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Chelsea look to open up four-point gap

Published:Tuesday | April 13, 2010 | 12:00 AM
Frank Lampard scored against Aston Villa.


Chelsea can open up a four-point lead over Manchester United in the English Premier League title race by beating Bolton today.

United's 0-0 draw at Blackburn on Sunday gave Chelsea more good news after the Blues reached the FA Cup final by beating Aston Villa 3-0 Saturday.

The match against Bolton at Stamford Bridge is one of the five remaining league games for Chelsea, who last won the title in 2006.

"We are playing well, the confidence is high. We have let the lead in the league slip once and we are determined not to let it slip again," Chelsea captain John Terry said. "It is three years since we won the Premier League and we are really determined to get it back to the Bridge. We have seen the team working hard in the last four or five weeks and that is the key.

"The quality has always been there and always will be in the top four or five teams in the Premier League but if we can work hard, win our tackles and do the basics very well then we should be OK."

A team meeting after Chelsea's draw at Blackburn last month helped the Blues turn things around when United seemed to be on target for a fourth straight league title.

"A few weeks ago it didn't look as though we were in the running for anything really," Terry said. "We had the discussion between the management and players and everyone spoke honestly. It was a chance for everyone to get things off their chest."

Arsenal still a threat

But Arsenal remain a threat, sitting only three points behind Chelsea in third place going into tomorrow's north London derby against Tottenham.

While Arsenal will be without several key players, including Cesc Fabregas and Andrei Arshavin, Tottenham midfielder Niko Kranjcar joined his team's injury list in Sunday's FA Cup semifinal loss to Portsmouth. Midfielder Wilson Palacios will also be missing for Spurs after picking up his 10th booking of the season at Wembley Stadium.

"We've got to try and get a fit team out for Wednesday," Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp said. "I couldn't have asked for a better game. If I could choose a game it would be Arsenal at home.

"This wasn't ideal preparation, that's for sure, but the players will have a rest now and we'll get ready to go again."

Also tomorrow, Wigan will be looking to beat relegated Portsmouth to move seven points clear of the drop zone, while Aston Villa can move ahead of Liverpool and into sixth place by beating Everton.