With 11 games to go for most Premier League teams this season, battles are still raging for all of the top flight’s big prizes.
The top two are separated by a point, teams from fourth to sixth could match that if Chelsea win their game in hand against Brighton, Watford and Wolves are tied on points for the final European spot, while Southampton are only a digit behind in The Battle To Finish Anywhere But 18th.
Well, maybe not 19th – but as the Long Table shows, Fulham are looking well placed to finish there out on their own after Friday night’s 3-1 defeat at West Ham kept Claudio Ranieri’s side eight points adrift. What it doesn’t show is that the Cottagers are currently on course to leak 85 goals this season; only four fewer than Derby’s hapless vintage of 2007/08 waved in.
Speaking of sides out there alone, just look at Tottenham being treated like the smelly kid at school. Saturday’s shock loss to Burnley means the north Londoners are now five points behind Manchester City but still seven clear of neighbours Arsenal, who stole a march on fourth by beating Southampton.
Leicester continued their slide to lower-mid-table obscurity with another defeat which finally cost Claude Puel his job, meaning the Foxes are now peering back in disgust rather than looking up at the Euro-chasers above them. Eight points back from Watford and Wolves, seventh place already looks out of reach despite a kind-looking run of fixtures to come.
All this and more in the Long Table…