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Later today Chelsea will take on Manchester City in what will be, so far, the biggest match of the season. Currently Chelsea are 5 points clear of Man City, who are their closest rivals at the top of the English Premiership. If Chelsea can win at home today they will go 8 points clear, but if they lose the lead will be cut to only 2 points.

Chelsea go into the game after a shock defeat last weekend in the FA Cup at home to lowly Bradford City, a game they lost 4-2 making it their heaviest defeat at home under Jose Mourinho. A fortnight ago they thrashed Swansea City 5-0 away, and they have also had two mid-week games against Liverpool in the semifinals of the League Cup, drawing the away leg 1-1 and winning the home leg 1-0.

Manchester City go into the game playing their first match since their shock FA Cup defeat last weekend to Middlesborough 2-0 and their home defeat to Arsenal 2-0 the weekend before. So, on paper, Chelsea should be the more confident side with a better recent record. But, today’s game will probably mostly be about who can handle the pressure the better – with such importance riding on the game. In this respect I expect Chelsea to come out on top, as Mourinho is the master tactician and sides he coaches usually can handle the big occasions masterfully. But, we will know later today – kick off is at 17:30 GMT.



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The match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield yesterday (Sunday the 27th of April) was billed as the title decider. Going into the game Liverpool had the English Premiership title within their grasp, with only three games to go they were on a long winning streak of 11 matches. But, in a tactical masterpiece by Jose Mourinho, Chelsea beat them 2-0 and have possibly not only derailed Liverpool’s title hopes, but left Chelsea in with a chance of taking the title themselves.

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The impetus is now with Manchester City. With a game in hand, and a superior goal difference, if City can win their remaining three games the title is theirs, irrespective of what Liverpool and Chelsea do. City’s remaining three games are against Everton away, then Aston Villa at home and finally West Ham United at home. All three games are winnable for City, Everton are possibly the only team who can threaten them. Liverpool’s remaining games are Crystal Palace away followed by Newcastle at home, again two games they should win. Finally, Chelsea’s run-in is Norwich at home followed by Cardiff away, two games they should easily win.

So, based on form the title should end up in Man City’s hands, but Liverpool fans will be hoping that one of City’s remaining opponents can at least get a draw against them, that would be enough for Liverpool to take the title as long as they win their remaining games. Chelsea need both City and Liverpool to slip up, so that is what I am hoping for!

Who do you think is going to win the title?



The English Premier League as of this morning, Monday the 28th of April. Liverpool and Chelsea have two games remaining, Manchester City have three.

The English Premier League as of this morning, Monday the 28th of April. Liverpool and Chelsea have two games remaining, Manchester City have three.



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On Tuesday evening (24th of January), Cardiff City football club won their semi-final of the League Cup (currently called the Carling Cup), beating Crystal Palace in a penalty shoot-out, after drawing 1-1 on aggregate after extra time. This puts them through to the final, where they will meet Liverpool, who beat Manchester City last night.

Amazingly, this will be Cardiff City’s fourth trip to Wembley Stadium, the home of English football, in 4 years. In 2008 they reached the final of the FA Cup, but were beaten by Portsmouth 1-0 (they beat Barnsley in the semi final which was also played there). In the 2009/10 season they reached the Football League Championship play-off final to gain the 3rd place promotion to the Premier League, but were beaten by Blackpool 3-2.

I only live about 2km from the new Cardiff City Stadium, and when Crystal Palace missed their penalty on Tuesday evening, I could hear the roar from the crowd. I am pleased for Cardiff City, as they have had a heartbreaking string of near misses over the last several seasons. In the 2008/09 season, they failed to make the play-offs for promotion to the Premier League by the narrowest of margins, only being placed below Preston on goals scored during the season, as even their goal difference was the same.

In the 2009/10 season, as mentioned above, their lost in the play-off final at Wembley to Blackpool, and in the 2010/11 season (last season), they again made the play-offs, but lost to Reading on aggregate in the 1st round of the play-offs.

They have also had to see their fiercest rivals, Swansea City, gain promotion to the Premier League last season. Although I grew up supporting Chelsea, as I now live in Cardiff I also support my local club, and my teenage son has a season ticket so goes to most Cardiff City home games.

The final of the League Cup is on the 26th of February, and Liverpool will be an interesting opposition. Until 2009, Liverpool were the most successful English football club in history, having won the old first division a record 18 times. This record was equalled and then surpassed by Manchester United in the 2008/09 and 2010/11 seasons. Liverpool have still won the European Cup more times than any other English (or British) football club, 5 times. Amazingly, they have not been to Wembley to play a final since 1996.

Given Cardiff City’s recent years of close misses, I am hopefully they can upset the expectations and beat Liverpool in a month’s time, and win their first major trophy since they won the FA Cup in 1927. We shall see.

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