10 Things To Look Out For In The Barclays Premier League Table

The Barclays Premier League table. Source: BBC Sport

If you live in England then chances are you’re pretty familiar with the Barclays Premier League table. But for those of you who don’t, here’s 10 things to look out for when studying it.

1: Teams get 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and no points for a loss. This is a slightly controversial system as some people think teams should be rewarded more for winning matches than they are currently. The reason it has remained unchanged is because teams “win” so many draws by scoring a last minute equaliser that it would be unfair to reward them with more points than the losing team has worked hard all game to achieve. How do you think this system could be improved?

2: Teams are listed in order of how many points they have won, which is calculated by “3 points for a win, and 1 point for a draw”. If two or more teams have the same number of points then they are sorted by goal difference (the total number of goals scored minus the total number of goals conceded). If two or more teams still cannot be separated then they are put in alphabetical order by their full team names.

3: The top 4 teams qualify automatically for the UEFA Champions

There are all sorts of things you can learn from the Barclays Premier League Table. Here are 10 things to look out for.

1. Positions in the table

2. Games played

3. Points

4. Goal difference

5. Goals scored

6. Goals conceded

7. Home points

8. Away points

9. Total wins, draws and losses

10. Last six matches

A number of things can be ascertained from the Barclays Premier League table, however, with a little bit of thought we can also pick out other trends and stories. Here are ten that we came up with:

1) Newcastle (4th) and Everton (5th) are the biggest overachievers in the table. Newcastle spent £0m in the summer and have a squad boasting only one player (Vurnon Anita at £6m) who cost more than £5m to sign. They have had a remarkable season so far and could go on to finish fourth if they can keep this going. Despite being 5th, Everton are actually only 2 points off 4th place thanks to their great start to the season.

2) Tottenham (7th) have struggled in Europe but this has probably helped them domestically, it is often said that teams who don’t play European football have an advantage over those who do. Tottenham’s squad may not be as strong as Liverpool’s or Chelsea’s but they should be competing higher up the table than they currently are.

3) Reading (19th), QPR (20th) and Southampton (18th) are the biggest underachievers in the table. This is largely because they all spent

1. In football, the table does not lie. It tells you exactly where teams deserve to be, based on the points they have won over the last 38 games.

2. The table does not tell you everything about a team. For example, it does not tell you how good they are at defending corners or how much money their chairman has just wasted on a statue of himself outside the ground.

3. The table will never go out of fashion. Unlike fashion, it is simple and easy to understand and holds true for all time and for all people (except West Ham fans).

4. The table does not always tell the truth about a team’s current form – this is why it is essential to also look at their recent results and next fixtures as well as their league position.

5. If you are a manager who says your team should be higher up the table than they actually are, you probably need to work harder on improving said team rather than moaning about where they are in the table.

6. If you are a manager who says your team should be lower down the table than they actually are, please can we have some of whatever it is that you’re smoking?

7. If your club has spent less money on players than another club

A football season is a long and winding road. There are many twists and turns; there are highs and lows, ebbs and flows. Some teams start very strongly before fading away, others improve as the campaign progresses, while some just do neither; they remain consistent throughout the season.

We’ve had a look at the Premier League table over the last 10 years to see what we can learn about it and hopefully get you a bit more familiar with it, especially if you’re new to the league.

1. Played 38, won 24, drew 8, lost 6

This is Manchester United’s record from their first title in 1992-93 until the start of this season; they were so consistent that they basically averaged two points per match (plus or minus 0.05). They won over 20 times in all but one of those seasons; they didn’t lose more than six times in any of them (they lost seven matches only once). Their worst goal difference over this period was plus-11 (in 2000-01) – for context that would have been enough to win them the title on four occasions!

2. Two up front

The last time a team used only two strikers throughout an entire season was

1. How many points is your team from the top and bottom?

2. What is the difference between your team’s goals for and goals against?

3. What is the goal differential for each of your rivals?

4. How many wins, losses, draws has each team had?

5. What is the form table and how does it compare to the actual table?

6. When are your team’s next 5 games? Which teams have a relatively easy schedule ahead of them?

7. When do your rivals play each other?

8. Which teams have played more home or away games than others?

9. Which managers can you profit from by fading their teams (i.e., betting against)? Which managers can you profit from by backing their teams (i.e., betting on them)? Check out our Premier League Manager Records page for this information in detail.

10. How many cards has each player and team accumulated? Is any player close to a suspension because of yellow card accumulation?

1) The first thing to look out for is the number of goals scored. This is important because it shows how many goals a team has scored.

2) The second thing to look out for is the number of goals conceded. This is important because it shows how many goals a team has let in.

3) The third thing to look out for is the goal difference. This is important because it shows how many more goals a team has scored than they have let in.

4) The fourth thing to look out for is the number of wins. This is important because it shows the amount of times a team has won a match.

5) The fifth thing to look out for is the number of losses. This is important because it shows how many times a team has lost a match.

6) The sixth thing to look out for is the number of draws. This is important because it shows how many times a team hasn’t won or lost a match, but drawn instead.

7) The seventh thing to look out for is the number of points accumulated through wins and draws only, not losses (three points per win, one point per draw). This is important because this figure can be used as an objective measure of success when comparing two teams with

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