The Premier League table at the start of the decade

Chelsea v Fulham - Premier League

Liverpool will start the next decade top of the Premier League table.

The Reds have developed into a major force over the latter stages of the 2010s and look likely to add the English title to the Champions League they won in 2019.

But no club in England has enjoyed a better decade than Manchester City, who have won 13 domestic trophies including four league titles, two FA Cups and four League Cups.

Arsenal and Manchester United, meanwhile, have struggled at times, with the Gunners falling behind their rivals in the 2010s and United suffering in the post Sir Alex Ferguson era.

The decade also delivered one of the greatest stories in football history with Leicester City defying odds of 5,000/1 to win the league in 2016.

Premier League table on January 1, 2010

England’s top flight looks very different now than it did at the start of the decade.

Back on January 1, 2010, Birmingham City, Fulham, Sunderland, Stoke City, Blackburn Rovers, Wigan Athletic, Bolton Wanderers, Hull City and Portsmouth were still in the top flight.

Chelsea were top of the table while Liverpool were seventh, behind Aston Villa.

Here’s how the league table looked on New Year’s Day in 2010:


Via: Sky Bet

Arsenal were just one win away from being one point behind leaders Chelsea, while Man United were just two points back.

Meanwhile, Man City were in fifth.

Manchester City v Chelsea - Premier League

And nine teams who are now in the Football League were in the Premier League.

Sunderland are currently a mid-table League One side while Bolton came very close to liquidation earlier in 2019.

What hasn’t changed? Chelsea remain in the top four, although they are 23 points behind leaders Liverpool and are in the midst of a transformation under Frank Lampard.

But it’s safe to say the Premier League at the start of the decade was a totally different landscape.

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