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Premier League 2016/17: Who Has Been the Best So Far?

  • Premier League 2016/17: Who Has Been the Best So Far?

    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 22: Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool (Not pictured) celebrates scoring his sides second goal with his team mates during the Premier League match between Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion at Anfield on October 22, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

You’ve got to love the Premier League for its foreseeable unpredictability. Only a quarter of the season is done and we’ve already had an awful lot of vagaries involving nearly every title contender (or those who claimed to be). We’ve seen an untouchable Manchester City hit an unexpected winless streak, an imperious-looking Manchester United being obliterated, an initially struggling Arsenal discovering their magic touch, an ebullient Liverpool easing their way through the very best and a resurgent Chelsea hitting four past Jose Mourinho’s United; remember, it’s not even November yet. 

But who has been the best so far? Is it Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal? Or is it Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City? Obviously, it’s too early to be able to say anything but as England awaits the potential suitor of the infamous ‘Title Favourite’, it’s only fair that we give it a go. 


4. Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur have made their intentions pretty clear right from the start by showing the kind of discipline and organisation that helped them come close to their first Premier League title not so long ago. The only unbeaten team in the league as yet, Mauricio Pochettino’s men have somewhat surprised everyone as consistency is something that you don’t really speak of when it’s Spurs who are being talked about.

Though they have had a dip in form since that outstanding win against Manchester City, it’s only a matter of time before they get back to winning ways. How soon does that happen is what remains to be seen.

Strength: Discipline
Weakness: Attack.

3. Manchester City
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City have been the best for the better part of the season, however, their recent performances suggest they are far from the finished product as you’d expect with a new manager. Although the Citizens haven’t done much wrong thus far, they have been guilty of being way too predictable at times.

As the season progresses, one can almost be sure about the Blue Moon going from strength to strength but at the moment, there are a few questions to answer before they can set the league alight.

Strength: Attack
Weakness: Predictability

2. Arsenal
But for their shocking draw against an impressively stubborn Middlesborough, Arsenal would have been two points clear at the top of the table and probably not second best in this list too. The Gunners’ new found strength at the back combined with a much improved front line has had everyone talking about their chances of winning the title and just how likely does the prospect seem.

They have generally been excellent but at times highlighted their own shortcomings against packed defences, further proving how important Olivier Giroud is when the walk-the-ball-into-the-net approach doesn’t work. 

Strength: Balance
Weakness: No plan B.

1. Liverpool
It had to be Liverpool, it just had to be. If the 4-3 win over Arsenal was a sign of the things to come, their run of late is a stamp of approval on their title contention, which, mind you, seem very-very bright. 
 
They aren’t the best defending side or the most balanced – that’s not what has taken them to the level they are at; their strength lies in their industriousness which is second to none, and of course, the attack – arguably the best. If you had to pick one side to beat anyone in the league right now, it has to be Liverpool. 

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