The Biggest Storylines From The 2020/21 Premier League’s First 8 Games

2020/21 season of Premier League

The 2020/21 season of Premier League has begun to take shape and has already thrown up a plethora of crazy results and dramatic storylines. Here are some of the biggest stories to bring you up to date with the action. 

Spurs To Finally Bridge The Gap And Become Champions?

Mauricio Pochettino turned Spurs from Europa League hopefuls to Premier and Champions League during his time at White Hart Lane, but it became clear last season that his side had grown stale and a new voice was needed for Spurs to bridge the gap and finally claim some silverware. 

Out of all the sides in the league, Spurs undoubtedly had the best transfer window. Matt Doherty and Pierre-Emile Hojeberg are both Mourinho-esque individuals who are industrious and technically sound, Sergio Reguillon is arguably the most promising left back on the continent right now and Gareth Bale puts a bit of star quality in the side.

The most important thing about these signings is that they all represent key areas on the pitch that Spurs desperately needed strengthening in. Spurs suddenly look far more structured and have been injected with that classic Mourinho second season success

At the time of writing, Spurs are second in the league on 17 points. They are ahead of Man City and Liverpool, have scored the joint highest amount of goals across the season, conceded the joint fewest and have two of the most prolific players in the league with Harry Kane and Hueng-min Son with twenty-five goals contributed between them. 

Burnley Paying The Price 

Sean Dyche’s Burnley have been the epitome of solidness and constant survival year on year, finishing in 7th, 15th and 10th in the past three years and having never dropped below 40 points during that time. 

However, this season has marked a considerable downturn in form for the Clarets. The side remain only one of two teams still without a win this season from their opening seven games, drawing two and losing five so far. What’s most alarming for Burnley so far is the fact that only two of these games have been against two of the so-called ‘big six’ clubs, Tottenham and Chelsea. 

Sean Dyche has always liked having a small squad to call upon, however it’s looking more and more clear that this time around he might be paying the price for not bolstering his ranks during the summer transfer window. 

Liverpool and City At Risk

Ever since the 2017/18 season, Liverpool and Manchester City have established themselves as the two dominant forces in the country. They have won the last three league titles in a row between them by a country mile, pushing up the points tally required to win the Premier League to a whopping 100 points or so these days. 

However, real world sports and Esports betting experts have tipped that the state of play might be changing in England’s top league. 

Both Liverpool and Manchester City have already suffered some of the most jaw-dropping results the league has ever seen, losing 8-2 to Aston Villa and 5-2 to Leicester respectively. Both sides are showing a vulnerability unseen before, and both have been forced to plaster together a starting eleven so far with the injuries to the likes of Sergio Aguero, Fernandinho and Virgil Van Dijk. 

Second Season Syndrome For Sheffield

Chris Wilder and Sheffield United were undoubtedly the surprise story of the 2019/20 campaign, finishing 9th despite only being promoted that summer and being amongst the favourites tipped for relegation. 

However, things have not been so straightforward for the Blades so far this 2020/21 season of Premier League campaign. Sheffield United have drawn once and lost the remaining seven games to open their season, sitting second from bottom in the table. The Blades look exceptionally light up front, with only David McGoldrick, Oli McBurnie and Rhian Brewster to call upon in  the absence of last season’s top goalscorer Lys Mousset. 

If ever there was an example of second season syndrome at work, Sheffield United would be it.