Premier League table: Updated 2022 EPL standings and Champions League, relegation & title races

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The Premier League is considered by many to be the strongest and most difficult league in the world and the 2021-22 season is holding to form, with places hotly contested up and down the table. 

Although marred by COVID-19 disruptions, the races are compelling. Man City has pulled ahead with a commanding lead, but Liverpool (and possibly Chelsea) can still make a race of it in the second half of the season. The Reds would seem to be the most likely challenger standing in the way of Pep Guardiola’s fourth title in the last five seasons.

Other spots throughout the table are just as important, with teams fighting for Champions League and European places, while others are battling to avoid relegation. A snapshot of each race follows below.

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Premier League title race

Manchester City currently holds a 12-point lead atop the Premier League table, and FiveThirtyEight has the Citizens at 84 percent to win the Premier League title (down from 88 percent) after a 1-1 draw at Southampton on Jan. 22.

Liverpool and Chelsea can still make things interesting if City continues to slip up. Liverpool now sits 12 points back and still has two games in hand, while Chelsea has a bit more work to do to catch back up. The Blues are in a tough spot, with just two wins in their last six and languishing 13 points behind. It feels that their title chase may be about up.

Outside of these three, no other team has a realistic shot at winning the Premier League title as it would take a cataclysmic collapse by multiple top teams to see the likes of West Ham, Arsenal, Spurs, and Manchester United to enter the mix.

PTS = Points, GP = Games Played, GD = Goal Difference (goals scored less goals conceded)

Place Team PTS GP GD Next Match
1* Manchester City 60 24 +43 @ NOR, Feb. 12
2 Liverpool 48 22 +39 vs. LEI, Feb. 10
3 Chelsea 47 24 +30 @ CRY, Feb. 19

Champions League places: Top 4 chase

The Champions League race — only four spots are available and they go to the top four teams in the table — is probably the most fascinating, as a number of teams are in the mix and only four can make it through.

Man City, Chelsea, and Liverpool all seem to be trending towards comfortably finishing in the top four, as FiveThirtyEight puts each of them at over 90 percent to clinch a berth in next season’s Champions League.

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The fourth and final Champions League spot is the one everyone has their eyes on. Manchester United currently sits in fourth place thanks to a dramatic win over the Hammers, but Arsenal and Spurs are in position to overtake the Red Devils. West Ham will definitely remain in the mix, but David Moyes’s team has played at least one more game than the others around them.

FiveThirtyEight ‘s projections have Tottenham and Arsenal in a duel for that spot, with Spurs at 39 percent to take fourth after the stunning win over Leicester City in mid-January, and Arsenal at 35 percent. Man United is down to just 15 percent after the draw with Burnley dropped their chances further. West Ham currently occupies the fourth position, but having played so many more games than those behind them, the Hammers sit at just eight percent.

Place Team PTS GP GD Next Match
3* Chelsea 47 24 +30 @ CRY, Feb. 19
4* West Ham 40 24 +11 @ LEI, Feb. 13
5 Man United 39 23 +6 vs. SOU, Feb. 12
6 Arsenal 36 21 +8 @ WOL, Feb. 10
7 Tottenham 36 21 +1 vs. WOL, Feb. 13
8 Wolves 34 21 +3 vs. ARS, Feb. 10

* = Teams that finish in 3rd and 4th place join the 1st and 2nd-place teams in the UEFA Champions League group stage.

Premier League race for European places

In addition to the Champions League, there are two Europa League berths up for grabs: one goes to the fifth-place Premier League team and the other goes to the FA Cup winner. There is also a Europa Conference League berth that goes to the League Cup winner. 

However, if the FA Cup or League Cup winners have already qualified to the Champions League or Europa League through other means, the berth automatically assigned to the cup winner is transferred to the next highest team in the Premier League standings that has not already qualified for a European competition. In that scenario, finishing sixth or seventh could also lead to a spot in Europe.

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So until there’s clarity with the cup scenarios, we will assume that fifth, sixth, and seventh are all in contention for European berths. And with Leicester City and Tottenham having games in hand, they might have a slight edge for now.

Place Team PTS GP GD Next Match
5* West Ham 37 23 +10 vs. WAT, Feb. 8
6* Arsenal 36 21 +8 @ WOL, Feb. 10
7* Tottenham 36 21 +1 vs. WOL, Feb. 13
8 Wolves 34 21 +3 vs. ARS, Feb. 10
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 30 22 0 @ WAT, Feb 12
10 Leicester City 26 20 -3 @ LIV, Feb. 10
11 Southampton 28 22 -8 @ MUN, Feb. 12
12 Aston Villa 27 22 -4 @ NEW, Feb. 13
13 Crystal Palace 25 23 -3 @ BRE, Feb. 12

* = Fifth place automatically earns a Europa League berth next season. Sixth place only wins a Europa League spot if the FA Cup winner finishes in the Top 4. Seventh place will only gain a Europa Conference berth if the League Cup winner (Chelsea or Liverpool) finishes in the top four.

Premier League relegation battle

Premier League revenue streams are astronomical in the football world, so suffering relegation from the English top flight is a costly proposition. Teams fight as hard as possible to avoid the bottom three places and keep from meeting this fate.

With the bottom four teams within five points, the relegation race is wide open.

For long stretches this season it appeared that Norwich City would almost certainly be headed for the drop, but on the heels of a managerial change and big results against Everton and Watford, the Canaries are one point above the relegation zone.

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Newcastle, under new ownership, is already spending big money to improve the squad in the January transfer window with plenty of time left yet to score points. The Magpies’ Jan. 22 win at Leeds United could loom large at season’s end.

Things are not looking too bright for Burnley, especially with star forward Chris Wood making the switch to Tyneside. But their games in hand give the Clarets a fighting chance. The 0-0 draw in the Feb. 5 makeup game against fellow relegation candidate Watford was not an ideal result, but it was a good result for the Hornets under new manager Roy Hodgson, who took over for Claudio Ranieri. 

Leeds and Everton started in a much more advantageous position with some padding, but they have looked lost at times this season and it seems inevitable that they will be sucked into the vortex. 

Place Team PTS GP GD Next Match
14 Brentford 23 23 -12 @MCI, Feb. 9
15 Leeds United 23 22 -16 @ EVE, Feb. 12
16 Everton 19 21 -13 vs. LEE, Feb. 12
17 Newcastle 18 22 -20 vs. AVL, Feb. 13
18* Norwich City 17 23 -32 vs. MCI, Feb. 12
19* Watford 15 22 -18 vs. BRI, Feb. 12
20* Burnley 14 20 -11 vs. LIV, Feb. 13

* = The bottom three teams are relegated to the second tier Championship.

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