Sun. Oct 25th, 2020

Think Liverpool are running away with it? Here’s how the Premier League table REALLY looks

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Well, it’s certainly starting to look like Liverpool might win the Premier League. If by ‘starting’, we mean ‘continuing’, and by ‘might’, we mean ‘absolutely, definitely will’.

Following Sunday’s 2-0 victory over Manchester United – plus a draw for Manchester City and a defeat for Leicester – Jurgen Klopp’s side took a 16-point lead at the top of the table. Oh, and they have a game in hand.

It’s a gap so big that the normal Premier League table simply doesn’t do it justice.

That’s where we come in. Instead of simply listing which place each clubs is, leaving some teams deceptively close and others misleadingly far apart, we simply list each side according to their points total.

We’ve been doing a variation of this Cann table – otherwise known the Premier League Long Table, as we simpletons at FFT Towers like to call it – for a while now. It ably demonstrates the gulf between pockets of the league, and develops nicely as the season wears on.

It helps us to realise fairly simple things, like how City are closer to seventh-place Sheffield United than they are to Liverpool, or how Arsenal are still nearer the relegation zone than they are the Champions League places. It helps us recognise that while Manchester United may have climbed to the top of the non-Champions League pile, they still have more reason to be looking over their shoulders.

And we can see just how important Tuesday’s games between Bournemouth and Brighton, and Aston Villa and Watford are to the battle to beat the drop…

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