Friday September 15, 2017
The Premier League uses a double round-robin format, with each club required to play every other one within the League twice. After the first four matches played by each club, no one has managed to win all four matches. However, there are three clubs that sit top of the League at present, having won three out of their four matches so far.
The top three have therefore been decided as follows. Manchester United is top of the table, having drawn the match they didn’t win. Second is Manchester City, also with a draw in the one match they failed to win. Manchester United is in first place thanks to having scored two more goals than the City club, with both clubs having just two goals scored against them so far. Chelsea is in third place, having won three matches and lost one.
Could you have guessed that correctly so far? Are you going to place a wager on the outcome of the Premier League this season, or is that too far off to contemplate at present?
Manchester United’s next match will be against Everton, on Sunday 17th September. Meanwhile, Manchester City will play Watford the day before, and Chelsea will go up against Arsenal, also on the Sunday, before the Manchester United match is played. So, we should soon know whether there will be any changes in the top three spots once those matches are over.
But what is happening at the other end of the league? The three bottom spots are the relegation spots, so no one wants to be in those positions. At present, Crystal Palace is in 20th place, having lost all four matches it has played. Bournemouth is just above it, also with four losses, but their single goal scored thus far is keeping them just above Crystal Palace. Above them, in 17th position with three losses and one win, is West Ham United.
Every goal does count in this competition, and while we have a long way to go yet in the Premier League season for 2017-18, it is interesting to see which teams are doing well – and which ones have a long way to go to climb the table.