The English Premier League is about to resume, so here's an updated look at the league's table as well as a breakdown of some of the clubs.
Although there have been a few surprising results early, the league is starting to take shape. There isn't much separation between the teams at the top right now. The contenders are all packed together, and it's too early to tell which squad is the favorite.
Week 12 is finally here, and some of the top clubs will be going head-to-head. This week will provide a little bit of clarity to the top of the league.
Below is the full EPL table through 11 games, followed by some of the teams to watch.
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The Defending Champion: Manchester United
When looking for a team to keep an eye on in the EPL, Manchester United are the obvious choice. In the last seven years, they have won the EPL five times and finished runner-up twice. They have the experience of winning.
The Red Devils are still adjusting to new manager David Moyes. They have won three in a row and haven't lost in five matches. In their last fixture, they shut down Arsenal's strong offense and came away with a 1-0 victory.
United continue to improve and have a squad that can compete with the other top clubs. Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Marouane Fellaini and Shinji Kagawa are among the players who have helped the Red Devils get to this point.
Two of their next three fixtures are against clubs that they are currently tied with, so they could begin to get some separation from some squads.
The Current Front-Runner: Arsenal
Arsenal have been impressive this season. After getting stunned by Aston Villa in the opener, the squad has been nearly unbeatable. They won eight of their next nine matches and had a draw in the other one. They couldn't find the back of the net against United, but they have still impressed.
The Gunners are the second-highest scoring team in the EPL with 22 goals, and they are also tied for third for the fewest number of goals allowed (10). Their goal differential also ranks second.
Aaron Ramsey has led the way with six goals, and Olivier Giroud is right behind him with five. After those two players, there is a lot of balance on offense. Ten different players have scored at least one goal, and five have multiple goals.
Arsenal's offense has been tough to stop. The Gunners averaged 2.3 goals per match during their nine-game unbeaten streak. If they continue to be balanced with offense and defense, Arsenal will be near the top of the league all season.
Teams in Danger of Relegation: West Ham, Stoke City, Fulham, Sunderland and Crystal Palace
Here comes the spot that nobody wants to be in. All of the five teams listed have 10 points or fewer, and they are all currently flirting with relegation. Norwich City has 11 points, so they aren't in much better shape right now.
If the season ended today, Fulham, Sunderland and Crystal Palace would all be relegated. Fulham has allowed nine more goals than they have scored, which is much worse than either West Ham or Stoke City.
Sunderland has knocked off Newcastle and Manchester City, and they gave Manchester United a good test. They have hung around against some of the tough teams, but points have been tough to come by. They flirted with the line last season, but they are in danger of being relegated if they don't turn it around.
Crystal Palace haven't scored in three matches and have only one goal in their last four. They haven't won since August and finally picked up another point in their last match. Before that scoreless draw against Everton, they had lost by at least two goals in seven straight matches.
The bottom of the league is already starting to sort itself out, and the teams listed are all in danger of being relegated.
*All information via PremierLeague.com
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