Premier League Form Guide Analysis | Manchester United, Spurs & City at Top
The Premier League table seems to take form after around ten games and not have many major changes throughout the season however the form guide is an interesting table to analyse every six games or so because of the radical changes that can occur.
This season Manchester United have maintained the position of first or second in the form guide - according to the form guide below they're unbeaten in their last six. They have won five out of their last six and are the only side to have won their last three games.
Tottenham Hotspur are second in the table, also undefeated in their last six winning their last two consecutively (thanks to Gareth Bale!). Despite Manchester City's poor form of late they stay in third place as they'd won three in a row prior to this bad run. This also indicates that many sides are inconsistent this season unable to get a consecutive run of positive results.
One of the big movers are Reading - who are in sixth place win three wins in their last six games which equates to 10 points from the last 18 available. Reading have almost doubled their points tally (moving from 13 to 23) in their last six games. A massive boost for the side as they bid to stay in the league.
You can see how inconsistent the league is when there are only three sides that are on consecutive wins streaks: Arsenal being the third (also undefeated in four) after Spurs and Manchester United.
Only Sunderland are in a run of consecutive losses in the league - once again showing the unpredictable nature of the Premier League as you'd expect there to be a few sides but with Stoke and West Brom winning their last fixture and coming out of a little trouble they've seemed to stop the rot.
Aston Villa's win on the weekend moved them up a little but with six points out of eighteen it's looking ominous for the Villains from the West Midlands. West Ham are in an even worse position with only four points out of eighteen - they need to pick up some more wins to ensure their safety.
QPR had drawn their last four games and were undefeated in five until Swansea walloped them for a 4-1 loss. QPR are in desperate need of picking up points if they wish to come off of the bottom and are seven points off of safety at the moment. With 12 games to go if their last six are taken as a prediction of form they'd pick up a maximum of 14 points. This would give them 31 points and that would be enough to be relegated. It's safe to say that QPR need some Harry Houdini magic to get them out of this mess.
Wigan and Norwich are the only sides that have not won in their last six games. A continuation of Norwich's form will see them drop into the relegation fight, especially with Southampton and Reading picking up points lately. Wigan have lost three of their last six - if they are to beat the drop again they are going to have to fight like last season to stay up.
Liverpool and Everton are sitting in the mid-table for the form guide both with two wins in their last six whilst Everton have drawn three and lost one Liverpool are struggling without a win in their last three. Many will point out that two of their last three games were away at Arsenal and Manchester City (arguably should have won both) but the form guide doesn't lie!
Interestingly had Liverpool won both of those games in which they led at the Etihad and Emirates, and not conceded silly goals, they would have sat in second place in the form guide with four wins in 6.
Amazing how fine the line can be sometimes!