ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE REVIEW(WEEK 16-21)

The Gunners have so far proven to be a consistent team with only two losses this season showing they could be champions in the making, they lead current defending champions and still favorites for the title – Manchester City by five points with the Pep Guardiola side looking shy of their best after picking up 2 losses in their last 6 games, they would have to pick up form as the League heads into its crucial parts and with a slender 3 point gap over neighbors – Manchester United, ‘The Cityzens’ would have to be on her best form if they have any plans of retaining the EPL title. Manchester United and this season’s surprise team – Newcastle United make up the EPL Top 4 in what has been a truly rejuvenated season for the two sides, with new managers under the helm at both clubs, the clubs look on course to make the UCL spots after a remarkable start to the season.

Tottenham Hotspur seem to have shaken their run of poor form in the EPL with back to back wins including a 1-0 victory over Manchester City as the Antonio Conte tutored side move just 1 point behind Newcastle United in 4th position having played a game more. Roberto De Zerbi looks to be handling the Brighton and Hove Albion team well despite moving recently to the EPL and despite losing main man Leandro Trossard to Arsenal and manager Graham Potter to Chelsea, ‘The Seagulls’ have done exceptionally well thus far and are on hand to make an European berth next season. Brentford and Fulham occupy the 7th and 8th positions respectively with Thomas Frank leading ‘The Bees’ to a stellar campaign, they have managed only 4 losses in the EPL in what has been a remarkable performance from them as the team march towards a place in Europe. Fulham’s return to life at the EPL summit has been well and good with the team just 4 points adrift the 6th position, with Marco Silva weaving the magic from the dugout and main man Aleksandar Mitrovic banging the goals, they could be in for a lovely treat at the end of the season especially if they could make either the Europa or Conference League positions.

Chelsea and Liverpool are both enduring a nightmarish EPL campaign and find chances of making the UCL spot even harder with each passing game week especially with being 11 points away from the Top 4 place. Graham Potter seems to be having a hard time finding his rhythm since he took charge over Chelsea and would seek to turn things around as his team seat on the 9th place, a position which is very unfamiliar with the Chelsea faithful. Jurgen Klopp’s side has looked somewhat confused in this EPL campaign with an injury ravaged and aged depleting squad punishing him for not getting replenishments in any of the past two windows in the midfield area. He faces an herculean task of trying to make the Top 4 with is team 11 points adrift Eddie Howe’s ‘Toon Army’ and with his team nowhere near their best in recent times, it could get a lot worse before it gets better. Aston Villa look to have gotten a bit of form since appointing Unai Emery as manager and seat on 11th position after struggling in relegation waters for a while. They maintain a 4 point gap over 12th and 13th placed Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest who have played out the same pattern in their games this season with ‘The Eagles’ ahead on goal difference.

Just 6 points separate the 14th – 20th placed teams in what could go down as a major relegation fight till the last matchday of the current EPL campaign. 14th placed Leicester City are just 3 points above the drop zone with Brednan Rodgers having endured a bad start to the season, looks to be finding his way back up, they lead Wolverhampton Wanderers by a single point with David Moyes’s West Ham United just behind them having endured a terrible start to the campaign themselves. Leeds United are the team occupying the position above the drop zone leading 18th placed Everton on goal difference. Everton find themselves in a position they dread as their slow start to the season seems to be taking his toll on them, having sacked previous manager Frank Lampard, they brought in experienced ex Burnley manager Sean Dyche who bagged a win on his first day over League leaders Arsenal as they seek to swim out of the waters. Bournemouth and Southampton make up the last two places with both teams really struggling to make an impact this season, the good news is they are just few points away from safety and with the right attitude, they may just escape the relegation battle.

Manchester United play their outstanding match against Leeds United on Wednesday before Matchday 23 officially kicks off on 11th February 2023.

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