10 Games in, who will win the PremiershipDalton Harris
http://graphics-remarkable.com/product/marketing-consultation/ After 10 games, what has the premiership taught us about who’s looking most likely to finish where in May.
The top 5 are all separated by only a point, this is due to great form by Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham, Man City. Liverpool look like a real threat this season and with their high tempo game and high pressing which means that opposition teams have been put under pressure all game. It’s just a question of being able to carry this form throughout the rest of the season.
Arsenal seem to have clicked this season and look a real force and have been consistently outperforming previous seasons, even to the point of going behind and fighting back to win as seen at Sunderland. Also, Aaron Ramsey is back which can only be a boost.
Man City’s great run of 10 wins in a row seem to be stuttering after Pep Guardiola’s run of 6 games without a win, which is his worst ever as a manager. They seem to have lost a bit of confidence after their original run and need to get that back quickly if they want a crack at dominating the title race again.
Tottenham have re-found the form they lost and which cost them the title at the end of last season and remain undefeated this season, albeit grinding out the last few results ending in a draw. Pochettino has made a real impact and has made sure that the core group from last season was kept together with a few smart additions. They’ve got a few injuries in key places so it’s important they carry momentum moving forward until they have a full strength squad back.
At the bottom end of the table, Sunderland look in real trouble with Swansea a close second.
Hull have brought in Mike Phelan but the restrictions at the club means they have a very small squad and managing and prioritising games will surely back important if they are to beat relegation this season. Don’t forget he was assistant to Alex Ferguson, so has no doubt picked up tips from him.
Middlesbrough seem unlucky so far but I’m not convinced they have the potential to play their way out from a run of 2 draws and 3 losses in their last 5 games. Their next few fixtures look tough with Bournemouth, Man City, Chelsea and Champions Leicester.
Swansea have had a poor start to the season, but have brought in a new manager and will hope this is a catalyst to turn things around, in fairness the last 4 games have been against Man City, Liverpool, Arsenal and Watford, a tough run of games for any team.
And Sunderland, well they seemed doomed from the start with David Moyes’ comments at the beginning of the season stating they were already in a relegation battle. I think they could be in real trouble having accumulated 2 points from 10 games and with no sight of playing their way out of it.
Based on the evidence and form of the last 10 games I think it’ll be a close call as to who wins the title, but for me I think Liverpool look most likely at this stage in the season. They’ve been in impressive form and play with such a tempo it’s awful to play against. As long as they keep a good, fit squad and continue in this form, they’re my favourite for the title.
Whilst you can’t write, Man City, Tottenham, Man United, Arsenal or Chelsea off ever – Liverpool look in the best shape so far, albeit with a shaky defence.
In terms of relegation, I can’t see anyone other than Sunderland being bottom of the table. Closely followed by Hull and Swansea.