Chelsea carry a seven-point lead with eight games remaining is not a cast-iron guarantee of success, but it’s hard to see the Blues straying from the blueprint which has taken them to the top.
Don’t forget that Antonio Conte won the championship with Juventus in each of his last three seasons as a club manager. The Italian knows his way around a run-in and will have delighted Chelsea by brushing aside rumours that he might decamp back to Serie A this summer to Inter Milan.
As it stands the half-time scores in the Premier league are:
- Stoke 1-0 Liverpool – Walters heads hosts in front
- Man City 1-0 Hull – Elmohamady turns Navas cross into own net
- West Ham 1-0 Swansea – Kouyate adds to Swans’ relegation fears
- West Brom 0-1 Southampton – Clasie puts Saints in front
- Middlesbrough 0-0 Burnley – Boro seven points from safety
- Result: Spurs thrash Watford 4-0 in early game
- Chelsea travel to Bournemouth in late game
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