10 things that could still happen between now and the end of the season
This weird and wonderful campaign is not over yet. We explore a few scenarios that the run-in might throw up...
Tottenham win the title -
Don’t put the champagne on ice just yet, Chelsea fans.
Your side may sit 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League, but with four of the top eight to play, this title race isn’t over.
The Blues have to go to Everton and West Brom as well as play Manchester City and Manchester United, with a difficult trip to Bournemouth to navigate, too.
And any slip up could open the door for Tottenham.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side have to play just two top-half teams before the end of the season, Arsenal and Manchester United, both after Harry Kane’s return from injury.
They would probably have to win all of their games – difficult, but not impossible – and if they did, would put pressure on Chelsea to claim 21 points from a possible remaining 30.
Everton qualify for the Champions League -
Let’s assume that Chelsea, Manchester, City and Tottenham retain their places in the Premier League’s top three.
If they do so comfortably, fourth place is not yet out of Everton’s grasp.
In the last 10 matches, they have picked up seven more points than Arsenal and 10 more than Liverpool.
If similar form continued until the end of the season, Ronald Koeman’s side would likely finish fifth.
They need Manchester United to slip up a little more often to get into that top four, but they are far from out of the race.
The Toffees have to play the three sides above them, have the league’s in-form striker leading their line, and are playing under little pressure.
Sunderland do it again
Everyone but Sunderland supporters surely wish for this tedious Premier League existence to end this time around, but they have simply done it far too often to be discounted.
They may be as short as to go down, but with seven of the bottom half still to play, and England’s No.9 up front, it’s almost inevitable that the Mackems are going to give it a good go.
Leicester avoid the worst ever title defence
A couple of months ago, Leicester would have settled for emerging with the worst Premier League title defence as the only ignominy from their season.
But now, having beaten off crisis, Chelsea’s 2015/16 points tally is within their grasp.
The Blues recorded 50 points last season, and with Leicester now on 30, they would need to claim 21 points from their remaining 10 matches to usurp them and probably finish in the top half ( .
That they have six of the current top 10 to play does not improve their chances, but under Craig Shakespeare the Foxes have looked like their title-winning selves again.
Sergio Aguero wins the Golden Boot -
For no other striker in the division would you consider an eight-goal deficit in the Golden Boot standings reversable.
But remember Sergio Aguero’s five-goal haul against Newcastle last season? Or his four against Tottenham the year before?
The Argentine is electric, and capable of reeling off eight or nine goals in just a couple of weeks.
In a free-scoring City side, and on a run of seven goals in seven matches, don’t rule him out just yet.
Sam Allardyce to get relegated -
Might the year from hell continue for Sam Allardyce?
Having never been relegated as a manager, Crystal Palace are still in far deeper trouble then they appear.
Though the Eagles have recently secured 1-0 home victories over Middlesbrough and Watford, their upcoming fixture list is distinctly unkind.
Allardyce’s side must play every member of the esteemed top six in their last 10 matches, very possibly picking up no points whatsoever in the process.
That would leave them under pressure to win at least three of their four other games to be relatively safe.
Having lost his dream job, might the former England manager relinquish his prized record, too?
English Champions League semi-finalist -
Yes, English clubs have suffered in Europe recently.
But since 2003, the Champions League semi-final line-up has not featured a Premier League side just three times.
Pressure’s on, Leicester.
PSG fail to win Ligue 1 -
PSG have spent £122m on new players in the last 12 months, only designed to extend and expand their monopoly over French football.
Monaco, meanwhile, shelled out £42m – no individual cost more than £13m – and were forced to loan out or release several high-earners.
Yet the latter look set to end the former’s run of four consecutive Ligue 1 titles.
Without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, PSG have struggled for inspiration. Edinson Cavani has scored prolifically, but not many of his team-mates have joined him.
Monaco, meanwhile, have blitzed the division.
Leonardo Jardim’s side have quite phenomenally netted 87 goals in 30 league matches and show no sign of relinquishing their three-point lead at the top, having won 10 and drawn two of their last 12 league matches.
But with Tiemoue Bakayoko, Fabinho, Bernardo Silva and the amazing Kylian Mbappe all poised for summer moves, this season should prove a blip, rather than a trend, for the defending champions.
Luis Enrique repeats first-year treble -
When Luis Enrique announced his resignation, Barcelona had just lost 4-0 to PSG – a sign that they had lost their identity and spark.
But that miraculous second-leg comeback, combined with an under-the-radar run to the Copa Del Rey final, has suddenly opened up the possibility of Enrique winning his second treble in three years as Barca boss.
They should win that cup final against Alaves, and are suddenly the bookies’ favourites to lift the Champions League.
With Real Madrid still to play at the Bernabeu, they have every chance of overturning their two-point deficit at the top of La Liga, too – though Real Madrid do have a game in hand.
Presumably because of Enrique’s announcement, rather than in spite of it, the Catalans have found their mojo again.
They couldn’t, could they?
A top-six manager to leave… but not Arsene Wenger
Will he? Won’t he?
A north London managerial hero may be presiding over his final few weeks in English football.
No, not you, Arsene.
Mauricio Pochettino's affiliation with Espanyol makes him an unlikely choice for Barcelona. But if he got the call, could he turn it down?
Pep and Jose seem almost certain to do battle again next year, as they both are with Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.
Antonio Conte, though, remains the subject of speculation. His family live in Italy, and he was reportedly unhappy that a January transfer splurge was not bankrolled from above.
Could he be tempted by a big move from Inter Milan?
Stranger things have happened.