The 2022-23 Premier League campaign is nearly upon us. The title, Champions League spots and the relegation places are all set to be hotly contested over the next 10 months – but which sides have fared best in 2022 to date?
We’ve taken a look at the table since January 1st to see how the 17 Premier League clubs that avoided relegation performed in 2022.
The 2021-22 season was full of postponements and rearranged fixtures due to Covid, mysterious ‘injuries’ and adverse weather conditions.
While the January transfer window, which gave clubs the chance to reinforce their squad, was heavily utilised by some clubs that reaped the rewards of their winter investment.
Big-spending Newcastle under Eddie Howe were rampant in the early months of 2022, with new signings Chris Wood, Dan Burn, Kieran Trippier and Bruno Guimaraes helping turn the Magpies’ form around.
Surprisingly, the Geordies make the top four, just behind Spurs but ahead of Arsenal and Chelsea, with the latter tailing off after sustaining a title challenge during the last months of 2021.
Liverpool, meanwhile, are clear and comfortable at the top of the 2022 table – which was so nearly enough to overturn Man City’s halfway-point lead in their hunt for the quadruple.
Overall, the Premier League table for 2022 makes for interesting reading, despite the differences in games played.
It highlights the upturn in fortunes for Newcastle and Spurs, and the strife of Everton, who rallied just about enough in the final weeks of the season to stay up but have still averaged less than a point per game this calendar year.
Similarly, Aston Villa are still mired in the bottom half, despite swapping Dean Smith for Steven Gerrard, while Ralf Rangnick’s disastrous spell at Manchester United leaves the Premier League’s most successful club down in ninth.
Less documented was West Ham’s mediocre form, with the Hammers’ 2022 results seeing them slip out of Champions League contention – although David Moyes will point to the club’s Europa League run and a small squad as mitigation.
As the 22-23 kick-off looms, here’s the table in full with points and the number of games played, as well as goal difference, to remind you of what happened during the latter part of last season.
Note: The three relegated clubs – Burnley, Watford and Norwich City – have not been included and neither have the three promoted sides.
1. Liverpool – 19 games, 51 points, +34 GD.
2. Manchester City – 18 games, 43 points, +34 GD.
3. Tottenham – 21 games, 41 points, +27 GD.
4. Newcastle United – 19 games, 38 points, +5 GD
5. Arsenal – 19 games, 34 points, +4 GD
6. Chelsea – 18 games, 32 points, +14 GD
7. Leicester – 20 games, 27 points, +5 GD
8. Brighton – 20 games, 27 points, -1 GD
9. Manchester United – 20 games, 27 points, -4 GD
10. Brentford – 20 games, 26 points, -4 GD
11. Wolves – 20 games, 26 points, -4 GD
12. Crystal Palace – 19 games, 25 points, +4 GD
13. West Ham – 19 games, 25 points, 0 GD
14. Aston Villa – 20 games, 23 points, +2 GD
15. Leeds United – 20 games, 22 points, -19 GD
16. Everton – 21 games, 20 points, -15 GD
17. Southampton – 19 games, 19 points, -15 GD.
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