English Premier League Update

by Ben Burns

EPL Update

The Premier League recently started its season. Each of the teams has played three matches. Many clubs are right about where we'd expect them to be. However, there are some early surprises. Let's take a closer look.

The fact that only one team has a perfect 3-0 record is somewhat surprising. The fact that the team is Tottenham is even more so. Manchester City has a loss while Chelsea, Manchester United, and Liverpool all have a draw. (West Ham and Everton, too.) With an opening match against Man. City and dealing with the drama surrounding what was supposed to be the imminent departure of Harry Kane, even diehard Tottenham fans weren't expecting this fast a start. Yet, here the Spurs are and now Kane is reportedly staying.

The 28-year old Kane had this to say: "My focus moving forward is to win silverware at Tottenham and this year is no different. We have started brilliantly in the Premier League with three wins and we have a new manager. This is my focus. We want to win as many games as possible and get that trophy I have wanted all my career."

Kane and co. could easily be 4-0 when they take on Chelsea on September 19. Before that showdown comes Crystal Palace. The Spurs are currently laying in the minus 110 to minus 120 range, on the 3-way line. Note that the next league games don't come until September 11. For its part, Chelse should be undefeated for the Tottenham match; the Blues are heavy favorites against Aston Villa in their next match. 

Eight teams remain winless in league play. Five of those have earned a draw. The other three, Wolverhampton, Norwich, and Arsenal are all 0-3. Naturally, each of those clubs was hoping for a better start. Arsenal fans are arguably the most disappointed. Not only are the Gunners 0-3, but they haven't even managed a goal. That makes this their worst start since 1954. Wolverhampton is the only other club that has yet to find the back of the net. However, while the Wolves have allowed just three goals, the Gunners have conceded nine. Even Norwich, which has allowed 10 goals, has at least scored one of its own. 

Good news for Arsenal and Norwich. Those clubs face each other on September 11. So, at least one will have its first point/s. Needless to say, Gunner fans will be completely disgusted if their team can't win that one. 

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