The Premier League has reached its halfway stage, and as we prepare to head into a new year we’ve decided to look at some of the best stats from the opening months of what has proven an enthralling campaign.
Liverpool‘s unbeaten run and Manchester United’s contrasting fortunes against the top six and rest of the division have been well documented, though who have been the flakiest sides in English football’s top-flight so far this season?
It’s often said that the inability to hold on to a lead is the sign of a flaky team, so we’ve taken a look at the six sides to have dropped the most points from winning positions…
Brighton – 12 points
Brighton have enjoyed a fairly solid start to life under the management of Graham Potter, the former Swansea City coach having largely kept the Seagulls away from the Premier League‘s relegation places.
That said, it could all have been so much better for Potter’s side if they had managed to hold onto their leads, the club having dropped a huge 12 points from winning positions over the course of the season so far.
Their most recent collapse came in squandering a lead to lose at Tottenham on Boxing Day, whilst they also allowed rivals Crystal Palace to snatch a point in a game they had dominated earlier this month.
Brighton currently sit 14th in the table, though they would be in the Champions League places had they held onto those 12 dropped points.
Norwich – 12 points
A side desperately in need of points as they bid to survive this season, Norwich have struggled defensively and conceded a league-high 40 goals so far, contributing to a series of collapses that has seen the Canaries surrender 12 points to opposition sides.
Daniel Farke’s side twice led against Spurs last time out before settling for a draw, Harry Kane rescuing a point for the visitors from the penalty spot at Carrow Road to increase Norwich’s ever growing tally.
Norwich have in fact led in four of their past five fixtures, though the damning statistic for a side rooted to the foot of the division is that they have failed to pick up a single victory in that time.
Tottenham – 12 points
Tottenham’s topsy-turvy season so far has seen the Mauricio Pochettino era end and Jose Mourinho arrive at the club, with the Portuguese tasked with securing Champions League qualification and a top-four finish.
Key to their hopes will be ending the club’s poor run of results when leading, Spurs having dropped 12 points from winning positions so far, including defeats to both Liverpool and Leicester and blowing a two-goal lead in the North London derby.
Such has been the club’s contrasting and indifferent form this season, however, they actually rank amongst the Premier League’s leading clubs for gaining points from losing positions, having clawed back nine points when falling behind so far.
Manchester United – 12 points
The fourth side tied on 12 points dropped is Manchester United, who have conspired to draw six times this season when leading in the Premier League.
Having led against Wolves, Southampton, Arsenal, Liverpool, Sheffield United and Aston Villa, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side would have to settle for just a single point in each of a series of results that has hampered their chances of securing Champions League football.
Despite spending significantly on defensive additions the club have struggled to grind out results, and Solskjaer will hope to improve his side’s solidity and mentality as he bids to revive the club’s fortunes this season.
Aston Villa – 13 points
Another side struggling near the foot of the table, Aston Villa will need to show greater resilience if their return to the Premier League is not to be short lived this season.
Dean Smith’s side currently occupy the third and final place in the relegation zone, though could be clear of danger had they managed to preserve one of several wasted leads.
Villa have dropped 13 points from winning positions so far, failing to hold out against the likes of Tottenham, Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool despite taking shock leads.
The club will need to improve on this record if they are to secure safety, currently sitting one point adrift of struggling West Ham as we head into the new year.
West Ham – 15 points
The flakiest team in the Premier League so far this season is West Ham, which will come as no surprise to the Hammers’ faithful who have seen their club toil so far this campaign.
The London side began the campaign with aspirations of challenging the top six, though are now looking nervously over their shoulder at the drop zone and have parted company with manager Manuel Pellegrini.
The Chilean failed to get the best from a talented squad, whilst his side’s seemingly routine capitulations have contributed to just five wins from their opening 19 fixtures.
Most recently the club squandered a lead to lose at Crystal Palace on Boxing Day, one of a worrying trend that has seen 15 points dropped from winning positions this season.