Club Focus – Chelsea – Turbulent week piles pressure on failing Blues

Manchester United and Arsenal have overturned Chelsea’s lead at the top after Blackburn threw a spanner in the works. Four points separate the Blues from leaders Manchester United although salvation can be drawn from a game in hand against lowly Portsmouth.

The Southerners Premier League existence may be pending its finale but their impact could be detrimental on the remainder of the teams aspirations at the opposite end of the league. Despite finding themselves at the trough of top division football a win over Chelsea on Wednesday night could be the most crucial of results in the title chase. Portsmouth come into the game on the back of a heroic comeback victory over fellow strugglers Hull. Recent drubbings to Manchester United and Arsenal with 5-0 and 4-1 defeats respectively suggest there should be no possibility of surprise for the visit of Chelsea. However, Chelsea escaped with a narrow victory in the reverse fixture earlier in the season as a Frank Lampard penalty secured the three points for the Londoners.

Chelsea’s score draw with Blackburn accumulates a total of 20 points dropped away from the Bridge this season. Recent outings proving abysmal and with four away games still to play including trips to Old Trafford and Anfield it seems the Blues aspirations of league glory are following those of Champions League ambitions. Manchester United have recuperated from injury problems and an arguably full strength defence coinciding the form of a potent Wayne Rooney’s mean Chelsea’s chances at Old Trafford are slim. With six pointers more commonly associated with those scraping amongst each other at the bottom of the league, this battle of the titans most certainly warrants the footballing clich

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