The Premier League table may not lie, but the Premier League long table tells the real truth.
By placing teams on the number of points they have and not by their place in the table, we can see just how close everyone is to one another in the league – and just how far away Manchester City now are from everyone else.
Following Saturday's 1-0 victory over Chelsea, Pep Guardiola's side are now 11 points clear of Liverpool in second. That is the biggest gap between two adjacent teams in the whole league at the moment, standing almost double the next largest gap, the six points between Chelsea in third and West Ham in fourth.
The Premier League long table
|24||Crystal Palace, Southampton|
|23||Aston Villa, Brentford|
Down the bottom, things are much tighter. While now-managerless Everton are five points clear of 17th-placed Watford, just three points separate the Hornets from bottom-place Burnley. This week's game between those two sides could turn the relegation battle on its head...
And though West Ham look pretty in the search for Champions League football, the postponed North London Derby this weekend means Arsenal and Tottenham are racking up the games in hand: the Hammers have played two more matches than the Gunners, and four more than Spurs.
With still such a long way to go, however, everything can change in the coming weeks and months…
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Conor Pope is the Online Editor of FourFourTwo, overseeing all digital content, and joined the team in February 2019. He supports Blackburn Rovers and holds a season ticket with south London non-league side Dulwich Hamlet. His main football passions include Tugay, the San Siro and only using a winter ball when it snows.
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