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Swansea look to make bottom half even tighter

30 Jan 2018
Watford v Swansea City - Carlos Carvalhal

After 24 PL matches the six points separating 10th from 20th place in the Premier League table has never been so small

When the Premier League resumes today, much of the focus will be towards the bottom of the table, where the tightest battle in the competition’s history could be about to take place.

Only six points separate Watford, in 10th with 26 points, from Swansea City, the division's bottom club, with 20.

Never before, after all teams have played 24 matches, has the gap between the sides placed 10th and 20th been so small.

Indeed only three times before has the difference been in single figures.

In 2008/09, eight points separated Manchester City and bottom-club West Bromwich Albion, while two seasons later, Newcastle United were a mere nine points ahead of Wolverhampton Wanderers.

In 2013/14, eight points were all that separated Aston Villa and Fulham, at the bottom.

Swansea outperforming

One reason for such a small difference in 2017/18 is that Watford's 26 points from 24 matches is the lowest total this far into a season for a team placed 10th.

But also, Swansea are performing above the norm as the division's bottom side.

Only twice before have the team at the basement in a 20-club division managed to match or beat Swansea's 20 points after 24 matches.

Can the gap get smaller?

Swansea and West Brom face tough matches in Matchweek 25.

Carlos Carvalhal's Swansea are at home against Arsenal while Alan Pardew's Baggies travel to leaders Man City.

However, if both can avoid defeat the gap on the top half of the table could grow even smaller.

Points difference 10th-20th
Season 10th pts 20th pts Pts diff
1992/93 32 21 11
1993/94 30 15 15
1994/95 31 15 16
1995/96 36 13 23
1996/97 31 19 12
1997/98 32 21 11
1998/99 32 16 16
1999/00 33 14 19
2000/01 35 16 19
2001/02 32 17 15
2002/03 34 17 17
2003/04 31 17 14
2004/05 31 16 15
2005/06 34 9 25
2006/07 33 15 18
2007/08 36 8 28
2008/09 30 22 8
2009/10 30 15 15
2010/11 30 21 9
2011/12 30 16 14
2012/13 30 16 14
2013/14 27 19 8
2014/15 33 17 16
2015/16 33 13 20
2016/17 30 19 11
2017/18 26 20 6

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