Here’s Will with his article on Premier League winners and losers so far this season
Premier League Winners & Losers So Far This Season
There are already plenty of winners and losers in what has been an exciting start to the 2019-20 Premier League season. That said, how exciting or frustrating things are will inevitably be viewed differently by fans, depending on the fortunes of their clubs. Let’s take a look at the headline teams so far, albeit for very contrasting reasons.
Liverpool for the Title?
The start to the campaign has been nothing short of phenomenal for Liverpool. The only unbeaten team in the Premier League, the Reds have won ten of their opening eleven encounters. Thanks to the combination of excellent form and some good fortune falling their way, Klopp’s side look almost unbeatable at present.
B O S S pic.twitter.com/XYEBa7UCiZ
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 6, 2019
Liverpool having won ten of their first eleven games and have been the banker in many football accumulator tips articles. However, all good runs eventually come to an end in the Premier League, it’s the nature of football. However, at the moment it’s hard to see just when this amazing run of form will be halted for the Merseyside club.
Worry, Worry, Man United…
It’s fair to say that when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer accepted the job at Old Trafford, his task of rebuilding the once mighty Manchester United was always going to be fraught with difficulties. Nevertheless, even the most pessimistic Red Devils fans were expecting something far better than what they’re currently seeing, there’s little glory, glory on view here.
— BenchWarmers (@BeWarmers) October 6, 2019
Eleven games into the campaign and the team has only won three times. Performances are disjointed, there’s no rhythm to how this United side plays, while Solskjaer is increasingly looking out of his depth. It’s unfair to heap all the blame on the Norwegian coach, however, as fans and pundits alike continue to blame Ed Woodward and the Glazer family, putting financial profits before success on the pitch.
Leicester City Lurking in the Top Four
There’s arguably no fan or follower of football that will forget the 2015-16 Premier League triumph of Leicester City in a hurry, as the underdogs wrote one of the greatest stories in modern football history. While they haven’t come anywhere close to repeating that remarkable feat since then, the 2019-20 season could be another memorable campaign.
“We’ve got a good young side. There’s obviously a bit of inexperience, but we’ve got some terrific young players coming through. The future is exciting for this football club, and the sky really is the limit. We’re all looking forward to the challenges ahead.” pic.twitter.com/3CaUnJhUTV
— Leicester Xtra (@LeicesterXtra) October 6, 2019
Nestled almost discreetly in the top four after the opening eleven games of the season, despite bumps along the way against Manchester United and Liverpool, the current Foxes team has an air of stubborn defiance about them. If they can consistently continue picking up points and grinding out positive results, there’s no reason they can’t finish amongst the Champions League spots in the Premier League this season.
Watford, the Hornets Without Any Sting
Ever since the Pozzo family took over the club and returned Watford to the Premier League, the majority of fans have been fairly content with their lot at Vicarage Road. This is a club that’s hardly likely to ever challenge for major honours on a regular basis, yet the Hornets did reach the FA Cup final last season and finished a respectable 11th in the Premier League last season.
FULL-TIME Watford 0-0 Sheff Utd
— Premier League (@premierleague) October 5, 2019
Somehow, between the end of last season and now, the Hornets have lost their sting and haven’t achieved a single win in their opening eleven games of the 2019-20 campaign. Already on their second manager of the season, after Javi Gracia was given the boot and replaced with fellow Spaniard, Quique Sánchez Flores, they could be heading back to the Championship unless the team can turn things around soon.