With two more Premier League games in the book and the campaign a little over a quarter of the way completed, a picture of how this season will take shape is starting to come in focus.
Below, we’ll break down Sunday’s results, the updated table and the league’s top contenders as we head into November.
Premier League Week 10: Sunday Scores
Winner Score Loser Everton 2-0 West Ham Chelsea 2-0 Southampton
Premier League Table
Place Team G W D L F A GD Pts 1 Manchester City 10 7 2 1 24 9 15 23 2 Arsenal 10 7 2 1 23 10 13 23 3 Liverpool 10 7 2 1 24 13 11 23 4 Chelsea 10 7 1 2 21 9 12 22 5 Tottenham Hotspur 10 5 5 0 14 5 9 20 6 Everton 10 5 3 2 15 8 7 18 7 Watford 10 4 3 3 14 13 1 15 8 Manchester United 10 4 3 3 13 12 1 15 9 Southampton 10 3 4 3 11 10 1 13 10 Bournemouth 10 3 3 4 12 14 -2 12 11 Leicester City 10 3 3 4 12 16 -4 12 12 Crystal Palace 10 3 2 5 14 16 -2 11 13 Burnley 10 3 2 5 8 13 -5 11 14 Middlesbrough 10 2 4 4 9 11 -2 10 15 West Bromwich Albion 10 2 4 4 10 14 -4 10 16 West Ham United 10 3 1 6 10 19 -9 10 17 Stoke City 9 2 3 4 9 16 -7 9 18 Hull City 10 2 1 7 8 23 -15 7 19 Swansea City 9 1 2 6 8 15 -7 5 20 Sunderland 10 0 2 8 7 20 -13 2
Both Everton and Chelsea won their matchups on Sunday, keeping pace with the top of the Premier League table. Everton remain five points behind Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool, while Chelsea are one point back and among five teams within three points of one another at the top of the table (Tottenham being the fifth at 20 points).
The Premier League is wide open. Every team can make a strong argument for why they’ll ultimately earn top honors.
Manchester City have arguably the most talent on paper and Pep Guardiola pulling the strings.
Arsenal are the hottest team in England and haven’t lost since Aug. 14 against Liverpool, the first game of the EPL season.
Liverpool have the league’s most explosive attack.
Chelsea have responded superbly to a tactical switch to the 3-4-3 formation.
Tottenham have a young, talented group that made a run at the title last year before ultimately running out of steam.
Then there’s Everton, who are capable of making noise. And while Manchester United are only on 15 points, Jose Mourinho’s charges undeniably have the talent to make a push back up the table.
Ten games into the season, it’s pretty clear that there is a lot of parity in the league right now. So, who should be considered the early favorite?
The popular money is probably on City, but Arsenal have made their case. The Gunners have something they’ve lacked in years past—quality in depth.
In the past, injuries to players like Olivier Giroud or Aaron Ramsey would have set the Gunners back. Instead, Arsenal shifted Alexis Sanchez to centre-forward—where he’s played extremely well—and have gotten quality play from Theo Walcott and Alex Iwobi on the wings.
And in the midfield, a rotating cast of Santi Cazorla, Granit Xhaka, Francis Coquelin and Mohamed Elneny have been excellent behind talisman Mesut Ozil.
The Gunners are solid in defense—Shkodran Mustafi has quietly been the league’s most impactful transfer signing from the summer—and Petr Cech has once again been stellar in goal. Sanchez and Giroud offer different dynamics up top, while Walcott, Iwobi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain put defenses under constant pressure down the wings.
The Gunners are set up to survive injuries to all but one player: Ozil. If their dynamic No. 10 goes down, the Gunners don’t have anyone to replace his impact. Players like Cazorla and Ramsey can play his role, but Ozil is the proverbial straw that stirs the North London drink.
And that drink, by the end of the season, might taste like celebratory champagne.
Just don’t expect Arsenal to start thinking about titles just yet. Giroud certainly pumped the brakes on that talk Saturday, per Arsenal’s website:
We’ve only played a quarter of the league. It’s still the beginning of the league and I’m not the man who will speak too much because we are first. We enjoy this position, obviously we want to finish first and win the league, but we know there is a long time to go. We’re in a good moment and we need to keep it up and be consistent.
Certainly, the league feels more open than it’s been in years. City are still absolutely brimming with talent and learning how to play under Guardiola. His presence alone makes them formidable.
If Liverpool’s defense can hold up, meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp’s men are capable of running roughshod over anyone. Five players have at least three EPL goals for the Reds thus far, headlined by four each for James Milner, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and the irrepressible Philippe Coutinho (who also has four assists).
Liverpool have bought into Klopp’s system, with the exception of Daniel Sturridge, perhaps. If the Reds can establish a role that gets the most out of Sturridge’s abilities—and if he adjusts to Klopp’s style of play—Liverpool will be downright frightening.
So too will Chelsea if they continue to adapt to a philosophical shift to a back-three. The new system may keep some of the team’s traditional playmakers on the bench—which is where Willian and Oscar started Sunday’s matchup—but the system will also protect Chelsea’s aging defense and should allow a player like Eden Hazard the creative space to maximize his potential.
Certainly, so long as Chelsea have Diego Costa and Hazard in the attack, they’ll be dangerous. Antonio Conte has incredible depth to work with from there. The Blues have had a few rough spots this season, but it should be a major concern for the rest of the Premier League that they appear to be smoothing those spots over.