Alternative Premier League table: Goals conceded (1)

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Chelsea's ascent to the top of the Premier League table has been largely based on a water-tight defence that has been breached less times than any other team in the division this season.

With just 22 goals conceded, Jose Mourinho's side have let in five fewer than the next best back-lines at Manchester City and Everton, six less than Arsenal, nine less than Manchester United and 13 fewer than Liverpool.

Their 4-0 victory against Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on Saturday marked the Blues' 13th clean sheet of the 2013/14 campaign, maintaining their impressive recent run of form, which has seen them concede just four times in their past 13 games in England's top-flight.

A surprise inclusion in second place in the Daily Mirror's latest alternative Premier League table is Manchester United who, despite their lowly position boast the next best defensive record in the past 13 games, with David Moyes's side conceding an average of less than one goal per game.

The Red Devils are currently ranked in sixth place, nine points off the Champions League places, and facing up to the prospect of a season without participation in Europe's elite club competition.

However, their stifling defence will provide some reason for optimism for Manchester United supporters as the Old Trafford outfit look to close the gap between now and the end of 2013/14.

Perhaps the most surprising position is the fact that Liverpool and Arsenal are locked in mid-table having shipped 17 goals each in the past 13 games, despite the fact they both remain in contention for the title.

For a full breakdown of the latest alternative Premier League table from 20 to 1, click through the tabs - above or below - and leave a prediction in the comment box provided with who you think will finish with the sturdiest defence in the division for 2013/14.

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