The Premier League is entering the final stages of a fascinating campaign, with much to play for over the final few months for English football’s leading sides.
Whilst some clubs began brightly before fading, others have struggled before finally hitting their stride. Premier League fans will all be well aware of the their side’s current positioning in the table, but who are the most in-form teams in the division at present?
Here are the rankings of the Premier League sides with most points taken since Christmas…
Chelsea – 12 points
Frank Lampard’s inexperienced Chelsea side have been plagued by inconsistency for much of the Premier League campaign, but despite winning just four of their past 12 fixtures are somehow still well positioned to secure a top four finish and Champions League qualification.
In fact, despite their wobbles only four teams have taken more points than the Blues since Christmas, Chelsea having picked up 12 points from their past eight league fixtures to keep them slightly ahead of top four challengers Sheffield United, Tottenham and Manchester United.
The current top three aside, few clubs have managed to put together consistent results this season and Lampard will hope his side can do enough over the course of the run-in to secure a return to Europe’s elite.
Watford – 12 points
Watford’s have enjoyed a new manager bounce under the guidance of Nigel Pearson, though it appears to be running out of steam despite the club securing the equal-fourth most points in the division since Christmas Day.
Pearson guided the club to a five-game unbeaten run including three consecutive victories following his appointment, though the Hornets are now winless in their past three fixtures and have slipped back into the relegation places.
The Watford boss will need to galvanise his squad once more if they are beat the drop, though the club face difficult fixtures away at Manchester United and at home to league leaders Liverpool in their next two.
Southampton – 16 points
Firmly in the relegation places in mid-December and having suffered a humiliating 9-0 loss at home to Leicester, Southampton’s recent run of form has been the revival story of the season so far.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side have taken 16 points from their past eight Premier League fixtures, the goals of Danny Ings firing the Saints away from danger and remarkably within just six points of the European places.
Defeat at leaders Liverpool last time out was just the club’s second in that period, Southampton looking up the table over the second half of the season after a troubled start to the campaign.
Manchester City – 16 points
Manchester City’s defence of the Premier League title looks all but over after slipping 22 points adrift of the leaders, Pep Guardiola’s side struggling to find the consistency that has delivered back-to-back league titles in the previous two campaigns.
Defeats at Wolves and Tottenham have left Man City off the pace, though they are still amongst the most in-form teams in the division having taken 16 points in their past eight fixtures.
That run includes impressive victories over Sheffield United (twice) and Aston Villa, though the club’s focus will now surely be on the Champions League ahead of the first leg of their last-16 meeting with Real Madrid later this month.
Everton – 17 points
Carlo Ancelotti’s reign as Everton manager has begun in fine style, the club having lost just one of the eight Premier League games since the Italian’s first in charge on Boxing Day, moving out of the bottom half to within touching distance of the European places.
The Italian has spoken of his ambition to secure Europa League football with the Toffees this season, and they’re strong performances in recent weeks makes them viable contenders as the challengers around them continue to stutter.
They’ve taken six more points than Spurs and Sheffield United – the two sides directly above them – over the past eight fixtures, though face a serious test of their credentials over the next three, a home clash with Manchester United sandwiched between trips to the capital to face Arsenal and Chelsea.
Liverpool – 24 points
League leaders Liverpool have enjoyed a flawless eight-game record since Christmas Day, though their extraordinary levels of performance and consistency should surprise few given the club’s record-breaking start to the season.
Jurgen Klopp’s relentless Reds have dropped points in just a single league fixture this season, a draw at Manchester United in October the only blemish on an otherwise perfect record that has delivered 73 points by February 1.
The Merseyside club’s 22-point advantage at the top of the division is the most any side has ever held, the European champions now just six wins away from ending their 30-year wait for a top-flight league title.