Ten Games In.
I did one of these reviews after 5 games and it went down really well, so I hope you enjoy this one. Basically, its a review of every Premier League team and how they have fared in their first 10 league matches. I will do one after 15 games as well if this is successful.
Manchester city – 7 wins, 2 draws, 1 loss, 23 points
A stumble half way through October saw many people’s pre-season favourites lose to Spurs, then draw at home with Southampton and Everton with a heavy defeat to Barcelona included in that run as well. However, a 4-0 away win on Saturday put Guardiola’s men back on track. Calls for Pep to tweak his style were murmured, but for a guy who has won so many trophies, there’s more chance of a pig flying before anything changes. No Chance.
Arsenal – 7 wins, 2 draws, 1 loss, 23 points
A team who promise so much every season but seem to fall at the final hurdle, there seems to be a swagger and intensity at the Emirates this season which suggests a real title challenge is on the cards. Alexis Sanchez as center forward was a masterstroke and is one of my favourite players in the Premier League, whilst Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil look to be playing with real intent. Top 4 certainties, but can they go all the way?
Liverpool – 7 wins, 2 draws, 1 loss, 23 points
One year in to Jurgen Klopp’s reign as Liverpool manager and his hard running, high pressing rock and roll football is kicking in. Over the last month or so, Liverpool have really signalled their intentions for the season with some impressive performances and scored some brilliant goals along the way. Coutinho, Mane and Firmino have forged a great understanding and with Matip, Henderson and Emre Can also putting in brilliant performances recently, fans are daring to dream.
Chelsea – 7 wins, 1 draw, 2 losses, 22 points
Realising that things weren’t working after the 3-0 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates, boss Antonio Conte decided to implement his favoured 3-5-2 approach which won him so many plaudits and trophies in Italy at Juventus and they have not looked back since. Eden Hazard and Diego Costa are showing exactly how good they are, putting in some brilliant performances over the last month or so. Chelsea are my tip for the League title this season and I believe will be very, very tough to beat as the season progresses.
Tottenham – 5 wins, 5 draws, 0 defeats, 20 points
As expected, Harry Kane’s injury has halted Spurs’ title challenge somewhat. Although they are still unbeaten in the league after 10 games, the North London side have found themselves draw their last 3 league games. Solid defensively, their problem has been scoring goals. Kane’s return cannot come soon enough.
Everton – 5 wins, 3 draws, 2 losses, 18 points
Ronald Koeman has taken a team who massively underachieved last year under Roberto Martinez and transformed them in to a vibrant, solid, crisp passing side. Whilst Romelu Lukaku has found his form up front, Ashley Williams, Idrissa Gueye and Maarten Stekelenburg have provided the steel and organisation to grind out the results when needed. Whilst top 4 looks unlikely, a top 6 finish would not be a surprise whatsoever.
Watford – 4 wins, 3 draws, 3 losses, 15 points
One of the surprise packages of the season so far, Italian boss Walter Mazzarri has managed to incorporate his new signings into a team who avoided relegation last year after a long absence away from the Premier League. Players such as Holebas, Capoue and Deeney have been the stand out players up to now for the Hertfordshire side and an unexpected challenge for a European place might be possible.
Manchester United – 4 wins, 3 draws, 3 losses, 15 points
Fans and experts alike are struggling to predict just how this side packed full of superstars will perform this season. After some very disappointing results half way through October, such as the 4-0 away defeat to Mourinho’s old side Chelsea, United must find their stride and put together a run of form ASAP before the top 4 becomes a distant dream.
Southampton – 3 wins, 4 draws, 3 losses, 13 points
New manager Claude Puel’s side have performed steadily in the league, which we all know is a very tough thing to do when you play Thursday nights in the Europa League. Signings such as Nathan Redmond alongside experienced first teamers such as Jose Fonte and Virgil van Dijk have given the side a nice balance and they play good football as well. A top half finish looks very likely.
Bournemouth – 3 wins, 3 draws, 4 losses, 12 points
Eddie Howe is yet again proving what a capable, progressive manager he is. The deadline day loan move for Jack Wilshere is proving to be a very good bit of business and their league form, whilst inconsistent, should see them survive this season. Their emphatic 6-1 win over Hull at home is their highlight so far.
Leicester – 3 wins, 3 draws, 4 losses, 12 points
Last year’s League champions are struggling to find the right balance between the Premier League and the Champions League. Whilst their form in the Premier League is patchy at best – the defeat away to Liverpool being very disappointing, their 100% record in the Champions League is impressive. I would be very surprised if they finish in the top 6 this season.
Stoke – 3 wins, 3 draws, 4 losses, 12 points
A terrible start to the season saw Mark Hughes in trouble and Stoke in the relegation zone. However, brilliant performances from Joe Allen and Wilfried Bony have seen an upturn in their results and with 3 wins in their last 3, fans will be hoping a top half finish is possible.
Crystal Palace – 3 wins, 2 draws, 5 losses, 11 points
One of the most inconsistent teams in the Premier League over the last year or so, Palace have lost their last 3 games in a row in the League. Christian Benteke is extremely important to Palace and they will need to keep him fit and firing if they are to hit their targets this year.
Burnley – 3 wins, 2 draws, 5 losses, 11 points
A team with one of the smallest budgets in the whole of the Premier League, Burnley are somewhat overachieving. Their 0-0 draw at old Trafford stands out as one of their results of the season so far and they were also incredibly unlucky at home to Arsenal, who bundled in a 95th minute winner against them. Time will tell if determination and hard running will keep them up this season. Sean Dyche, one of my favourite managers in the league, is destined for bigger things.
Middlesbrough – 2 wins, 4 draws, 4 losses, 10 points
Before the 0-0 draw away to Arsenal a couple of weeks ago, Middlesbrough were on a very worrying run which saw them lose 3 and draw 1 of their previous 4 games. However, they have rallied in recent weeks and Karanka looks to have found a style of play which may keep them up this season.
West Brom – 2 wins, 4 draws, 4 losses, 10 points
Three 1-1 draws In a row, one of those at home to title challengers Spurs, put the Baggies in a comfortable position in the league. However, defeats against Liverpool and Manchester City have seen them fall down the table in recent weeks. A club in which many people hold a grudge against due to their style of football, Pulis’ recent contract extension raised many eyebrows. They’ll be safe this year. Just.
West Ham – 3 wins, 1 draw, 6 losses, 10 points
Bilic’s men have picked up in the last few weeks and they finally seem to be settling in to their new stadium. A last gasp winner against Sunderland provided much needed relief to the fans and players alike and they will hope that they can kick on and finish in the top half this season. Whilst Dimitri Payet has struggled to replicate last season’s performances, there is still plenty of time this season to turn the Olympic/London stadium in to a fortress.
Hull – 2 wins, 1 draw, 7 losses, 7 points
It all started so well. A pre season with hardly any players, their manager Steve Bruce leaving and the fans calling for the owners to sell up ASAP, an opening day win against champions Leicester was a huge shock. However, they are in a horrible run of form, losing 5 league games in a row. Relegation beckons.
Swansea – 1 win, 2 draws, 7 losses, 5 points
Can new manager Bob Bradley turn around a side who look worringly low on quality and confidence this season? Players such as Llorente and Sigurdsson should steer them clear of trouble, but on current form, a long and hard season looks likely.
Sunderland – 0 wins, 2 draws, 8 losses, 2 points
Relegated already. A complete and utter disaster.