5 occasions when the Premier League has been won early
Man City looks set to win the Premier League with 5 games to spare. Where does this rank among the earliest title wins of the PL era?
The Premier League is considered to be the most competitive football league in the world. However, somehow, that does not seem to apply to Pep Guardiola's current 2017-18 Manchester City squad.
Brushing apart teams with equal ruthlessness as swag, (as of March 13, 2018), Manchester City are walking unobstructed towards their third Premier League title in their history. With eight games remaining to play, City look all set to wrap up their title victory as early as April 7.
With a victory over neighbors United at home on April 7, Manchester City would be inscribing their name on the Premier League trophy with five matches to go. But where does it rank amongst the earliest title victories in the history of Premier League?
#5 Chelsea (2014/15, three matches remaining)
Games remaining before title victory: Three
Matches won/lost: 26/3
26 April 2015 - Draw (Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea)
29 April 2015 - Win (Leicester City 1-3 Chelsea)
3 May 2015 - Win (Chelsea 1-0 Crystal Palace)*
10 May 2015 - Draw (Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool)
18 May 2015 - Lost (West Bromwich 3-0 Chelsea)
24 May 2015 - Win (Chelsea 3-1 Sunderland)
With just three defeats in the entire season, Chelsea wrapped up their title victory on May 3, 2015, with a 1-0 victory over fellow Londoners Crystal Palace, at Stamford Bridge.
An Eden Hazard goal sent the Blues 16 points clear at the top and that was more than enough to secure the fourth Premier League title in their history.
How did the season pan out?
Jose Mourinho's second season in charge of his return to Chelsea was indeed bountiful. To begin with, Chelsea signed the eccentric Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid and Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona, followed by the re-arrival of their legendary striker Didier Drogba.
At the end of the season, not only did Mourinho end up winning the Premier League Manager of the Season award, but his star player Eden Hazard also managed to scoop up the Premier League Player of the Season and the PFA Players' Player of the Season awards. Additionally, six of the 11 players in the PFA Team of the Year were Chelsea players.
In the end, Chelsea's closest competitors remained Manchester City who struggled to cut down the lead and eventually finished eight points behind Chelsea.
While Chelsea always managed to remain at the top at the end of every month, however, on the first day of the new year in 2015, Manchester City managed to equalised Chelsea's point tally (46) as the Blues succumbed to a rare defeat against Tottenham.
A draw and a loss to Everton and Arsenal respectively by Manchester City ensured Chelsea managed to end January as the league leaders and eventually hold on to that lead to win the title.
(* - Bold text indicates the match that sealed their title win)