Man Utd surprisingly high as Aston Villa finish only below City in 2023 calendar year table

Ian Watson
Unai Emery celebrates Aston Villa's win over Arsenal.
Unai Emery celebrates Aston Villa's win over Arsenal.

Further proof here, if it were needed, of the remarkable job being done by Unai Emery at Aston Villa. Through 2023, only all-conquering Manchester City gathered more points.

League tables by season are so passé. Here’s how the Premier League looks through the whole of 2023…


1) Manchester City – 93 points
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The Treble winners surpassed 2022’s total by 14 points despite their recent iffy form. Their +57 goal difference is 20 better than anyone else’s.


2) Aston Villa – 85 points
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Genuinely astonishing, the difference Unai Emery has made at Villa. The Villans more than doubled their points tally from 2022.


3) Liverpool – 81 points
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Liverpool finished with the same 79-point total as City in 2022 so a marginal improvement is fine work through what is supposed to be a transitional year.


4) Arsenal – 81 points
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There was a title collapse in April/May but the reaction has been largely exemplary. Until the last two games of the year.


5) Manchester United – 74 points
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Actually not bad for a club perpetually in a cycle of crisis, though the goal difference tells a tale.


6) Tottenham – 69 points
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Ange Postecoglou is responsible for 57 percent of these points having presided over  47 per cent of the games.


7) Brighton – 64 points
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Roberto De Zerbi’s first full calendar year in charge is a 17-point improvement on 2022.


8) Newcastle – 66 points
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Newcastle achieved 72 points in 2022. Absences have taken them backwards but they are hardly the only side to suffer a lengthy injury list.


9) West Ham – 59 points
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In Irons terms, 2023 will always be about European glory. But a strong finish domestically helps them to beat 2022’s haul by 20 points.


10) Wolves – 56 points
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Had they not been so badly stitched up by officials this season, Wolves might have pushed for top eight in 2023, which is quite the achievement given the turnover of players and staff through the summer.


11) Brentford – 55 points
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The Bees have surpassed 2022’s total but that doesn’t make their recent slump any the less alarming.


12) Fulham – 51 points
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Better than Chelsea over a calendar year feels like something of a fever dream. What a quietly brilliant job Marco Silva has done.



13) Chelsea – 48 points
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A hell of a lot of money has been spent to be the 13th best team of 2023. Ouch.


14) Bournemouth – 48 points
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The Cherries bobbed around the relegation zone for much of 2023, swerving it when mattered at the end of last season. But their recent form has seen them pick up 19 points from the last 24 available in the year.


15) Everton – 47 points
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The Toffees have spent much of 2023 being dog muck. They finally look to be a team in their manager’s image with 2024 perhaps a lot less s***, even with the points deduction.

Sean Dyche on the touchline.

16) Nottingham Forest – 45 points
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Two wins against Newcastle and Manchester United from Nuno’s first three games in charge keeps Forest off the foot of this table.


17) Crystal Palace – 44 points
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All Palace’s 10 wins this year have come since Roy Hodgson returned to the club in late March. Prior to that, under Patrick Vieira, the Eagles lost seven and drew five of the first dozen games of 2023.


View more: Here’s the full range of tables available on F365, including ‘table between two dates’ stretching all the way back until football began in 1992, a ‘second half table’, the all-important ranking of teams based on ‘corners won’ and about 20 or so more.