Premier League: Leaders Liverpool face unprecedented problem in title race, in accordance with sports activities knowledge company

Historical past is on the facet of Premier League leaders Liverpool as they chase a primary league title since 1990 however their four-point lead over Manchester Metropolis after 21 video games is the smallest margin between the highest two in over a century.

Liverpool’s Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah (2R) celebrates scoring the opening purpose. AFP

The final 11 groups with the equal of 52 or extra factors on the identical stage since 1905-06 went on to raise the title, however the energy of this 12 months’s high 4 means Liverpool on 54 factors face an particularly daunting activity.

Sports activities knowledge firm Gracenote have recalculated seasons earlier than the English high flight moved from two to a few factors for a win in 1981 and say the information reveals that the present high 4 is essentially the most dominant ever.

Liverpool, Metropolis, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea are separated by 10 factors, and are heading in the right direction to interrupt the report cumulative tally of 333 factors set by the highest 4 in every of the final two seasons.

Of the 11 groups that received the league after main at this stage since 1905-06, when 20 groups competed for the primary time, many had sizeable leads not like Liverpool’s slender benefit this time spherical.

Metropolis, as an illustration, held a 14-point benefit over Chelsea on the identical stage final 12 months and are the primary top-flight crew to achieve the 50-point mark after 21 video games and never lead the desk.

Whereas rich groups on the high of the pile have improved, the proof suggests these on the different finish of the desk have gotten comparatively worse.

Basement facet Huddersfield City’s 10 factors after 21 video games is the bottom by any Premier League crew since Derby County managed seven factors 11 seasons in the past, whereas Fulham’s tally of 14 factors is the bottom for a crew in 19th place for six years.

Fulham are certainly one of solely 4 groups within the Premier League period to report 14 factors or much less at this stage and never be backside of the league. The others Watford (1999-2000), Southampton (2004-2005) and Studying (2012-2013) have been all relegated.

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