How Premier League appears to be like at World Cup break – and who might come again higher

The Premier League takes an unprecedented six-week break in the midst of the season because the World Cup in Qatar takes middle stage.

With this weekend’s motion completed now, the Premier League doesn’t return till 26 December.

The World Cup begins on Sunday, 20 November with the ultimate on Sunday, 18 December.

So how does the English high flight look now, who has probably the most gamers going to Qatar and who wants this break?

The way it appears to be like on the high

Arsenal are leaders by 5 factors from Manchester Metropolis, the primary time they are going to be high at Christmas for the reason that 2007-08 season.

Their 37 factors from 14 video games marks their best-ever begin. All seven groups to win 12 of their first 14 video games have received the Premier League title.

One other good omen for the Gunners is the staff that topped the desk on Christmas Day have been champions in 10 of the final 13 seasons.

The unhealthy omen for Mikel Arteta’s facet is the final 5 occasions they’ve been high on 25 December they’ve failed to remain there come the tip of the marketing campaign.

It’s important to return to 1947-48 for the final time they had been high on each days.

Gunners legend Ian Wright mentioned on BBC Match of the Day: “They’ve been accountable for many of the video games they’ve performed this season, very assured. The goal was high 4.”

In fact, groups may have performed fewer video games on Christmas Day than standard, so Metropolis will nonetheless fancy their probabilities of making up the deficit on the Gunners within the remaining 24 video games.

Newcastle are in unfamiliar territory – sitting third, seven factors behind Arsenal.

That is the primary time since 2001-02 that they’ve occupied one of many Champions League spots on Christmas Day. They had been high that season however completed fourth.

Magpies icon Alan Shearer mentioned: “They’re so organized and there’s an understanding as a staff of one another’s jobs – when to press, when to take a seat off, and their response once they lose the ball.

“What a job Eddie Howe is doing at Newcastle. Nice occasions, they go into the break in third place and one other actually spectacular efficiency.”

Nevertheless, Shearer mentioned his previous facet won’t win the title this season.

Tottenham, one level behind Howe’s facet, full the highest 4. Manchester United are fifth, with Liverpool sixth on 22 factors.

Graham Potter’s Chelsea haven’t received in 5 Premier League video games and have dropped to eighth. They may most likely relish the prospect to have a break and go once more.

Wright added: “Chelsea followers’ most important fear is the fixed altering of the formation. Seventeen targets in 14 video games isn’t good, no staff within the high half have scored fewer.

“They do want to offer Graham Potter time – [Liverpool’s Jurgen] Klopp had time, we have seen what Arteta is doing with time. So hopefully he’ll get that point.”

And on the backside

Premier League's bottom 10

Most likely any staff under Chelsea can contemplate themselves to be within the relegation equation.

There are simply six factors separating Fulham in ninth and Nottingham Forest in 18th.

Wolves are backside – 4 factors adrift of security – so what are their odds of survival?

Solely six groups have ever been backside at Christmas and stayed up – with half of these within the first three Premier League campaigns.

Leicester Metropolis, in 2014-15, had been the final staff to keep away from relegation from that place – earlier than successful the title the next season.

However because the in-form Foxes confirmed simply earlier than this break got here, a couple of good weeks can take you as much as mid-table as they now stand in thirteenth place.

What might change over the break?

Two groups have made managerial modifications simply earlier than the break – however might extra occur earlier than 26 December?

Julen Lopetegui takes over from Steve Davis as supervisor of Wolves on Monday – so these subsequent few weeks might be successfully like his pre-season.

Southampton, who’re second from backside, even have a brand new supervisor, with Nathan Jones taking cost of their remaining sport earlier than the break, a 3-1 loss at Liverpool.

The bookmakers’ favourite to lose their job subsequent is Everton boss Frank Lampard. The Toffees have misplaced their final three video games to take a seat one level above the relegation zone.

Police had been pressured to intervene on Saturday after the 3-0 defeat at Bournemouth to calm some followers because the gamers went over to the away part on the remaining whistle.

“Pretty much as good because the followers are for us, with the welcomes they gave us final yr and the plaudits they gave us after the Crystal Palace sport, it’s a must to settle for that they’ve a proper to voice their opinion. They usually have traveled all the way down to Bournemouth to try this,” Lampard advised BBC Sport.

The opposite boss underneath stress is David Moyes at West Ham, who’re solely above Everton on aim distinction.

Moyes admitted followers had the appropriate to go away early and boo in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat by Leicester. Of the stress on Moyes, captain Declan Rice mentioned: “It is nonsense. In case you have a look at what he is achieved for this membership, how he is introduced us again from the place we have been.”

Just a few weeks in the past Brendan Rodgers at Leicester and Leeds’ Jesse Marsch had been underneath immense stress, however good kind means neither ought to be fearful now.

Former Premier League goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer expects the Premier League to have a special really feel on Boxing Day.

Citing Unai Emery’s latest arrival as Aston Villa boss, the place he has picked up successive league wins, Schwarzer advised BBC Radio 5 Reside: “There might be various golf equipment who might be wanting on the scenario of getting just about a month off and being able then to try this mini pre-season, attending to know gamers.

“In the event that they need to herald a brand new supervisor, I might see one or two golf equipment most likely the potential for doing that.”

And can Cristiano Ronaldo be again at Manchester United after the World Cup following his essential interview?

Which groups might be worst affected by World Cup?

Kyle Walker, John Stones, Kevin de Bruyne and Jack Grealish
Kyle Walker, John Stones, Kevin de Bruyne and Jack Grealish are 4 of Manchester Metropolis’s 16 World Cup-bound gamers

Champions Manchester Metropolis have probably the most gamers going to the World Cup with 16 – and 10 of the beginning 11 for his or her 2-1 defeat by Brentford on Saturday will head to Qatar.

The one one who isn’t… is the Premier League’s high scorer Erling Haaland as Norway didn’t qualify. He might take actual benefit of drained legs or back-up defenders come late December.

Manchester United may have 15 gamers heading to Qatar, with 12 for Chelsea and 11 for Tottenham.

Leaders Arsenal may have 10 gamers on the match.

However of the staff that beat Wolves on Saturday, Gabriel, Oleksandr Zinchenko and captain Martin Odegaard are staying dwelling.

If Newcastle are certainly within the title race, they might profit from any World Cup fatigue as they solely have 5 gamers going away.

Liverpool, in sixth, might also be brisker than many with seven gamers going to Qatar together with solely three of their 10 goalscorers this season. Prime scorer Mohamed Salah’s Egypt didn’t qualify.

The groups with the fewest gamers going are Southampton, Bournemouth and Crystal Palace with two every.

When are Premier League groups subsequent in motion?

OK so we mentioned the Premier League is again on 26 December. However some top-flight groups might even have aggressive video games only a day or two after the World Cup remaining.

The Carabao Cup fourth spherical takes place on the week of 19 December – the day after the Sunday remaining in Qatar.

Manchester United host Burnley on Wednesday and Manchester Metropolis face Liverpool on Thursday. The opposite dates have but to be introduced.

Wolves, Southampton, Nottingham Forest, Newcastle, Bournemouth, Leicester and Brighton are additionally in motion on this spherical.

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