There weren’t any shocks as the 2018-19 Premier League season got underway last week.
Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City all started with wins.
It means the table doesn’t look too out of sorts. Arsenal stand out - the Gunners are in 15th place after losing to Man City - but they will move up the table in the coming weeks.
The situation is wildly different compared to four years ago.
The 2014-15 season, eventually won by Chelsea, got off to a very, very weird start.
Man United were beaten 2-1 by Swansea City in the first week of the campaign - and that was a sign of things to come.
Liverpool were beaten by Aston Villa and West Ham United within their first five matches, and the situation was even worse at Old Trafford.
How the table looked after five matches
The Red Devils, in their first season under Louis van Gaal, sat in 12th place towards the end of September. Not the start the Dutch coach was looking for.
The table certainly had an unexpected look to it after each team had played five matches.
1. Chelsea | Points: 13
2. Southampton | 10
3. Aston Villa | 10
4. Arsenal | 9
5. Swansea City | 9
6. Manchester City | 8
7. Leicester City | 8
8. West Ham United | 7
9. Tottenham Hotspur | 7
10. Hull City | 6
Chelsea kicked off the 2014-15 season with four wins - including a 6-3 win at Everton - and a draw.
But Southampton and Aston Villa were the surprise packages. Both clubs had managed three wins - Villa recorded a 1-0 win at Liverpool.
11. Liverpool | 6 points
12. Manchester United | 5
13. Stoke City | 5
14. Everton | 5
15. Crystal Palace | 5
16. West Bromwich Albion | 5
17. Sunderland | 4
18. Queens Park Rangers | 4
19. Burnley | 3
20. Newcastle United | 3
The season started well enough for Liverpool. They recorded a 2-1 win against Southampton, with Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge on the scoresheet.
But defeats to Manchester City, Aston Villa and West Ham were to come as the Reds began to feel the effects of Luis Suarez’s departure.
Man United had just two points through three games before a convincing 4-0 win against Queens Park Rangers.
Yet that was immediately followed by a 5-3 defeat to Leicester City.
How it finished
Normality was resumed by the end of the season. Chelsea finished first and Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United completed the top four.
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