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History suggests no one will catch Chelsea

Chelsea won again this weekend. They ground out a dull, uninspiring but effective 1-0 victory away to Crystal Palace. That makes three 1-0 victories in a row, and 11 wins overall since the last time they walked away without all three points. Antonio Conte's team now has 43 points through 17 games. They will head into the busy Christmas period with either a six- or seven-point advantage over their closest competitors. It's getting increasingly hard to see how any team is going to launch a true title challenge against this Chelsea squad.

In the upcoming battle of Chelsea against the field, history is not on the field's side.

The Premier League moved to a 20-team format before the 1995-96 season. In the 21 seasons leading up to the current one, the Premier League leader after 17 games won the league 10 times, and were run down 11 times. So far, so good for those who want drama -- an even-money chance that Chelsea get unseated. Dig a little deeper though, and things get daunting.

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