'Leaning towards': Chris Sutton predicts where Chelsea will finish in the Premier League
Chris Sutton cast an eye over his crystal ball and estimated that Chelsea would win the Premier League, having previously handed the title to Manchester City.
Writing for the Daily Mail, Sutton revealed his altered prophecy in favour of the Champions League holders.
Right now, Thomas Tuchel’s men are in pole position to claim the club’s first top-flight trophy since 2016/17.
They are currently at the summit of the English mountain, having only lost once on route to their withering heights.
However, the chasing pack continue to make ground on the front runners.
Pep Guardiola’s boys in blue are just a point behind Chelsea, with Liverpool only two away.
Chris changes his mind about Chelsea
With the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Leicester City all teetering in mid-table, it seems the open-top bus will be heading to one of three stadiums at the campaign’s conclusion.
Sutton suggested that Stamford Bridge would be starting destination for the lap around South West London.
“At the start of the season, I tipped Manchester City to win the Premier League, but that came with an asterisk,” said the former Blues striker.
“It was provided they completed the signing of Harry Kane which, at the time, looked likely.
“Now that a third of the season has passed, I’m leaning towards Chelsea, who did sign Romelu Lukaku.
“But let’s be honest, any one of Chelsea, City and Liverpool could win it.
“Even without a striker, City are capable of being crowned champions. Their performance at Chelsea in September was one of complete control.
“But I sense that this will end up being a special season for Thomas Tuchel and that it will be dark blue ribbons getting tied to that trophy in May.”
No room for error
Despite Chelsea’s present grip on the division, they will be well aware of the heat burning down on the back of their necks.
Especially after dropping points in back-to-back home fixtures, against relegation threatened Burnley and a mediocre Manchester United side.
Meanwhile, City have won three on the spin, whilst Liverpool are 8-0 up from their last two fixtures.
The rights to the league could be handed over in January, as Tuchel’s team face the Reds and the Cityzens in succession after the New Year.
Expect fireworks for sure.