Chelsea are about to catch Spurs and no-one is ready for it

Matt Stead
Manchester United player Bruno Fernandes, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Brentford striker Neal Maupay
How much better or worse could this season get for every club?

Chelsea have about five games in hand and European qualification is now distinctly possible for the Blues, while Everton can still finish in the top half.

 

1) Manchester City

Highest possible finish: 1st

Lowest possible finish: 5th

Current points total: 73

Highest possible points total: 91

Even if Manchester City win all their remaining games, it would be the fourth-best points tally in their Premier League history.

 

2) Arsenal

Highest possible finish: 1st

Lowest possible finish: 5th

Current points total: 71

Highest possible points total: 89

Arsenal have the chance to achieve consecutive 80-point Premier League seasons for the first time since 2005. Or to bottle it and completely collapse.

 

3) Liverpool

Highest possible finish: 1st

Lowest possible finish: 5th

Current points total: 71

Highest possible points total: 89

Liverpool have not done an awful lot wrong this season yet already their 2018/19, 2019/20 and 2021/22 points totals are out of reach. Jurgen Klopp might be pretty good.

 

4) Aston Villa

Highest possible finish: 1st

Lowest possible finish: 9th

Current points total: 63

Highest possible points total: 78

The 74 points Aston Villa racked up in the inaugural Premier League season remains a club record which Unai Emery might now be eyeing.

 

5) Tottenham

Highest possible finish: 1st

Lowest possible finish: 12th

Current points total: 60

Highest possible points total: 78

Ange Postecoglou’s brave boys are still in this title race; Manchester City still have to go to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and get something, mate.

 

6) Newcastle

Highest possible finish: 4th

Lowest possible finish: 14th

Current points total: 50

Highest possible points total: 68

There is every chance they sneak into fifth and England get that extra Champions League place because Spurs.

 

7) Manchester United

Highest possible finish: 4th

Lowest possible finish: 14th

Current points total: 50

Highest possible points total: 68

Not bad at all for a team deliberately conceding the most shots in Europe.

 

8) West Ham

Highest possible finish: 4th

Lowest possible finish: 15th

Current points total: 48

Highest possible points total: 63

Will David Moyes end his West Ham reign in the bottom half where he found them (twice)?

 

9) Chelsea

Highest possible finish: 4th

Lowest possible finish: 15th

Current points total: 47

Highest possible points total: 68

The magical point mark has been hit. Chelsea can no longer win the title and that should make everyone sad.

 

10) Brighton

Highest possible finish: 5th

Lowest possible finish: 16th

Current points total: 44

Highest possible points total: 62

Roberto De Zerbi has barely won a Premier League game since September but would still be coveted by every club across Europe even if he takes Brighton into the bottom half.

 

11) Wolves

Highest possible finish: 5th

Lowest possible finish: 16th

Current points total: 43

Highest possible points total: 61

The managerial version of Gary O’Neil cannot actually be relegated.

 

12) Fulham

Highest possible finish: 6th

Lowest possible finish: 16th

Current points total: 39

Highest possible points total: 57

Fulham are 18 points off the Champions League places and 17 clear of the relegation zone. Lovely.

 

13) Bournemouth

Highest possible finish: 5th

Lowest possible finish: 16th

Current points total: 42

Highest possible points total: 60

Ninth place and 46 points remain Premier League records for Bournemouth, both of which Andoni Iraola will be targeting.

 

14) Crystal Palace

Highest possible finish: 6th

Lowest possible finish: 20th

Current points total: 33

Highest possible points total: 51

Those championship hopes are over for another season and Roy Hodgson has an awful lot to answer for. Going off that victory at Anfield, Palace would have it wrapped up now if Oliver Glasner started in the summer.

 

15) Brentford

Highest possible finish: 9th

Lowest possible finish: 20th

Current points total: 32

Highest possible points total: 47

Thomas Frank’s side have suffered the biggest drop-off in terms of points from last season to this, the poor things.

 

16) Everton

Highest possible finish: 10th

Lowest possible finish: 20th

Current points total: 27

Highest possible points total: 45

As Everton fans might point out, those points totals are very much subject to change.

 

17) Nottingham Forest

Highest possible finish: 14th

Lowest possible finish: 20th

Current points total: 26

Highest possible points total: 41

With regards to Everton, the same stands for Forest, whose illusion of survival might only ever be temporary if the Premier League get their ducks in order quickly enough.

 

18) Luton

Highest possible finish: 14th

Lowest possible finish: 20th

Current points total: 25

Highest possible points total: 40

Hopes of a top-half finish have finally been extinguished.

 

19) Burnley

Highest possible finish: 14th

Lowest possible finish: 20th

Current points total: 20

Highest possible points total: 35

If only Vincent Kompany hadn’t spent the entire season complaining about referees.

 

20) Sheffield United

Highest possible finish: 14th

Lowest possible finish: 20th

Current points total: 16

Highest possible points total: 34

The Derby barrier has been absolutely smashed but it doesn’t particularly feel as though Chris Wilder and his squad are going to push too far beyond that.