I review my winners and losers of the 2016/17 Premier League season so far in terms of their success or failures on expectations.
A revived Chelsea side find themselves top of the Premier League with 31 points. Eden Hazard is a perfect example of the contrast from last season. His recent performances show why he won the Premier League player of the month award in October.
The stark contrast from last season’s Chelsea side is shown in their form. The Blues have won seven in a row, including a 4-0 battering of Manchester United and most recently a hard-fought 2-1 victory over rivals Tottenham in that run of victories.
Chelsea Boss Antonio Conte has warned his team not to get ahead of themselves though stating: “I think now we are not the same team, now we are another team. We have another type of confidence. It’s important to stay humble.”
Another side who seem a much improved side from last season are Liverpool. The Reds who’re undefeated in eleven fixtures have only lost 3 times so far this season.
The likes of Sadio Mané and Phillipe Coutinho have been emphatic so far this season both in terms of foals and movement on the ball. Klopp will hope that Coutinho’s injury received in their 2-0 win over Sunderland yesterday will not have any severe implications on their great season so far.
One of the biggest losers this season are Crystal Palace. The Eagles who splashed out in summer find themselves just above the relegation zone in 17th place. With so much invested this year it is near disaster so far for Palace.
Much of the blame has been moved onto manager Alan Pardew and ‘The Guardian’ recently reported on Monday’s paper that if Pardew didn’t ‘make a radical change’ then he will face the sack due to such poor form.
Another loser this season has to be José Mourinho’s Manchester United. The Red Devils sit a dissapointing 6th place in the Premier League. At this point in the season when the title race is already taking a crucial shape, this position will be unsatisfactory to Man Utd fans who seem to be equally disappointed with some of the ‘boring’ team performances.
United have also failed to go without winning four PL home games in a row now, and surely if they fall defeat to an out of sorts Everton this Sunday, the alarm bells will start ringing in Manchester.