By Tony Attwood
We recently created a table made up of matches between the big seven clubs of the Premier League in order to remove any suggestion that Arsenal’s current success at the top of the league was due (as some were suggesting) to having had an easy fixture list so far.
In case you missed it, here it is again.
But what of the fixtures to come? Are they going to be tougher for Arsenal than for other clubs?
One of the key factors we always take into account is the league table relating to the last six league games. Here it is for the big seven…
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Two games against other members of the big seven – the second and fourth most successful members of the group – but both are at home (not that this makes much difference this season).
- Manchester United (H) – January 22
- Everton (A) – February 4
- Brentford (H) – February 11
- Manchester City (H) – February 15
- Aston Villa (A) – February 18
Prediction: three wins, two draws, no defeats. Or maybe four wins – but we’ll stick with three for the projections. 11 points.
Three games against other members of the big seven, but two of these are against Tottenham Hots who have failed to win a single game against any of the other members of the group – an astonishing failure of which the media seem to be totally ignorant. As they are of the fact that across the last six games they have only won half.
- Tottenham Hotspur (H) – January 19
- Wolverhampton Wanderers (H) – January 22
- Tottenham Hotspur (A) – February 5
- Aston Villa (H) – February 12
- Arsenal (A) – February 15
Prediction: A Man City recovery: three wins, two draws, 11 points.
- Crystal Palace (A) – January 18
- Arsenal (A) – January 22
- Crystal Palace (H) – February 4
- Leeds United (A) – February 12
- Leicester City (H) – February 19
Prediction: Manchester United are second in the last six games table, so the chances are four wins and one defeat. 12 points.
Newcastle might have gone pounding up the league (they are third, nine points behind Arsenal) but they are not so hot against other top seven clubs. But this is a dream fixture list for them – just the Liverpool away game seems a possible problem
- Crystal Palace (A) – January 21
- West Ham United (H) – February 4
- Bournemouth (A) – February 11
- Liverpool (H) – February 18
- Brighton and Hove Albion (H) – February 25
Prediction: four wins one defeat. 12 points
The only thing that is more amazing than Totteham’s complete incompetence when playing other members of the big seven is the media’s ability to hide the fact.
- Manchester City (A) – January 19
- Fulham (A) – January 23
- Manchester City (H) – February 5
- Leicester City (A) – February 11
- West Ham United (H) – February 19
Prediction: two wins, a draw away to Fulham and two defeats to Manchester City. Seven points.
- Chelsea (H) – January 21
- Wolverhampton Wanderers (A) – February 4
- Everton (H) – February 13
- Newcastle United (A) – February 18
- Crystal Palace (A) – February 25
Ninth in the league as a whole, but third in our league table (above) of the top seven playing each other. Might beat Chelsea and Everton at home, but away to Newcastle looks dodgy and another off day could see a drop of points to Palace.
Prediction: Two wins, one draw, one defeat. Seven points.
Chelsea – 10th (25pts)
- Liverpool (A) – January 21
- Fulham (H) – February 3
- West Ham United (A) – February 11
- Southampton (H) – February 18
- Tottenham (A) – February 26
Only Tottenham’s incompetence stops them being bottom of the Big Seven league (see above) so Chelsea should get three wins in the last three of these games, and maybe a draw with Fulham.
Prediction: Three wins, one draw, one defeat. 10 points.
All of which would mean that the big seven table would then read…
Arsenal’s lead increases by one point to nine. We shall see.
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