After an international match in which most of the group stages of the World Cup took place in Qatar, the English Premier League will return to action on Saturday. With eight weeks of competition to go, the top 20 football teams in England will compete with greater intensity and strength for position in the league.
For the top teams, a place in the top four is important, because they automatically qualify for the UEFA Champions League, a tournament of top European teams. Fifth place qualifies for the UEFA Europa League, a secondary European competition, while sixth place qualifies for the UEFA Europa Conference League.
The upcoming games could shake up the positions even further – here’s how to watch them.
At the bottom of the rankings, teams fight for survival as the bottom three teams in the league are relegated to the EFL Championship, the league below the Premier League, at the end of the season. The top three teams in the EFL Championship will be promoted to the Premier League to replace them.
Manchester City still have a small lead at the top of the table, but Liverpool have gained a lot of ground in recent months and are now just one point behind the leader. Chelsea and Arsenal are in third and fourth place respectively, although both have played one game less than the two teams at the top. Tottenham and Manchester United follow closely, but time is running out for one of the coveted four Champions League spots.
On the other side of the table, Norwich have all but sealed their fate of relegation with just 17 points this season, while Burnley and Watford are still struggling to fight their way out of the bottom places. Everton, who have not been relegated from the Premier League since 1951, are in danger as they are in a dangerous 16th place but have two games in hand.
View the full ranking below: