Biggest Talking Points in the Premier League this Week
As we get deeper into the 2017 – 18 Premier League season, the team performance gaps are becoming clearer, and there’s always new information that can help casual fans and bettors to make their predictions on future matches. Some clear championship front runners have emerged, and some hopefuls (like Chelsea) have fallen well below the pre-season prediction.
Whether you’re watching the season as a neutral fan, or if you’re backing one or more teams for the championship, keeping up to date with the latest news and talking points can help you to get closer to the action, and understand the current Premier League standings with more depth.
Harry Kane Could Make His Team Championship Contenders
There’s plenty of talent in the Tottenham Hotspur team, but there’s no doubt at all that Harry Kane is the star of the squad. He’s also largely responsible for the team’s 3rd place ranking in the league table, and has scored 6 of the 14 goals by the team in the 2017 – 18 season. Harry Kane is currently 3rd place in total goals scored in the Premier League.His individual performance and a strong performance by the team as a whole, has made some of the other top teams take notice.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 4, 2017
Pep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City, recently listed both Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur as championship rivals. In fact, he referred to the Spurs as the “Harry Kane team”, further illustrating just how important Kane is for this year’s campaign.The Spurs have been prolific with goals scored this year, trailing only the Manchester teams, and their offense will take them far in the competition.
Some analysts have been critical of the Spurs in recent years, noting that Kane would eventually outgrow the team. However, it appears that they have an overall strong side this season, and picking this team for the championship would be understandable, even at this early stage of the season.
Huddersfield are Falling into Their Expected Position Within the League
Huddersfield Town are newcomers to the Premier League, after being promoted at the end of last season. They started off the year with strong momentum and an excellent defensive record. Some were even predicting that the team would be able to stay on the top half of the tale, upsetting some of the more established teams in the league.While the early signs were promising, reality has come calling, and Huddersfield have now lost their first game at home.
They’re currently 11th in the league standings, with a record of 2 – 3 – 2. The Team can still go far in the Premier League, and it’s early days for them yet. The team can learn from the defeats this year, and staying around the middle of the table will ensure that they can continue to build their squad and start making their mark on England’s top football league.
Brighton & Hove Albion Need a Better Attacking Strategy
Brighton & Hove Albion are far outside of the Top 6, currently ranking just 14th out of 20 teams. However, one aim of the team this year has been to remain competitive, even if they can’t score any wins against the biggest teams. Their goals are being met so far this year, even with a record of 2 – 1 – 4 for the season so far.Their early season 0 – 2 loss against Manchester City might have been much worse if the team didn’t focus on defense and a solid 4 – 5 – 1 formation.
The team went without scoring a goal, but they did limit Manchester City to 2 points, which is more than other teams have been able to do this season.No matter how much respectability they showed with their defense, they still need to up their offensive power, and a new approach may be needed to ensure that they can score goals. Chris Hughton, manager of the team, said that his team were not ‘out of sight’ when playing Arsenal recently (also a 0 – 2 loss), and that continues to reinforce the fact that Brighton & Hove Albion are at least competitive, even if they are far from being one of the power teams in the league.
The Gap to the Top Teams is Huge
The English Premier League often promotes itself as being a close competition where even the underdogs have a chance to win. While this is correct in-theory on some weekends, the fact is that the gap to the top teams is huge, and it keeps growing every week. Liverpool, the team that is currently ranked 7th in the league, is currently 7 points behind Manchester City and Manchester United.
West Bromwich Albion, currently right in the middle of the table, is 10 points behind the leaders. Both Manchester teams have not lost a single game this season, and both have a record of 6 – 1 – 0. For most teams, the early season dominance is a bad sign. Even Chelsea, a team that won the league last year and hoped for another successful campaign, is 6 points behind the Manchester clubs.
Fairly distributed revenue had the potential to make the competition closer, but the fact is that the best teams still have an allure that attracts the best players, no matter how much money is available. It will be interesting to see if there is much change in the Top 6 over the rest of the season, or if we will be left with the usual clubs, and the rest fighting for the scraps in the midfield and bottom of the league table.