We’re halfway into the season and we can make some conclusions about what’s happening in the Premier League. So far from a neutral point of view, it’s the best season ever. In just half a season we saw some of the biggest shocks in the Premier League history. We saw results that will echo for ages. The favorites hit hights and lows. We saw seven different teams go “Top of the league” and these results will show you why this season is the most competitive in the Premier League history.
Manchester City 2-5 Leicester
Title favorites Man City hosted Leicester in Gameweek 3. Riyad Mahrez opened the score for Pep’s team but then Jamie Vardy had a party leading his team to massive 3 points at Etihad. At this point, everyone thought “Wow, Man City are in trouble this season”… Well, we all know what happened later on.
Gameweek 4. Manchester United hosted Tottenham Hotspur led by their former manager Jose Mourinho.
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Manchester United 1-6 Tottenham Hotspur
After Bruno Fernandes scored a penalty in the 2nd minute to give United the lead, there was only one team on the pitch. Tottenham was faster, stronger, kept the ball better, and attacked with such efficiency that it looked like Mourinho wants to take his revenge on United for firing him a few years ago. Liverpool fans were laughing at their biggest rival’s humiliation, but little did they know that karma can bite you in the butt!
Aston Villa 2-7 Liverpool
The Champions went to Villa Park with the self-confidence that this is a game that won’t be that big of a challenge. Villa avoided relegation last season finishing just a point above 18th placed Bournemouth; but in this league, when you underestimate someone, you suffer. Liverpool paid dearly for the aristocratic approach to this game; this is a result they’ll never forget.
Crystal Palace 0-7 Liverpool
Crystal Palace has always been a tough opponent to beat. In recent years, they were a hoodoo team for Liverpool. We all remember that 3-3 that ended Liverpool’s hopes for the title in the 2013/14 season. But this time, the Champions weren’t taking any chances, although Salah was left on the bench, the reds were ruthless and left no chance and registered one of the biggest away victories in the Premier League era.
Arsenal 3-1 Chelsea
“What’s so shocking here?” You might say. “It’s two of the biggest teams in the country.” Yes, but at this point of the season, the two teams were miles apart. Chelsea was two points off the top-four, and Arsenal was just four points above the relegation battle. They even added a clause in players’ contracts that if they get relegated, they’ll have to take a pay cut (shocking move from the board).
Well in this game, Arsenal left no chances to Chelsea, beat them 3-1, and started their mini-renaissance. Five games later, both teams are equal in points.
Liverpool 0-1 Burnley
68 games, more than three and a half years; That’s how long Liverpool’s undefeated home run was. April 2017 that’s how long ago was the last Anfield defeat for Liverpool. And then Burnley came. In the 83rd minute, Alisson brought Ashley Barnes down and the referee pointed to the spot. Penalty for Burnley. Barnes stepped up and calmly slotted it into the back of the net. It’s all over. Chelsea’s record of 86 undefeated home won’t fall soon, or at all.
Manchester United 1-2 Sheffield United
Manchester United finally started to look like genuine title contenders. They were currently the longest unbeaten run in the Premier League. Sheffield on the other side was looking hopeless in the relegation battle long ago. That’s why the Premier League is the most competitive and interesting in the world; you never know what shock you may witness.
We saw such shocking results and we’re only halfway into the season. What else will we see until the end of May? How many more changes at the top will we witness? Will we see a great escape from the relegation zone? Bring on the rest of the games!