When a team is above another team in the league by more than a couple of points we say that a gap has opened up between these teams. So, for example, if the leaders are six points ahead we can say that there is a six-point gap at the top of the table. Currently in the Premier League, Chelsea are leading the table and before Liverpool’s game at home to Stoke City were nine points clear of the team in second place. However, the Reds managed to beat Stoke 4-1 to close the gap at the top – they reduced the gap from nine to six points. To close the gap at the top.
Example: Liverpool’s win at home to Stoke City closed the gap on the leaders Chelsea to six points.
Example: United failed to close the gap at the top after losing at home to City.
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