Chelsea striker Didier Drogba believes home advantage could be crucial as the Blues look to win their first Premier League title since 2006.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side are currently one point ahead of Manchester United with three games left, the first of which is against 11th placed Stoke City at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. The sports betting markets have made Chelsea firm favourites to win the Premier League.

“We have done well at home,” Drogba told the club’s official website. “You never know what can happen, games are difficult now. Some teams are trying to save lives but some teams are playing for little and can enjoy themselves, and sometimes then you play better. It is going to be difficult – but it is up to us.”

Drogba, the club’s top scorer after a stellar individual campaign, believes that the crowd can have a big part to play in willing their team to victory, and has called upon them to deliver the atmosphere that has helped on big occasions in the past.

“We need the fans to be really behind us, to be even better than against Bolton [where they won 1-0] in the last game,” he said.