A thrilling display of football is what fans love to see in English Premier League and the first 5 weeks of the league showcased just that. Almost every side was busy in the transfer market strengthening their squads; however, even after getting their picks, a few teams fell short from what was expected from them. Fortunately, giants like Chelsea and Manchester City were still able to meet the expected outcome of their investment while Arsenal also seemed to be a bit happy with the initial performance after spending heavily.
With almost every side opening their accounts on the points table, there are only three sides which are still unbeaten – Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspurs and Everton. It is quite remarkable how these sides have been playing in the league so far, but EPL is the most competitive league in Europe, where every side is capable of knocking-out the other. It’s just the start of the season with only 5 matchweeks being played and predicting the champion now would be a bit hasty – but here are the few talking points in the league so far that will help you in predict the winner.
The announcement of Pep Guardiola managing the ranks at Manchester City was made at the start of season end and it took the excitement of City fans to the next level. He was expected to do wonders at Etihad and bring stability and consistency in the side, making Man City one of the most destructive sides in Europe.
Well, he hasn’t disappointed a bit with his team performing splendidly and winning all the 8 matches they've played so far. It is quite evident that this City team looks way too different from what we have seen in the past. Adding more to the joy was the derby delight that made the noisy neighbors even noisier. Pep has gotten the team to adapt his methods, and with the new strategy, they look unstoppable.
5 wins in 5 games
Pep Guardiola. Welcome to England pic.twitter.com/WK1Pkugzwz
— Bet9ja (@myBet9ja) September 19, 2016
The emergence of De Bruyne and Sterling as world’s top midfielders, Guardiola’s impact on the team is visible. Although his ruthless attitude has caused the side losing Joe Hart and Yaya Toure, two of the most influential players in the side, but he likes to work on his terms. Analyzing the current form of Man City, there isn’t a hint of doubt that Pep Guardiola can lead them to another English crown.
Ronald Koeman took hold of the responsibilities at Everton this season and you can’t just ignore the impact he has had on the side. With very little amendments in the squad, the former Saints manager has instilled his philosophy in the players beautifully and has urged them to play like a big club. Everton was always a big club in the league but was never a top four club member. Koeman did everything to retain big names like Lukaku and play the same team that has been there for last 3-4 seasons.
— EFC Statto (@EFC_Statto) September 18, 2016
With 4 wins and a draw, the team is sitting at the 2nd spot on the table. But the real question is: how long will their forms last? Well, only time will reveal the real stature of the side but for now, Everton have all the makings of a well composed side with a winning mentality and a top four finish is on the cards.
After their fairy tale last season, Leicester started their title defense with a shocking defeat at the hands of new comers Hull City but bounced back from frustrating two weeks to restore their form. It’s still too early to predict the future, but the way Ranieri’s men have gathered themselves back as a team is inspirational and hints towards a top four finish this time around as well. They are a well composed team with perfect sittings at every position and have developed into a force to be reckoned with.
— Leicester City FC (@FIRST4LCFC) September 18, 2016
West Ham's last season was splendid and the emergence of Dimitri Payet was quite encouraging for the entire squad. They were also able to hold on to him in the transfer market and invested sensibly to hire some new signings in order to give the side a different flare. However, with Payet, Antonio and Zaza in the attack, things are just not going right for them. It’s just like the hammer has lost its touch. A disappointing first month for Hammers is quite shocking for the pundits but the quality of the squad suggest that they can bounce back.
Team for the rest of the season imo pic.twitter.com/uL3y5A6UGM
— ADIOS BILIC LAD (@PxyetFK) September 17, 2016
A lot was said when Jose Mourinho took charge of Man Utd and the spending he made in the transfer market. But it seems that the special one is having the same issue that he was facing at Chelsea – three consecutive wins, followed by 3 defeats. And all of a sudden, people started doubting his ability to manage a club like Man Utd. Without a doubt, he is the special one but losing to a side like Watford, to which the team never lost in three decades; well, what else can be said!
FT: Watford 3 – Man United 1
3 defeats on the bounce for Jose Mourinho pic.twitter.com/FgJrADDba8
— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) September 18, 2016
It’s still the start of the season and the teams will need some time to get their confidence back, while some teams are at the stage of transition, but the remarkable start by Man City clearly showcases their strength and chances of clinching the title. Conte and Mourinho are also undergoing transition effects and they will bounce back. Also, Tottenham have transformed into a destructive force with the most concrete defense line. A few more months remain till Christmas, and we’ll have a clear picture then. For now, just chill and enjoy!