This season was supposedly the most exciting season of all time with the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson and the return of Jose Mourinho to Chelsea.
With several other managerial changes taking place and several changes in teams with players leaving and players coming in, it was hard to predict how this season would unfold.
Chelsea and Manchester City were odds on favourites to win the title while Manchester United were tipped to finish third. Many predicted that Arsenal and Tottenham would be fighting hard for the last Champion League spot and Liverpool were expected to have another disappointing season
The Premier League has started off to an exciting start with Liverpool and Arsenal occupying the top two spots followed closely by Spurs, Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea.
Liverpool have won three and drawn one in their four games this season including an impressive victory against Manchester United. Daniel Sturridge is in red-hot form and has scored thrice.
Three clean sheets in four games shows that they have performed well defensively. Simon Mignolet has performed exceptionally between the sticks making several crucial saves and is a vast improvement from Pepe Reina last season.
Overall Liverpool look strong this season and no one can rule them out from a title challenge. The return of Luis Suarez will only make them better and it will be hard to stop them this season.
Arsenal have won three and lost one. After their opening day defeat to Aston Villa, Arsenal have improved and have gone on to win three in a row (not counting their impressive victories in the Champion’s League qualifying round.
Aaron Ramsey in particular is in the form of his life and looks like a player reborn. Olivier Giroud has performed his goal-scoring duty well and has scored in all the games this season. The signing of Mesut Ozil will only improve the team and they are definitely in the race for the Premier League title this season.
Tottenham have started off decently with three wins and a loss to Arsenal. The signing of Roberto Soldado looks to be a smart one as he has already chipped in with two goals and looks in good nick.
The new boys Nacer Chadlii and Eric Lamela are yet to find their feet while youngster Andros Townsend looks like he will not give up his place in the team without a fight. Paulinho has also shown flashes of brilliance. However, in this team of stars, new boy Christian Eriksen is arguably the most important player.
He has shown his class in his Spurs’ debut and has the ability to change games. Tottenham will undoubtedly be a strong force this season, even without Gareth Bale, and will possibly mount a title challenge.
Manchester City have endured a difficult start to the season only winning two drawing one and losing one. Manuel Pelligrini is yet to find his right combination in the forwards department with Alvaro Negrado showing his class whenever he has come on from the bench and Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko performing well to hold on to their spots.
Yaya Toure has been exceptional as always, controlling the midfield and has scored two goals already. The poor form of Joe Hart and Vincent Kompany’s injury are a cause of concern for City and this was highlighted during their loss to Cardiff City.
Pellegrini might require some more time find the right combinations and tactics with his new team and the return of Kompany will be the necessary boost City need to move ahead this season.
Manchester United have also had a mixed start to the season winning two drawing one and losing one. Their summer transfer activity only yielded the signing of Marouane Fellaini and left a lot more to be desired.
Robin van Persie has looked good and the return of Wayne Rooney has made United a much stronger team. Defensively, Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic have formed a decent partnership conceding only twice. David Moyes will not be too unhappy with the start as United have had some tough opening fixtures. He is yet to settle down at the club and has a tough task ahead to replace the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson.
Chelsea, in the second spell under Jose Mourinho have not had the best starts winning two drawing one and losing one. Their two wins were not very impressive and their strikers – Torres, Ba and Eto’o are all misfiring. The absence of Juan Mata from the starting eleven has shown the impact on the team.
On the bright side, players like Oscar, Frank Lampard and Gary Cahill have started off brightly showing some good form. Chelsea’s defence arguably looks better with John Terry playing at center back in place of David Luiz. No doubt Chelsea will improve under the ‘Happy One’ who still seems to be experimenting with what his best eleven really is.
Whatever happens this season, one thing is for sure, it is going to be the most unpredictable in recent history.
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