The Barclays Premier League’s season is in full swing with exciting developments already occurring within the league table. As teams move around the table over the early part of the season, it makes the league feel action-packed with games still coming for the next eight months of the season. Here is a look at some of the hot and cold teams that the Barclays Premier League has to offer.
Hot: Manchester City, Arsenal and Leicester City
- Manchester City has shown the power they displayed last season, going from second in 2014-15 to first this year. Sergio Agüero has been instrumental to his team’s success, scoring six goals and notching one assist over the course of eight games. Manchester City also has featured a strong defense led by goalkeeper Joe Hart. Look for City to continue their strong campaign as they contend for first place on the table.
- Arsenal is hungry after last year’s third place in the league table. Newly acquired goalkeeper Petr Čech has become acclimated to his surroundings, tallying five clean sheets over eight league games. Expect the Gunners to stay atop the table for the majority of the season especially if Alexis Sanchez continues to score goals throughout the season.
- Leicester City has turned the table on its head, going from 14th place last season to fifth place. Forward Jamie Vardy leads the Premier League with seven goals. Defender Jefferey Schlupp has made large contributions to the Leicester City backfield. Look for the Foxes to try and make a push for the top of the table, but do not expect them to stay on top. The Foxes are slated for a mid-table finish.
Mid-Table Sitters: Watford, Liverpool
- Watford is staying consistent through the first part of the season. After gaining promotion from the Football League Champions, Watford has made the case to stay in the Premier League. Forward Odion Ighalo has been consistent over the early part of the season by scoring five goals for Watford. If the Hornets want to improve, they need to turn to other players besides Ighalo to score. Without the production from other players the Hornets may fall towards the bottom of the table and back to Football Champions League.
- Liverpool is currently in a transitional period. The departure of veteran midfielder Steven Gerrard and the recent firing of manager Brendan Rodgers has made the team’s recent run of games seem inconsistent. The Reds need to turn to their younger players including forward Daniel Sturridge to help right the ship and bring them towards the top of the table.
Cold: Chelsea and Newcastle
- Chelsea has had one of the more shocking transformations of the year. Dropping from first place last year to 16th, Chelsea has struggled to bring their lineup together. Forward Radamel Falcao has had a tough time settling into his new team, only scoring one goal in seven games. Expect Chelsea to move up to mid-table in the coming weeks as they regain form from their previous losses.
- Newcastle United is currently sitting at the bottom of the table in 20th place. The team already has low expectations after finishing 15th in the 2014-2015 season. Midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has been one of the few bright points of the season for the Magpies. With two goals and an assist, Wijnaldum has been most of the production for the team. If the Magpies are to have any forward progression this season, they need to win as soon as possible.
– Sean Lynch