Premier League fans will all be well aware of the current standings in the division, with Liverpool leading the way at the top and the likes of Norwich and Bournemouth struggling near the relegation places.
Whilst it’s said that the table never lies in terms of overall position, which teams have hit a purple patch of late?
Here are the five most in-form teams in the Premier League, based on their last eight fixtures…
Sheffield United – 1.75 points-per-game
Sheffield United’s dream return to the Premier League continues, Chris Wilder’s side currently sitting seventh in the division and making a mockery of predictions tipping the Blades for an automatic return to the second tier.
Last weekend’s draw at Arsenal continued a run that has seen the club lose just twice away from home all season, with both defeats coming in their past eight fixtures against the Premier League’s top two in Liverpool and Manchester City.
Consistency has been the key for a well organised side defying all pre-season expectations, the club averaging 1.75 points-per-game over their last eight, taking into account victories over the likes of West Ham, Aston Villa, Brighton and Norwich.
Early season favourites for the drop, Sheffield United are now amongst a host of contenders to secure European football and in better form than the clutch of sides above them.
Watford – 1.88 points-per-game
What a revival it has been for Nigel Pearson at Watford, the former Leicester boss taking charge of the Hornets last month and overseeing a revival that has lifted the club outside of the relegation places.
It’s now six games unbeaten for Watford and just one defeat – at high flying Liverpool – in their last eight, the club having seemed all but relegated before a remarkable turnaround in recent weeks.
Last weekend’s goalless draw with Spurs was proceeded by three consecutive victories, though Watford remain just one point ahead of Aston Villa in the drop zone and will need to continue their recent run to move further away from danger.
Everton – 1.88 points-per-game
Have Everton turned a corner following the appointment of Carlo Ancelotti?
The Merseyside club looked to a big-name manager following their torrid start to the campaign, and the early signs are that the Toffees are beginning to make progress under the guidance of the three-times Champions League winning coach.
Everton have averaged 1.88 points-per-game over their last eight fixtures, interim manager Duncan Ferguson overseeing positive results against the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United before Ancelotti led the club to victories over Burnley, Newcastle and Brighton.
Defeat at Manchester City is the only blemish on an otherwise unbeaten record over their last eight, Everton just outside the top half on goal difference and looking upwards over the remainder of the season.
Manchester City – 2.00 points-per-game
The champions hopes of retaining their title look even more remote after last weekend’s 2-2 home draw with Crystal Palace, though only one team in the division is in better form at present, Man City having racked up 2.00 points-per game over their last eight fixtures.
That run includes five victories, comfortably disposing of the likes of Arsenal and Leicester whilst thrashing Aston Villa 6-1 at Villa Park earlier this month.
Defeats to Wolves and Manchester United have halted their progress, however, although Sergio Aguero’s return to form with five goals in his past two fixtures is a positive for the club as they look to close the huge gap to leaders Liverpool in the coming weeks.
Liverpool – 3.00 points-per-game
Liverpool‘s remarkable season continues, Jurgen Klopp’s side heading towards an elusive league title at an unprecedented rate at present.
Victory over Manchester United at Anfield last weekend saw the Reds extend their advantage at the top to 16 points, a draw in the reverse fixture at Old Trafford the only blemish on an otherwise perfect league record.
This weekend’s victory stretched their record to 13 consecutive wins, whilst it is now 21 wins from 22 games this season – the Merseyside club enjoying the best ever start to a campaign of any club in Europe’s top five leagues.
A whole host of records remain firmly in sight as the season comes to its conclusion over the coming months, and few would bet against the European and world champions reaching new heights based on recent form.