Three (3)games played, and 35 more to go. The English Premier footy competition is on fire with so much interesting plots doing the rounds after just 3 matches. From the pundits, to the referees, to the players, to the mangers, to the fans and other fragments of the league, there are no dull moments. This gives credence to the fact that the EPL is the most exciting league in the world.
Impressive results such as; Man Utd’ back to back 4-0 victories, Liverpool’s 4-0 walloping of Arsenal, and shocking ones like; defending champions Chelsea taking a beating at home from Burnley on match day 1 have been witnessed, amidst disciplinary issues and plenty talking points.
Managers are not left out; with West Ham’s Bilic already facing an inquest in the wake of zero points after 3 matches, Benitez of Newcastle is still bearing a grudge with owner Mike Ashley for little support in the transfer market, while Arsene Wenger is already facing the ‘Wenger Out Band’ after a very disappointing start that has yielded a solitary victory and 2 defeats in 3 matches.
Further more, the current international break has afforded a breather to club managers to access their team’ performances thus far in other to consolidate on their results or possibly rejig their squads for better output. Not forgeting that the transfer market is still opened till August 31, giving teams the opportunity to add or release players deemed surplus to requirement.
So far so good, Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United are the front runners leaving impressive stats in their wake. After decimating West Ham, and Swansea, in a 4-0s back to back victory, they put stubborn Leicester to sword in a 2-0 resounding outing at Old Trafford. Suddenly, United now have the fear factor back and are playing the exciting brand of football seen under the legendary Fergie. They are yet to concede and Jose has set them up in an ultra attacking formation. If they maintain the momentum few will bet against the tittle returning Northwest come May 2018.
Liverpool, the most successful English team after Man Utd are second on the table on 7 points. Klopp’s men have turned the corner since that disappointing draw against Watford on the opening day, with the ease at which they brushed aside Arsenal, they look like potential champions if they can cub their defensive frailties particularly at set pieces.
Surprisingly, the newly promoted Huddersfield are third on the log after picking 2 victories and a draw. It is yet to be ascertained if the can do a Leicester, we shall know it when they face the consummate teams.
Pep Guardiola’s Man City are 4th on the log on 7 points same as the 2nd and 3rd positioned teams but are rooted where they are due to goal difference. A lot of pundits on the British Isle had conceded the tittle to the Citizens juggernauts before the first kick but they are yet to show that credentials. While Pep thus far has spent the most in the current transfer market, his buys are yet to hit the ground running. Be that as it may, when his teams are on their hot streak it is hard to stop them. Though it’s early in the day, their city neighbours look more formidable at the moment.
Defending champions Chelsea are 6th on 6 points after that opening day disastrous outing vs Burnley, they have gone ahead to dish out commanding victories against Tottenham and Everton. My verdict is that they will be fighting to retain their crown.
Tottenham? When are they going to fulfill their enormous potentials? So far this term the so called Wembley hoodoo is affecting them a great deal after two unconvincing results at the ground that became their temporary home while they redevelop White Hart Lane. Their current 9th position after 3 games doesn’t look good when other tittle rivals have hit the ground running.
Meanwhile, Tottenham’s illustrious neighbors Arsenal, are even in a messier situation. The results are no good, the team is bereft of confidence, the board is unsettled by their inability to get key players who have less than 1year on their deals to run to commit to the club, and a whole lot of things are wrong with the club. With Arsenal it’s the same story. One step forward and ten steps backwards.
On the other hand the Evertons, Stokes, Leicesters, and others are all struggling to make impression while Bournemouth, Crystal Palace, and West Ham are rooted at the bottom three.
The next 8 months of the English Premier League will present a fascinating experience if the early showings and antecedents are to go by.