The 2023/24 season is here and once more it is Manchester City who are the team to beat in England.
After winning a historic treble last time around, Pep Guardiola’s team are bidding to claim what would be a sixth EPL title in seven seasons, and fourth in a row.
Arsenal finished in second place last season and are aiming to go one better after the significant transfers that saw them sign Declan Rice and Kai Havertz this summer.
At the other end of the table, the relegation battle is likely to include promoted clubs Burnley, Sheffield United and Luton Town, along with the likes of Everton, Nottingham Forest and Bournemouth, all of whom narrowly avoided the drop last year.
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Premier League table 2023/24
Liverpool are top of the Premier League table, but have seen their lead reduced after losing 3-1 at Arsenal on Sunday.
The Gunners, Manchester City and Aston Villa are the other members of the top four in the EPL standings as Matchday 23 continues.
There are just seven points separating the top five sides in what remains an incredibly close league table as we move into the second half of the season.
Latest EPL Standings
|3. Man City
|4. Aston Villa
|6. Man Utd
|7. West Ham
|14. Crystal Palace
|16. Nottingham Forest
|17. Luton Town
|20. Sheffield United
Manchester United, Chelsea and Newcastle United and are among the bigger sides who have endured difficult campaigns so far.
Everton, Burnley and Sheffield United are currently in the bottom three after a good recent run from Luton Town.
In November, Everton were controversially deducted 10 points for breaking financial rules. Were it not for that punishment, they would be sitting 12th in the table instead of their current spot of 18th.
Sheff Utd were the first team to sack their manager this season, with Paul Heckingbottom replaced by Chris Wilder on December 5. Nottingham Forest were the second team to make a change later that month, with Steve Cooper sacked and replaced by Nuno Espirito Santo.
There are no unbeaten teams or winless sides left in the 2023-24 season, which is proving to be close at both ends of the league table.
Liverpool are leading the way this season. Their defeat at Spurs with nine men on September 30 was the first loss of the season and that remained their only defeat until being beaten by title rivals Arsenal on February 4. Mohamed Salah has been on great form leading a new-look group that has kept the Reds competitive near the top of the standings throughout the campaign. Their title bid has now taken on extra significance after Jurgen Klopp announced in January that he was to leave his role as manager at the end of the season.
With six wins from their first six matches, defending champions Man City had raced up to first place in the EPL table over the opening weeks of the 2023/24 season, with top scorer Erling Haaland coming racing out of the blocks.
But consecutive away defeats against Wolves and Arsenal meant Pep Guardiola’s team had lost that position going into the October international break, offering the other top sides in the division hope.
Man City went into their derby clash away to Man Utd on October 29 sitting third in the table, but Guardiola’s men were comfortable in recording a 3-0 win over rivals Man Utd and then followed that up with a crushing 6-1 victory over Bournemouth, as they moved back into first place by early November.
However, a four-match winless run – which included a loss to Aston Villa in early December – meant they surrendered first place once more prior to going away to play in, and win, the FIFA Club World Cup.
With the likes of James Maddison and Son Heung-min impressing after the departure of talisman Harry Kane, Tottenham were top of the league at the end of October.
But losing three straight games to Chelsea, Wolves and Villa as injuries began to bite meant they suddenly slipped down the standings. They remain in the hunt for a top-four finish.
Unai Emery’s Aston Villa had a brilliant season. Aside from a couple of heavy defeats, they have been in formidable form, particularly at home, with the highlight being a 6-1 home win over Brighton in a stunning performance, powered by Ollie Watkins’ hat-trick. Two consecutive 1-0 wins over Man City and Arsenal were big statements.
Newcastle started the campaign in England’s top flight with an emphatic win over Villa, but then suffered defeats to Man City, Liverpool and Brighton amid a tough run of fixtures. Their huge 8-0 victory over Sheffield United indicated they had fully turned the corner and they have had an impressive 4-1 home win over Chelsea before embarking on another run of defeats recently, as the squad struggles to cope with injuries after their efforts in the UEFA Champions League.
Man Utd lost nine of their opening 20 matches, with Erik ten Hag under huge pressure for much of the season. Recent wins over Wolves and West Ham have lifted them back into the top six for the time being.
Brighton’s rapid start – they recorded big wins over Luton, Wolves, Newcastle, Man Utd and Bournemouth – suggested last season’s impressive sixth-place finish was not a flash in the pan, but the humbling result at Villa, as well as a loss against Luton in the reverse fixture, highlighted some major concerns and they have since dropped out of the leading positions.
West Ham enjoyed brief spells at the top of the table in the early weeks of the season. They recorded statement wins over Chelsea and Brighton, remaining in contention for a European place.
It was a slow start for Chelsea, who lost at home to Nottingham Forest, Aston Villa and Brentford as well as suffering a London derby defeat at West Ham. They only had one win from their first six matches.
After a tough first half of the season, they appeared to be steadying the ship and recently reached the EFL Cup final where they will play Liverpool. But league defeats to the Reds and Wolves in their last two games have put the pressure on Mauricio Pochettino, with the Blues in the bottom half.
Premier League key fixtures
There is still one match to go in Matchday 23 as Brentford host Manchester City on Monday Night Football. Pep Guardiola’s men can move within two points of Liverpool if they win that match.
England’s top flight will then return on Saturday February 10, as Matchday 24 of the Premier League season begins.
There are seven matches on Saturday, two on Sunday and one on Monday in MD24.
Aston Villa will host Man Utd on Sunday in what looks like the standout fixture of the round, while West Ham will play Arsenal in a key London derby.
There will be pressure on both Crystal Palace and Chelsea as those two teams do battle on Monday.
Who qualifies for the Champions League
The top four teams in the Premier League are guaranteed to automatically qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League competition, going straight through to the group stage.
Up until this season, the chance of a fifth EPL team reaching the Champions League was slim – a team would have had to win the UCL while also missing out on a top-four finish for that to happen.
However, due to changes in the Champions League format, which involves the introduction of a Swiss Model and a 36-team competition, there is now a strong chance five EPL sides will be in the 2024/25 UCL.
That is because an extra Champions League place will be awarded to each of the two nations with the highest UEFA co-efficient ranking, which is based on the performance of each country’s clubs in continental competitions.
England has finished top for the last three seasons. Had the system been in place last year, England and Spain would have received the two extra places. That would have meant qualification Liverpool, who finished fifth. Instead, the Reds will play in the 2023/24 Europa League.
Who qualifies for the Europa League and Conference League?
Last year it was the teams who finished fifth and sixth – Liverpool and Brighton – who qualified for the Europa League, while seventh-placed Aston Villa reached the Conference League.
West Ham also made the Europa League despite finishing 14th, courtesy of winning the Conference League.
However, those EPL positions are not fixed to certain UEFA competitions, as the allocation of places depends on which team ends up winning the two English domestic knockout tournaments – the FA Cup and Carabao Cup.
Last season, Manchester City won the FA Cup, but because they were already in the top four, their Europa League spot went to Brighton in sixth.
And seventh place only meant Conference League qualification for Aston Villa because Carabao Cup winners Man Utd were also top-four finishers, meaning they would be in the Champions League instead.
This year will also be complicated by the potential extra Champions League place. But teams went into the season safe in the knowledge that a top-six finish in the EPL typically all but guarantees some kind of European football, with seventh often good enough too.
If teams finish level on points in the 2023/24 Premier Legue table, there are various tie breakers that are applied.
First is goal difference – whichever team has the highest goal difference will finish above any other sides with the same points total.
If they have the same goal difference, it will go down to goals scored. For example, if Team A had 70 goals scored and 60 conceded, while Team B had 60 goals scored and 50 conceded, it would be Team A who finished ahead in the table, even though both sides had a +10 goal difference.
It would take a highly unlikely scenario for any other tie breakers to be required, although there is a system in place just in case.
If teams competing for the title, relegation or a league position that would mean qualification for UEFA competition were level on points, goal difference, and goals scored, the following additional tie breakers would come into force:
1) Points gained in head-to-head record between the teams involved. 2) Away goals scored in head-to-head record between the teams involved. 3) A play-off match or matches between the teams involved
Premier League winners
Manchester City have been the dominant Premier League team over recent seasons.
They have won the title for five out of the previous six campaigns, with Liverpool winning the other in that span in 2019/20.
Manchester United still hold the record for the most English titles with 20, but their last Premier League success came back in 2013.
Chelsea have won it twice since then, while Leicester City – who are now in the Championship – were shock winners in 2015/16.
Arsenal have not come out on top since their Invincibles season in 2003/04.