Teams are in reverse order. Last five games begins with the most recent.
20th – Sheffield United – 14pts – LLWLL – Team Profile
In the Wilder-less wilderness, it was more a new manager thud than bounce as United crashed to a 5-0 defeat at Leicester last time out. Time to plan for the Championship.
Next 5: Leeds (A), Arsenal (H), Wolves (A), Brighton (H), Spurs (A)
19th – West Bromwich Albion – 18pts – LDLWD
The only way Sam Allardyce can continue his 100% record of avoiding relegation is by resigning or getting the sack. The Baggies will be joining the Blades down a division.
Next 5: Chelsea (A), Southampton (H), Leicester (A), Villa (A), Wolves (H)
18th – Fulham – 26pts – LWLDW
Scott Parker has worked wonders to have any chance of avoiding the drop after a terrible start and has proved a lot of doubters wrong in the process, myself included.
Next 5: Leeds (H), Villa (A), Wolves (H), Arsenal (A), Chelsea (A)
17th – Newcastle United – 28pts – DDDLL – Team Profile
Another awful season of uninspired football. Callum Wilson has looked good on occasion, but the fact that Andy Carroll is still in the picture tells you all you need to know about Joelinton.
Next 5: Brighton (A), Spurs (H), Burnley (A), West Ham (H), Liverpool (A)
16th – Brighton and Hove Albion – 29pts – WLLLD – Team Profile
All the metrics except points say that Brighton should be miles clear of the relegation scrap. Neal Maupay’s wayward finishing and heaps of terrible luck have cost them dearly.
Next 5: Newcastle (H), Man U (A), Everton (H), Chelsea (A), Sheff U (A)
15th – Burnley – 33pts – WDDLD – Team Profile
Nobody’s second team keep grafting away under foreman Sean Dyche, who keeps them competitive despite feeding on crumbs. Nick Pope has been a revelation.
Next 5: Southampton (A), Newcastle (H), Man U (A), Wolves (A), West Ham (H)
14th – Southampton – 33pts – LLWLL – Team Profile
Nobody saw either their flying start or recent nosedive coming in what’s been an up then down season. More of a log ride than a rollercoaster for the Saints.
Next 5: Burnley (H), West Brom (A), Palace (H), Leicester (H), Liverpool (A)
13th – Wolverhampton Wanderers – 35pts – LDLDW – Team Profile
The loss of Diogo Jota to Liverpool and Raul Jimenez to serious injury has stopped their progress in its tracks. Not even wearing the Portugal kit could turn things around.
Next 5: West Ham (H), Fulham (A), Sheff U (H), Burnley (H), West Brom (H)
12th – Leeds United – 36pts – DLLWL
Marcelo Bielsa’s swashbuckling tactics have somehow made Leeds an eminently likeable side. Consistently found out by better teams, but destroyers of mediocre ones.
Next 5: Fulham (A), Sheff U (H), Man City (A), Liverpool (H), Man U (H)
11th – Crystal Palace – 37pts – WLDDW – Team Profile
Roy Hodgson continues to work miracles on a shoestring. Zaha’s looked much more interested this year and Benteke’s finally rediscovered the whereabouts of the net.
Next 5: Everton (A), Chelsea (H), Southampton (A), Leicester (A), Man City (H)
10th – Arsenal – 41pts – WDWLW – Team Profile
Mikel Arteta has continued his rebuild at the Emirates with plenty of promising youngsters unearthed. However, the Europa League is looking like the only possible salvation this season.
Next 5: West Ham (A), Liverpool (H), Sheff U (A), Fulham (H), Everton (H)
9th – Aston Villa – 41pts – DDLWL – Team Profile
After a really strong start, they’ve lost their way since talisman Jack Grealish’s injury. He’s about to return though and could help them make a late push for Europe.
Next 5: Spurs (H), Fulham (H), Liverpool (A), Man City (H), West Brom (H)
8th – Tottenham Hotspur – 45pts – LWWWL – Team Profile
After topping the league for the best part of a month, Spurs imploded. A recent recovery saw Kane, Son and Bale finally gelling, but then the NLD happened. Could still win two cups though.
Next 5: Villa (A), Newcastle (A), Man U (H), Everton (A), Sheff U (H)
7th – Everton – 46pts – LLWWW – Team Profile
Carlo Ancelotti’s been doing a fine job at Goodison with Calvert-Lewin turned poacher extraordinaire but they’ve lost their last two. Still in the mix for Europe.
Next 5: Palace (H), Brighton (A), Spurs (H), Arsenal (A), Villa (H)
6th – Liverpool – 46pts – WLLWL – Team Profile
A record-breaking six straight losses has seen Fortress Anfield collapse after a terrible run of injuries. Still in the Champions League this year, but probably won’t be in 2021/2022.
Next 5: Arsenal (A), Villa (H), Leeds (A), Newcastle (H), Man U (A)
5th – West Ham United – 48pts – LWLWW – Team Profile
David Moyes has rediscovered his mojo and taken the unfancied Hammers to a position he used to sit in with Everton in the days of the “Big 4”. Soucek and Antonio have been a big part of that.
Next 5: Arsenal (H), Wolves (A), Leicester (H), Newcastle (A), Chelsea (H)
4th – Chelsea – 51pts – DWWDD – Team Profile
Sacking club legend Frank Lampard was a huge call, but it seems to have been utterly vindicated. Thomas Tuchel remains unbeaten since taking the reins. Nailed on for top four.
Next 5: West Brom (H), Palace (A), Brighton (H), West Ham (A), Fulham (H)
3rd – Leicester City – 56pts – WWDLW – Team Profile
The Foxes are enjoying another wonderful year under Brendan Rodgers. The shock Europa loss to Slavia Prague could give them the energy in the tank required for a tough run-in.
Next 5: Man City (H), West Ham (A), West Brom (H), Palace (H), Southampton (A)
2nd – Manchester United – 57pts – WWDDW – Team Profile
Bruno Fernandes and a bunch of penalties (some more deserved than others) have given Ole his best year in charge yet. Will have a tilt at both the FA Cup and Europa League.
Next 5: Brighton (H), Spurs (A), Burnley (H), Leeds (A), Liverpool (H)
1st – Manchester City – 71pts – WWLWW – Team Profile
After much “after you, no after you”, City bashed the door down with 21 wins on the bounce featuring Gundogan as the unlikely hero. The title is rightfully theirs. Quadruple anyone?
Next 5: Leicester (A), Leeds (H), Villa (A), Palace (A), Chelsea (H)