Premiership Changing Of The Guard?
We are now 16 games into the Premiership season so we will have hit the half way mark in another 3 games time which means that the league table usually shows you there or thereabouts where a team is going to finish by the end of the season. If this is the case then it looks as if there has been a seismic shift with regards to the usual order of things and isn`t it just great!!
Another astonishing set of results this weekend has confirmed the fact that incredibly Leicester City could well challenge for the title but if not that certainly the top 4, and that Chelsea could actually be facing a relegation battle after winning the title by 8 points last season!!
Last night Leicester deservedly turned over Chelsea 2-1 with the usual suspects, the outstanding Vardy and Mahrez scoring the goals. Leicester are now 20 points clear of Chelsea and 2 points clear of the rest of the field.
Manchester City are 3rd after just scraping past Swansea at home but they are vastly underachieving this season so far and with the talent at their disposal they should surely be leaving the rest of a poor quality Premiership in their wake by now. And what about the other Manchester team?!! United have been awful every time I have seen them this season and whatever Van Gaal may say to the contrary Bournemouth deserved their victory over them at the weekend. They seemed to give up the ghost and just start lumping it up to Fellaini in the second half. Dare I say it wasn`t a particular shock that they were beaten by Bournemouth.
The real shock this weekend I believe was Newcastle coming from behind to win against Spurs at White Hart Lane. It may be that the grind of playing in the Europa League is beginning to catch up with Spurs but Newcastle did show a lot more enterprise and conviction than they have done for a while and have now hauled themselves out of the relegation zone, at least for the time being.
Another Europa League team Liverpool failed to beat West Brom at home, scraping a draw in the final seconds of the game. This was Jurgen Klopp`s first time in playing against a Tony Pulis team and it`s fair to say he was suitably indignant about West Brom`s tactics!!
At the bottom of the table Aston Villa look marooned with 6 points, this week they were beaten 2-0 at home to second placed Arsenal and are 8 points adrift of safety. Sunderland were beaten at home by a very impressive Watford team and are second from bottom and Norwich occupy the other relegation place after gaining a point in a battling performance against Everton.
Below is the latest Premiership table: