Monday March 12, 2018
After 29 matches played by every team in the Premier League, the top eight teams remain where they were the previous week. Manchester City is still out in front with an impressive record so far. Of those 29 matches, 25 have been wins. To put that into context, Manchester United is in second position with 19 wins from 29 matches. That’s not a bad performance at all, but Manchester City has been by far the best team of all those who have competed thus far.
Additionally, they have drawn three of the remaining four matches played, with just one loss. Can they maintain such a record with only a few matches remaining? If so, they will be the rightful winners of the Premier League season from 2017/18. They are already 16 points clear at the top; it’s hard to imagine any other outcome than Manchester City winning this year.
Perhaps of greater interest is the position of those in the three bottom places of the league. These are the relegation positions, and at present, Crystal Palace, Stoke City, and West Bromwich Albion are filling those spots. The first two teams of those three have just six wins apiece, with West Bromwich Albion managing just three wins out of 29 attempts.
However, Crystal Palace does have a chance of pulling themselves out of relegation. The previous week they were in 17th place, and a loss to Manchester United put them down a position into the relegation zone. Can they climb back out of it to save themselves and remain in the Premier League? Their next match is against Chelsea, who are currently in fifth position, so it will be a tough ask.
We may see some movement in the latter stages of the league as teams try to catch Manchester City at the top. But the bigger sense of drama is certainly at the bottom of the league. Who will you bet on to be relegated this season, and will Crystal Palace manage to avoid that outcome?