The Premier League’s Top 6 is starting to shape up as the “Top 6” we’ve come to know for the first time since the start of 2017/18 season. It took ten games for the Premier League’s biggest football clubs to occupy the top six league positions. With the season’s first quarter already in history, only one of the teams are coerced to finish outside the top 6 – Newcastle United could force their way into 6th position by winning against Burnley on Monday evening.
Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool have begun occupying the top spots of the table. It looks like from now on the intrigue would be to find out which of the teams mentioned above would finish in the top 4.
It looks a little bit different at the bottom of the table where six to ten teams are battling it out. Crystal Palace, Bournemouth, Everton, Swansea, West Ham and Leicester City seem to be the most relegation-endangered sides at the moment, but this could change within 3 or 4 match weeks. Huddersfield Town and Brighton who sit 11th and 12th in the table at the moment with 12 and 11 points respectively are only one win above the relegation zone.
It is not very different for Southampton, Stoke City and West Brom. Each of them may get involved in the relegation battle if they don’t win enough points.
Middle of the table is very thin at the moment. It comprises of three teams – Watford, Newcastle and Burnley. One or two of Brighton, Southampton and Burnley could join the group, but it is very likely that it will not get any bigger. There will not be a safe zone in the Premier League as we have seen it in previous season, where five to six teams haven’t had much to play for after Christmas.
In this Premier League season we will be observing two epic battles: one for glory and success at the the top and another for survival and security at the bottom.
It looks like the two Manchester clubs will be the only teams to fight for the title, unless City find themselves alone at the top after another five games.
Spurs, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool are very good but not stable enough, as any of them can drop points against any of the so called “lesser” Premier League sides. As of today, most of the uncertainty and intrigue is at Merseyside where both Liverpool and Everton are underperforming. Both clubs could change their negative trends, but this could be much more difficult for the Toffees, who had been expected to finish in the top 7 this season.
Liverpool are still on course to finish in the top four, but unlike Everton whose middle table finish would not be a disaster, for Liverpool anything othrr than Champions League qualification would be a major setback.
Within the next few months we will be watching closely, whose new manager Claude Puel is credited with the task to return them as close to the top as possible.
As of now the sides to enjoy watching this season are Watford and Newcastle. Marco Silva and Rafael Benitez have created teams who entertain. It is not a surprise that both clubs are far from the relegation zone and very close to Chelsea and Arsenal, who sit fourth and fifth in the table.
Finally, we will be watching Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs very closely as they have been steadily progressing within the last few seasons. Tottenham will not give up on chasing the title this season and despite that attitude, winning it looks unlikely at the moment with second place something that Tottenham could potentially achieve.