The Premier League is five matches deep and the table is already throwing up some surprises.
It’s often said that you can’t truly tell who’s going to win the Premier League until Christmas. All the clubs have played each other once, patterns have emerged and teams have gelled – or not, as the case may be.
Obviously, this isn’t set in stone. Some teams get better after the winter break; some dip in form. Liverpool, for example, topped the table at Christmas in 2013/14 but lost out to Manchester City come May.
However, around 70% of the time, the team that tops the table in December/January goes on to win the title.
What’s more, you can also get a general feel of the season from the opening games.
With five games played, what have we learned from the 2017/18 season so far?
Manchester on top
Manchester City and Manchester United are both predictably sitting at the top of the Premier League table after five matches after clinching 13 points from a possible 25. Both clubs are unbeaten so far and have only drawn against Everton and Stoke respectively.
This isn’t much of a surprise as both Manchester clubs were tipped to top the table some May. Therefore, their strong starts are a given.
As it stands, Pep Guardiola’s City are favourites to win the league with United a close second if you can get the latest Premier league betting offers.
While Antonio Conte’s side are still currently third after losing their opening match against Burnley, their overall performances have been lacklustre and inspiring.
Many expected far more from the current title-holders despite the absence of Diego Costa.
Top 4 for Newcastle
After losing their opening two matches against Tottenham and Huddersfield, the newly promoted Magpies are flying.
Rafa Benitez’s side are on nine points having won three matches in a row.
While they were never favourites to go down, they’re bound to be over-the-moon with their strong start.
Despite selling their star striker, Romelu Lukaku, to Manchester United for £75m in the summer, the Toffees looked keen to move on and bought several players, including Swansea’s Gylfi Sigurdsson for a reported £45m and former Everton hero, Wayne Rooney.
However, they’ve failed to find their form and currently sit in the relegation zone with just four points from five games.
After finishing fourth last season and thumping Arsenal 4-0 before the international break, many tipped Jurgen Klopp’s side to go from strength to strength upon their return. However, Liverpool are currently sitting in eight.
Since beating the Gunners, they’ve failed to win a single game and even got thrashed 5-0 themselves at the hands of City the following match.by