The Premier League after 10 weeks
Manchester City is rated 5 stars and Burnley is the surprise so far02 November 2017 | Sally Freedman
Ten weeks of Premier League has flown by. So, who has a 5-star rating and who is floundering?
Manchester City, ***** 5 star
Inspirational. Sublime. Excellent.
Manchester City have made a scintillating start to their campaign amassing an impressive 28 points from their first 10 fixtures. They are five points clear at the top of the table with a positive goal difference of 29.
Their goals scored tally is an impressive 35 goals which equates to a rate of 3.5 goals per game. And to add to their remarkable goals for tally, they have some excellent completed pass statistics with a staggering 844 passes recorded in their win at West Brom; the most since Opta began collecting data in 2003.
Of the Premier League’s top 10 passers this season, five of them are City players (Fernandinho, Nicolas Otamendi, David Silva, John Stones and Kevin De Bruyne). In total, City have completed 7,300 passes. Arsenal, second on the list, have registered 6,290.
The real test will come for City during November and December where City have previously dropped off in form as fixtures become congested and the weather gets colder.
Tottenham Hotspur, **** 4 star
Harry Kane has deservedly been stealing the worldwide headlines as he has scored 17 goals in 16 appearances for club and country and is the current leading scorer in the Premier League with eight so far. Spurs are currently eight points off Manchester City and just three off second placed Manchester United.
Manchester United, **** 4 star
Manchester United are sitting five points behind their rivals Manchester City and have been impressive all over the park.
Their recruitment has been fantastic and their new signings have settled in; Romelu Lukaku in particular has got off to a fine start scoring seven goals so far.
Premier League newcomers: Brighton and Hove Albion, Huddersfield and Newcastle United, ***3-star
The newcomers are breaking the relegation battle trend which often haunts newly promoted championship teams, with the stats suggestion that around 60-70 percent of promoted teams go straight back down to the Championship.
However, Brighton and Huddersfield have both collected 12 points after 10 games, with Brighton only having lost at home once to Manchester City in week one. Huddersfield have played some quality football throughout and recently beat Premier League giants, Manchester United 2-1. Championship title winners, Newcastle United have also had an impressive start and are sitting comfortably in the top half of the table in ninth place.
Everton, Bournemouth and Crystal Palace, 1-star *
Palace broke all sorts of records at the start of the season, going seven matches without scoring a goal and currently sit on just four points. Frank de Boer was sacked as Crystal Palace manager after just five games and 77 days in charge. Former England boss Roy Hodgson replaced him and it will take a lot of ‘Woy’ magic to return Palace to winning ways.
Everton and Bournemouth have also had poor starts. However, most are backing Bournemouth to come good as Eddie Howe has proven time and time again that he is an astute manager; he will undoubtedly be working very hard behind the scenes to fix their slow start.
Everton sacked manager, Ronald Koeman after a 5-2 home defeat by Arsenal left them in the Premier League relegation zone. Perhaps once they have a new manager in place, they too might also bounce back.
Other talking points
Top 6 Flex Their Muscles!
Normal service appears to have been resumed with all the 'big six' clubs now occupying the top-six places.
Big fixtures this weekend
On Sunday, Manchester City host Arsenal before Manchester United play Chelsea.
The pressure will be on the clubs playing in the latter fixture, as they will either be fighting to stay in touch or to take advantage of a rare City slip.
Penalty woes for Liverpool
Liverpool's penalty prowess accounts for two of their European Cups, two of their League Cup triumphs and the 2006 FA Cup. However, it has deserted them of late. They have been awarded three penalties at Anfield in 2017 and missed them all.
Leicester seeking manager applications
Leicester City are searching for their third manager in the space of eight months after Craig Shakespeare’s brief reign was brought to an abrupt end when he was recently sacked.
Shakespeare was only four months into a three-year contract when the board decided to act after losing faith following a poor start to the season. Leicester currently sit in 11th place and are tied on 12 points with Brighton and Huddersfield.
How am I going against my predictions?
At the start of the season, I predicted the top four would be:
- Manchester City
- Manchester United
The current order is City, United, Spurs, Chelsea – so I have the correct four teams, and I have the league leaders in the right spot! Let's see where they are after another ten weeks and again at the end of the season.
I also predicted the relegation battlers would be Burnley, Swansea and Stoke. Seems I might be a little wrong there, as none of these teams are currently in the bottom three.
However, Swansea are sitting just one place outside the relegation zone on goal difference with 8 points. Stoke are also not that far away and have amassed just 11 points, leaving them only three points away from 18th placed Everton on 8 points. Burnley, however, have been a surprise. They've made a solid start and are sitting in seventh spot with 16 points.