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Chris Coady analyses the Premier League’s restart, and ranks all 20 teams’ performances out of 10.
Chelsea score top marks, but what about new Premier League champions Liverpool?
Arsenal and Bournemouth fans look away now.
Far from a disaster, but also far from ideal as Villa managed to secure two draws against Sheffield and on the road against Newcastle.
Villa also provided a stern challenge for Chelsea, suffering a 2-1 defeat at Villa Park. At the end of the day, it’s still only two points from nine, when they would’ve hoped for at least four.
They remain in the bottom 3.
Next game: v Wolves (H)
A disaster class at the Etihad and another similar fate at Brighton showed not much changed in London during the prolonged interruption of the league.
However, a solid 2-0 victory over the Saints restored some pride and lifted hopes of European football next season.
Three games on the road were tough for the Gunners but I think three points from nine was tougher to take. Losing Bernd Leno for the season may hurt their chances but fans can dream.
Next game: v Sheffield (A) FA Cup
Two crucial games and zero points picked up means Bournemouth remain in the drop zone.
With Ryan Fraser letting his contract run out they’re missing that spark, and their time in the premier league looks to be running out.
They get a mark for Wolves finding it tough to find a breakthrough at Molineaux.
Next game: v Newcastle (H)
An amazing home victory over the Gunners and a well-earned point on the road to Leicester brought the Seagulls above the 30-point mark and further away from relegation.
They have distanced themselves from the dog fight to avoid the drop. Just the return they wanted and needed.
Next game: v Man United (H)
Burnley could’ve put up a better fight against the champions, but they bounced back to defeat Watford surpassing the 40-point mark in the process. Losing Jeff Hendrick, Joe Hart, and Aaron Lennon at the end of the month will leave a major hole in the squad to be filled.
Next game: v Crystal Palace (A)
Frank Lampard’s men showed great grit to recover at Villa park and gave their Champions League football hopes a massive boost by beating City at the Bridge, handing Liverpool the title (bonus points for this).
Six points from six, while Christian Pulisic is proving to be a breath of fresh air. A fantastic return for the Blues.
Next game: v Leicester (A) FA Cup
A good 2-0 win on the road at Bournemouth was followed by a 4-0 hammering at Anfield, but they haven’t been the only team to suffer there this season.
Sitting comfortably in the top half of the table, it’s easy to see that the Eagles are flying high this season.
Next game: v Burnley (H)
Becoming just the third team to take points off Liverpool this year was a special achievement and they backed it up with a narrow 1-0 win at Carrow road. They’ll hope to keep this run of form up and improve on 12th in the table.
Next game: v Leicester (H)
No defeats but no wins mean Leicester picked up just the two points, allowing the likes of Chelsea and Man United to gain some ground on the Foxes in the race for top four.
They can thank Kasper Schmeichel for a penalty save at Brighton as well. Jamie Vardy will need to find the form that saw him top the goal charts in March if Brendan Rodgers’ men are going to secure Champions League football.
Next game: v Chelsea (H) FA Cup
A 10/10 season was capped off after defeating Palace before City lost at Chelsea and the celebrations began. But the marks were lost for a dull stalemate at Everton where chances were few and far between. A slow performance understandable after the long lay off.
Jurgen Klopp and his team won’t mind, however, having finally ended that 30-year wait for a league title.
Next game: v Man City (A)