The Story So Far…

Well, where do we start?

Exactly twelve games into the season and we have no idea who the premier league champions will be. In it’s own way, this is the beauty of the premier league. From a weekend of unpredictable action, to another week of clear cut signs. The premier league never seizes to amaze us.

The Premier League Table after 12 matches [2016/17] (Source: PL Twitter)
So far, the top seven teams are still predominately within contention to win the premier league. However, recent weeks have shown favouritism towards Chelsea and Liverpool. Not only are they the teams on form, but also the teams to beat. Chelsea have forgotten how to concede, keeping six clean sheets within their last six games. They also have won their last six games in a row; some would even say a bit too comfortably. On the other hand, Liverpool have dominated within an attacking sense. So much in fact, that they are the PL leading goalscorers as a team. The Successive dominance to win, either by scoring goals or keeping clean sheets have given both clubs the edge of their title rivals.

The top goal scorer in the premier league at the moment is Diego Costa, last year’s pantomime villain. The Italian Chelsea manager, Conte, has somehow managed to get the best out of the striker. With last years constant debate on whether Costa would still be at Chelsea and the dispute with former manger Mourinho, Costa has answered his critics with the best of replies.

Costa [Left] celebrating the victory over Middlesborough with manager Conte [Right] (Source: Mirror)
The player with the most assists in the premier league is Kevin De Bruyne. The Manchester City midfield maestro has already notched up seven assists, despite missing a few games. His ability to seek out passes that no one else can, has ensured his team are not far off the pace in the title race. Arguably, De Bruyne needs to add more goals to his game to ensure City remain within the midst of Chelsea & Liverpool.

Kevin De Bruyne in action Vs Bournemouth (Source: MCFC Twitter)

Probably the most interesting topic of the season has been the downfall of current champions, Leicester City. Against all odds, Leicester prevailed last season and for the first time in their history won a top flight title. They were the most consistent team, with luck and football brilliance adding to their rise. However, this season has seen quite the opposite. Positioned at 14th place, Leicester’s performances have been very unpredictable. Even with the reinforcements of the summer transfer window, Leicester’s front two have generally failed to impress. Alongside their problems at the front, Leicester have also been conceding quite generously. The lack of a winners mentality could be down to two aspects; playing in the Champions league and the loss of N’Golo Kante.

Leicester City players (Jamie Vardy & Jefferry Schlupp) arguing with PL Referee, Jonathan Moss (Source: Guardian)

There is a familiar story brewing towards the bottom of the table. The last seven teams at the bottom can be addressed as relegation candidates. Yes, it is still quite early to cast such a strong judgement. However, based on performance and results, it’s hard to argue otherwise. The most surprising of the two inclusions are Swansea and West Ham. Swansea, failing to win a single game since the opening day of the season, look lacklustre. West Ham on the other hand have shown desire and character, but not consistency. With nearly half their goals coming from unsettled winger/right-back Antonio, it’s looking rather woeful from their point of view.

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