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Sunday turns super as Chelsea close gap to top-six, set up massive six-pointer with Spurs

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Premier League table looking a bit nicer at the moment

Brighton & Hove Albion v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

Five teams in the top half of the table were in action across the four games in the Premier League on Sunday, including, though just barely, Chelsea, who entered the day in 10th position.

Surprisingly, only two of those five teams ended up with a win, including, and not just barely, Chelsea, who thus finished the day in 7th* position. In fact, Chelsea were the only team of those top-half of the table teams to not lose to a bottom-half of the table team. Toughest league in the world, don’t ya know.

*(Granted, the two teams immediately below us, Everton and Aston Villa, both have two games in hand.)

Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Burnley at midday was followed by Leicester City losing to Leeds United, then West Ham United losing to Liverpool, and then, most amusingly, Tottenham Hotspur losing to Brighton & Hove Albion in the late game. Those three teams on the losing ends are the three teams immediately above Chelsea in the table, meaning we’ve gained three points on all of them on this fine last day of January Sunday.

2020-21 Premier League table, end of January

It also means that Thursday’s match against Harry Kane-less Spurs at the Toilet Seat is a massive six-pointer once again, just as it was a couple months ago. Of course, back then we thought the match might have title implications. Now, it’s just top-sixer.

How times change, indeed.