Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher has claimed that the Premier League title will be “sewn up” by Chelsea if they overcome Manchester City in Wednesday’s clash.
The Blues have led the way at the top of the standings for the majority of the season, but a shred of doubt may have emerged at the weekend.
Chelsea lost only their fourth league game of the campaign when they succumbed to Crystal Palace 2-1 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
It ended an unbeaten run of eight games in the top flight, and after Tottenham Hotspur overcame Burnley, Chelsea’s lead at the top of the table has been cut to seven points.
The defeat has put even more importance on the midweek encounter with City, who head to the Bridge on the back of a 2-2 draw with Arsenal.
Pep Guardiola’s side held the lead twice, but were pegged back by goals from Theo Walcott and Shkodran Mustafi.
The results over the weekend have opened up the title race by a fraction, but Carragher believes that it will all be over if Chelsea get their desired result on Wednesday. He said on Sky Sports News:
“It wasn’t like it was a poor performance and there are cracks starting to appear. If they win that game against Man City that puts everything to bed. It’s virtually the title sewn up.”