Alternative Premier League, Gameweek 31
With the rest of the league tightening up, the two teams who are beginning to look adrift are sitting at the top, and the bottom. Manchester United is now 11.93 points ahead of City, while Wolves are 11.68 points behind Blackburn in 19th.
United were among the week’s top scorers once more and again found themselves outscoring their nearest rivals, Manchester City. The Red Devils’ late, two goal victory at Blackburn gave them 6.90 points – the second highest of the gameweek.
City’s draw meant that they now face a huge gap between themselves and the leaders, but it could have been so much worse. When Sunderland were 1-3 up, City were looking at a return of only 1.34 while Sunderland had the potential to earn 8.36 points for their days’ work. But City’s fight-back evened out the spoils a little, with the Citizens getting a hard-earned 3.50 and the Black Cats 4.02.
Wolves fluffed their lines in their must win game, going down 2-3 at home to Bolton. The away win is Bolton’s fifth of the campaign and is only one fewer than both Spurs and Chelsea. The defeat is Wolves’ fifth in a row and it sees them, unsurprisingly, occupying the bottom spot in the APL form table. With three of the bottom five winning, Bolton’s score of 6.34 points leaves them in 18th position with a crucial game in hand.
The team directly above Wolves in the form table is Liverpool, whose last five games have seen only one win, and four defeats. From these games, the Reds have only accrued 12.44 points and now see themselves some way behind Newcastle in sixth who have managed 25.67 points from their last five. The chasm in the two teams’ recent form was exposed on Sunday with Newcastle pulling further away from the Merseysiders by gaining 6.70 points with their 2-0 win compared to Liverpool’s 1.50.
The hunt for third place took another twist with Spurs making ground following Arsenal’s defeat. Tottenham picked up 6.45 points by beating Swansea 3-1, their first win in five, and have cut the distance between themselves and the Gunners to 0.48 points.
Wigan have made an unexpected trip into the top six of the APL form table with an impressive run of two wins, two draws and only one defeat in their last five games. Their latest triumph saw them score 6.29 points for beating Stoke 2-0. The form of the bottom five sides has been very impressive of late. With QPR in 11th place in the form table, Blackburn in 10th, Bolton in 8th and Wigan in 6th, Wolves’ poor form of late has been well and truly punished.
- Highest Score: Chelsea 7.10 points
- Lowest Score: Arsenal 1.18 points
- Best draw score: Sunderland 4.02 points.
|Team||P||W||D||L||Away Wins||GD||Points||Prem Pos|
|12||West Bromwich Albion||31||10||6||15||6||-7||115.13||14|
|17||Queens Park Rangers||31||7||7||17||3||-19||98.18||17|
|11||Queens Park Rangers||2||1||2||20.32||17|
|17||West Bromwich Albion||1||1||3||14.36||12|