The Premier League is routinely described by any commentator that would have your ear as the most unpredictable league in world football. Two weekends ago reinforced this view to an extent, with Arsenal the only team from last year’s top seven to win, while Leicester City’s remarkable 5-3 turnaround against Manchester United will go down in English football folklore.
Last weekend that alleged unpredictability ground to a halt, though Hull City came close to upsetting the apple cart in a thrilling game against Manchester City. The autumnal yellow ball may still lie a few weeks away, yet the final standings in May look grimly inevitable already.
Chelsea are obviously the strongest in the league, they have the greatest depth and the greatest knack for winning right now. Newcastle United are a shambles at present, but they will not finish the season in the relegation places by virtue of the fact there are at least three teams worse than them in the division.
Burnley have not scored since the opening weekend of the season, Queens Park Rangers, who have mustered the two worst displays of the season, and West Bromwich Albion, whose two wins on the bounce have obscured their overall poor start to the campaign, all look doomed.