Paul Merson explains why Chelsea will win the title

The former Arsenal midfielder believes Chelsea will win the Premier League title

Paul Merson is backing Chelsea to win the Premier League title this season.

The Blues appeared to be coasting to a fifth Premier League crown after a run of 13 successive top-flight victories to leave Chelsea six points clear of their closest rivals Liverpool before their trip to Tottenham Hotspur.

However, Antonio Conte’s side suffered a 2-0 loss to their bitter London rivals at White Hart Lane following goals from England midfielder Dele Alli either side of half-time in the derby clash.

Chelsea still have a five-point cushion over Liverpool ahead of the Merseyside outfit’s trip to Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

The west London side have the chance to move eight points clear of Liverpool when Conte’s men make the long trip to defending champions Leicester on Saturday evening.

Former Arsenal midfielder Merson claimed that Chelsea have a big advantage playing just one game a week.

“I still think Chelsea will win the league. I went for them at the start of the season and they’ve got the massive advantage of only playing once a week,” Merson told Sky Sports.

Merson added: “The way they play in that system it is difficult to do twice a week, as we saw at Tottenham, and not having those games allows them to execute it.”

Chelsea finished in tenth place in the Premier League table last season which led to Conte’s appointment as the new Blues head coach.

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Conte won three Serie A titles as Juventus boss.

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