Another Premier League championship for Chelsea no longer looks like a sure thing

Cork Gaines

Chelsea's second Premier League championship in three years seemed like a foregone conclusion in mid-March. Instead, things have suddenly become interesting thanks to a red-hot Tottenham Hotspur club.

When the Premier League entered their two-week break in February, Chelsea had an eight-point lead in the table with only three losses. Meanwhile the Spurs limped into the break, with only one win in their four prior matches, and sitting ten points behind Chelsea in third place. 

Immediately after the break, Chelsea seemingly continued to march towards the title, winning their first three matches as their chances of winning the championship grew to 95%, according to FiveThirtyEight.com. But then came two losses in their next four matches, including this past weekend to Manchester United.

Meanwhile, the Spurs came out of the break on fire, winning all seven of their matches so far. As a result, they have cut Chelsea's lead in the table to just four points. Chelsea still has strong 85% chance to win the title with six matches to go. But suddenly their claim to the league trophy doesn't seem as firm.

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