The 2013/14 Premier League season is well and truly underway and this one is going to be a cracker.
It's early days but we already have a change of power in the north-west, with the city of Liverpool pulling ahead of their fierce rivals from Manchester.
Ex-Everton boss David Moyes, who tried very hard in his Goodison Park days to get above Manchester United, has now achieved that situation - ironically as the manager of Man United.
A bit harsh yes, but everyone loves to get one over the current Champions.
Liverpool, well not many apart from the staunchest of supporters at Anfield are giving them much of a chance, but their brisk start has already turned a few heads. Manager Brendan Rodgers is, quietly but purposely, building a strong squad and with top talisman Luis Suarez only just back in the side are definitely in with a shout for a top-four finish.
Arsenal, notorious slow starters, are the Premier League leaders. The club's supporters were calling for a few big-name signings right up to the first match of their season and after the defeat to Aston Villa they wanted the head of Arsene Wenger.
But look at them now - cheering from the rafters.
And what of Tottenham? Spurs have played nine matches, including a Europa League qualifying match, with only two goals conceded. Their squad now has strength in depth after a very busy pre-season shopping spell, their transfer record broken three times following the sale of Gareth Bale.
My thoughts are they need to get striker Roberto Soldado fired up and scoring regularly to make a serious challenge, and maybe buy another proven goal poacher in the January transfer window.
The Special One has returned to Stamford Bridge for another crack at the title with Chelsea; their position shows that there could be a definite challenge from the Blues, but there is an underlying feeling that behind the scenes things might be not so cosy.
Sad to see that there are no serious title challengers from the Midlands or the north-east of England. Just why have these areas become Premier League wastelands?
Money, maybe. The cities of these regions no longer attract the top players from overseas. Britain's second city, Birmingham, has recently had a major overhaul and, in my opinion, has changed from being the ugly duckling of England to be one of the more attractive cities in the country.
Aston Villa are without doubt the major club in Birmingham but are struggling to find the form and consistency of former glory years. The East Midlands clubs fair even worse with no clubs at all in the Premier League - so why the decline?
It could be fan ambition. Nottingham and Leicester are both big cities but their average crowd attendances hardly reflect any sign of the passion required to get a club buzzing and competing at the highest level.
The north-east does have Newcastle United and Sunderland competing in the top flight, but both these well supported clubs flatter to deceive at best, with the latter already a manager sacked well before Christmas.
So, the big players in England are from London, Manchester and Liverpool, and I expect the eventual winners of the 2013/14 season will come from one of these cities.
Early days and far too soon to make a telling prediction, but I have a feeling that it will be very tight all the way with the winner possibly coming from an unexpected source.
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