Why the form book is good news for Rafa Benitez at Chelsea

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Chelsea fans may want Rafa out, but their form in context of others show life is not 'that bad'.

Ask most Chelsea fans as to their perspective on life under Rafa Benitez and you will get a very glum response in return concerning the unpopular manager.

But a look at the recent form book in the Premier League shows perhaps it shouldn't be that way.

Assessed over the past six games; Chelsea are one of the top three teams in the Premier League on current form.

Their record of three wins, two draws, and one loss, is only bettered by Tottenham (three wins, three draws) and Manchester United (five wins, one draw).

While showing just how United have accelerated since the turn of the year, it also displays that Benitez isn't too far off getting it right at Chelsea. When you consider the two draws - when they let 2-0 leads slip against Reading and Southampton, should really have been wins, it really would have been looking positive for Benitez.

While it is naive to think at present that Benitez will remain in post come May, he is determined to, despite the fact it was reported that a loss to Wigan at the weekend would have cost him his job.

Manchester City have an equal record with Chelsea over the past six matches (three wins, two draws and a loss), with the next two clubs Arsenal and Reading.

Picking up 11 points from a possible 18 isn't title winning form, United's 16 from 18 is, which is why it is especially frustrating Chelsea blew those leads otherwise they'd have 15 from 18 and be feeling a lot better about themselves.

The most out of form team in the league is Wigan, no wins in six, narrowly behind West Ham, Stoke, Aston Villa and Norwich.

One thing is clear for Benitez, given the current upset of Chelsea fans, he needs their form to improve even further if he is do stay in with a chance of remaining in post. With this much displeasure at present, you can only imagine the outcry if it gets worse.

Chelsea fans what do you make of the club's current form?

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