"It’s all going horribly wrong for Chelsea," summarised Paul Merson to Sky Sports this week, reflecting on the turn of form that former Premier League pace-setters Chelsea have suffered having lost four of their last six away games and now must revive their title challenge in what should, on paper, be a comfortable victory over Stoke City on Saturday afternoon.
He continued: "After losing to Crystal Palace, they had a bad 3-1 defeat in Paris and now they have to win this game to keep their title hopes alive.
"I’ve never known a title race like this because there’s three teams [Manchester City, Liverpool & Chelsea] in it and I reckon if any of them win all of their remaining games then they will win the league.
"They all have a chance, but Chelsea need to get a win under their belts quickly. The season seems to be catching up with them at the wrong time; they lack a top centre-forward and when they win games they are not winning easily and are not able to rest players."
Merson believes Chelsea will end up overseeing Stoke City by a 2-0 score and Jose Mourinho's home form backs that up as the Portuguese continues to extend his Stamford Bridge record where he has won 60 and drawn 14.
"It could all be over for them in a week, but I think they will beat Stoke and their season will carry on."