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Holiday Report Card for the Premier League Clubs

The holiday season is upon us and fans of the Premier League look forward to a couple of weeks which are jam-packed with games. While we surf through the endless articles about whether or not there should be Christmas break in the EPL, we wonder how our respective teams will get through a rather gruelling period of fixture congestion. A team can head into the end of December riding high only to come out with one massive hangover and a bigger number in the losses column. Naturally, the opposite is also true and this has become one of the strategic periods of the EPL season which will set up the sides for the start of 2015. It’s a great time of year where players face a marathon run of games, managers fear getting a pink slip under the tree and fans try to get some time away from the in-laws and kids to view a bit of the festive action.

As seems the norm this time of year, various sites and analysts love handing out report cards and grades to the various managers and clubs. So we here at The Sportster decided to throw our hat into the ring and give our assessment on how each team has fared so far this season. Doing as well as or better than expected? Then expect a really good grade. Struggling mid-table or destined for a relegation fight in 2015? Then in all likelihood you’re going to get a grade you shouldn’t show your parents. Of course, table position is only one small part of the equation and pre-season expectations, individual player performances, and statistics, like goals for and against, all come into play here. Just remember, if your grade is different than expected, take the whole season, so far, into consideration – and not just a recent run of form.

20 20. Leicester City: D

via dailystar.co.uk

19 19. Hull City: D-

via mirror.co.uk

18 18. Burnley: D

via skysports.com

17 17. Crystal Palace: C-

via theguardian.com

16 16. QPR: D+

via getwestlondon.co.uk

15 15. West Bromwich Albion: C

via thehardtackle.com

14 14. Sunderland: D+

via planetf1.com

13 13. Stoke: B

via danielprince92.blogspot.com

12 12. Aston Villa: D+

via sportinglife.com

11 11. Everton: C-

via caughtoffside.com

10 10. Liverpool: D+

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9 9. Newcastle United: C

via thetimes.co.uk

8 8. Swansea City: B-

via llanellistar.co.uk

7 7. Tottenham Hotspur: C-

via galleryhip.com

6 6. Arsenal: C-

via picspaper.com

5 5. Southampton: A-

via saintsfc.co.uk

4 4. West Ham United: A

via skysports.com

3 3. Manchester United: B-

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2 2. Manchester City: B+

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1 1. Chelsea: A

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Say what you will about Jose Mourinho, but his team are so far living up to the prediction cast by many experts and analysts at the start of the season. It would be foolish, however, to crown Chelsea champions this soon as I am sure we all remember a few seasons ago when the London club were eight points clear around the same stage and ended up slipping from top spot by season’s end. That said, the impressive figures of Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas have been the heart of a Chelsea offense which has scored a league topping 38 goals. On top of this, their solid defense is joint-top in the league (with Southampton), conceding a mere 13 goals. So, what’s stopping an A+ grade? The Blues have suffered a few unexpected slip ups against the likes of Sunderland and Newcastle – taking a little gloss off an otherwise very good season.

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