If Sir Alex Ferguson was still in charge of Manchester United, this would be the moment in which he invoked the memory of infamous racehorse Devon Loch. Only an inexplicable collapse like that of the race leader at the 1956 Grand National could cost Chelsea the title now and Ferguson was never afraid to employ the Loch analogy in an effort to ratchet up the pressure on his rivals. But let us not deceive ourselves. Injuries have come thick and fast for United and even a heavy win at Stamford Bridge...
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Wembley Way this weekend will greet fans of four clubs hoping to be back there on May 30 for the final. On Saturday, Championship side Reading attempt to become the first Football League finalists since Cardiff City lost 2008's final to Portsmouth, while holders Arsenal want a repeat of last season when they beat Hull to claim the prize. Meanwhile, Sunday sees Aston Villa and Liverpool find a welcome distraction from their Premier League problems.
Here are five themes to consider.
1. The forgotten...
Sports fans take considerable pride in their ability to recall the most pointless minutiae, yet they are some things even they are not wired to recall. Great matches are easily recalled; great days less so. Even if there are two of three memorable contests on a certain day or weekend, we are more likely to remember them individually than as part of an extended session during which we became one with our couch.
The occasional exceptions prove the rule and one of the most powerful has its 25th anniversary...
Premier League Spotlight previews the weekend's top-flight fixtures, highlighting the key points to keep an eye on as the action unfolds.
Crystal Palace vs. West Brom
Everton vs. Burnley
Leicester vs. Swansea
Stoke vs. Southampton
Chelsea vs. Man Utd
Man City vs. West Ham
Newcastle vs. Tottenham
Battle of the Weekend: Chelsea vs. Man United
Chelsea are being very selfish. Their dead-eyed march to the Premier League title has hardly had a misstep. And that lack of a significant slip has left fans who get their kicks from drama feeling cheated. Those thirsty for a title race are better off looking elsewhere -- perhaps a division lower in the Championship....
Can anyone knock Barcelona off the top of the Power Rankings? FC Porto and Real Madrid are making their cases.
1. Barcelona (no change)
Luis Enrique's side continue to impress in 2015. Though Saturday's 2-2 draw with Sevilla -- a game in which they took a 2-0 lead and should have made it five or six before conceding a late equalizer -- was a letdown, they showed no signs of damage in Wednesday's comprehensive 3-1 win over PSG. Seizing control of their Champions League quarterfinal in the first...
The mood has changed in the Premier League.
Forget almost everything you were hearing even a few months ago. Back then, so we all thought, Manchester City had such a talented squad that they might easily overhaul Chelsea at the top. Manchester United were a disjointed outfit that surely could not make the top four as Louis van Gaal groped hopelessly for a winning formula. Arsenal fans were, as usual, bombarding radio stations with calls for Arsene Wenger to go.
Liverpool were labouring in a midtable...