With an international break again upon us, it’s time to weigh up the EPL season so far and assess the teams with the best chances to win the title for the 2018/19 season.
City were rated before the season began as the prohibitive favourites, and as expected have made a strong start to their campaign. They sit undefeated at the top of the table with Chelsea and Liverpool after 8 matches, sitting on 20 points but retaining first position due to goal difference. City had the chance in their eighth match to cement their dominance against Liverpool in what was likely the most important match of the season so far, but failed to convert a late penalty, ending the match in a 0-0 draw. While their hegemony over the EPL remains intact, they are not as comfortably dominant as last season, with Liverpool and -to a lesser extent – Chelsea rising up as genuine threats.
Odds: 1:65 (TAB)
Unbeaten and top of the league having drawn one of the two league fixtures we lost last season. All without Kevin De Bruyne being available. I’m happy and we’re in a great position for the rest of the season. #MCFC @ManCity
— Hello City. (@MCX316) October 7, 2018
Liverpool have enjoyed a solid start to the season, heading into the break undefeated in 3rd position. Liverpool’s defensive work has been excellent this season, making up for an attack which isn’t working with its usual relentless efficiency. Importantly, they have charged through Spurs, Chelsea and City unconquered and looking firmly in touch, which is an excellent sign moving forward into the meat of the season. If they can get their attack firing they will be in definite contention to dethrone Man City, with their recent 0-0 draw standing as a strong statement that they have what it takes.
Still unbeaten ✅
Just three goals conceded ✅
Level on points with City and Chelsea ✅
— Liverpool FC News (@LivEchoLFC) October 7, 2018
Chelsea enter the break in good form after an emphatic 0-3 victory against Southampton, sitting at 2nd position with 20 points secured. While unlikely to be serious contenders for this season’s title, if Chelsea continue to improve they will be in an excellent position to challenge Man City and Liverpool for top position. Chelsea haven’t had the most difficult run so far, with victories over Arsenal and Bournemouth their most significant achievements. They will look to defeat more top sides in the rest of the season to stress their capacity to compete at the highest level, with their first target the struggling Manchester United straight after the break.
Odds: $10 (TAB)
— Antonio Rüdiger (@ToniRuediger) October 7, 2018
Having won 6 and lost 2, Arsenal are comfortable in 4th position moving into the break after a commanding 1-5 victory against Fulham. Arsenal have had no trouble hitting the net this season, with their 19 goals the second most scored of any club behind Man City (21 goals). But Arsenal have also been disappointing in defence this season, conceding 10 goals so far – much more than a true top side can afford. Arsenal must sharpen up their defensive act if they are to pose a threat to the best in the competition, with Man City and Chelsea both extracting victories without much challenge against the red and white. A big clash against Liverpool on the 3rd of November will be telling for the rest of their season.
Odds: $41 (TAB)
— Arsenal Pics (@Arsepics) October 11, 2018
The Spurs will be very content after the best start to a Premier League season in their history, with 18 points after 8 matches including three straight wins leading into the break. Tottenham will regret their consecutive losses to Watford and Liverpool, but will be buoyed by commanding victories over Man United (0-3) and Fulham (3-1). The Spurs are yet to face many of the competition’s top sides, but come against Man City, Wolves and Chelsea in three of their next five matches, which will provide a more telling indication of their strength as a side.
🗣️ "We can go into the international break happy."
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 6, 2018
Man United have had a disappointing beginning to their 2018/19 campaign, slumping to 8th position with just four wins and a -1 goal difference. After finishing 2nd in the 2017/18 season many would have expected a better showing from United, who have struggled to find the net and have suffered from a lack of cohesive defence. With pitchforks now out for manager José Mourinho, Man United will have to shape up and find some form lest they must bring in their fourth manager in six years, which will almost certainly spell the end of their season.
Mourinho: ”I think we have enough potential to do better than what we are doing in the Premier League. We are better than this and because we are better than this, our situation is going to improve. I have no doubts about that.” #mufc [MEN]
— Man Utd Empire (@Empire_Mu) October 7, 2018