With the title seemingly destined for Stamford Bridge, attention and focus has switched to the race for the final three Champions league spots.
The failure of Manchester United to grasp the imagination, Arsenal’s new found ability to win at all costs, Liverpool’s resurgence with three at the back and Manchester City apparent collapse has led to talk of a fantastic drama filled run out.
Throw in a stubborn Spurs side that has discovered the dark art of winning ugly and a Southampton side that appears to encourage “moneyball” analytics and you have yourself a tantalising 6 horse race.
On Sunday, two of those in the mix, Liverpool and Manchester United will meet at Anfield looking to send out a strong message to their rivals.
Since the Reds lost 3-0 to the Red Devils in December they are unbeaten, picking up more points than even the leaders Chelsea, on the back of 13 game unbeaten run.
The club have won 5 on the trot and kept their 8th clean and second in a row on Monday with a fortunate 1-0 win over Swansea.
The form of Jordan Henderson, the goal scorer in Wales, has been key to their success while the return of Daniel Sturridge means that the club have a strong threat up form even if the England is yet to fire on all cylinders.
The return of Steven Gerrard, playing in his final North-West derby, will add some emotion to proceedings while the absence of Mario Balotelli, will ensure headlines off and on the field will be reduced somewhat.
Joining Balotelli in the stands will be Lucas, Jordan Ibe, Jose Enrique and Jon Flanagan while for United, the suspended Jonny Evans will be alongside Robin Van Persie.
James Wilson is also a doubt for United meaning that Wayne Rooney and Radamel Falcao will lead the line with Marouane Fellaini, so effective in recent weeks, set to also feature prominently.