If any club is going to catch Chelsea at the top of the Premier League, they better start their trek towards the top now.
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With 10 matches remaining for most teams, the Blues currently hold a 10-point advantage over second place Tottenham, and Antonio Conte‘s side has shown no signs of slowing down.
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Meanwhile, we’ve got a hearty battle at the bottom as four teams sit within six points of one another. Sunderland has occupied the basement position for much of 2016/17, but can the Black Cats pull off some magic as the season winds down?
|20 (20)||Sunderland: With 50 goals conceded and nobody other than Jermain Jones bagging goals for the Black Cats, Sunderland can only wait for its plummet to the Championship.|
|19 (19)||Middlesbrough: 19 goals in 27 matches doesn’t spell success for the Boro, who sit 19 in the table.
|18 (18)||Hull City: The Tigers have fought valiantly, and their recent victory over Swansea could be what the team needs to propel itself out of the bottom three.
|17 (17)||Bournemouth: It’s been a rough second half for the Cherries but at least they should survive for another season.|
|16 (16)||Crystal Palace: Winners of back-to-back matches, Palace may have found its form again as the relegation battle heats up.|
|15 (15)||Swansea City: The Swans have risen under Paul Clement, and it might be just enough to keep them in England’s top flight come 2017/18.
|14 (13)||Burnley: The Clarets haven’t won since the tail end of January, and although they sit 12th, only seven points separate Burnley from 18th place.
|13 (14)||Leicester City: A UCL quarterfinal and a recent lift in form under Craig Shakespeare. It looks like the Cinderella story is back on!|
|12 (9)||West Ham United: The Hammers haven’t won since Feb. 4, but a top 10 finish could still be in the cards.
|11 (12)||Watford: Only one win in five for the Hornets, and they must be wary of how tight the bottom of the table is.|
|10 (11)||Southampton: The Saints have benefitted from other teams struggling, and with two matches in hand a top 10 finish is very possible once again.|
|9 (10)||West Bromwich Albion: Two straight losses for the Baggies has put a damper on the team’s already bleak hopes of finishing top six.|
||Stoke City: If Stoke could start picking up wins as opposed to draws, Stoke would have a shot at finishing top eight. Goals have been hard to come by for this club though.|
|7 (4)||Manchester United: Three straight winless in all competitions pretty much sums up United’s season. The Red Devils have been good but not great under Jose Mourinho.|
|6 (5)||Everton: The Toffees have quietly gone unbeaten in 10 of their last 11 and moved within two points of six place. If Ronald Koeman can get them there, could he be considered for Manager of the Year?
|5 (7)||Arsenal: The Gunners no longer have Champions League aspirations for this season after being pummeled by Bayern, and their PL title hopes are gone as well. All Arsene Wenger can hope for is to extend his team’s streak of top four finishes.
|4 (3)||Manchester City: Take City’s Champions League collapse out of it. Pep Guardiola‘s side will likely finish top four and possibly top two.|
|3 (6)||Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp‘s backline continues to be this team’s Achilles’ heal and that showed recently with losses at Hull and Leicester. Top three is surely possible but the Reds attack has to continue to shine.|
|2 (2)||Tottenham: Any other season Spurs would go on to win the title, but Chelsea has had their say. Still a tremendous showing thus far from Tottenham.|
|1 (1)||Chelsea: Unbeaten in seven and closing in on the PL crown, the Blues can’t lose the top spot, right?|