The Five Games that Defined this EPL Season

QPR v Chelsea

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

Result: Chelsea Win, 1-0

This game, which Chelsea in no way deserved to win, is the perfect example of why Chelsea will win the EPL this season. There was almost an inevitability to both that game and this season. No matter how they are playing, Chelsea would pull off a win. Mourinho has this team almost mechanically winning games so that even when they aren’t at their best, they’re still chugging along.

Manchester City v Arsenal

Sunday, January 18th, 2015

Result: Arsenal Win, 2-0

Considering that Arsenal have a game in hand on Manchester City and are tied on points, it is well within the realms of possibility that Arsenal will finish this EPL season in 2nd place. This was the game that started this incredible run of form. Although there was a loss to Spurs two weeks later, this was the game that showed Arsenal could be the real deal. Manchester City a team that they tended to struggle against but Wenger showed that this new-look Arsenal squad have it in them to punch with the big boys.

Liverpool v Manchester United

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

Result: Manchester United Win, 2-1

Before this game, Liverpool were the in-form team in Europe, let alone the EPL. They were charging up the table and 4th place looked like it was only a matter of time. Manchester United, their old enemies, were coming to Anfield and a Liverpool win would put them in 4th place. What ended up happening was Liverpool would come out of that game with a demoralizing loss, two key players banned, and zero points. Liverpool would go on to get 4 points of a possible 15 in this run. This is probably the game that killed off the race for Top 4 in the Premier League this season. If Liverpool don’t pull themselves out of this form, last season’s Manager of the Year could find himself out of a job.

Manchester United v Manchester City

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

Result: Manchester United Win, 4-2

I know, there’s a lot of Manchester on this list. This game needed to be added, though, because it is the best example of why Manchester City find themselves 10 points behind Chelsea having played a game more. This performance was apathetic and downright dour. The City players seemed to float through most of the game. This result came after a 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace that set them back even further. This game is perfectly emblematic of why Manchester City haven’t truly challenged for the EPL title this season.

Leicester City v West Ham United

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

Result: Leicester City Win, 2-1

This game may be a bit of a shocker to have made this list, but it was shocker of a result at the time. Leicester had been anchored to the bottom of the table for most of the season. They seemed like certainties to be relegated next season. What happened was a great show of character from Foxes, beating a West Ham side who had been having a relatively good season. After this game, Leicester has won three more games, bringing them outside of the relegation zone for the first time in a long time and shocking the rest of the league. They are only 1 point away from Aston Villa and relative safety but face the indomitable Chelsea next. With 5 more games this season, the magic number of 36 (estimated point total to achieve safety from relegation) is very possible if they can keep this form up.

About Jeff Snyder

Jeff Snyder is a professional writer and has been in sports broadcast for almost half a decade. You can follow him on Twitter at @TheJackAnty.

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