- English Football Premier League
By Dinouk Colombage
With the Premier League going on a break for the international fixtures, it is an opportunity for both the players and the supporters to catch their breath. It has been a whirlwind opening three weeks of the season, with transfers and goals galore.
With all the teams, barring Tottenham and Everton, having played three matches, the two Manchester Clubs stand top of the table with Liverpool occupying third spot ahead of Chelsea courtesy of a goal difference.
The two Manchester clubs appear to be setting the pace early on, having both notched up three consecutive wins. Manchester City has turned in a comprehensive performance in their last three games, having scored 12 goals and conceded 3. Their best performance came against Tottenham at White Hart Lane, where they demolished the Spurs 5-1.
With the transfer window having finally closed, the City faithful can now sit back and look forward to what promises to be a successful season. In a surprise move, the multi-billion dollar club bought the injury prone, and out of favour, Owen Hargreaves.
Their across city rivals, Manchester United, are looking to defend their crown in superb fashion. Having begun their season with three wins, the red devils will now be looking to carry on their form with a fairly inexperienced squad. Having defeated both Tottenham and West Bromwich in the opening two games, United turned their attention on the suffering London giants, Arsenal. In a goal scoring fantasy the Manchester boys deposited 8 goals against a hapless Arsenal side; they were able to score two goals themselves.
With these two clubs striving at the top, the challenges has now been thrown down by the Anfield boys, as Liverpool looks to regain ground lost over the previous few seasons. Having started with a disappointing 1-1 draw to Sunderland at home, the reds have looked to build with a hard scrapped 2-0 win at Emirates and a 3-1 demolishment of Bolton. For Liverpool they can take heart from the fact that the two wins they notched up came away from home, an area they struggled in last season.
Sitting behind Liverpool, with two wins and a draw also, is Chelsea; a team looking full of talent yet having failed to instill any confidence this season. Having started the season with a draw, the Blues looked to be slowly settling in with wins over West Bromwich and newly promoted Norwich. However, neither of the two wins extracted confidence from their supporters as they were made to work for the result. In a damaging blow to the team morale their talisman striker Didier Drogba was carried off in the match against Norwich.
With the two Manchester teams, Liverpool and Chelsea all putting in solid performances; attention turned to Arsenal. Unfortunately for the Gunners, their season has gone from bad to worse. The opening day of the season saw them draw 0-0 with Newcastle, which has been their best performance to date. Following on from this they suffered their first defeat to Liverpool at home and further embarrassment at the hands of Manchester United. Having witnessed the departures of Fabregas and Samir Nasri, the Gunners will be hoping that their new signings will step up after the break.
West Bromwich Albion, Tottenham and Blackburn are all left languishing in the bottom place having failed to record a single victory so far. While Wolverhampton Wolves round off the top five, having also recorded two wins and a draw.