Fear factor no longer an issue in the Premier League

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West Ham pulled off another miraculous effort against early pace-setters Man City late on Saturday evening, following wins away at Arsenal and Liverpool already this season.

The start of this Premier League has seen some excellent games, a mountain of top goals and red cards galore. Leicester City are the only unbeaten team left and that accumulator bet at the weekend is becoming harder to predict than the weather in Dublin.

But the one main talking point is how the so-called smaller teams are pulling off some great results against the bigger teams.


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When Swansea were promoted four years ago; under the guide of Brendan Rogers, they changed how teams coming up approached the Premier League.

Throwing caution to the wind they excelled on playing attacking, fast-flowing football and thrived in the process. This has set the tone in recent years.

Much of last season, the now high-flying Leicester played some attractive football and credit to Nigel Pearson, who was steadfast in not changing how they played. In the end, they won seven out of the last nine to survive with ease.

Newly promoted Bournemouth look like they have what it takes, as do Watford. Only Newcastle and Sunderland, main stays of the Premier League look in serious danger already.

Also established teams have gone down the route of taking it to top opponents. Crystal Palace pulled off a stunning victory over Chelsea a few weeks ago, as they relied on quick moving counter attack at any opportunity and caused serious problems at Stamford Bridge.

Even the tough opposition of Stoke have wavered from their touch tackling and hard to break down guise under Mark Hughes to add real quality and passing incentive into their game. Teams are no longer afraid to go out against the top clubs, sit back and hope an opportunity arises. Instead opting to counter at any moment and putting real pressure on their quality peers.

Long may it continue. The most competitive league on the planet, just got a whole lot better.

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