Premier League, the most prestigious league in the World, kicked off the new season in the 2nd week of September. Eleven gameweeks later, the table is finally taking some shape which will help us determine the title contenders and the teams in danger of relegation.
The season started right after the previous one ended. The clubs that were still playing in Europe suffered as a result of it. The starting weeks saw the ‘Big Clubs’ drop points. The mid-table clubs took advantage of this and boosted themselves up the table.
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The start of the 20/21 season saw Everton rise up the table at a very steady pace. Carlo Ancelotti changed their fortune by signing James Rodriguez. But the form didn’t sustain and as a result, they now sit 9th with 17 points after 11 games.
Frank Lampard’s Chelsea have been on fire this season after new signings hit the ground running. Thiago Silva, Edouard Mendy, Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz, and Ben Chilwell all fixed a hole in Chelsea’s team.
The scouting department of The Blues is top-notch. If they manage to continue their form, the Premier League trophy might end up with Blue tassels in May.
Another personnel change brought in hopes for a London club. Jose Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino in the middle of the 19/20 Premier League season. Since then, Mourinho and Tottenham Hotspur never looked back. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg changed the fortune for the London club as the midfielder has put in multiple MOTM performances till now.
Forwards Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son staying injury-free would mean Spurs will have an actual chance of getting their hands on the trophy.
Jurgen Klopp lost almost half his first-team after the first 5 weeks. However, he has kept Liverpool in contention for the title.
The Defending Champions sit 2nd with 24 points, equal with Spurs. If Klopp can do this with half a team, imagine what he will do when everyone returns from their injuries.
Manchester City were written off after a poor start to the season but they managed to get their act together. Pep had to bear the loss of his main striker Sergio Aguero after the Argentine got injured. Kevin De Bruyne being out-of-form didn’t help either.
But now other forwards have pulled their own weight and City doesn’t have to depend on Aguero anymore. Manchester City now sit 7th with 18 points just below their rivals.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was under fire after having the worst start to the Premier League season in Manchester United’s whole history. The Norweigian blamed the poor form on not getting a pre-season warm-up.
However, The Red Devils turned their luck around and after a streak of comebacks, they sit 6th with 19 points just above their local rivals. It is yet to be seen if this form continues and if Manchester United can compete for the title.
THE UNEXPECTED ONES:
Ralph Hasenhuttl has handled his job at Southampton very well. The Saints have been playing good football and are winning while doing so. They currently sit 5th with 20 points from 11 games.
If it wasn’t for the late Manchester United comeback, they would have been 3rd in the Premier League. They can compete for the European Qualifier position this season if they don’t manage to finish in the top 4 that is.
After almost getting relegated last season, Villa turned it around. Their start to the season was very impressive as they managed to win 5 of their first 7 matches. This turn in form was down to Jack Grealish and Ollie Watkins clicking together very well.
The Gooners won the FA Cup last season and then won the Community Shield by beating Liverpool in the penalties. Everyone believed Mikel Arteta turned it around from the boring football Arsenal played under Unai Emery.
However, Arteta was just another Emery. The Gooners have lost 6 matches this season, they sit 15th with just 13 points from 11 games. This is their worst start to a Premier League season ever.
Sean Dyche transformed Burnley from relegation dwellers to a strong mid-table side by playing pragmatic defensive football. However, this season his tactics hasn’t worked yet. After winning just 1 game from 10 games they sit 17th with just 6 points. The Clarets need to fix up soon if they want to stay up.
RELEGATION ZONE DWELLERS:
Chris Wilder dragged Sheffield United to a Top 10 finish in their first season back in the Premier League. This season however is a different story, The Blades have not won a match yet. Their only point in 11 games came from a 1-1 draw against Fulham.
West Brom returned to the Premier League after multiple seasons in the Championship and with their current form they might be returning there soon. The Baggies have won 1 match and drew 3 to amass 6 points from 11 games. No one expected The Baggies to stay up this season but they can still change their fate and stay up considering how poor the rest of the teams are this season as well.
Another team that got promoted and struggled in the Premier League. A once great mid-table team now struggles to stay afloat in the Premier League. After getting just 7 points from 11 games, they are in danger of going down.
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