As pointed out on another thread (Premier League Analyses) there is some margin between the top 6 and the rest. The chances of victory against the top 6 is around 11% (based on last seasons results). Obviously all 38 games matter, but as also shown on the other thread it's the results against the 13 teams around us this will mainly determine how our season pans out. Below is last seasons table from results amongst themselves (so no games v top 6) Finishing in the bottom 3 in this mini-league sent Stoke, Swansea and WBA down. For those interested I'll keep a running table this season with just the results from games between teams outside the big 6 (Man City - Arsenal). I also feel this is where judgements on the team should be made. Because we will take some heavy defeats to the big 6, and unfortunately that's 12 games of the season - nearly a third - which skews the sense of how well we feel we are doing in relation to who we are and what we have. Interestingly we were only outscored by 5 teams in this league last season and were only bettered by 6 in terms of goals conceded. Maybe our settled squad isn't as bad as it may seem (but that debate can be kept to the many other threads where it's being discussed). For survival we probably only need to win 8 games from this mini league (out of 26) and pick up the same amount of draws. I'll do a weekly round up with fixtures and results and keep the table up to date. Hope some of you find this of interest as we go on. I'll also do a preview of the teams in this league some time this week, again I don't think things are as bad as some may feel. Never thought I'd say this, but here's to us doing a Burnley this season! Come on you Hornets!!