This entry was posted on Tuesday, August 31st, 2010
The Premier League season has had a wonderful start, and although it is early days there seems to be three teams that everybody is talking about.
Up until their game with Stoke, Chelsea had only played two games and had already scored 12 goals. The Stoke game saw a slowdown in the number of goals scored, although Chelsea still managed a respectable 2 – 0 win. Chelsea look very impressive and are definitely the team to beat this season, the bookmakers agree and Chelsea are 6/5 favourites, ahead of Manchester United who are currently 2/1. Nevertheless, it is worth bearing in mind that the opposition Chelsea has faced thus far aren’t exactly world beaters.
Perhaps the team generating the most column inches pre-season was Manchester City. This summer City have spent approximately £120 million, much more than the other Premiership teams who are all feeling the effects of the recent economic downturn. Yaya Toure and James Milner look like great buys and City’s season began well. A draw with Spurs at White Hart Lane is a credible result, and the 3-0 win over Liverpool was at times, an absolute joy to watch. Additionally City have performed well in the early stages of the Europa League, getting past FC Timisoara with relative ease. So far so good for City, that was until a shock defeat at Sunderland meant that City’s title odds drifted from 13/2 out to 8/1. It could be a little premature I admit, but Mancini is now 11/2 to be the next Premier League manager to leave his club, and this looks like a good punt.
Spurs fans simply couldn’t wait for the new campaign to start, and who could blame them. Having clinched the coveted fourth spot last year, Champions League football was finally on its way to White Hart Lane. Tottenham didn’t exactly get off to a flier recording an opening day draw with City and then losing 3-2 to Young Boys in their Champions League debut, however, a ship steadying 2-1 victory against Stoke and an emphatic 4-0 win in the return leg against Young Boys, and things were looking up for Spurs. A shock 1-0 defeat to Wigan shouldn’t mean that the rails have come off but Spurs fans will be looking forward to the end of the international break and hopefully a good result against West Brom will see Spurs once again looking good value at 40/1 to be unlikely Premier League champions come the end of the season.
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