The Premier League season is only two weeks old but already there has been a few teams in the division putting down a marker for the rest to follow. Swansea City, Everton and Chelsea have started the season in blistering form, gaining an advantage on their rivals in the vastly different battles they are expected to compete in at the climax of the season.
Firstly Swansea, tipped by many to be fighting it out near the foot of the table come the close of the season, due to the loss of manager Brendan Rodgers and their influential midfielders Joe Allen and Scott Sinclair, have surprised many by constructing a 100% start to the season with convincing wins over Queens Park Rangers and West Ham United. Star performances by new man Michu and wingers Nathan Dyer and Wayne Routledge, as well as the usual passing master class from Leon Britton, have led to them dominating both of their opening games without ever looking like being troubled. The challenge for Swansea is to keep it all going and avoid any losses in morale when the inevitable run of defeats occurs at some point in the season. If they can avoid this I believe they will be a comfortable mid-table team however if results begin to go against them I believe they could be battling it out for Premier League survival even after this impressive start.
Moving onto Everton, seemingly the surprise package of every season considering the limited budget they have to work with, and their ability to cement a top half of the table finish year after year. The start to the season by Everton has surprised many, maybe even surprising themselves as they have put together two wonderful performances against title challengers Manchester United and Premier league ever presents Aston Villa to move up into third place in the Premier League table. The acquisition of Steven Pienaar, returning to Everton on a permanent basis from Tottenham Hotspur, along with the signings of Steven Naismith from faltering Rangers and winger Kevin Mirallas from Olympiakos has seemingly lifted the spirits in the Everton camp, giving them the confidence to shake off their slow starting tag and put them in a position to challenge for the rest of the season. In my opinion Everton will be there or there about’s come the conclusion of the season in the race to seal European qualification, however with one or two more signings I believe they may even be surprise contenders for a Champions League berth. The challenge for Everton is keeping star players such as Marouane Fellaini, Nikika Jelavic and Leighton Baines fit for the duration of the season and to continue showing the commitment and determination that has summed up their start to the campaign.
Last but not least I will move on to top of the table Chelsea. Three wins out of three to start the season is never a bad thing, especially considering the changes that have been occurring at Chelsea during the summer break. New signings Oscar and Edin Hazard seem to have settled in seamlessly with the latter being involved in everything that has been good about Chelsea in the first three games of the season. Comfortable wins over Wigan and Newcastle showed the quality of the Chelsea team proving that even against European chasing teams such as Newcastle, they can come up with business. The 4-2 home win against newly promoted Reading may have been worrying at times but the one positive they can take out of that match is that they were able to dig deep and find a way to win, which is what they struggled to do in large patches of last season. The challenge for Chelsea however is to be consistent as last year that was what they really struggled with, causing them to be a country mile off in the title race. If they can acquire this consistency I see no reason why they will not be challenging for the title, alongside the likes of Manchester City and Manchester United, as the quality within the team is unquestionable.
The next 5-10 games will be crucial for these three teams, as it will determine whether their seasons will consist of looking ahead and dreaming of achieving great things, or nervously looking over their shoulders at the teams below.
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