How is YOUR club REALLY faring when compared with last season? Man City and Liverpool are under-performing while Aston Villa and West Ham are the biggest improvers… and here’s why
- The Premier League title and European race are wide open early on this season
- Sportsmail looks at which top-flight team’s results have improved the most
- Aston Villa, Leicester and West Ham are making big improvements this term
- Arsenal and Chelsea have had more positive results but could still make strides
- Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United are underperforming
The new Premier League campaign has seen some shocking results together with surprise early title and European challengers, shaking up the established order.
The so-called ‘Big Six’ have endured mixed starts to the 2020-21 term, with Leicester leading the Premier League going into the November international break, with Brendan Rodgers’ side closely followed by Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham.
Sportsmail has compared each team’s results so far with their form in the corresponding fixtures last season, and the like-for-like points tallies make for interesting reading.
So, which side has improved the most from last season? And whose form makes for the worst comparison?
Leicester are Premier League leaders, and their points tally is up compared with last season
Aston Villa’s wins over Arsenal, Liverpool and Leicester mean they are 11 points better off
West Ham have stunned the big boys this season and have made big strides on their results
The biggest improvers by a long way this season are Dean Smith’s Aston Villa, who have 11 more points after eight games compared to the corresponding fixtures last season.
The Midlands club were beaten away at Arsenal and Leicester as well as at home to Liverpool last term but picked up wins in each of those three matches this term.
|Team(s)||Points Difference in 2020/21|
|Chelsea, Crystal Palace||+4|
|*When teams played one of the newly-promoted teams this season, the results were paired with the three relegated sides based on where the six clubs ended up in last year’s Premier League and Championship table. So matches against Leeds (1st Championship) were compared to last season’s games involving Bournemouth (18th Premier League), West Brom (2nd Ch) with Watford (19th PL) and Fulham (3rd Ch) to Norwich City (20th PL)|
David Moyes’ West Ham have also taken big strides and are eights points better off compared to last season’s games. The Hammers won at home to Wolves and away at Leicester when they didn’t last season, with the east London club also picking up precious points against Tottenham and Manchester City.
The Foxes, meanwhile, struggled away at the newly-promoted sides last season but managed to beat Leeds and West Brom at their own grounds this term and even shocked Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium 5-2 at the start of the season.
Tottenham may have worsened their record at home to Everton and West Ham, but Mourinho’s men sit second having picked up unexpected points away at Southampton and Manchester United in this campaign.
Arsenal had made big strides on last season’s results with improved results at home to Sheffield United and away at Manchester United, but this season’s total took a hit compared to last term’s when the Gunners were thrashed 3-0 by Aston Villa at home on Sunday. The Gunners sneaked past Dean Smith’s side 3-2 in September 2019.
Results are also deteriorating this season for last season’s top two – Liverpool and Manchester City – who are both two points worse off compared with after the corresponding fixtures last season.
Jurgen Klopp’s champions’ only defeat this term came towards the start of the season when they were thrashed 7-2 by Dean Smith’s Villa away from home. Liverpool won the same fixture 2-1 last season thanks to late goals from Andy Robertson and Sadio Mane.
Liverpool beat Aston Villa 2-1 away last season but were thrashed 7-2 this season in a big shock
City, however, have six fewer points this season than they managed in the same games last term. Pep Guardiola’s side beat Leicester and Liverpool at home along with West Ham away last term, but have just two points from those three games this time around.
Manchester United, on the other hand, are faring slightly better than their noisy neighbours but their record against the ‘Big Six’ this season will concern them.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team beat Chelsea and Spurs at home last term and did not lose to Arsenal. This term they have two defeats and a draw in these matches, having only scored one goal in the process.
Man City have picked up six fewer points this season than in last term’s corresponding fixtures
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United side have let their ‘Big Six’ record slide
It is no surprise that Burnley and Sheffield United, who occupy the bottom two spots in the top flight, are the biggest under-performers this season compared to last term.
Burnley have failed to get results against Southampton, Newcastle and Tottenham this season when they did last time around. Chris Wilder’s side, meanwhile, beat Wolves at home last season and picked up vital points at Chelsea and Aston Villa as well.
The Blades have been left empty-handed in each of those three matches in this campaign.