Twelve game weeks are done and dusted in the first league as we head into the season’s third international break before the busy winters.
With 26 games to be played by all the teams, it may seem too early to say that, but it seems to be the loss of Liverpool.
Liverpool set the pace with 11 of the 12 games drawing one and 8 points ahead of Leicester and Chelsea placed 2nd and 3rd respectively. Liverpool was unfortunate last season after not winning the league even though they were the table-toppers at Christmas and that had happened just twice before and it was Liverpool on both occasions.
But in nearly all matches this season they were brilliant and when they weren’t so good, they found a way to win matches anyway. So luck seems to be on their side this time out and 3-1 win over reigning champions this weekend has been a big statement about how good they are as they thrashed Man City at home. So, can Liverpool change their “bottling” ways or they can finally win, we’ll find out as the season rolls on?
Meanwhile, under Brendan Rogers, Leicester City has been brilliant this season and is in 2nd place with 26 points, one more than their title-winning season. Jaime Vardy looks to be at his best with a new attacking style and is this season’s highest scorer with 11 goals already this season. Leicester demonstrated their mettle with a 2-0 win over Arsenal last weekend and they can comfortably break into the top four this season with the likes of Tottenham, Man United and Arsenal under pressure if they continue to perform the same way. Meanwhile, Chelsea is 3rd on the table with the same number of Leicester points.
After a 3-game winless start to the season, Chelsea seems to have kicked off their rhythm under new manager Frank Lampard with the kids, Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount showing why their manager believes so much in them and Christian Pulisic also settles down with 5 goals and 5 helps this season with only Mo Salah having 5 goals and 5 helps this season. Manchester City is 9 points behind Liverpool after the loss in Anfield last Sunday and needs some serious luck to make history this season by winning a 3rd consecutive title. Having already lost three games, one less than last year’s season, it seems unlikely, but not impossible, that they could create history.
Outside the top four, Sheffield United occupy 5th spot with an
unbeaten away record this season and behind them are underperforming
and inconsistent Arsenal and Manchester United with 17 and 16 points
each. It seems as if the managers of both teams have the complete
backing of the team boards but if they cannot turn it around in the
upcoming weeks both might come under huge pressure. Another man under
great pressure is Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino with Spurs
finding themselves on 14th position with the same number of points.
With the International break, these three managers can take a break
and then think about how to get their seasons back on track with the
hectic winter coming ahead.
Down below, Watford, Southampton and Norwich are in the relegation zone with Watford reporting last Friday’s first season victory and moving up to 18th with 8 points on the board.
With 8 defeats including a 9-0 thrashing by Leicester at home on Gameweek 10, Southampton was poor this season. Norwich City had a promising start to their season with Teemu Pukki firing on all cylinders, scoring 6 goals in the first 5 matches but none since and in those 5 matches Norwich won 2 matches including a brilliant 3-2 victory over Champions Man City but since then they have lost 7 in a row. Norwich need to find their groove again as soon as they can otherwise
they will be back in the championship again next season.
So will this finally be Liverpool’s season or will they “bottle” it
again? Can Leicester emulate their run of 2016 and surprise us all
once again and at least finish in the top 4 if not win it; Can Man City
create history and become champions for the 3rd consecutive time? A
lot of questions to tackle and we will find the answers as the season
resumes on the 23rd of November, 2019.