The World Cup begins in just a little while and with the Top 5 Leagues rounding up for the short break for football’s extravaganza, we take a look at how England’s Top Tier division has fared up until Matchday 15.
The EPL World Cup Winter Break goes into full swing with Arsenal FC still top of the EPL log in what has come as a surprise to many, ‘The Gunners’ have maintained a stellar start that has seen them lose just once maintaining a 5 point gap over Manchester City. Manchester City, Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur make up the top four with Newcastle United so far the most prolific team this season heading into the break with 5 wins on the bounce as they seek to make an European berth for the first time since the 2012/2013 season.
The 4th – 8th positions are seperated by 5 points with Manchester United maintaining a healthy 4 point gap over bitter rivals Liverpool who have had an abysmal start to the League with 2 losses in their last 5 games ensuring they are 15 points off the top spot with the Winter Break seemingly coming in handy as Jurgen Klopp would look to rally his comrades for the start of the second stanza of the season. Brighton and Hove Albion come in next on 7th position and Chelsea who have not won any of their last 5 EPL games sit languishing in 8th position with 21 points over 14 games in what would be a very demanding second stage of the season.
The next four spots are duly occupied by Fulham, Brentford, Crystal Palace and Aston Villa who look to be on course to ensure they maintain their League status for next season. Brentford shocked the footballing world with a 2-1 win at the Etihad to get them their first win in 5 games as they keep the 10th spot. Fulham who currently are on 9th have been the best performing newly promoted side with brilliant performances so far only pointing to the fact that they may still remain in the League. Crystal Palace and Aston Villa have both been on good form with both teams winning 3 of the last 5 EPL games as they enter the Winter Break in sublime fashion.
Leicester City seemed to have shaken off their horrid start to the season with ‘The Foxes’ taking up a whopping 12 points from their last 5 games to seem them catapult from the foot of the table to the 13th position as Brednan Rodgers seemed to have changed the whole narrative for Leicester this season. AFC Bournemouth, Leeds United and West Ham United make the 14th – 16th position with ‘The Hammers’ surprisingly having a bad time thus far and would look to make amends when the League restarts after the World Cup break.
Everton, Nottingham Forest, Southampton and Wolverhampton Wanderers make the final 4 teams with Frank Lampard and his ‘Toffees’ squad still trying to get themselves off the relegation struggle with 1 point seperating them from the submerging themselves deep in the relegation waters. Nottingham Forest may still be in the relegation zone but there’s a glimmer of hope as their last 5 games have seen a considerable improvement on the team who have lost just 1 game in their last 5 matches getting 8 points and leaving the foot of the table. Southampton and Wolverhampton Wanderers on the other hand look like likely relegation candidates as they look to turn their season around pending the resumption of the League after the World Cup.
The Premier League is set to resume on Monday, December 26 after a 43-day break between matches due to the World Cup.
🖋 – RIDDLER ZLATAN-HARDIZ 👽