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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

By ZICK

Former washed up soccer player, current analyst from my couch, future unknown.

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