ALL-CONQUERING glamour club Stoke City are now a mathematical certainty to win the Premier League.
The battle for the Premier League title became a one-horse race at the weekend as clubs like Man United, Man City and Chelsea abandoned their ambitions to focus on fighting relegation.
Hull, Norwich and West Bromwich Albion are left scrapping over the remaining three European places.
But critics say that a Premier League thats won before Christmas shows how unbalanced English football has become.
Commentator Nathan Muir said: Its beyond a joke seeing the same teams winning every week.
“What about the real fans who loyally turn up at White Hart Lane to see their team labour through another defeat?
Granted the big teams are intimidated by having to play on a rainy Tuesday night in a shithole like Old Trafford, but most of their games are on a Sunday so they get the TV money.
And then in Europe you see those same names raking it in from big-money clashes with the likes of Viktoria Plzen and F91 Dudelange.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said: Theres no shame in being beaten by Stoke, not when theyre fielding players like Ryan Shawcross and Glenn Whelan, and then can bring a Moroccan international off the bench.
Its an honour for us for our defeat to be part of their glittering history.