Several underachieving clubs in Week 11’s Premier League table shouldn’t hang up their cleats for 2013.
Said teams' seasons have kicked off to a disappointing start, but they still hold significant potential to improve.
Here are three clubs with the ability to climb up the EPL standings in the coming months, as well as the updated table.
|11||West Bromwich Albion||10||3||4||3||13|
|15||West Ham United||10||2||4||4||10|
3. West Ham United
West Ham is only one of two teams with a losing record that doesn’t have a negative goal differential this season. If the Irons were able to walk away with a win in half of their four draws—a number which ties them for the most in the league—they would flip halves in the standings. And if the injury bug hadn’t bitten Andy Carroll, George McCartney, Matthew Taylor and more throughout the season, they may have done just that.
When their injured stars start suiting up again, West Ham could be on the rise.
2. Manchester United
Considering that Manchester United haven't finished lower than third since the birth of the Premier League, a position at No. 8 must be disheartening for their fans. Remove a 4-1 beatdown at the hands of Manchester City, though (Robin van Persie’s absence is a legitimate excuse), and the campaign could've started worse.
Van Persie has scored six goals, tying him for third most in the league, in just nine appearances. Wayne Rooney has five goals, tying him for seventh most, along with three assists, tying him for sixth. If the Red Devils' stars stay hot and Darren Fletcher and Danny Welbeck provide the spark that they’re capable of upon their return from injuries, they’ll be in EPL title contention by season’s end.
1. Manchester City
Which Manchester club is least likely to improve?
Manchester City fields the most explosive scoring attack in the EPL. It's scored 28 goals through 10 games. No other club has netted more than 22.
Individually, Sergio Aguero is tied for the league lead with eight goals. The Citizens also have four other footballers who rank in the top 21 goalscorers this season—Yaya Toure, Alvaro Negredo, David Silva and Edin Dzeko.
With all that offense, Man City is still only fifth in the table. Its three losses came by one goal apiece. If it maintains its explosive pace, more than enough season remains for it to climb to the top.
David Daniels is a breaking news writer at Bleacher Report and news editor at Wade-O Radio.