Chelsea fans still upbeat

The English Premier League season is shaping up to be an intriguing climax, and for fans in the Cayman Islands the excitement is welcome after last year’s boring march to the title by Manchester United.

United is not in the running this time round under new boss David Moyes, but for Chelsea fans like Keamille Mighty, the multiple possibilities heighten the interest.

Mighty plays for Sunset Football Club but would love to turn out for the Blues at Stamford Bridge and play alongside heroes like Branislav Ivanovic and Ramires. A Chelsea supporter since childhood in Jamaica, he believes they have “the best managers and best game plan and they play with heart.”

To an extent, Mighty, 32, is right because in recent years Chelsea have won an array of trophies, including the Champions League, Europa League, Premier League and FA Cup.

Over the weekend, Steven Gerrard scored twice from the penalty spot as Liverpool stretched their Premier League winning streak to nine matches and returned to the top of the table with a 2-1 win at West Ham on Sunday, while Arsenal slumped again in a 3-0 thrashing at Everton.

Liverpool leads Chelsea by two points. Manchester City is four points off the pace but has two games in hand.

Arsenal was early season leaders but has secured only two points from their last four matches. The Gunners remain in fourth place, one point above Everton but have played one more game so a Champions League place is far from certain for the Londoners.

Mighty has high hopes for Chelsea to regain the Prem title they last won three years ago. “If we don’t win it, we have to come second, nothing less,” he said. “I think we can still pull it off despite Liverpool being at the top now and City having two games in hand. We always squeeze in a goal or two when it matters.”

Liverpool only needs to win all five of their remaining matches to secure their first title in 24 years, but it will not be easy.

They play Manchester City at home on Sunday, then are away to Norwich before hosting Chelsea the following week. It’s Crystal Palace away next for the Reds, and finally a home fixture against Newcastle.

Chelsea plays Swansea away on Sunday and then hosts Sunderland before going to Anfield. Their last two games are Norwich at home and Cardiff City away.

City looks to have the easiest finish after the Liverpool game because four of their six final matches will be at home – to Sunderland, West Brom, Aston Villa and West Ham – and their two away games are to Crystal Palace and Everton.