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English soccer teams battle for top spot

The Premier League follows 20 teams as they battle it out for the top of the table. Photo courtesy of ESPN.
The Premier League follows 20 teams as they battle it out for the top of the table. Photo courtesy of ESPN.

Things are heating up as the top five teams continue to shift around in the Premier League, England’s top soccer division. 

On one hand, powerhouse teams such as Liverpool and Manchester City are continuing to dominate and win games as the weeks go on. Prominent Man City players such as Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne have been essential to the team’s success. 

Haaland, who originally played for Dortmund in the top German league, broke the scoring record after transferring to Man City in 2022. He had a whopping 36 goals while his team finished in first. In only his second season at Man City, Haaland has managed to take the scoring lead again with 17 goals. 

Liverpool, which is currently leading the table, also has some raw talent with goal scorers such as Mohamed Salah. Salah, who is in his fifth year at Liverpool, is trailing Haaland with 15 goals and an impressive 9 assists. 

Meanwhile, after a successful season last year, Arsenal is continuing to succeed and is only behind Liverpool by five points. English star Bukayo Saka, 22, has been extraordinary so far and is tied in fifth place with 12 goals. 

The fourth and fifth spots in the table have been the topic of discussion recently: Aston Villa, which is in 4th with 49 points, and Tottenham, which is in 5th with 47 points.

While the goal of all teams is to win the Premier League title, finishing just behind the top spot has huge benefits. Most years, the top four teams at the end of the season qualify for the Champions League, a lucrative, separate tournament that is considered the best competition in all of Europe. This year, the fifth-place team also may qualify.

For Aston Villa, Ollie Watkins has been dominant with shooting this year, as he is in fourth place with 13 goals. Emiliano Martinez, who won the World Cup in 2022 with Argentina, has been keeping Villa in close games with teams such as Fulham and Everton. 

Tottenham’s success had been in question after star player Harry Kane left in August. However, the team has managed to win a majority of their games with goal scorers like Son Heung-min. 

With roughly 14 weeks left of the season, the table still has much room to change.

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Junior Will Penrod is a first-year Staff Writer. He can be found playing soccer, lifting weights, or listening to music.
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