• Prince Mzungwana

The Premier League season so far

The English Premier League season is almost at the halfway point and there have been many surprises thus far in the top and bottom half of the table.

Title contenders Manchester City find themselves in eighth place trailing eight points behind champions Liverpool with a game in hand. While Arsenal sit in 15th place after suffering a record eight defeats from their first 14 matches.

Despite having several players out on the side-lines, Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool are top of the league. The Reds are currently four points clear at the top with key players Thiago Alcantara, Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez still to return.

Second place Leicester City have made a blistering start to their campaign after unlikely victories against the Citizens and Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur. Despite having one of the worst home records in the league, the Foxes have been impressive away from home picking up six wins out of seven.

A hard-fought 2-0 home win against Manchester City and victory in the first North London derby of the season by the same score line had Tottenham as many people’s early favourites for a title challenge.

However, after successive defeats to Liverpool and Leicester, they dropped down to sixth place with several teams below them having a game in hand.

It’s a wide-open race for the Champions league spots with merely four points separating fourth place Everton and ninth place Aston Villa.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side had one of the busiest summer transfer windows as they confirmed six signings before the deadline, including the acquisition of former Champions League winner James Rodriguez.

Rodriguez has been instrumental to Everton’s team success along with the league’s second top goal scorer Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who is just two goals behind Liverpool’s Mohammed Salah (13) in the race for the season’s golden boot.

The 23-year-old England International has been clinical in front of goal for the toffees this season with a career high 11 goals in 14appearances this season.

Aston Villa provided the most shocking moment of the season as they hammered league leaders Liverpool 7-2 at Villa park, handing Klopp his biggest defeat in English football to date.

Villa captain Jack Grealish has been one of the standout players this season with several jaw-dropping performances, contributing five goals and six assists in just 12 games for the Midlands side.

Elsewhere in the bottom half of the table Sheffield United are bottom of the league after making their worst start ever to a topflight campaign, suffering 12 defeats in 14 matches.

The pressure is mounting for Chris Wilder whose side are currently fighting relegation as they are yet to register a single win during this premier league campaign, leaving them eight points below safety.

Newly promoted West Bromwich Albion are also in the relegation zone five points above the Blades, but are hopeful that new manager , the battle-hardened Sam Allardyce, can help them survive relegation.

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