7= Manchester United, Southampton and Sunderland (+1 point difference) – It’s an improvement at least but Louis van Gaal will probably have wanted to see his side progress more than they have done. 12 12 14. Crystal Palace (-5 points difference) – Tony Pulis’ sensational work last year has been, partially, undone by Neil Warnock, but Alan Pardew could turn it around for the Eagles. 1= Swansea City and West Ham (+10 points difference) – Garry Monk has been working wonders over in Wales this season, while Sam Allardyce has improved his team significantly in east London. 12 With all but Chelsea having played 28 Premier League games so far the table is finally starting to take shape.The title race seems likely to be between Chelsea and Man City, while Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham and Southampton are all chasing a spot in the top four.Meanwhile, at the bottom of the division, Leicester City, Burnley, Queens Park Rangers, Aston Villa, Hull City, Sunderland and Everton are battling to avoid relegation.But just how are teams faring compared to last season in identical games? Are Liverpool really having such a bad campaign? Has Roberto Martinez lost the plot at Goodison Park? And is Louis van Gaal outperforming David Moyes with Man United?talkSPORT takes a look at each side’s point difference from the same matches last season… 12 15. Newcastle United (-6 points difference) – It’s not been a vintage season for the Magpies and although they’re not in immediate danger of being relegated it’s looking like another season of mediocrity. 6. Manchester City (+2 points difference) – The Blues aren’t top of the Premier League right now but actually, compared to the same games last season, have earned more points this time out. 12 12 3. Chelsea (+7 points difference) – Jose Mourinho’s table toppers have added to their excellent squad and are looking like landing the title after falling short last year. 12 4= Tottenham Hotspur and Stoke City (+6 points difference) – Tim Sherwood can say all he likes about win ratios but Mauricio Pochettino has claimed important wins against Arsenal and managed to avoid a defeat to West Ham. The job Mark Hughes is doing at Stoke should also been noted as they continue to prove there is life after Tony Pulis. 17. Everton (-21 points difference compared to the same games last season) – It’s all gone horribly wrong for Roberto Martinez at Goodison Park. They may be doing alright in the Europa League but in the Premier League they’re looking well off the pace having been top four contenders last year. 12 16. Liverpool (-16 points difference) – It was always going to be tough to replicate last season’s title tilt, there are plenty of positives though as they show signs of becoming a force again under Brendan Rodgers. 12 12 12= Aston Villa and Hull City (-3 points difference) – The two sides are battling against relegation and it’s easy to see why, Tim Sherwood and Steve Bruce have a battle on their hands. 12 10. West Bromwich Albion (0 point difference) – After a tough start to the season, new boss Tony Pulis is now getting the best out of the Baggies. 12 11. Arsenal (-2 points difference) – More proof the Gunners are on the wane? Arsene Wenger’s men are worse off this year, although only by two points.