Once again the Premier League has surprised us, and in many ways.
Southampton started off their campaign extremely well, drawing with Manchester United and Manchester City as well as beating Liverpool who are currently sitting in 2nd place in the table, Andre Villas-Boas was recently sacked by Tottenham, Arsenal have been beaten by both Manchester teams and have drawn with Everton.
The opening match told a different story to how the table stands now. Arsenal were beaten 3-1 at home to Aston Villa and most of us thought that they were going to finish outside the top four.
When David Moyes' side thrashed Swansea 4-1 way we thought the Red Devils were just the same even without Alex Ferguson. But so far Arsenal have spent big money on Mesut Ozil which has helped them to the top of the table and United are struggling. Spurs' new signings haven't done wonders; 6-0 and 5-0 defeats show how they haven't gelled whatsoever.
The title race is a very open contest this year with arguably 6 teams in the race.
Here we look at all the top clubs odds to win the title...
Manchester United - The champions' title fate may go down to the January transfer window. They have performed poorly so far this season, mainly due to Alex Ferguson's retirement. But if they get it right in January who knows? If they can bring in top signings . A quality winger such as Angel Di Maria would work wonders for them.
A holding midfielder is even more urgent but there aren't many out there. Koke from Athletico Madrid lacks experience and Ander Herrera has lost form.
Manchester City - City are practically unstoppable when playing at home. They have hammered the smaller teams (Norwich 7-0) but also the big sides too as they showed when they beat rivals Manchester United 4-1, Tottenham a massive 6-0 and Arsenal 6-3.
However, their away form is very poor - they have lost to promoted sides and the bottom-of-the-table teams. Their summer signings have been successful so they probably won't use January at all. They just need to improve their form away from the Etihad.
Chelsea - Jose Mourinhio has returned for his second stint managing the Blues. Chelsea have had a shaky start and Mourinho is very uncertain a lot of the time. They are badly in need for a world-class striker and should straight away start looking for a new centre forward.
Radamel Falcao is one of the best out there if they can get him and owner Roman Abromovich should give Mourinho the money to spend on either him or whoever he needs. A cheaper option would be Jackson Martinez from Porto but he lacks Premier League experience.
They should sell Demba Ba (to Newcastle, Roma or whoever his interested) as he can't deliver goals on a regular basis.
Arsenal - Arsenal were actually successful in the summer - Ozil and Flamini are now two essential players to the Premier League leaders and since there has been only them two changes to the starting XI. The rest of the team don't have to adjust much to new players unlike Tottenham who are struggling.
The need for a back-up striker for Olivier Giroud is growing even more as Giroud is burnt out with all the games. Edin Dzeko, Jackson Martinez and Chriastian Benteke are targets if Wenger doesn't settle for a cheaper option.
Tottenham - Bale set a world record transfer fee in the summer allowing Tottenham to use all of that money to use to sign quality players. Tottenham looked to have gotten a few bargains; Roberto Soldado: a proven goalscorer for 26 million pounds, EriK Lamela: the wonderkid from Roma for a similar fee, Christian Eriksen: the attacking midfield star, Nassar Chadli and Paulinho.
But these signing didn't work out well and Tottenham are currently in a difficult table and managerial position. It is unlikely that more signings will solve the issue unless it's a good striker to score goals - something Tottenham have found difficult. A good manager? We'll see at the end of the season.
Liverpool - A team that has suprised us big time is the Reds. They managed very well without Luis Suarez with Philippe Coutinhio and Daniel Sturridge but now Suarez has come back and presently he is proably the world's best. Liverpool are now 2nd but they haven't faced Chelsea or Manchester City - two very tough tasks.
Brendan Rodgers has been successful in the transfer market since he came, bringing in Coutinhio, Sturridge, Mamadou Sakho and Simon Mignolet. These players have changed the team into genuine title contenders as Liverpool are performing well on a regular basis.
United will probably not win the title because even a successful January (which is unlikely as Moyes finds it hard to attract the right type of player) probably wouldn't be enough to secure them the title due to consistent teams like Arsenal, Liverpool etc. getting more points off the average teams. United should be very happy to finish in the top four.
You should rule out Tottenham straight away because overall they are looking poor and should just focus on getting into Europe.
Liverpool can possibly win but only with Luis Suarez.
Arsenal need to get the best out of their players each week and must buy a striker and not just settle for Walcott or Bendtner. They can win the title if they are successful in the market.
Chelsea can't win it because they'll not be able to get the right striker.
And finally it could be that it's City's year. They should win the title as their away form will most likely improve as they're such a competitive team. Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero will lead them to succes once again.
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