The new Premier League season is only three weeks old, but the action so far has already left fans and pundits with a lot of questions.
And the most pressing one seems to be – “Whether the big six has been replaced by the big two in Premier League?”.
Last season we witnessed Manchester City and Liverpool fighting it out for the league title while the rest of the pack were reduced to mere spectators. This week’s results in the Premier League seem to suggest that we are in for a similar title race in 2019-20.
Tottenham don’t look like title-winning material
Ahead of the season, Spurs were given the tag of “most likely to challenge the top two for the title”. However, their start to the season has been demoralizing at best. On the opening day, they struggled to defeat promoted Aston Villa at home, and that was followed by a lucky 2-2 draw at Manchester City. The biggest blow came this week when they lost 0-1 to Newcastle United at their new stadium. Spurs’ problems are likely to aggravate even more in coming weeks as midfielder Christian Eriksen could be on his way out.
Also, Spurs travel to the Emirates Stadium for the North London derby next week. Spurs haven’t won a league game at the Emirates since 2010.
Arsenal and Manchester United have a long way to go
Arsenal and Manchester United both significantly strengthened their respective squads during the summer, but they have a long way to go before they can be considered title challengers.
The Gunners were arguably the most active among the big six during the summer transfer window. The North London club and its fans have huge expectations this season, and these expectations maybe got a little out of hand as a result of their best start to a season in ten years. However, they were brought back to the ground by Liverpool on Saturday. As the Reds dominated their opponents and ran out comfortable winners at Anfield, it became clear that Emery’s Arsenal are no title contenders.
The same has been the case with Manchester United, who suffered a shock 1-2 home defeat to Crystal Palace during the weekend. This result was preceded by a 1-1 draw at Wolves, which means that United have picked up just one win from their three fixtures. To begin with, Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford have both had to endure difficult times due to their respective penalty misses. Furthermore, goalkeeper David de Gea can’t seem to get out of his ongoing slump. The Spaniard was guilty of some glaring mistakes last season, and he was very much to blame for Palace’s injury-time winner on Saturday.
Meanwhile, both Liverpool and Manchester City have made near-perfect starts to the new season. It has only been three game-weeks, but both sides have already cemented themselves as the top-two, and not many see that changing for the rest of the season.