CHELSEA are on the threshold of securing the English Premier League title and when they do, they will have every right to bask in the glory that so many crave.
A victory over Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge tomorrow, regardless of what happens elsewhere, would see the Blues lift the most coveted piece silverware in British football.
There will, however, be other battles strewn across the league that will be fought with equal intensity, if not greater.
The conviction for Manchester City to improve on a terrible last two months should seriously be tested in the late game tomorrow when they visit London to face sixth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.
But the bigger spotlight will be trained on Stamford Bridge, only to see if Chelsea do indeed wrap-up the title race as many expect.
They beat Leicester City in midweek and had to come from behind. Jose Mourinho, their flamboyant and outspoken Portuguese manager, would not mind how they do though – as long as they do it.
Having been unjustly criticised as boring by some outfits who have not won the Premiership crown in a decade or more, Chelsea will have the last laugh and it is my guess that they will beat the Eagles in an earlier fixture tomorrow and then celebrate through the night. And who would begrudge – not ordinary football fans.
City have been the great failure of the Premier League this season, but notwithstanding this, if results go their way and they win their remaining matches, they could yet finish runners-up.
At the moment, it looks like Arsenal will take second place and leave the Citizens, who for much of the season appeared to be making a fight to retain their league title.
The fourth and final qualifying place for next season’s European Champions League from the Premier League is occupied by Manchester United – the team which has fallen from grace since the departure of Alex Ferguson.
Old Trafford fans might suggest that returning to the Champions League is great stuff, but in reality it is far from it.
This is a club that still thinks they are top of the world, but they are nowhere near it, not in terms of football anyway.
They might be among the richest in the world, but when it comes to football they are sorely lacking and they were found out last weekend when Everton thrashed the Red Devils side three-nil.
They might be in for another surprise should West Bromwich Albion pick up where they left off against Liverpool in midweek.
The Baggies beat the Reds and in the process snuffed whatever slim hopes the Anfield side had of clinching fourth spot and a place back in Europe’s elite competition.
Although Man United look set to make that place safe, another performance like last weekend’s could set off the alarm bells again.
Liverpool, who are at home to Queens Park Rangers today, will be just as keen on returning to winning ways. Failure to do so could leave Tottenham in a good position to climb above them in the standings and bring more pain for Brendan Rodgers and his over-rated stars.
Arsenal have been the form team of late, although one should mention that they were somewhat fortunate to come away with a point against Chelsea last weekend. They should, however, get the better of Hull City, whom they visit on Monday.
Trailing Man City only on goal difference, but with a game in hand, the Gunners would be three adrift with two games in hand, should the Citizens win tomorrow.
Indeed, by the time Arsenal play their next game, Chelsea could be Premier League champions again. For me, it would be the least they deserve. They have been strongest team around this term and the most compact.
Some might do well to learn a thing or two from this Blues squad – particularly the big-talking Liverpool and Man United lots.