We are currently just 7 Gameweeks into the 2020/2021 Premier League campaign and it’s already beginning to heat up a little bit.
Burnley have absolutely failed to turn up (so far), having collected just a single point currently. They sit in 20th place & haven’t shown many signs of life just yet. Sean Dyche has the proven ability to get a tune out of his boys though & I would be surprised to see them relegated at the end of the season.
It shows just how competitive the Premier League has become, as I can’t pick three teams that I genuinely believe will be relegated. Every season, there’s the usual suspects. This season, I have just two.
My two contenders would be West Brom & Fulham.
I think the problem in my decision making is that Leeds United were promoted & have shown far too much ability for a relegation scrap. Apart from Leeds United, Aston Villa would be the next weakest squad in my line of sight.
However, they’ve also started their campaign fantastically, after recruiting pretty well during the Summer. They aren’t thinking of relegation or even survival, as they’re sat in a Europa League position currently. It’s not likely that they’ll be there at the end of the season, but they’ve already amassed 33% of the requirement to survive.
They have also only played 6 games, so if they win their game in hand they could reach as high as 2nd place.
Another manager which is struggling to get a tune out of his players is Chris Wilder. The Blades manager has also picked up just a single point from 7 games.
In stark contrast, they were trying to squeeze into a Europa League position last year. The question we now must consider; were they simply over-performing?
It’s still early days in the Premier League, and that’s all but confirmed by the position of Manchester United. They’re sat in 15th place, with just 7 points.
They’re showing real inconsistency and have failed to beat Arsenal, Chelsea or Spurs so far. In the Champions League however, they’re untouchable!
At the other end of the table, Liverpool sit comfortably in 1st place. They haven’t made the start that you would expect though, conceding a worrying amount of goals. They’ve scored 17, but conceded 15. It’s not really a display of champions. This was made evident with their 7-2 defeat against Aston Villa.
However, the teams that should be challenging Liverpool simply aren’t showing up. Manchester City sit in 10th place, 5 points off the pace. Leicester and West Ham have made them work hard for a single point & Leicester crushed them 5-2.
The money in Football is certainly crazy & it’s definitely making things harder for newly promoted teams. However, what’s interesting is seeing the rises of other teams.
We’ve seen some fantastic transfer business by Everton, and they’re sat in 4th place. James Rodriguez, Doucoure & Allan top off their amazing Summer recruitment.
The TV money in Premier League football is certainly giving clubs like Everton the incentives to compete in the transfer market.
However, as Man Utd prove, it’s not all about money. Carlo Ancelotti is a fantastic manager & is relishing working with Rodriguez. He’s getting a tune out of him for sure.