Part Two | Ranking every Premier League team’s return to action
Chris Coady analyses the Premier League’s restart, and ranks all 20 teams’ performances out of 10.
In part two, Chris appraises the league's remaining 10 clubs, including Manchester City, Manchester United and Spurs.
City wiped the floor with Arsenal and Burnley at home but tstruggled at Chelsea and eventually surrendered their title on Thursday evening. The Manchester club might struggle in the remaining games without a natural striker, with Sergio Aguero injured and Gabriel Jesus out of favour.
Next game: Newcastle (A) FA Cup
The Red Devils claimed a good point on the road at Spurs, and made light work of Sheffield, leaving them just short of the 50-point mark.
United are firmly back in contention of a top four spot after a great set of results and a great restart.
Next game: Norwich (A) FA Cup
A comprehensive victory over Sheffield was followed up by a draw against Villa as they conceded a late equaliser. A decent return from two home games and they crave a top half finish this season.The good restart did them no harm.
Next game: v Man City (H) FA Cup
Disaster written all over this.
Two games at home and they couldn’t even muster a goal. Four changes to the starting lineups between the first and second games points to a manger who still doesn’t know his best outfit. Rock bottom of the table and they may as well use the last seven games to prepare for the Championship next season.
Next game: v Man United (H) FA Cup
The Blades look like a completely different team from March. It’s actually scary.
No goals scored in three games, one meagre point from a possible nine, and they’ve slipped down to eighth in the table. Embarrassed at St. James' Park and Old Trafford.
Next game: v Arsenal (H) FA Cup
A routine victory over Norwich didn’t prove much preparation for the visit of Arsenal as the Saints fell to a 2-0 defeat. They can’t be upset with three points out of six here. Comfortably 10 points above the drop zone.
Next game: v Watford (A)
Jose Mourinho's men really should’ve taken all three points against United, but made light work of the London derby against West Ham, giving them some hope of European football next year. A full Spurs squad can give these last seven games a good go.
Next game: v Sheffield (A)
The Hornets salvaged a draw at home to Leicester, which was very impressive, but the loss to Burnley was very disappointing, and it’s definitely a massive 3 points dropped in their bid to maintain their Premier League status.
Next game: v Southampton (H)
A pity mark for the set of tough fixtures they returned to.
The Hammers rolled over for both teams.
There's not much fight being shown and they’re definitely not “too big” to go down. Goal difference keeps them swimming above the bottom three for now. Another poor season from the London side.
Next game: v Chelsea (H)
Can’t ask for much more from the Molineaux men.
Two wins and two clean sheets. Simply put, they picked up where they left off in March and they look a safe bet for European football yet again next term. Raul Jimenez is becoming a top-tier premier league striker.
Next game: v Aston Villa (A)