Comparing City, Liverpool & Chelsea points tally at Xmas to past winners

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Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring for Liverpool. Anfield, November 2020.

We’re almost halfway through the 2021-22 season and the three-way title race continues to gather pace, with Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool all in contention.

City are the current leaders and have picked up 44 points from 18 games, while Liverpool are in second with 41 and Chelsea are third with 38.

We’ve gone back through the last decade to see how their current points tallies at Christmas compares to previous champions.

2011-12 – Manchester City

After signing the likes Sergio Aguero and Samir Nasri in the summer of 2011, City found themselves top of the Premier League table at Christmas for the very first time.

Roberto Mancini’s side were two points clear of neighbours United, having picked up 44 points from a possible 51 after 17 league games.

City thought they had thrown it away when they found themselves eight points behind their rivals in April 2012 but United lost two and drew one of their final six games.

Aguero’s dramatic late goal against QPR on the final day of the season ensured that City won the league on goal difference with 89 points.

2012-13 – Manchester United

Having been pipped to the title by City in 2011-12, United responded by signing Robin van Persie from Arsenal, and he made an immediate impact.

The striker scored 12 goals in his first 18 Premier League appearances as United won 14 of those games and took 43 points from a possible 54.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s side were four points ahead of City at Christmas and only extended that lead over the following months, finishing the campaign with 89 points.

READ: Fergie’s farewell gift: Robin van Persie’s fairytale debut season at Man Utd

2013-14 – Manchester City

Liverpool and Chelsea will take hope from this as the 2013-14 winners weren’t at the top of the league table on Christmas Day in 2013.

City, who had picked up 35 points from their first 17 games of the season, sat in third place and were one point behind both Arsenal and Liverpool.

But they went up another level after Christmas, winning 16 and drawing three of their last 21 games to take advantage of Liverpool’s infamous slip-up.

2014-15 – Chelsea

By Christmas 2014, Chelsea sat three points clear of Manchester City with 42 points from 17 games and had only recently suffered their first defeat of the season when Newcastle beat them 2-1 at St James’s Park.

Jose Mourinho’s side started 2015 in disappointing fashion with a 5-3 defeat at Tottenham but it proved to be just a bad day at the office. 

The Blues only lost one more Premier League game all season and won the title at a canter, finishing on 87 points – eight ahead of City.

2015-16 – Leicester City

After narrowly avoiding relegation to the Championship in 2014-15, Leicester City took everybody by surprise with a blistering start to 2015-16.

The Foxes sat top of the table at Christmas with 38 points from their first 17 league games, just three fewer than they managed during the entirety of the previous campaign.

Pundits predicted that the wheels would eventually fall off for Claudio Ranieri’s team, especially after they picked up two points from three games over the Christmas period.

But Leicester proved everyone wrong and their final tally of 81 points brought a comfortable title as their rivals fell away one by one.

2016-17 – Chelsea

After Chelsea lost to Liverpool and Arsenal in the opening six games of the 2016-17 season, Antonio Conte switched to a back three and the rest is history.

The Blues then won all of their next 11 Premier League games before Christmas and had 43 points, six more than second-placed Liverpool.

Despite facing strong competition from London rivals Tottenham, Chelsea never let their lead slip and finished the season with 93 points.

2017-18 – Manchester City

Pep Guardiola’s side started the 2017-18 season in sensational form and already hand one hand on the Premier League title by Christmas Day.

They picked up 55 points out of a possible 57 from their first 19 games, with their only dropped points coming in a draw against Everton.

During the second half of the season, City’s lead over second-placed United went from eight points to 18 and they finished 2017-18 with a record-breaking 100 points.

2018-19 – Manchester City

After strolling to the Premier League title in 2017-18, Manchester City had a much bigger challenge on their hands during the following season.

Their record of 44 points from 18 games wasn’t enough for the top spot at Christmas as Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool were unbeaten on 48 points.

City found themselves seven points behind the Reds after losing to Leicester on Boxing Day but secured the title by a point after winning 18 of their last 19 games.

2019-20 – Liverpool

Having been pipped to the title by Manchester City in 2018-19, Liverpool were determined to finally get their hands on the trophy in 2019-20.

After 17 games, with their only dropped points coming in a draw against Manchester United, Liverpool had accumulated 49 points and were 10 ahead of second-placed Leicester.

Even the most pessimistic Liverpool fans were starting to accept that their 30-year title drought was finally coming to an end.

Despite the season being interrupted by the global pandemic, they became champions with seven games remaining and finished on 99 points.

2020-21 – Manchester City

After a delayed start to the 2020-21 season, most Premier League clubs had only played 14 games by Christmas and City had one fewer than that.

They also struggled to hit their best form at the start of the season, finding themselves in eighth place with 23 points from a possible 39.

But City rediscovered their mojo at Christmas, winning 15 Premier League games in a row before finishing the season with 86 points.

Wolves are currently eighth in the league so you never know…

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