Chelsea slips to fourth

Monday, 9th February 2009 10:02pm
Chelsea slipped to fourth place after being held to a goalless draw by Hull City at home and Aston Villa who started the round in fourth won its match away to Blackburn.

That was Chelsea's fifth draw at Stamford Bridge and in just two rounds the team has slipped from second position to fourth.

The battle for fourth place can easily be a battle between Chelsea and Arsenal but there are still 13 matches to go.

Aston Villa's win over relegation threatened Blackburn made sure the midlands outfit opened a two point gap in third place. Villa trail Liverpool in third place by three points.

Manchester United maintained its grip at the top after narrowly beating West Ham United. That match was United's 13th-straight clean sheet in the league.

Once again all the teams in the relegation zone failed to win and in fact the bottom five teams all lost.

Out of the ten matches in round 25, goals were scored in the first half in only three matches with the other seven matches going to half time goalless.

In the match between Liverpool and Portsmouth all the five goals were scored in the second half and this week we take a look at the first half ladder.

This ladder only looks at the scores at half time and is presented below:


Team Played Goal Diff Points
Manchester United 24 15 47
Chelsea 25 16 44
Liverpool 25 9 40
Fulham 23 7 38
West Ham 25 6 38
Aston Villa 25 4 37
Arsenal 25 5 36
Manchester City 24 5 33
Wigan 25 1 33
Everton 25 3 32
Bolton 25 2 30
Middlesbrough 25 -2 28
Sunderland 25 -5 27
Blackburn 24 -3 26
Hull City 25 -9 26
Tottenham 25 -1 25
Portsmouth 24 -8 22
Stoke City 25 -16 22
Newcastle 25 -9 20
West Bromwich Albion 25 -20 17


So Manchester United also tops the first half ladder and West Bromwich Albion prop the ladder.

Interestingly Fulham seem to be playing well in the first half and therefore they are in fourth place despite being tenth in the actual ladder.

Next week we look at the second half ladder.

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