Premier League table: Who has been the best team in 2017?

Goal's fantasy football writer looks back on match week 29 and highlights players from Everton, Leicester and more who made their mark this weekend

Chelsea may be marching to the Premier League title but the Blues have not separated themselves from the rest of the pack in 2017 so far.

Antonio Conte's men lost their first game of the new year to Tottenham but have gone unbeaten since then to ensure they remain comfortably in control at the summit of the table.

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They have been matched by both Spurs and Everton, however, in terms of points collected since January 1, with those two teams currently three points better off than Chelsea but having played one game more.

Having won five, drawn two and lost one, Manchester City have also kept up with the Blues by collecting 17 points from eight matches for an identical record.

Here is the Premier League table based only on games played in 2017 in full:

PREMIER LEAGUE 2017 TABLE

FULL PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE

Team Goals For Goals Against GD Points
Everton 22 7 15 20
Tottenham 20 7 13 20
Chelsea 15 7 8 17
Manchester City 14 8 6 17
Swansea City 15 17 -2 15
Stoke City 10 8 2 15
West Brom 11 14 -3 14
Arsenal 16 12 4 13
Manchester United 10 3 7 13
Liverpool 14 14 0 12
West Ham 15 16 -1 11
Hull City 10 13 -3 11
Southampton 13 12 1 9
Crystal Palace 6 13 -7 9
Watford 11 17 -6 9
Burnley 10 13 -3 8
Leicester City 6 14 -8 7
Bournemouth 14 23 -9 6
Sunderland 7 15 -8 5
Middlesbrough 2 8 -6 4
20 Sunderland 27 5 4 18 24 50 -26 19

Middlesbrough's decision to replace Aitor Karanka becomes less surprising when you consider that they have collected just four points this year, while Leicester City had picked up just one - from a 0-0 draw against Boro -under Claudio Ranieri before Craig Shakespeare took over and recorded back-to-back wins.

While Chelsea, Spurs and Man City look well placed to secure Champions League qualification, Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool have taken turns to trip up over the past three months in the battle for fourth place.

United's defensive record is certainly improving under Jose Mourinho and they have conceded just three times this year, but an overreliance on Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been exposed at the other end.

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Ex-Bayern Munich and Real Madrid assistant Paul Clement, meanwhile, deserves enormous credit for the job he has done at Swansea City and could take another big step towards steering them clear of relegation at Bournemouth this weekend.

Here's how the full Premier League table looks going into Week 29:

Middlesbrough 2 8 -6 4

FULL PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE

20 Sunderland 27 5 4 18 24 50 -26 19

FULL PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE

Pos Team P W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Chelsea 27 21 3 3 57 20 37 66
2 Tottenham Hotspur 27 16 8 3 53 20 33 56
3 Manchester City 27 17 5 5 53 29 24 56
4 Liverpool 28 16 7 5 60 35 25 55
5 Arsenal 26 15 5 6 55 31 24 50
6 Manchester United 26 13 10 3 39 22 17 49
7 Everton 28 13 8 7 47 30 17 47
8 West Bromwich Albion 28 11 7 10 36 37 -1 40
9 Stoke City 28 9 9 10 32 40 -8 36
10 Southampton 26 9 6 11 32 34 -2 33
11 West Ham United 28 9 6 13 38 49 -11 33
12 Burnley 28 9 4 15 31 42 -11 31
13 Watford 27 8 7 12 33 47 -14 31
14 Bournemouth 28 8 6 14 40 54 -14 30
15 Leicester City 27 7 6 14 30 45 -15 27
16 Swansea City 28 8 3 17 36 61 -25 27
17 Crystal Palace 27 7 4 16 35 46 -11 25
18 Hull City 28 6 6 16 26 54 -28 24
19 Middlesbrough 27 4 10 13 19 30 -11 22
Middlesbrough 2 8 -6 4
20 Sunderland 27 5 4 18 24 50 -26 19
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