As the year comes to a close and the winter transfer window looms, we find ourselves with the usual suspects for the Premier League's best defences, with a few notable inclusions and exclusions.
We're going to attempt to rank the best five defences in the EPL, and the simplest criteria to do so is to look at the goals allowed column.
Yes, there are a handful of teams that have tremendous defenders, but if they're not stopping goals from going into the back of their net, then their clubs don't belong on this list.
Among the notable snubs, and for good reason, are Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.
Last season, United had the second-best defence in the league, allowing only 33 goals all season. The Red Devils have already allowed 23 goals to this point.
United's mantra this season has been the best defence is a good offense, and to their credit, it's kept them at the top or near the top all season, having scored 40 goals thus far, 10 more than the next club.
The return of Nemanja Vidic should help them on defence, but expect him to take a couple of matches to find his form.
Last season, Spurs were the fifth best defence in the league, having only allowed 41 goals. They've already allowed 25 this season and are currently sitting outside of the coveted top four.
Enough about the league's mediocre units, let's talk about the best defences thus far.