Will Anyone Gatecrash the Top Six in the Premier League?
It’s been an entertaining start to the new Premier League season and there are a number of clubs who have impressed during their opening couple of games. The top six will begin to take shape over the next couple of weeks as the usual protagonists jostle for position in the upper echelons of the table. Can any side exceed expectations and crash the party this season?
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Everton look best placed to sneak into the top six this season with the Toffees impressing under new manager Marco Silva. The former Watford boss moved quickly to sign Richarlison and the Brazilian has impressed the Goodison Park faithful with his opening couple of performances. He has set a personal target to become the club’s top goalscorer this season and with three goals in his opening two matches, he’s clearly enjoying life under the Portuguese boss. Everton fans haven’t enjoyed the last couple of seasons but they now have a semblance of stability and it could pay dividends this campaign. The Merseyside outfit have enjoyed a relatively trouble-free start to the campaign and with September fixtures against West Ham and Huddersfield, they should be able to build up some early-season momentum.
Leicester are unlikely to ever recreate their 2015-16 heroics but they’ve started the season in positive fashion and looked good against Wolves on August 18th. They were 2-0 winners despite having Jamie Vardy sent off in the second half and as long as Claude Puel doesn’t revert back to his favoured negative tactics, the Foxes could be a realistic threat to the top six.
Burnley almost cracked the top six last season but European commitments are likely to see them fall short, whilst the likes of Bournemouth and Watford could also be up there this season. The goals will also surely start to flow for newcomers Wolves and Fulham and they could creep into the top ten during the second half of the season.
If any of these sides are able to crack the top six, it would require one of the bigger teams to fall short.
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Following their 3-2 defeat at the AMEX on August 19th, the odds on Man Utd to win league 2019 are now 40.00 with Betfair Exchange and all is not well at Old Trafford. Jose Mourinho is struggling to get a tune out of his side and they could be the team to drop out. Arsenal may also be in danger with Unai Emery failing to make an instant impact in North London, although the Gunners have faced two of their top six rivals in their opening couple of games. Spurs’ thin squad may be stretched during the second half of the campaign but they should have enough about them to secure a position in the top six this season.
A number of clubs have made positive starts to the campaign and although it’s still early doors, many sides will fancy their chances of gatecrashing the top six this year. Everton and Leicester look best-placed to cause a stir this season whilst the likes of Arsenal and Man United may be nervously glancing over their shoulders throughout 2019.