With seven games gone in the 2012/13 Premier League we thought we’d analyse the current form guide to see which teams are in winning streaks and losing streaks. We’ll also look at the minor differences in the Form Guide and Premier League table and you’d not expect many with only seven games played.
After a start that threatened to continue his Chelsea woes, Andre Villas Boas has turned it around at White Hart Lane. After picking up just two points out of nine he has taken 12/12 in the next four games to give Spurs the longest win streak in the Premier League.
Their four consecutive victories have already been matched earlier this season when Manchester United also won four but these four wins were sandwiched in-between losses to Everton and Spurs.
League leaders Chelsea have the next best run with three wins on the bounce and it’s the second time they’ve achieved that this season too with six wins being split by a goalless draw at Loftus Road. Manchester City are the only other side to have any sort of streak with back to back victories. All other sides do not have a win streak at this time.
Only two current losing streaks in the Premier League at the moment and both are, unsurprisingly, with the bottom two sides Norwich and QPR. Southampton have found themselves on the end of a four loss streak earlier this season but broke with a 4-1 win against Aston Villa however this has only kept them just above the relegation zone as they’ve picked up 1 out of six points from the next two games. What Southampton have as an advantage is that they’ve played a lot of the top sides already.
Both Swansea and Wigan ended their 3 match consecutive losing streaks by drawing their last games. This came after an excellent start from Swansea where they won two and drew one. They now find themselves below a faltering Liverpool side.
The Curious Case of Liverpool FC
Analysing Liverpool’s form has been the most interesting for us. It’s pretty poor really. Liverpool have played three Champions League sides at home already this season; Manchester City, Manchester United & Arsenal. Unfortunately Liverpool only have one point to show for it.
Looking back at the matches Liverpool probably deserved more from the Manchester clubs but didn’t turn up against the Gunners who got their game-plan perfect on the day.
Liverpool’s home form in 2012 is what we’ve analysed after looking at their results this season. They’ve played four games at home so far this season with two draws and two losses.
Looking back to the start of 2012:
Two wins in the last twelve home games is not impressive at all. They’ve picked up a possible 10 out of 36 points at home which is not Home form for a top European club (0.83 points per game).
Liverpool’s record in their last 15 Premier League games overall:
16 points out of a possible 45 (1.07 points per game) is a little better than their home form but it’s relegation form for one of England’s powerhouse names. Can Brendan Rodgers pull Liverpool out of their current lull? Can the youth of Liverpool FC improve their position in the next few games? They’ve certainly played good football but haven’t picked up the results. Only time will tell if Brendan Rodgers will improve them.
Chelsea and Manchester United have five wins out of six however Chelsea have drawn their other game whilst United lost to Spurs. Chelsea, Spurs and City are undefeated in their last six games with Spurs winning four out of six and City winning three out of six.
Four losses out of six for Southampton and QPR, however Southampton escape the bottom three because of their solitary win. Norwich, QPR and Reading all are winless in their last six games.
Sunderland and Stoke seem to be the draw specialists with four draws in the last six. Newcastle, Manchester City, Liverpool, Reading and Norwich all drawing three of their last six games. With Sunderland Vs Newcastle and Liverpool Vs Reading coming up on Match Day 8 it might be worth putting a little wager on both of those games ending in a draw.
Much Difference in League Table and Form Guide?
There are a few minor differences in the table compared to the form guide. We have included the form guide on the right and as you can see Everton are fourth in the table but seventh in the form guide after their draw in the last game. Nine out of the 20 teams have exactly the same league table and form guide position. Everton and Swansea have the largest difference in positions both appearing lower in the form guide after good starts. Swansea especially have fallen after three losses in their last five games – the bubble truly did burst for Michael Laudrup’s side.
Apart from that there weren’t any big movers. We’ll have a look at this analysis again in the next international break as there should be more of a difference in form guide compared to the real league table.