this season and break their record.
No European fixtures
Chelsea have benefitted from not having European fixtures all season, their rivals in the title race have had more games. The Blues have their full attention on the games against City and United, while the two have Europe as a distraction. Conte’s side are still in the FA Cup but extra fixtures have rarely interrupted their domestic campaign.
Can they do it?
Given their performance levels this season Chelsea are more than capable of winning every game until the end of the season. It is a huge task for any side to go on an unbeaten run, let alone a winning one, so while it would be nice for the fans, chances are they will not be too worried if they don’t break the record, considering it’s theirs anyway.
Will Chelsea reach 99 points?