The current Premier League table gives each team a different feeling on where they are and how their respective seasons have gone.
However, how different would that table look if it were based on only the first half of matches?
Starting at the top, it would still be Manchester United (75pts) leading the pack. However, Chelsea (71pts) would be the challengers, four points behind.
Behind them in third would be Manchester City (61pts) and just a point back in fourth place would be Everton (57pts). Champions League football would be seemingly inevitable for the blue half of Merseyside.
The real battle for European football would not be for the Champions League, but the Europa League. Seven teams would still be in contention for the one Europa League place, held by Arsenal (51pts). Aston Villa (50pts), Fulham (48pts), Liverpool (47pts), Sunderland (47pts), Newcastle (46pts) and Tottenham (44pts) would all still be able to take that one position from Arsenal.
Villa, Fulham, Sunderland and Newcastle would be very happy with those points figures compared to their points over 90 minute games. West Ham (43pts), Stoke (41pts) and West Brom (41pts) would be the teams with both no European competition to chase and no threat of relegation.
Even though much of the action is in the top half of the table, a relegation battle is still there to take place.
QPR (26pts) would be the only team certain to go down, with just two wins from 36. In 15th place, Southampton (40pts) would be on the verge of safety, five points clear of the relegation zone. However, Wigan (37pts), Swansea (36pts), Norwich (36pts) and Reading (34pts) would all be in danger of occupying the last two relegation places come May 19th. Swansea would not like the look of 17th place compared to the 9th place they occupy based on full games.
The Premier League is one where anything can happen, and the league table based on the first half of matches shows this. How different things would be if this was the real situation.
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