By News Team
14th October 2021
The Premier League has seen several title races go down to the wire over the years, but this could be the closest one yet, with our research revealing it’s been the tightest start after seven games in the division’s history.
Our study analysing every Premier League season from 1992/93 onwards has revealed that there has never been a tighter gap between the top six after seven games than the two-point difference currently seen between first and sixth this season, after a number of clubs strengthened with big-money signings over the summer.
League leaders Chelsea sit one point ahead of second-placed Liverpool and two points clear of Manchester City, Manchester United, Everton and Brighton.
Prior to this season, the closest gap between the top six after seven games had been three points in the 2006/07, 2009/10, 2013/14 and 2020/21 campaigns.
The 1992/93, 1993/94, 2000/01, 2008/09 and 2015/16 seasons all witnessed a four-point gap, while the 2019/20 campaign was the least competitive with a 10-point difference. The average top-six points gap over the years has been five points.
Additionally, the current two-point difference between the top four this season is a joint-record after seven games alongside the 2003/04, 2006/07, 2013/14, 2016/17 and 2020/21 seasons, with the average gap over the years being four points.
Meanwhile, the six-point gap between the top 10 this term has only ever been tighter twice before – four points in 2020/21 and five points in 1993/94, with the average over the years being eight points.