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Recent results prove Premier League Big Six are not unreachable

4 weeks ago
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The so-called Premier League Big Six do have big advantages.

They have managed to get themselves into a position where they are trying to extend that advantage season on season, hoping to make it a permanent arrangement.

The most recent example of them abusing their relative strength, was when forcing through changes that will see those who finish highest in the Premier League, grab more of the overseas TV money as from next season.

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Up until this point, that pot of cash had been equally shared between all 20 clubs, meaning a level playing field, at least where that money was concerned.

So can that gap be closed?

Can Newcastle United or any of the rest find a way to finish top six?

I think it can be done and recent results appear to back that up.

Man City and Liverpool are quite literally in a league of their own this season but as for the other four, I think they are all showing they aren’t infallible.

These are the last six results for each of the other four clubs in the ‘big six’ up to and including this past weekend:

Tottenham

Tottenham 1 Arsenal 1, Southampton 2 Tottenham 1, Liverpool 2 Tottenham 1, Tottenham 2 Palace 0, Tottenham 4 Huddersfield 0, Man City 1 Tottenham 0

Arsenal

Tottenham 1 Arsenal 1, Arsenal 2 Man Utd 0, Arsenal 2 Newcastle 0, Everton 1 Arsenal 0, Watford 0 Arsenal 1, Arsenal 2 Palace 3

Chelsea

Everton 2 Chelsea 0, Cardiff 1 Chelsea 2, Chelsea 3 Brighton 0, Chelsea 2 West Ham 0, Liverpool 2 Chelsea 0, Chelsea 2 Burnley 2

Man Utd

Man Utd 3 Southampton 2, Arsenal 2 Man Utd 0, Man Utd 2 Watford 1, Wolves 2 Man Utd 1, Man Utd 2 West Ham 1, Everton 4 Man Utd 0

Their overall/joint record shows Played 24 won 11 Drawn 4 Lost 9

Of course, a number of these games were against each other so somebody had to lose points, here are the results for just the games against clubs outside of that top half dozen clubs:

Played 17 Won 10 Drawn 1 Lost 6

The demands of European football are playing a part probably, the longer the season goes on.

Especially with now English clubs taking the Europa League more seriously it now offers a way into the Champions League. Both Arsenal and Chelsea giving it their full attention this season for example.

So could Newcastle United (or anybody else) get themselves into a position to break into the top six.

I don’t see why not, it is all about winning week in week out against the other clubs, points against the top six a bonus (last season Newcastle beat Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal, plus got a draw against Liverpool), then grabbing the opportunity if/when it presents itself.

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