As Chelsea head to North London to take on rivals Arsenal this weekend, the Premier League table has changed quite a bit since their last meeting in October.
It was an all-too familiar tale that day for the Gunners, with goals from Eden Hazard and Diego Costa extending Jose Mourinho’s unbeaten run against Arsene Wenger to 12 games and keeping the Blues top of the table.
However, after a poor start to the campaign, the Gunners along with Manchester United have improved dramatically as the season nears its finale.
As per the table provided by Opta Stats, since the October international break the points accumulated between Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United are extremely close and reflects well on the latter two.
Jose Mourinho’s side suffered defeats against Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur, although with 57 points from 25 matches they have still maintained championship winning form.
The Gunners boast the best record in Europe’s top five leagues so far in 2015, and there is little doubt they head into this weekend’s fixture at least on par with their rivals.
The Red Devils under Louis van Gaal have also kept pace, recording 54 points over the past 26 matches and recent wins over rivals Liverpool and City bode well for next season’s title challenge.
The Citizens have disappointed in 2015, though they have still accumulated more points than the Reds since October – perhaps highlighting how much the Anfield side struggled before December.
Spurs make up the top six over the past six months, gaining 46 points from their last 26 matches, which is an impressive total from boss Mauricio Pochettino in his debut campaign at White Hart Lane.
What the table ultimately tells us is that while the Blues have asserted their dominance this season and will be crowned champions, based on the improvements, next year’s title race is expected to be much closer.