Dropped points from winning positions like London buses for Man Utd: Premier League clubs ranked

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We’ve looked at who wins the most points from losing positions, so it stands to reason we’d follow that up by having a gander at who spaffs points away from winning ones. The answer is mainly Leicester, who have already managed to lose a genuinely absurd five games after going in front. Oh, Brendan.

Manchester United were flawless in this regard until very recently. They are no longer remotely flawless.

That other scrambly Spursy ranking list is here…


20. Leicester – 19pts dropped
12 leads, 5 wins, 2 draw, 5 defeats

Christ that’s mad. Nobody else has lost more than three games having taken the lead, and Leicester have racked up five. A quarter of their games end in defeat after taking the lead. Throw in the fact Leicester have also managed to rescue a single, solitary point after falling behind and you’ve got a recipe for disaster. And that point was against Brighton in a game they led going into the 88th minute so still ends up a net loss. Basically, if Leicester go behind they lose and if Leicester go ahead they still quite often lose. It’s a strategy we cannot endorse.


19. Wolves – 13pts
9 leads, 4 wins, 2 draws, 3 defeats

They took the lead against West Ham and held on. Glory be. They did not take the lead at Manchester City. Fair enough.


18. Everton – 13pts
8 leads, 3 wins, 2 draws, 3 defeats

Alex Iwobi made the classic error of scoring too early against Manchester United, who duly hit back to beat Frank Lampard’s Everton 2-1, while Brentford and Leeds pegged the Toffees back in the space of four days in August. The pressure beginning to mount on Frank Lampard certainly wasn’t reduced by conceding a last-gasp winner to Wolves on return to action in a game they had led in the early stages. And now they have taken the lead against Southampton and promptly spaffed it away.


17. Leeds – 13pts
9 leads, 4 wins, 2 draws, 3 defeats

Leeds arguably deserve greater punishment here having lost the lead against Spurs three times in the final game before the World Cup. We haven’t checked, obviously, but are confident this represents some kind of record. Losing a game in which you lead 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 can’t happen that often, can it?


16. Bournemouth – 12pts
9 leads, 4 wins, 3 draws, 2 defeats

Can draw some comfort from the fact they were neither the first nor (it immediately turned out) last team to fall for Antonio Conte’s Spurs and their rope-a-dope chicanery, but losing from two goals up in back-to-back games was a tactic Gary O’Neil and his team wisely abandoned against Everton, who they simply thrashed twice in four days instead. Then embraced the tactic of never taking the lead to ensure that it can’t be thrown away but arrogantly, hubristically abandoned that safety-first approach against Nottingham Forest and were duly punished by a late equaliser.


15. Nottingham Forest – 12pts
10 leads, 5 wins, 3 draws, 2 defeats

Back-to-back 3-2 home defeats to your fellow promoted clubs after taking the lead must be considered an unorthodox and in-all-likelihood unsuccessful approach to trying to remain in the Premier League. Going 1-0 up against Liverpool and staying 1-0 up was a much better plan, albeit one swiftly and foolishly abandoned in their next game at Arsenal. But since then they have taken and kept the lead against Southampton and Leicester.


14. West Ham – 11pts
9 leads, 5 wins, 1 draw, 3 defeats

Entitled to feel mighty aggrieved about the nature of the first blot on their record at Chelsea. And they certainly did feel mighty aggrieved. Also lost having led 1-0 against Palace, who somewhat quirkily have trailed in four of the five games they’ve won this season, and then started the second half of the season by foolishly, recklessly going 1-0 up at the Emirates. An absurd error duly punished. Allowed Leeds to equalise the other week but at least held on for the draw so small mercies and all that.


13. Crystal Palace – 10pts
10 leads, 6 wins, 2 draws, 2 defeats

The moral of this story is not to switch off Crystal Palace games after the first goal assuming that all is now known. Only Spurs have won more points from losing positions, but Palace have been profligate when getting their noses in front. Thirteen points won from losing positions and 10 points lost from winning positions seems somehow fitting for a Palace team that seems to be very nearly very good but just isn’t quite. Fun, though.


12. Chelsea – 9pts
12 leads, 8 wins, 3 draws, 1 defeat

Taking the lead after 23 minutes against Southampton and still being behind at half-time is daft behaviour and meant Champions League winner Thomas Tuchel frankly deserved to get sacked. The Manchester United draw was obviously annoying, but the Tottenham one in a game Chelsea thoroughly dominated was utterly absurd. And now Graham Potter has contrived to throw away a lead against Nottingham Forest, which is sub-optimal.


11. Manchester City – 9pts
18 leads, 14 wins, 3 draws. 1 defeat

Only getting a point at Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa seems an unduly negligent piece of Manchester City behaviour, and it’s easy to forget that the comeback from 3-1 down at Newcastle actually came in a game they’d led 1-0 early doors. A draw at home against a piss-poor Everton side was bad and  defeat to Manchester United after going ahead potentially violently costly.


10. Southampton – 8pts
7 leads, 4 wins, 1 draw, 2 defeats

Traditional powerhouses in this particular field, but have sought to address the issue by very rarely taking the lead. This must be considered no more than a middling start for the south coast’s irredeemable point-spaffers and yet it has nonetheless proved sufficient to cost Ralph Hasenhuttl his job. Made a glorious start to the season by managing to lose 4-1 at Spurs after going in front, and the speed with which a 1-0 lead became a 2-1 defeat to Everton was pretty spectacular even by the Saints’ lofty standards


9. Fulham – 8pts
12 leads, 9 wins, 1 draw, 2 defeats

Heading towards the realm of not too bad now, with Fulham’s recent problem being the concession of heartbreakingly late winners against massive Manchester clubs rather than chucking away leads.


8. Brighton – 7pts
12 leads, 9 wins, 2 draw, 1 defeat

Their first defeat from ahead was also Villa’s first win from behind. The danger of scoring in the first minute, I guess. Silly Alexis Mac Allister. Daft World Cup winner. Otherwise very decent.


7. Brentford – 6pts
10 leads, 7 wins, 3 draws

One of only three sides yet to lose a game having taken the lead, which is a phenomenal record in a phenomenal season.


5=. Newcastle – 5pts
12 leads, 10 wins, 1 draw, 1 defeat

Failing to hold a 3-1 lead against Manchester City is irritating, but Newcastle are not the first and won’t be the last to suffer that particular annoyance. Pretty unlucky to get turned over by Liverpool at Anfield as well in what remains their only Premier League defeat this season.

5=. Tottenham – 5pts
12 leads, 10 wins, 1 draw, 1 defeat

Spurs winning a bunch of points from losing positions feels very on brand, but this very much doesn’t. We’ve mentioned it before, but whenever people start chatting ‘interesting stats’ we like to wheel out our favourite Premier League stat: that in the history of Our League, Spurs have both won most points from losing positions and lost most points from winning positions. People generally like it. Has a nice Spursy ring to it. Thing is, we’ve got absolutely no idea if it’s true. But it feels right, doesn’t it? It absolutely feels right. We have no interest in checking because we don’t want to find out we’re wrong. This season is rubbish, though the capitulation at City felt oddly warm and familiar. That and the 1-1 draw at West Ham represent the only times Spurs have taken less than three points in the surprisingly large number of games they’ve led. Often this is because they haven’t bothered going ahead until very late on having found themselves 2-0 down at half-time or whatnot.


4. Manchester United – 5pts
14 leads, 12 wins, 1 draw, 1 defeat

Took a maximum 36 points from the first 12 games in which they led this season, but have been struck down by LATE DRAMA in their last two games, first thanks to Michael Olise’s late equaliser for Palace and perhaps more significantly for everyone (apart from Palace) Eddie Nketiah’s late winner at the Emirates.


3. Aston Villa – 3pts
9 leads, 8 wins, 1 defeat

Pretty good in the small number of games they actually take the lead in, fair play.


2. Liverpool – 2pts
9 leads, 8 wins, 1 draw

It is a fine record of holding leads for sure, but it is also a pitiful number of leads for a club of Liverpool’s standing. How are you taking the lead in under half your 19 games, lads? And how is one of them against Manchester City, you dafties?


1. Arsenal – 2pts
17 leads, 16 wins, 1 draw

When you’ve only dropped seven points all in, it’s reasonable to assume you won’t have dropped too many from winning positions. Having the one and only time you have dropped points in a game you’ve left be against the league’s bottom league is a rare bit of fun banter in an otherwise relentlessly dominant campaign from the Gunners.



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