Chelsea is in shambles, United have found their mojo, and Liverpool are looking like contenders...
Manchester City just continue to roll forward. The Citizens notched their 6th win of the season remaining undefeated at this early stage.
Manchester City made light work of Swansea City with an Aguero double and a Sterling special. Pep Guardiola has them playing at a high level without even looking like they’ve been tested since the start of the season.
Manchester United marked their 6th position on the ladder with a win against last season’s reigning champions Leicester City.
The Red Devils made the difficult yet necessary decision to bench Wayne Rooney and were all the better for it. Pogba got his first goal of the season with Rashford forming a dangerous partnership with Zlatan up front.
Things are looking promising for United and the team should only improve as the season progresses.
Chelsea is a word you usually associate with the colour blue and busses. This Chelsea team has been anything but your typical Chelsea outfit.
Through the last 4 games Chelsea has conceded a staggering 12 goals. Moreover, their latest poor performance was a 3-0 drubbing at the hands of their crosstown rivals Arsenal. Arsenal got 3 first half goals courtesy of some poor defending, primarily from Gary Cahill.
Word on the streets of London is that Cahill will be goneskies come the next transfer window.
With Zouma and Terry coming back from injury soon, Conte will be hoping he can wave his magical Italian wand over this squad and get them to even slightly resemble the Mourinho led Chelsea that has had so much success in recent years. Even if that does mean parking big blue busses in front of goals.
Tottenham has been quietly going about its business in a rather tame way; yet find themselves in 2nd place.
The Spurs, to their credit, have beaten the teams they were expected to beat in Middlesbrough, Sunderland, Stoke and Crystal Palace. Albeit Stoke was the only game where the Spurs were convincing, they have also mixed it with two quality sides in Liverpool and Everton and come away with draws in both.
If Tottenham can keep up their consistent play they could put themselves in position to make a push later in the year. For now, their play hasn’t really impressed and will need to lift their game if they want to succeed based on their ability.
A true test will be in the coming week against the league leaders Manchester City. This will be a true barometer on how the Spurs match up with the elite in the competition.
Liverpool were able to capitalise on their good standing in the league table by pummelling a hapless Hull City 5-1 at home. With Lallana, Mane, Coutinho and a brace of penalties from Milner, Liverpool flexed their muscles making the most of an Elmohamady red card at the half hour mark. Liverpool only conceded a consolation goal to Meyler, which was promising considering the Reds’ defence has been called into question in a couple of instances this season.
Klopp has got the Kop rockin’ and we here at Oddschecker look for that to continue. Beside a puzzling loss against Burnley in their 2nd game of the season, Liverpool have taken down big names in Arsenal, Leicester and Chelsea along with a draw against 2nd place team Tottenham.
They’re a well backed team that plays expansive football. Liverpool supporters are being cautiously optimistic about their squad’s chances this season.
Currently the relegated teams would be Stoke, Sunderland and West Ham. West Ham being the obvious shock from this trio after a strong showing last season.
Also, it would be such a shame if Stoke were to be relegated. It would draw the curtain on the entertaining “… but can he do it on a cold rainy night in Stoke” jokes that all football fanatics have grown to like.
You can rubber stamp Sunderland in for relegation. We’ve called out Sunderland’s exit from the top flight before the season kicked off and don’t see any redemption for this struggling outfit.
Written by Nik Hatzi