EPL Big 6 Era of Premier League 2020: The traditional Big 6 in the premier league is no longer the Big 6 in 2020, thanks to the upsurge of other teams and the competitiveness of the championship. What used to be a Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City, and Tottenham dominion is continuously being upset by other upcoming teams. It is good news to the English Premier League, and to the world of football in general, as equal opportunities are being afforded to all teams across the divide.
The 2019/20 EPL season has claimed its culprits, with teams like Arsenal falling off long before the second leg of the championship. Punters on Betway English Premier League bets reserved the top six slots for the traditional Big 6, but so far it has been a season of upsets.
Deservedly, Liverpool and Manchester City lead the pack in that particular order, and despite the 22-point gap between the two sides, it was widely expected that the two would compete for the top two slots. Leicester City are in third, and surprisingly so, ahead of Chelsea in fourth, newly-promoted Sheffield United in fifth, with Spurs completing the top six after 26 rounds of matches.
What it means for the EPL Big 6
At the end of the 2019/20 EPL season in May, we will definitely be seeing at least two or three party crushers. Leicester are falling off in Betway odds to win the title, but they have done well under Brendan Rogers in third. At one point they looked the likeliest candidates to deny Liverpool their first title in 30 years, but a string of below-average performances saw City upstage them. Unless a calamity befalls them, God forbid, Leicester are well in the top six.
Sheffield United are the surprise team of the season already, with the second meanest defense in the division behind leaders Liverpool. At position five, they are doing pretty well, and it will take great performances from the likes of Spurs and United to topple them. Considering they are a newly-promoted side, they are performing beyond expectations. They trail 4th-placed Chelsea by just two points, despite having played a game more. What happens between now and the end of the season will certainly determine where they finish, but it looks likely they could be the second team outside the Big Six to join the party.
Six points separate sixth-placed Spurs and tenth-placed Arsenal, but none of the teams in-between have shown the kind of consistency that would be required to push for a considerable finish. From how it looks, Manchester United and Spurs will need to do better if they want to remain relevant in the league this season. United currently sit 8th behind Everton in 7th, but have played a game less. The fans have long given up on the title, but what manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can do now is secure a Europa slot for the coming season.
Arsenal find themselves in very unfamiliar territories this season, sitting tenth in a season they have performed terribly by their standards. They have seen a change of guard recently, but a string of unwanted draws is not doing them any justice. For now, they can only contain with a place outside where they are used to; and probably try again next season. EPL Big 6.