Analysis

Revealed! The Premier League table that shows this season's ludicrous discrepancies

Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham

The league table is a list, but the Long Table shows you how close teams are

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Now, we've been doing a weekly variation of this Cann table for a while now – mainly waiting for results like this. 

The Premier League Long Table – as we simpletons at FFT Towers like to call it – has ably demonstrated the gulf between pockets of the league for most of the season, but this weekend those differences were exacerbated even further.  

Five weeks ago, Tottenham were unlikely but hopeful title players. Now just look at it: the gap between them and Liverpool is now an eye-watering 18 points, highlighted by the giant ocean in between the two sides below. With it, the battle for Champions League football has intensified too: four teams for two places are separated by a measly point, though that will become three if Arsenal beat Newcastle as expected on Monday night. 

And it's not just the title and top four where things are getting interesting. A string of 'good' results at the weekend – namely, wins for Leicester and Everton plus a pair of defeats for Wolves and Watford – means the scrap for European football is very much alive. Three wins in four under Brendan Rodgers mean the Foxes are right back in it, and now five teams are separated by just two points. Fiiiiiiiiiiight! 

Such are the discrepancies at the bottom, meanwhile, that Huddersfield have already been officially relegated – matching Derby's hopeless crop of 2007/08 after 32 matches – and Fulham won't be far behind. Poor Cardiff were the victims of a horrific officiating decision against Chelsea, rubbing salt into wounds after Saturday victories for both Burnley and Southampton. Still, at least Colin has taken the news well

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