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Sunday, 7 December 2014

Premier League season continues to surprise

We are now fifteen games into the 2014/15 Premier League season (bar Manchester United and Southampton who play tomorrow) and it is possibly one of the most surprising Premier League seasons we have ever seen.

The top two will surprise no one, Chelsea are on top with Man City only 3 points behind, 3rd and 4th however would have been predicted by no one when the season began. In 3rd place are Sam Allardyce’s West Ham side who have been a revelation this season and in 4th are Southampton, who having lost so many big players in the summer have surpassed everyone’s expectations thus far.

Its hard to say which team has been the surprise package of the season because there are so many teams performing far above there expectations, Newcastle and Swansea have also made a claim for that title as they sit 7th and 8th respectively.

The main challengers for the top four places and possibly the title other than the top two were  supposed to be Manchester United who are 5th, Arsenal who are 6th, Liverpool in 9th, Spurs in 10th and Everton in 11th. These teams were expected to make up the top seven alongside City and Chelsea but have yet to fulfil these expectations and have left the door open for teams like West Ham to get into the Champions League places.

Even though these teams find themselves a lot worse off than they would have expected, Everton who sit last of the aforementioned top seven in 11th place are only 8 points behind Southampton in 4th, meaning there is still a chance for these off form sides to get back where they want to be.

In a season that is being labelled one of the worst in terms of quality, Chelsea have been the shining light but yesterdays shock defeat to Newcastle has shown that they are not unbeatable and throws claims that they would walk away with the title into the air.

Another feature of this Premier League season is the performance of some of the leagues strikers, Pelle who came from Dutch football settled straight into the Premier League and has a tally of 7 goals, similarly Sakho has come in and also sees himself on 7 goals for the season, we are so used to seeing strikers flopping in the Premier League that this has come as a welcome change.

Charlie Austin scoring 8 goals for QPR is another surprise this season, its rare to see a player come from the Championship and keep up their goal-scoring record but he has managed to do it.

There have been so many surprises and shocks so far this season and as we come into the Christmas period you would expect the table to begin to take shape but whether it will shape the way everyone expects is yet to be seen.