As the English Premier League winds down for the Christmas/New Year break we hand out our awards for the first half (…well just over half) of the season.
The battle to avoid relegation is almost more fascinating than the race for the Title with just 4 points separating 11th and 18th in the EPL. Everyone from Brighton to West Ham and Stoke City are only a game away from dropping into the red zone.
The best team in the English Premier League goes to…
Hard to look beyond Pep Guardiola’s men who have been dominant both domestically in the EPL and across Europe in the Champions League. With 20 wins from their 22 games and without a loss, the Citizens have scored 64 goals lead by Raheem Sterling (14) and Sergio Aguero (13).
The key for Punters looking to the future is the overall strength of City. Not only do they have two goal scorers in the top 4, but the top 3 players in the ‘assist’ category in Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy Sane and David Silva.
Such is the dominance of Manchester City and with a commanding 15 point lead at the top of the table there is no longer a market to win the EPL with them still in it.
The most improved team in the English Premier League goes to…
Having lost their first seven games of the season under Frank de Boer, Palace switched across to veteran manager Roy Hodgson who has since brought hope to Selhurst Park. It has been a very interesting season for Palace fans who have weathered the early storm, even vandalising their own team bus when they didn’t realise that Middlesborough had flown down and borrowed it for the match.
Sitting in 14th position amongst a crowded bottom half of the EPL table, Palace will avoid relegation if they can maintain the form that saw them draw 0-0 with Manchester City and narrowly lose 2-3 to Arsenal in consecutive matches over Christmas.
The best player in the English Premier League goes to…
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)
Kane claimed the record for the most goals in a calendar year in 2017 and leads the Premier League with 18 goals this season. Not only has he been dominant in the EPL but his goal scoring prowess has extended into Europe where he has scored 6 goals as the Spurs progressed in an incredibly tough Group H that featured Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund.
The most disappointing team in the English Premier League goes to…
The Magpies just can’t seem to shake the shadow of their owner Mike Ashley who seems to rely on the brilliance of Rafael Benitez to compensate for his failure to spend on the players needed to take the team to the next level.
Having only been promoted last season from the Championship we hope that Newcastle United don’t find themselves sent back down in 2018 purely because of their tyrannical owner.