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Revealed: What being top or bottom of the Premier League at Christmas means

Top of the table

Manchester City will be top of the table on Christmas Day – while Swansea will be right down the other end, at the bottom – but what does that tell about where sides will be come the end of the season – and what does it mean all the other league positions?

Well, for City it’s good news – only three of the teams in the last ten seasons who have been top have gone on to finish below first position – Arsenal in 2007/08 and Liverpool, once in 2008/09 and then infamously in 2013/14.

Top four

In bad news for Liverpool, it seems that the side who occupy the final Champions League spot at Christmas could be in trouble, with the three sides above them going on to qualify come the end of the season, but in the last ten years, the side sat in fourth on December 25th have failed to get into the top four come May a massive six times.

Jurgen Klopp’s men might be right to be worried, with the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal breathing down their neck, and the fact they can’t defend a lead still a huge issue, while Manchester City, United and Chelsea will all be confident of getting into the Champions League again next season.


When it comes to the sides at the bottom, the omens aren’t great, with 50% of the sides who have been rock bottom since 2007 getting relegated.

However, given Swansea have been in the bottom three at Christmas in two of the last three seasons and managed to escape, there may be some hope for them yet if they can turn their fortunes around.

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The other two sides making up the bottom three have a lot of hope – only once, in 2012/13 have all the sides in the bottom three at Christmas been relegated, meaning Bournemouth and West Brom will fancy their chances of staying up.