A swift look at historical Premier League records offers a glimpse at how the organization has developed over a span of three decades. English Football, as we call it, is 28 years old today with their humble beginnings in 1992. However, that was considered as a different era altogether. Today, it is the Premier League era. And, who knows what tomorrow will become?
An Argument Over the Biggest Changes
Since 1992, English Football has seen lots of glorious moments, historical events, and changes in the nature of football as a sport. There was the Super-Club phenomenon – that brought about a strong sense of competition among the teams. If you had a lot to spend, then your players were rich and you were making good money as well. Leading to the involvement in the Champions League tournament, the most powerful and seasonally fit team would dominate the domestic leagues. All thanks to the generous investments.
Who is at the Top of the League?
Going back 12 years into the past, the trend was starting slowly and steadily into the season and gearing up towards the second half. But, today things are not the same. Alex Ferguson, a known personality, points out the historical moment when this changed with the two-consecutive win by Chelsea. One can force others to change their approach to pre-season training as well. And, this proved right for Manchester allowing their three wins between 2007 and 2009. And, so others too should repurpose their teams, if you want to be at the top.
The first 11 of these Premier Leagues, eventual champions made it to the top in little over 10 games. The average tally from 1992 to 2003 points out a tick over 20, making it an equivalent of 2 losses, 2 draws, and 6 wins. Different teams made their different version of struggle to reach the top. The ‘Big Four’ and ‘Top Six’ have made an impact since their start. Teams like Arsenal, Manchester, Liverpool, Chelsea have performed their best at the 10-game mark since 2003, so much so that fans have got accustomed to them. As the records will show, the average point tally for the 10-match game has moved from 2.45 to 2 over these years. This is the comparison between 1992-2003 and 2003-2020 groups.
Having done so, this has set forth a benchmark for any team that aims to challenge the leaders for the title.
Challenging the ‘Top Four’ Spots
If you wish to race for the top, you have to beat the champions. The Champions League holds a similar pattern as the premier. It is so much so that between the years 2001 and 2002, Premier’s top four qualified for the Champions too, having done it for the first time. This resulted in Birmingham, Bolton, Aston, and Portsmouth ranking 4th after their 10-match game. In that, the periods 2001-2010 and 2010-2010 are two decades of work. While 8 teams made it to the 4th in the first decade, only 6 made it later.
Leaving a bunch of surprises during these periods, Newcastle, WestHam, and Southampton consistently made it to the top three. It was always that the team that finished 4th made over 20 points from just the first 10-match games. Of course, there will always be some anomalies, and that is the nature of the game itself.
Staying at the Top is a Battle Downhill
If you are at the top, the only way you can go is downhill. But, leaving that aside, it is a constant struggle and a huge battle for being consistent and for others to make it to the top spot. The prolonged dominance of a few teams in the Premier League has earned them the status quo. Some have started quite badly at the beginning of the season and yet did well later.
Data shows that the safety point appears to be a score of six points. Teams between 3 and 5 after their 10-match game have done quite alright and have stayed at the top 42% of the time. So, this kind of analysis gives hope and causes miracles. The safety factor should never be ignored in the battle for the top.
In the end, it is all about survival. The Premier League, despite an uneven distribution of financial and intellectual resources, has proved to be a handsome affair. It is tough with a grain of salt and unpredictability.