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Premier League Table 2013 Week 11: Clubs with Most Potential to Improve

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 27:  Sergio Aguero of Manchester City celebrates scoring their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on October 27, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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David DanielsSenior Writer INovember 3, 2013

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.

Week 11 EPL Table
Pos.ClubPlayedWDLPoints
1Arsenal1081125
2Chelsea1062220
3Liverpool1062220
4Tottenham Hotspur1062220
5Manchester City1061319
6Southampton1054119
7Everton1054119
8Manchester United1052317
9Newcastle United1042414
10Hull City1042414
11West Bromwich Albion1034313
12Cardiff City1033412
13Swansea City1032511
14Aston Villa1032511
15West Ham United1024410
16Fulham1031610
17Stoke City102359
18Norwich City102268
19Sunderland101184
20Crystal Palace101093
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3. West Ham United

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13:  Andy Carroll of West Ham celebrates scoring a goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and West Ham United at St Mary's Stadium on April 13, 2013 in Southampton, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Get
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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

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26:  Robin Van Persie of Manchester United takes on Glenn Whelan of Stoke City during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Stoke City at Old Trafford on October 26, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Ph
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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

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19:   Yaya Toure of Manchester City is tackled by Mark Noble of West Ham United during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester City at the Boleyn Ground on October 19, 2013 in London, England.  (P
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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.

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