Coming into the international break, only three teams managed to earn four wins from four wins – none of which were the champions Manchester City. Before the start of the season, City were the consensus favourites to dominate the Premier League again, but some other contenders have emerged to challenge for the crown.
It’s still early days, but Manchester City seem to have a good four contenders for their crown as well as a team very much rated as the underdog that sat above them after four games. But, who will come out on top?
The Reigning Champions
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The natural place to start is with the champions. Even without world-class playmaker Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester City cut a terrifying figure whenever they step onto the pitch, but someone forgot to tell that to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Wolves were a genuine threat to taking all three points when City came to visit, but even though Pep Guardiola’s team weren’t at their very best, they still managed to come away with a point.
That game will prove to be a teaching point throughout the season for Guardiola and it shows the fans that City can still create their own good fortune which will help immensely as they look to repeat as champions. When De Bruyne returns, they’ll be even more menacing and are still deserving of the tag as favourites at 4/5 to win the league.
Top contenders to the crown
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Last season, Liverpool emerged as a superpower in the Premier League once again thanks to their enigmatic scoring trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, and Sadio Mane. They had many issues in defence, the middle of midfield, and in goal, but their top-quality new signings will begin to solve some of those issues.
After claiming their fourth win in four games, the Reds went to the top of the Premier League alongside fellow undefeated side Chelsea. The Blues come in as a dark horse in the title race with a new manager and not much work in the summer transfer window. But Maurizio Sarri has made Chelsea a more attack-focused team, which is getting the best out of his many star players.
Ahead of City after four games but still behind in the odds, Liverpool and Chelsea have played the right kind of dominant football which should see them finish towards the top of the table. Either team could challenge for the title with well-timed wins against other contenders, but at 5/2, Liverpool are favoured to challenge City, with Chelsea at 10/1 in the odds to win Premier League 2019.
In with a chance of upsetting the champions
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With what is probably the best defence and goalie unit in the league as well as the almighty Harry Kane up front, Tottenham Hotspur can bounce back from their early loss to Watford and make a run at the title. They didn’t sign anyone in the summer, but their biggest need – a genuine scoring threat on the wing – has been filled by Lucas Moura, who has now adjusted himself for the strains of playing for Mauricio Pochettino.
The only other team in the league with a perfect record through four games is Spurs’ conquerors, Watford. The Hornets have come from seemingly nowhere to mount an early challenge on the top of the league, and manager Javi Garcia says that there’s still more to come. People are already wondering if Watford could ‘do a Leicester’ this season, with some taking their 200/1 odds just in case.
It’s very early days, and there are many more twists and turns left in this Premier League season. But, as it stands, if Manchester City can’t do it, the title looks to be contested between Liverpool and Chelsea.