Premier League Title Race Takes A Turn: United Wins, Chelsea Loses

Ron FurlongAnalyst IIApril 17, 2010

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 17:   Wayne Rooney of Manchester United is challenged by Kolo Toure of Manchester City during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Manchester United at the City of Manchester Stadium on April 17, 2010 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Going into Saturday many thought perhaps Chelsea had the league sewn up. Think again.

In a dramatic turn of events, Manchester United has climbed within a point of Chelsea for the league lead. Chelsea sits with 77 points, United 76. Both team have 3 games left on the schedule.

And neither team can ignore Arsenal, right behind them in the standings. Arsenal plays on Sunday on the road against Wigan. Arsenal currently sits with 71 points, but a win Sunday and they'll only be 3 back of Chelsea and 2 back of United.

The Manchester Derby lived up to its billing. A terse, exciting game throughout that seemed destined to end in a scoreless draw. But Paul Scholes had different ideas. In the third minute of injury time Scholes headed a beautiful cross from Patrice Evra. It was Scholes 101st Premier League goal, and definitly one of his biggest.

In the London derby, it was all Tottenham. Spurs scored twice in the first half. The first, a penalty kick converted by Jermain Defoe followed a hand ball by John Terry in the box. The second goal was a beauty by Gareth Bale as he finished some great footwork with a brilliant strike beating Chelsea keeper Petr Cech.

Chelsea, despite being a man down when John Terry was sent off with his 2nd yellow in the 67th minute, scored in the 92nd minute on a goal by Frank Lampard. But it was too little too late for the Blues.

After Arsenal's game on Sunday all three team will have three games left.

Chelsea plays home versus Stoke City; away versus Liverpool; and finishes at home against Wigan.

United has Tottenham at home; away versus Sunderland; and home against Stoke City.

Arsenal has Manchester City at home; Blackburn away; and Fulham at home.

Just as big as the win was for United and the loss for Chelsea, the same it was for Tottenham and Manchester City. Spurs, with their win over Chelsea, moved ahead of Manchester City into the coveted 4th spot in the standings. Finishing 4th will give one of these two teams a Champion's League opportunity next season.

Both teams have three left on the schedule.

A truly great ending to this memorable season awaits Premier League fans.