Similarities to 09/10 season means Man City will win Premier League
You have to look back to the 2009/10 Premier League season to uncover the last instance that a team to go on to lift the title were beaten in both top-flight meetings with one of their main rivals during the campaign.
And the other similarity is that the two teams in question in that campaign were Chelsea and Manchester City, with the former going on to be crowned champions by just a single point from Manchester United.
Manchester neighbours City did their best to bring the title to the north west, winning 2-1 at home in the December, before leaving Stamford Bridge with maximum points in February.
This February reverse was Chelsea’s only home loss of the season and so it is somewhat ironic that four years on, the boot is on completely the other foot.
Chelsea have not only done the double over Manuel Pellegrini, but have been responsible for Man City’s first dropped points at home of the campaign.
In Chelsea’s last title-winning season, they only failed to collect five points at home, with Everton managing to escape the Bridge with a draw.
Instead, it is was on the road where Chelsea almost threw away the title, losing five times and drawing another four games.
Man City have already lost four road trips and drawn another two, with their away fixture list not the most enticing for the remainder of the season.
Visits to Arsenal, Liverpool, Everton and Man Utd await, which are fixtures that returned a total of seven points last season.
Therefore, Man City’s odds of 1/1 to win the Premier League are certainly still worth taking, as they currently sit alongside Chelsea, two points adrift of table-toppers Arsenal.
In the same market, Chelsea can be backed at 2/1, with Arsenal available at 4/1.