The short international break at the start of the new season is always an interesting thing for Premier League clubs. It’s the first test that bring up the question of consistency, where we’ll soon find out if the teams that started well can keep their momentum after splitting up to train and play with their countries.
Man City are the only team to make a 100% start winning all four of their opening games, and next they travel to West Ham on Saturday, which is one of the teams that has also made a great start winning three and drawing one. West Ham have got momentum in Europe after winning the Conference League last season and they’ve started strong here.
Declan Rice’s departure left question marks around how well the Hammers would perform without their star man in midfield, but we’d now expect them to put up a good fight against City. If they can earn a point it would be a big result and keep the momentum flowing, while we know Pep is only going to be happy with a win in any game.
The other clubs level with West Ham and trailing Man City by two points are Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham who have all made great starts. It was a similar story at Spurs after losing their star man Harry Kane in the transfer window, and after a tough season last season, how they were going to shape up and start was a big question.
But they have started so well and host Sheffield United next where they will expecting another 3 points. The newly promoted clubs have all struggled with just one point between them so far, and it shows that the gulf between the Premier League and the Championship could be getting bigger, even though the Championship is always improving.
Son has been great so far for Spurs with a hat-trick in his last game against Burnley, and only Brighton have scored more goals than them overall.
Arsenal’s last game was a huge last-minute win against Man Utd thanks to Declan Rice’s late goal, and they travel to a struggling Everton next to try and keep things moving and staying on the heels of Man City.
Liverpool have been one of the most interesting teams due to the number of departures they had in summer. They have a totally new look midfield after bringing in Alexis Mac Allister, Dominik Szoboszlai, Ryan Gravenberch and Wataru Endo but so far the magic is there and they’re unbeaten after their first four games. Liverpool are away at Wolves on Saturday and for all of these teams this weekend is the time to get three points on the board and continue the great form they all had before the international break.