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Goal difference may decide Premier League for first time

| 03.05.2011

Never before in the Premier League era has the title been decided on goal difference, but this could all be set to change this season.

Only three points separate Manchester United and Chelsea with three games remaining and the fact that the pair still have to play each other means that an exciting end to the season awaits.

It is 7/2 in the Premier League odds that goal difference decides the whereabouts of the title and for this to realistically be the case Chelsea must win their next game at Old Trafford, which would put them level on points with Manchester United.

The same two clubs were joint top heading to the final day of the 2008 campaign, but Chelsea could only draw at home with Bolton as Manchester United won at Wigan.

However, the title race is much closer this season, with Chelsea having an inferior goal difference of 17 goals in 2008, while this time a 1-0 victory at Old Trafford would hand them the initiative by two goals.

A Chelsea victory would make the final two games hugely exciting, as they have the tougher run in at home to Newcastle and a big banana skin away at Everton.

Manchester United are away at a Blackburn team which they have already beaten 7-1 this season and at home to Blackpool, who certainly have had no problems shipping goals all campaign.

Therefore, Manchester United must have the advantage of taking the title on goal difference and they would be heavy favourites to win the Premier League by simply avoiding defeat against Chelsea.

Manchester United’s odds are 1/4 to win the Premier League, with Chelsea currently available at 11/4, although they would significantly shorten with a victory at Old Trafford.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.