The league table never lies. A true statement if there are 38 games played. After just seven, though, it’s apt to tell a few porkies.
With its cheeky attempt to be misleading it gets some fans glum and others giddy. Chelsea fans needn’t be disheartened and Manchester United supporters up the road in Kent should take a minute to calm down.
There are a few probabilities that you don’t need a league table to work out. The most glaringly obvious is that Chelsea are currently falsely placed down in fifteenth. It’s almost a certainty they’ll be in the top two by May. They haven’t suddenly become so poor, and Mourinho doesn’t do failure.
Equally, Manchester United are the best placed charlatans in the league. It’s cruel to watch Louis van Gaal promote false hope and declare the Trafford club title contenders. They will be in a tight battle all year, but it’ll be for third with an Arsenal side looking equipped to take the slot. The consolation for United is how no team will challenge too hard for the fourth spot.
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The usual contenders for potential top four breakthrough act, Tottenham and Liverpool, are more likely to have an indifferent season.
Spurs are now fifth, as if poised for a team above to slip up, but one big win against a struggling Manchester City side doesn’t signal a change in fortune.
By May they’ll be looking over their shoulder, rather than forward.
The early season spring of Leicester will run out of bounce. It’s Swansea and Southampton that will be taking up the rear-guard action for Europa League places, whether they actually want to be the competition or not.
Just like they will ascend, some teams will ultimately plummet. Steve McLaren has taken endless stick already at St James’ Park but his Newcastle side will climb to mid-table safety. In doing so teams like Norwich and Watford will fill the gaps left behind in the final three.
It’s only Sunderland that are currently being honest in the bottom half of the table by occupying the position they’re doing their upmost to ensure remains theirs all season. Derby County will be getting worried their record for lowest Premier League points in a season is going to be smashed by Dick Advocaat’s team.
The nature of early results shows such a young table can never be trusted. After five matches people were calling off the title race, declaring City victors. It was premature to say the least. In today’s impatient society we can’t even wait a month before expecting the future to reveal itself. Only a fool would have expected Chelsea to not offer a comeback or Pellegrini’s men remaining solid all season.
It’s the same sort of mentality that believes a Manchester United side with more style than substance sit atop the league because they are the best in England once again. The table will tell many more fibs between now and the end of the season.
But let’s wait until May 15th 2016 for it to reveal the full truth.
— Titanbet (@TitanBet) September 30, 2015