As we enter the international break, the Premier League will take a back seat until action resumes at lunchtime on Saturday, April 4th when the two form sides in the shape of Arsenal and Liverpool clash at the Emirates Stadium for a crucial encounter.
With almost two weeks until then, it allows for time to reflect on what we’ve seen in the last few months. So which clubs have stepped up their performance in 2015 and who has tailed off?
Here’s a look at the table if the Premier League season had begun on January 1st:
Arsenal have won the most games in 2015 and that would be enough to put them at the top of the pile, while title favourites Chelsea would be all the way down in fifth, although they do have a game in hand.
Reigning champions Manchester City have had a very poor year by their standards and would find themselves in eight position – a disappointing statistic for Manuel Pellegrini‘s side who’ve displayed mid-table performances.
For all the criticism they’ve come in for, local rivals Manchester United would be third and Liverpool’s new year resurgence would see them as high as second. Brendan Rodgers has certainly turned things round in the last three months with eight wins from 11 games.
Tottenham possess the deadliest league attack in 2015, thanks largely to the prolific Harry Kane and that sees them as the fourth best team so far this year. However, they’ve shipped 18 at the other end giving them the fourth worst defence in the league behind only QPR, Burnley and Newcastle.
Talking of Newcastle, their form in 2015 shows why they’ve slipped down the table with just two wins from 11 and John Carver will know that’s certainly not good enough for a club of their size.
It’s clear to see why Aston Villa, Leicester, Sunderland and QPR all find themselves in a relegation battle as they’ve been the league’s whipping boys in 2015 with just five wins in total between the four of them.
Crystal Palace are perhaps the biggest surprise in 2015 as they would be sixth as it stands, which is further credit to the incredible job that Alan Pardew has done since his arrival in South London. The Eagles fans probably wish the season really did start in January.
Arsene Wenger will be delighted with how his Arsenal team have propelled themselves into a strong position since spending a large proportion of the season outside of the top four, but Gunners fans will probably look at this as a case of what could have been if it wasn’t for such a slow start.
Which team has shown the most surprising form in 2015 so far?