We will say many issues about Premier League this season, however being boring and predictive are positively not the phrases we might use. Some large upsets, derbies like we haven’t seen for a few years, and a few fairly wonderful performances by the people have introduced us right here right this moment, with some large battles on all three fronts. Specifically, we’re but to see how groups will end this season and who will likely be topped as a league winner, and there’s additionally going to be an enormous battle for spots in European competitions, particularly the Champions League.
Alternatively, it additionally appears that the battle to keep away from relegation will, after many seasons, be a particularly attention-grabbing one, with no groups being seemed upon as a certain deal they’ll compete within the Championship subsequent season. Taking a look at these information, it’s no marvel that everybody who’s keen on the Premier League claims that this season is way more attention-grabbing and thrilling than many earlier than, as nearly each workforce within the league has one thing to combat for, although there are solely 12 sport weeks left, and also you learn extra about that.
The race for the primary place
Earlier than the season began, many individuals thought of two groups to compete for first place as soon as once more, Man Metropolis and Liverpool, however on the very begin, it was fairly clear that this could be a way more attention-grabbing season. Specifically, of their opening sport towards Fulham, a workforce that has simply been promoted, Liverpool solely managed to get a draw, and the efficiency of different groups like Chelsea and Man Utd has additionally been questionable. The largest shock was nice type and nice outcomes by the Gunners, as they solely misplaced to United and dropped factors of their two attracts towards Southampton and Newcastle.
After the WC break, the type of Arsenal was not the identical, and although they performed fairly properly, they struggled towards groups extra centered on defending. Fortunately for them, Man Metropolis has additionally struggled and dropped factors the place everybody noticed them because the clear winner, which introduced us to this case the place after 26 sport weeks, Arsenals sits firmly in first place with 5 factors greater than Residents.
The large six?
As for whether or not another workforce can signify a hazard and menace to beat these two groups this 12 months, Newcastle and Man Utd seemed like groups that would probably step up and signify a menace, however the type of Newcastle hasn’t been like earlier than the WC break, and they’re at present within the sixth place with 22 factors and two video games behind. Alternatively, Man United performed properly, however the hopes of their followers that this may very well be the season the place they’d climb again to the highest vanished after a humiliating defeat at Anfield of their final fixture, as Liverpool aspect beat them 7:0. The type of Spurs and Liverpool haven’t been constant sufficient to be thought of a potential winner this season, and to not point out Chelsea as a result of nobody is aware of what’s happening with them this season, and that leaves us simply Arsenal and Manchester Metropolis as title contenders.
CL and EL locations
Properly, that is the place issues get fairly attention-grabbing, as there are a number of groups searching for their place in some European competitors subsequent season. Not less than 4 golf equipment (Man Utd, Liverpool, Spurs, Newcastle) have their eyes set on the 2 remaining spots for the Champions League subsequent season, and there are 5 extra groups that may combat for sixth or seventh place (relying on who will win the FA Cup).
Sure, even Aston Villa have an opportunity to play in Europe subsequent season, although their begin of the season was removed from promising, whereas alternatively, we’ve got Brentford, a workforce that stunned many with their type and performances this season.
Brighton has proven in earlier seasons that you just don’t want some extraordinarily widespread gamers to play enticing and aggressive soccer, and their present place shouldn’t shock anybody. Sure, they’re at present sixth within the league, however they’ve three video games much less (23), and Tottenham (27), who’s at present within the 4th place, have simply 7 factors extra.
Fulham has additionally been fairly a shock as, identical to with Norwich, folks anticipated them to combat to keep away from relegation and to not be talked about as a workforce that may play in European competitions subsequent season.
We additionally want to say Chelsea, as they’ve an opportunity to avoid wasting the season and nonetheless play in some competitors in Europe subsequent season. They really have two probabilities, both accomplish that by successful the Champions League or by ending within the high 6 within the League. Total, their efficiency this 12 months has been fairly disappointing, as everybody anticipated large issues from them.
Wanting on the desk, there isn’t even one workforce that appears like they don’t have an opportunity to remain within the league, which wasn’t one thing that occurred in earlier seasons. That may solely be good for followers, because it signifies that each sport week will likely be extraordinarily amusing. Bournemouth, Southampton, and Everton are at present within the final three locations, however even golf equipment like Crystal Palace or Wolves, at present in twelfth and thirteenth place, aren’t that removed from the relegation spot (7 factors).
As for the shape, Everton appears to be like significantly better now since Sean Dyche got here to educate them, and Southampton appears to be like like there’s nonetheless energy in them to keep away from relegation, or at the very least in James Ward-Prowse, who’s carrying this workforce. Bournemouth efficiency was not that nice this season, managing simply 5 wins, and so they might probably be a workforce that’s relegated.
Nottingham Forest has introduced many modifications to their roster, signing 30 new gamers, which means that their inconsistent efficiency shouldn’t shock anybody, not even their membership homeowners. Fortunately, they introduced an enormous identify and somebody that would really assist them keep within the league, Keylor Navas. Three groups that conclude this listing nobody would contemplate as relegation battle groups earlier than the seasons began, and what extra to say about Leeds, Leicester, and WHU season to this point than that it’s disappointing, to say the least.