Chelsea are still sitting pretty at the top of the table, but boss Jose Mourinho is continuing to claim Manchester City are the title favourites.

They may have come unstuck at Villa Park this evening, but the Blues are still six points clear at the top of the table and have a great chance of taking the trophy back to Stamford Bridge.

Mourinho claims that City’s three games in hand are their saviour, but with the Citizens form of late it would be a shock if they went on to win the rest of their games this season with the Manchester derby next weekend.

Here is why we think Chelsea have to be considered the clear title favourites.

Fixture list

Mourinho has been banging on about Manchester City’s games in hand, but has he had a look at Chelsea’s fixture list?

To say it is kind would be an understatement.

Tough games at home Arsenal and away at Liverpool aside; the Blues are facing solely relegation battling teams. Of course, you can’t take games for granted but Chelsea should not drop too many points from now until the end of the season.

 

Ability to win when not playing well

When Manchester City don’t play well they don’t win. That is just the way it is.

Chelsea and Mourinho have a canny ability to grind out a 1-0 win when they need it most, when they have ten men on the pitch that is!

It may not be the most stylish, but at times it is unbelievably effective especially at Stamford Bridge.

 

Experience

The majority of that Chelsea side, plus Mourinho, has been there and done it in the Premier League.

While City won the title more recently, Chelsea still have the core that has been together for a while and with the likes of John Terry, Petr Cech, Branislav Ivanovic and Frank Lampard all being vastly experienced, that should help.

 

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