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Premier League table-nomics

Updated: December 1, 2011, 10:05 AM ET
By James Martin

Here we are, Dec. 1, the beginning of a celebrated turning point in the Premier League season. This, managers like Sir Alex Ferguson tell us, is when the table starts to take on added gravitas. The days of dismissing results because it's "early doors" are supposedly over. In December, when teams are facing a glut of fixtures around the festive season, the table crystallizes into something more meaningful. Making up ground becomes increasingly difficult, six-pointers can cripple a team's ...

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