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Aston Villa, Liverpool and West Ham are the Premier League’s most-improved sides of 2023-24

Aston Villa, Liverpool and West Ham are among the Premier League’s most improved sides when you compare their points tallies to the same stage last season.

This time last year Unai Emery had only been at Villa Park for a few months after Steven Gerrard had struggled to get a tune out of his players. Fast forward a year and Villa are now one of the Premier League’s most formidable sides.

There’s also been a dramatic turnaround for Liverpool, who made a slow start last term and didn’t get much better as they stuttered to their worst placing of the Jurgen Klopp era.

The Reds did improve in the final weeks of the 2022-23 campaign, though, and only narrowly missed out on the top four – and now they look like a side transformed with a new-look midfield after their summer rebuild.

Along with Liverpool, West Ham are one of the most improved sides from last season – despite their recent 6-0 thrashing by Arsenal.

David Moyes’ side have an incredible 15 more points than at the same stage of the 2022-23 season, scoring 13 more goals and finding themselves seven places higher.

Newcastle have experienced a dramatic drop off from last season, with Eddie Howe’s side seven points worse off than this time last year. A crippling injury list has played a role in their slump.

Manchester United, Fulham, Brentford, Crystal Palace and Brighton are performing slightly worse than last season, while Bournemouth are enjoying a better campaign.

Everton are only two points behind their tally from last season despite their 10-point deduction – that’s some job Sean Dyche has done.

We’ve compared every Premier League club’s record after 25 games and seen how it compares to the same stage last season. In the case of Bournemouth, we have compared their record after 24 games.

Here’s how the numbers break down in full for every club:

1. Liverpool
Points: +15
Goals for: +12
Goals against: -4
Position: +4

2. Manchester City
Points: +1
Goals for: -6
Goals against: +1
Position: =

3. Arsenal
Points: -5
Goals for: +2
Goals against: -1
Position: -2

4. Aston Villa
Points: +15
Goals for: +21
Goals against: -5
Position: +7

5. Tottenham
Points: +2
Goals for: +6
Goals against: +3
Position: -1

6. Manchester United
Points: -5
Goals for: -6
Goals against: -1
Position: -3

7. Brighton
Points: -4
Goals for: +2
Goals against: +9
Position: =

8. Newcastle United
Points: -7
Goals for: +16
Goals against: +23
Position: -3

9. West Ham United
Points: +13
Goals for: +13
Goals against: +11
Position: +7

10. Chelsea
Points: +1
Goals for: +18
Goals against: +17
Position: =

11. Wolves
Points: +8
Goals for: +20
Goals against: +5
Position: +2

12. Fulham
Points: -10
Goals for: -2
Goals against: +10
Position: -6

13. Bournemouth
Points: +7
Goals for: +11
Goals against: -2
Position: +6

14. Brentford
Points: -13
Goals for: -5
Goals against: +11
Position: -5

15. Crystal Palace
Points: -2
Goals for: +7
Goals against: +12
Position: -3

16. Nottingham Forest
Points: -2
Goals for: +12
Goals against: =
Position: -2

17. Everton
Points: -2 (inc 10 point deduction) [+8 without]
Goals for: +8
Goals against: -5
Position: +1


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