2022 was graced by some fine Premier League action but which sides fared the best over the calendar year?
We’ve taken a look at the Premier League table since January 1st to see how the 17 clubs that avoided relegation last season have performed in 2022.
The 2021-22 season was full of postponements and rearranged fixtures due to Covid, mysterious ‘injuries’, and adverse weather conditions.
The January transfer window, which gave clubs the chance to reinforce their squads, was heavily utilised by some clubs that reaped the rewards of their winter investment.
Big-spending Newcastle under Eddie Howe were rampant in the early months of 2022, with new signings Chris Wood, Dan Burn, Kieran Trippier and Bruno Guimaraes helping turn the Magpies’ form around.
And Howe’s side have continued their excellent form in the current campaign, suffering just one defeat and riding high in the Champions League places.
For Liverpool, it’s a somewhat different tale. They came steaming through the first part of 2022, racking up points and almost chasing down Manchester City for the 2021-22 title.
But they’ve slowed in the first part of the 2022-23 campaign and allowed City to catch up with them over the second part of the year. Despite some improved form after Christmas, Jurgen Klopp still has a job on his hands.
This table makes happy reading for the two north London clubs, who sit pretty in third (Arsenal) and fifth (Tottenham), with both looking safe bets to continue their growth into 2023.
The other two members of the big six, Chelsea and Manchester United, have been disappointing for different reasons in 2022 and sit seventh and sixth respectively – although United have shown signs of improvement in recent weeks.
At the arse end of the standings, Leeds and Everton’s struggles at different points of this year have been well documented and they both nestle uncomfortably in the bottom three.
The extent of the issues at West Ham and Southampton have perhaps been less widely discussed, however. Of the 17 teams that have only played Premier League games since January, the Saints have accrued the fewest points and Ralph Hasenhuttl was sacked as a result.
West Ham, meanwhile, fell away badly at the start of 2022, ending their hopes of a top-four Premier League finish, and have started the 2022-23 campaign in terrible form.
David Moyes may well blame a build-up of European fixtures with their Europa League run and current Conference League participation, but Hammers fans are becoming increasingly disgruntled as their side slip into a relegation battle.
Overall, the Premier League table for 2022 makes for interesting reading, despite the differences in games played.
With 2023 upon us, here’s the 2022 calendar year table in full, complete with points and the number of games played, as well as goal difference.
Note: The three relegated clubs, Burnley, Watford and Norwich City, have not been included and neither have the three promoted sides, Fulham, Bournemouth and Nottingham Forest.
1. Manchester City – 79 points, 34 games, +62 GD
2. Liverpool – 79 points, 35 games, +48 GD
3. Arsenal – 77 points, 35 games, +30 GD
4. Newcastle – 72 points, 36 games, +26 GD
5. Tottenham – 71 points, 37 games, +37 GD
6. Manchester United – 59 points, 36 games, 0 GD
7. Chelsea – 56 points, 33 games, +16 GD
8. Brighton – 51 points, 36 games, +3 GD
9. Brentford, 49 points, 37 games, -4 GD
10. Crystal Palace – 47 points, 35 games, 0 GD
11. Leicester – 44 points, 37 games, +1 GD
12. Aston Villa – 41 points, 35 games, -6 GD
13. West Ham – 39 points, 36 games, -9 GD
14. Wolves – 39 points, 36 games, -20 GD
15. Leeds – 38 points, 35 games, -25 GD
16. Everton – 35 points, 38 games, -22 GD
17. Southampton – 31 points, 36 games, -32 GD
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