Stoke City vs Chelsea: Chelsea could stay top of the Premier League tree tonight - but does that mean they will win the title?

History certainly favours the Blues

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Chelsea will be this year's Christmas No 1 so long as they do not lose by two goals or more at Stoke City tonight, but does history suggest that means they will go on to win the Premier League?

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The Blues could be top of the Premier League tree for only the third time  - and for Chelsea, this means they will go on to win the title.

 

In each of the three seasons that Chelsea have previously been top of the Premier League on Christmas Day, they have gone on to win the trophy.

Season Xmas No 1League Winner
2009/10Chelsea  Chelsea
2005/06Chelsea  Chelsea
2004/05Chelsea  Chelsea

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Jose Mourinho lifts the Premier League trophy in 2005

In addition, in four out of the past five seasons, the team who was top of the Premier League on Christmas Day went on to win the Premier League. However, last year's Xmas No 1, Liverpool, led Arsenal by goal difference at this stage, but would eventually finish the season in second place.

SeasonXmas No 1League winner
2013/14LiverpoolMan City
2012/13Man UnitedMan United
2011/12Man CityMan City
2010/11Man UnitedMan United
2009/10ChelseaChelsea

 

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