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Manchester City become ninth team to top Premier League table this season

Man City become ninth team to top Premier League table this season
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Arsenal, Everton, Leicester, Liverpool, Southampton, Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United have also led the way.

The topsy-turvy nature of the Premier League season has led to nine teams topping the table – already a record for a single campaign.

Manchester City moved to the summit following their 5-0 thrashing of struggling West Brom on Tuesday night, meaning almost half of the teams in the league have sat in first place this term.

That is already the highest number of different leaders in Premier League history and comes on the back of the lowest from last season – where only City and champions Liverpool held top spot.

SOCCER Premier League Leaders
Number of different Premier League clubs who finished a day top of the table. 

Pep Guardiola’s men knocked neighbours Manchester United out of first place after their win at The Hawthorns while Arsenal, Everton, Leicester, Liverpool, Southampton, Tottenham and Chelsea have also hit the front at different stages of the season.

Before this year the highest number of leaders in a campaign had been eight – coming in 1998/99, 2001/02, 2002/03 and 2007/08.

Ahead of the current season, there had only been nine different leaders across the previous six campaigns – with Hull and Huddersfield the unlikely names among them.

Southampton moved top of the Premier League for the first time in their history with victory over Newcastle in early November (Stu Forster/PA)
Southampton moved top of the Premier League for the first time in their history with victory over Newcastle in early November (Stu Forster/PA)

Southampton lost 3-1 to Arsenal on Tuesday but had sat atop the table in November, the first time they had done so in the Premier League.

Leicester, meanwhile, had been top of the tree in September – their first taste of leading the way since their shock title triumph in 2016.

In 29 seasons, Manchester United have had a spell at the summit in all but four of them, two of which have come since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City27205256173965
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd27149453322151
3Leicester CityLeicester27155746311550
4Chelsea27138642251747
5Everton2614483933646
6West Ham UnitedWest Ham2613674031945
7Liverpool27127847351243
8Tottenham HotspurSpurs26126842271542
9Aston Villa251231038271139
10Arsenal26114113427737
11Leeds UnitedLeeds26112134344-135
12Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2797112837-934
13Crystal Palace2797112943-1434
14Southampton2686123144-1330
15Burnley2778121935-1629
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton26511102633-726
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2675142744-1726
18Fulham27411122133-1223
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom2738162056-3617
20Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd2742211643-2714

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