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Brighton, Man Utd & Chelsea are EPL most improved teams as Southampton, Newcastle & Leicester slump
 
From: Kelvin Ugo Ubaka
Thu, 14 Oct 2021   ||   United Kingdom, England
 


 Thursday 14th Oct.2021: After checking the differences in points and positions after seven games from last term to find out, with Chelsea leading the way on 16 points ahead of Liverpool (15 points), Manchester City, Manchester United, Everton and Brighton (all 14 points), and with  Norwich remaining rock-bottom without a win and a solitary point, with Newcastle and Burnley also locked in the relegation zone on three points apiece, Brighton are the most improved team - collecting nine additional points and sitting 10 places higher in the Premier League table after seven games.

 Manchester United and Chelsea have also registered four more points, with the former sitting nine places higher than how the table would have stood with all teams having played seven games last term.  
West Ham, Manchester City, Burnley and Everton complete the list of seven clubs with improved returns.
However, Southampton have recorded the biggest decline. The Saints enjoyed a fast start last year but have racked up nine fewer points this term and dropped 11 places in the table - having sold or lost key players Danny Ings, Jannik Vestergaard and Ryan Bertrand in the summer.

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The pressure is building on Newcastle boss Steve Bruce with the Magpies registering eight fewer points than last time out, while Leicester's sluggish start is epitomised with achieving seven fewer points and dropping 10 places down the table.
Aston Villa, Wolves and Leeds have also had rocky dips, while Crystal Palace, Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool have recorded marginal dips.

 

According to expected goal data, the Brighton scored 11.7 fewer goals than expected (18th worst) and conceded 10.2 more than expected (19th worst) last season but have turned that on its head with positive figures this term.
Additionally, increased aerial attacking threat, set-piece creativity and a watertight defence, which has proved twice as effective than last term, suggests the glimpses of promise during recent relegation fights might just have bloomed - all without the sidelined Tariq Lamptey, who was one of last season's standout stars.
 
There have been small tactical tweaks, with Adam Webster becoming more of a ball-playing defender before suffering a hamstring injury, the signing of Marc Cucurella, Neal Maupay rekindling his clinical edge, positional fluidity and a notable spike in team possession - boosted by increased distribution in their own half.
 "We have turned little moments in our favour, we've developed stronger relationships as a team - but I cannot say there has been a magic formula because it's not like we're actually playing better," Brighton Coach, Graham Potter responded when asked about his teams new found form.
Maybe the tide has turned for Brighton.

 

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