Tottenham, Manchester City and the Gunners occupy the other top-four spots, while Liverpool and Manchester United are close behind.
And former Spurs star Hoddle has opened up on Chelsea’s chances, claiming the Blues’ remaining fixtures against the big boys could derail their title bid – if the chasing pack are still in the hunt by then.
“You can never say for sure that the league is done and dusted in early February, but that’s what it felt like on Saturday,” Hoddle told the Daily Mail.
“The Premier League title feels like it’s heading back Chelsea’s way.
“There may yet be a twist or a turn. They still have to go to Manchester United and Everton, while Manchester City will come to Stamford Bridge.
“But those games are in April. Chelsea could easily be uncatchable by then. They may be able to take a draw in all of those games.
“I thought it would be closer than this; that the intensity of the battle in the top six would cause Chelsea to drop points.
“Though they did at Tottenham and Liverpool, the five challengers haven’t been good enough to exploit it.
“When Chelsea went into the Spurs game last month, they were only five points clear. After losing and drawing a game since then, they are now nine points clear.”