Taking the Premier League title momentum is in Manchester City's hands as the Citizens could ensure an ascendancy in the division by securing maximum points this week, that is according to two-time titlist Paul Merson, who claims that successive victories over Manchester United in the derby on Tuesday evening at Old Trafford followed by a Saturday triumph over Arsenal will see City emerge as "big, big favourites".
He explained in his Sky Sports column: "This is a big week for Manchester City [because] they play Manchester United away and Arsenal away and if they can get through those games I'd make them big, big favourites to win the league."
Currently comfortably atop the Premier League table with a 69 point haul after 31 matchdays, Chelsea are four points ahead of Liverpool but have an extra game advantage. They lead City by six points, but have a three game advantage over them, while they tower over fourth-placed Arsenal.
"They have to win both games," said Merson, who identifies Chelsea's run-in, that is mostly against mid to lower table teams, to be less arduous than City's.
"I don't think they can afford to draw many more matches when you look at Chelsea's fixtures. They can maybe afford to lose one game before the end of the season - and you don't want that to happen too early in the run-in."