English Premier League – gap widening between the best and the rest

English Premier League – gap widening between the best and the rest

The first 10 EPL games have thrown up some very interesting stats. Based on this, Briefly.co.za gathered that the disparity is growing between the top and lesser clubs.

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Is the EPL about to follow the La Liga situation where there is a huge gulf in quality between the top 4 to 6 clubs and the rest of the league?

Twitter sports writer, Huw Davies, shared the below stats which paints a graphic picture.

This season, the sides placed 2nd to 7th have amassed more points over 10 games than in any of the previous EPL seasons.

As an example, no other EPL team in the history has accrued more points in 2nd place than Liverpool have now (26). The same holds true for all teams down to Watford in 7th place.

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Davies goes on to illustrate that the top half of the EPL table averaged 66% of the available league points for the period 1992 – 2018, with the highest being 71%.

This season, the average has risen to 74% after the 10 games – an all-time high.

In previous seasons under Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool had a good record against fellow top 6 sides but struggled to beat some of the minnows.

This season, they’ve rolled over all the lesser sides and only dropped points to Manchester City and Chelsea.

Perhaps it is no surprise this trend follows on from last season where Manchester City set an incredible pace and achieved a record points haul.

Title challengers would have noted the new level required and have strategized the best way to achieve this.

As a result, the top guns have gone all out in the transfer market and their tactical analysis to ensure points dropped against the minnows are at an absolute minimum.

The sad reality for clubs outside the top 6 is that this trend will be hard to break – revenue streams for the bigger clubs dwarf those of the smaller ones so they’re in a position of power to continuously attract the best players.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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