Three match weeks have been played in the English Premier League, and one thing is for certain: anyone can be beaten. Well, almost anyone, as Manchester United have recorded the only 100% record this term.
The Red Devils spent over £147 million on three players, and so far, things have come up roses for Jose Mourinho’s side. Big summer signing Romelu Lukaku has tallied three goals this term, and leads the Premier League in goal scoring. The Belgian is 9/4 to finish the season as top scorer, according to Bet365. Meanwhile, Manchester United are 9/4 to win the league title, second only to city rivals Manchester City.
Pep Guardiola’s men have once again spent heavily, and over £200 million went on new recruits during the transfer window. The team’s defence still doesn’t look completely water tight despite adding a new goalkeeper and two new full-backs. Despite City dropping points at home to Everton in week 2, the team are still expected to win the Premier League. Bet365 has the club at odds of 7/5. The team’s clash against high-flying Liverpool on September 9th will be an early indication, if Manchester City have a legitimate chance of winning the league.
Speaking of Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp’s team have looked very exciting in their opening three matches. The Reds have scored eight goals and absolutely humiliated Arsene Wenger and Arsenal in game week 3. Mohamed Salah looks like the best signing of the transfer window as he has been electrifying on Liverpool’s right side. Liverpool are 10/1 favourites to lift the title. A win at Manchester City and the Reds odds could lower.
Last season’s runners-up, Tottenham, spent the summer selling several players without replacing them until the last minute. The club didn’t upgrade their attack either, and so far, the team’s four points from a possible nine show the team have regressed in the early stages. Spurs are 14/1 to win the title, and with the players that left and the inability of the team to add high-quality players to compete for positions, Tottenham should struggle this term.
Reigning champions Chelsea were beaten 3-2 by Burnley at Stamford Bridge on opening day. However, a win away to Tottenham and a win at home against Everton followed. The Blues have pulled themselves together, and look likely of pushing to the top of the table for the title once more. Unlike last season, the Blues will be playing in Europe, and that could affect their plight for the Premier League trophy.
At the foot of the table sits three teams without points. Bournemouth, Crystal Palace and West Ham are propping up the standings, and two of which have already considered sacking their manager. West Ham spent heavily in the transfer window adding Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta and Javier Hernandez. According to reports, manager Slaven Bilic has already “thrown in the towel”, but the Hammers are still 4/1 to get relegated. Bilic is 3/1 to be sacked next.
Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer is also under pressure. The former Inter manager is 1/2 to be sacked next as Palace have gone without scoring this term. His attempt at an Ajax revolution hasn’t worked as yet. Palace are 13/8 to go down this season.
Huddersfield, who are 7/4 to be relegated, have started the season surprisingly well. The Terriers have taken seven points from nine and the club face off with struggling West Ham on September 11th with a chance to give themselves even more breathing space from the drop zone.
This season’s Premier League has been very much on the front foot. After three match weeks, 73 goals have been scored. Manchester United have looked the brightest, but will the team’s attack burn out before May?
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