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Alternative Premier League, Gameweek 33: Newcastle United At Top of the Form Table

With the gap starting to widen between first and second place, Manchester City were going to have to start winning big to pull back some ground on United. After a nightmare gameweek 32 for the Citizens, gameweek 33 was somewhat more satisfying.

It may have taken some time, but gameweek 33 seems to have finally seen a return for the City team that we saw pre-Christmas. City’s emphatic 4-0 win over West Brom earned them 7.19 points, their highest tally since their 3-0 win over Liverpool in gameweek 20. A wretched run of form for Roberto Mancini’s troops saw them drop briefly in the bottom five of the form table, but now sit in a more respectable 7th.

Although City have started to show more signs of purpose, the red half of Manchester don’t need to start worrying yet. Even though defeat at Wigan ended United’s run of eight straight victories, it was that run which has opened up a 10.68 gap at the top with only five games to go. But let’s not forget Wigan, who have been experiencing some good form of their own. Sitting pretty in fifth place in the form table, the Latics’ win over United was their third win in five and a return of 6.83 points is good reward for beating a team 15 places higher in the league.

The award of ‘Form Kings’ though goes to Newcastle United, who have won five of their last five. This fine run of results has seen the Magpies move above Chelsea and close the gap on Tottenham in 4th to 4.42 points. A 2-0 win over Bolton may not have returned a particularly high score, 5.60 for their efforts, but the win keeps the pressure on those around them and proves that Newcastle are a genuine contender this season.

From a seemingly iron-grip on the top four, Spurs’ latest setback, combined with Newcastle’s form, has seen their points cushion slashed. Gameweek 33 saw Norwich upset the league table by taking 7.84 points away from White Hart Lane. The Canaries are now within touching distance of a place in the top half while Spurs are nervously looking down.

Everton continue to look down on Liverpool after brushing Sunderland aside by 4 goals to nil. Though still someway behind Chelsea, Everton got 7.64 returns from their Easter Monday clash, a total that Liverpool’s away win couldn’t even match.

  • Biggest Score: Norwich 7.84 points
  • Lowest Score: Swansea 1.06
  • Best Draw Score: Fulham 3.76
 TeamPWDLAway WinsGDPointsPrem Pos
1Manchester United3325441250194.931
2Manchester City332355753184.252
4Tottenham Hotspur331788619153.374
5Newcastle United33178878148.955
11Norwich City331110125-6125.8410
12West Bromwich Albion33116166-8122.7313
13Swansea City33109144-9122.7114
14Stoke City33119134-13121.4112
15Aston Villa32714113-9113.0115
16Wigan Athletic33710164-26109.2917
17Queens Park Rangers3387183-18107.1016
18Bolton Wanderers3292215-29100.9818
19Blackburn Rovers3377192-25100.7219
20Wolverhampton Wanderers3357212-3989.1620


 TeamWDLPointsAPL Pos
1Newcastle United50033.585
3Manchester United40127.651
5Wigan Athletic31126.4716
7Manchester City22121.992
8Norwich City21221.4711
10Swansea City20319.3113
11Queens Park Rangers20318.5817
12Tottenham Hotspur13118.384
13Stoke City13118.0114
14Bolton Wanderers20316.6818
16West Bromwich Albion11313.9212
17Aston Villa03213.6415
19Blackburn Rovers10413.0819
20Wolverhampton Wanderers0057.7120
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  1. NP

    April 15, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    I think Newcastle will end up grabbing 4th spot with chelsea and tottenham missing out (which is crazy considering the predictions at the start of the season).
    Newcastle have got a few class players and play with belief. They may not dominate games but know that they can score against anyone.
    The hard part will be keeping their best players in the summer and planning for the african cup of nations next year (yes, its happening next year too).

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