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What is going on in the Premier League: Table Update

Over the last few seasons it seemed like there were a few teams who would separate themselves early in the season as the true contenders. The usual suspects include Liverpool, and Manchester City, amongst some of the other teams in the normal top 6. Through 6-7 games this season that is definitely not the case. Here at Beer Belly Soccer, we’ll be delving into the current table and discussing what is going on in the Premier League.

Liverpool

At the top of the table through 7 games is Liverpool. While they are considered the odds on favorite to win the league, this season has not quite gone as planned. A gigantic injury to Virgil Van Dijk has left a major hole in the center of their defense. So while Liverpool’s offense looks just as dangerous as ever, they have been leaking goals in defense. A possible move in the January transfer window for a replacement center back could be exactly what they need to secure the title.

Manchester City

As with Liverpool, Manchester City has been having problems in defense since Vincent Kompany left the team. Guardiola’s squad hopes that the recent signing of Ruben Dias will prove to be vital as he looks to form a solid partnership with Aymeric Laporte. Currently in 10th with a game in hand, they will be looking for better performances from here on out.

Leicester City

Could we be in for a repeat of the 2015-2016 in which Leicester surprised everyone to finish with the title? They have looked to be one of the strongest teams in the Premier League this season and currently find themselves only 1 point off of 1st. If they can continue to push forward and bring in a few signings in January, we could be looking at a future title winning team.

Tottenham

Tottenham find themselves in a strange position as this point in the season. In 3rd place with 7 games played, they seem to be one of the stronger teams at the moment. But they have struggled to close out games, already dropping points that they should be easily retaining. As long as they can stay near the top, the hope is that Jose Mourinho will sort everything out in time for Tottenham to be considered a real contender.

Chelsea

The team who strengthened the most over the course of the summer, are currently in 7th place and 4 points off the lead. It was always a worry that bringing in this many new faces would take some time to gel, and that seems to be the main problem so far. In terms of talent, Chelsea may have the most impressive team in the Premier League. It will be up to Frank Lampard to get everybody onto the same page and make a strong push to the top.

Best of the Rest

There is only 6 points separating 13th placed Crystal Palace from 1st placed Liverpool, so in theory any team in the top 13 can consider themselves a contender. Of the teams not listed above; Arsenal, Everton, Wolves, and Aston Villa seem most likely to at least challenge for European spots. Aston Villa may be the most surprising of the group, as they sit only 4 points off the lead with a game in hand. With the right amount of consistency, any of these 4 teams could make a serious run for the title in a year without any dominant teams.

You can find the updated Premier League table at the Premier League’s official website, linked here: https://www.premierleague.com/tables

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Premier League Title Contenders

We are now about 4 games in to this season and just as everyone predicted Everton is undefeated at the top of the table…

With that being said let’s now take a look at the contenders to actually finish the season at the top.

Everton

               I suppose it only makes sense to start with Everton seeing as how they are currently in first. To start off the year, Everton has been in incredible form and to be fair they do look like a legitimate threat. They have done a great job in the transfer window in transforming their midfield with the additions of James Rodriguez, Allan, and Abdoulaye Doucoure. In addition to that they brought in a new center back from Norwich in Ben Godfrey. Dominic Calvert-Lewin looks to have really progressed as a player and is scoring goals for fun so far, tied for the league lead with 6.  The moves look to have paid off so far, but the true tests will come when Everton has games against some of the other top teams in the league.

Arsenal

               Arsenal have also been able to get off to a good start to begin the season. They look like a much more complete team with Mikel Arteta at the helm, along with some of the new signings that have been brought in. The most important of those signings has to be Thomas Partey who could be a perfect fit in the Arsenal midfield. In defense, Gabriel looks the part of a world class center back so far and could end up being one of the steals of the transfer window. All in all, Arsenal really do look the part of a legitimate contender and could be in the mix at the very top when all is said and done.

Tottenham

               Jose Mourinho seems to have stabilized Tottenham to a degree after Mauricio Pochettino left the club. As with past seasons though, they will be relying a lot upon Harry Kane and Son Heung-min. The good news is, Son has gotten off to a fantastic start and is currently tied for the goalscoring lead with 6 goals. The bad news is they don’t have too much going on in terms of depth in attack (other than bringing Gareth Bale back into the fold), so it could be tough for them to keep up the pace for an entire season.

Chelsea

               Looks like Chelsea’s transfer embargo has been lifted. They were definitely the most active team in terms of the transfer market this go around, strengthening every area of the team. Some of the main players who were brought in include Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Hakin Ziyech, Edouard Mendy and Thiago Silva. That’s a lot of new faces. On paper, Chelsea surely has one of the strongest teams in the Premier League but in order for it all to pan out Frank Lampard will need to seamlessly work all of these new faces into the team. Chelsea definitely seems like they’ll be in the thick of it come season’s end.

Manchester City

               Struggles abound for City to start off the season. Once again it looks like the problems are in the defense, and to their credit City have brought in (more) reinforcements. Nathan Ake and Ruben Dias have both been brought in, with Ake splitting time at CB and LB. Dias seems to be forming a good partnership with Aymeric Laporte that could effectively shore up the defense. But City will need to be more consistent this year if they want a legitimate shot to win the Premier League, and so far that hasn’t been the case.

Liverpool

               Liverpool is probably the odds on favorite to win the Premier League, but even they haven’t been able to start the season in perfect form. Their 7-2 loss to Aston Villa was unexpected to say the least and shows that Liverpool may not be the unbeatable giant that they were last season. Even with the unexpected start, I would still rate them as the favorite to come out of the season on top of the league, with the recent addition of Thiago potentially being a game changer for them.

Conclusion

               It may be the lack of a preseason and very little rest time from last season, but a lot of teams look very sloppy to start the season. I don’t believe there will any runaway teams this year, and it will most likely be a very tight race to the finish with Liverpool the most likely winner at this early juncture.