In this season's Premier League the margin between 7th and 8th (12 points) was almost the same as the gap between 8th and the relegation zone (13 points).
The plutocracy is: Man Utd, Man City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Spurs, Everton, Liverpool.
The two money/power bases are London and Cheshire.
Everyone else is a relegation candidate.
There's a double-meaning in this.