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The amazing stat which suggests Chelsea will win the league

Friday 16th December 2016
Chelsea seems to be slowly running away with the 2016/17 Premier League title. The Blues' superb form of late shows no sign of diminishing anytime soon after another convincing win on the road against Sunderland.

Antonio Conte will definitely be thanking the bookmakers who sometime in October slashed the odds on him becoming the next manager to be sacked. This is because that singular act was obviously the extra incentive needed for the former Juventus coach to kickstart his season.
Since then, it's been 10 successive victories for the Italian with his lads scoring an incredible 24 goals and conceding just 2. That streak has seen the Blues establish a six-point lead at the summit of the log above Liverpool and Arsenal, with 40 points. It also ensured they matched their 10-game consecutive winning streak from 2006.

However, Conte's side will have to do a little more in order to equal Arsenal's 14-game streak which is the longest in Premier League history. The Gunners title winning team of 2001/02 held their own from February to August before a 2-2 draw with West Ham. Chelsea faces Crystal Palace and Bournemouth before they play Stoke City and Tottenham in the new year.

Notwithstanding, one thing guaranteed regardless of what happens this weekend is that the Blues will be top of the league at Christmas. And if recent history is anything to go by, it may also mean the title is already wrapped up with over 20 games to spare. This is because on each of the four previous occasions that Chelsea have been top going into the festive period, they have gone on to win the title, doing so in 2004/05, 2005/06, 2009/10 and most recently in 2014/15.
Of the winners of the other 20 Premier League seasons, only eight lifted the trophy after having been top at Christmas. In total, that makes 12 of 24 winners who have held on to the lead from December through to May. It has become a more common occurrence, though, with nine of the last 12 seasons seeing the team top at Christmas go on to win the title, with Liverpool in 2013/14 the only exception in the last seven campaigns.

But Conte, who could become the third Italian to win the prestigious trophy, is refusing to be carried away by his side's remarkable run.

"I hope we recover very well after this battle to try to arrive at Christmas in an incredible position in the table. I prefer not to look at the top of the table," Conte said, attempting to play down Chelsea's title talk after Wednesday's victory over the Black Cats. "We are doing something important up to now, but the league doesn't finish today. There are still three games before the halfway stage of the season."

Considering the Blues have gone ahead to win the league every single time they've been top of the log at Christmas, it's almost safe to say that Conte's lads are champions elect.
Toby Prince

If the sport has 11-men on each side, a ball and lasts for 90 minutes then I'll write about it. Simply put, I'm an unrepentant soccer freak that other freaks will, however, call a geek. I do find time for music when not watching the beautiful game, though and have been known to produce the odd track. 


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