PREMIER League champions-elect Chelsea could not have asked for a better run-in. May as well give them the title now.
Antonio Conte’s men face virtually doomed Middlesbrough on Monday and then take on safe and secure West Brom and Watford in their next two games.
Albion away, whatever their position, is never easy of course and Tony Pulis will not settle for anything less than a whole-hearted effort.
But it’s Chelsea’s three remaining home games that hold to key – and it’s hard to see them dropping a single point. Can’t see them blowing it now.
Diego Costa, described by his boss as ‘the best striker in the world’, could have a field day in those final three home games – and walk off with the Golden Boot.
Costa is currently five goals behind leading scorer Romel Lukaka, level with Alexis Sanchez and two behind Harry Kane, but all that could change over the next couple of weeks.
CHELSEA’S REMAINING FIXTURES – AND HOW WE THINK THOSE GAMES WILL GO
Chelsea v Middlesbrough 4-0
West Brom v Chelsea 1-1
Chelsea v Watford 3-1
Chelsea v Sunderland 5-0
FINAL POINTS TALLY: 91
Tottenham, of course, are not giving up the ghost and will be looking to close the gap on Chelsea to one point when they West Ham on Friday night.
The Hammers still need a couple of points to secure Premier League survival so will not make it easy for Spurs at the Olympic Stadium.
Then it’s the no small matter of the visit of Champions League chasing Manchester United for an emotional last game at the Lane.
TOTTENHAM’S REMAINING FIXTURES – AND HOW WE THINK THOSE GAMES WILL GO
West Ham v Spurs 2-2
Spurs v Manchester United 2-1
Leicester v Spurs 1-2
Hull v Spurs 1-3
FINAL POINTS TALLY: 87