First Impression of the Barclays Premier League


Jamie Vardy celebrates scoring Leicester’s fourth goal versus Manchester United [ACTION IMAGES]

We are 13 weeks into the Barclays Premier League 2015-2016 season and there are already shocks and surprises that no one expected. For starters, Leicester City, a small team that got promoted from the championship division two seasons ago is at the top of the table! They have 28 points through 13 games and are positioned ahead of all the big names clubs in the BPL, including Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool, and several others. Secondly, Chelsea, the defending champions, are out to the worst start ever by a defending champion. They currently only have 14 points through 13 games and are sitting in the 15th position in the table, closer to the relegation zone (18th, 19th, and 20th) than the top of the table. Their current position has drawn much criticism from soccers fans around the world, many calling for the firing of their manager Jose Mourinho. However, the Chelsea fans have remained loyal to both their club and their coach, and although it seems crazy, no one in the Chelsea organization seems too worried about the state of their club.


Manchester City and Manchester United continue their battle at the top of the BPL [Alex Livesey/Getty Images]

In addition to the shockers and surprises, the BPL has also provided consistency among several of the big name and not so big name clubs. Manchester City and Manchester United continue to fight it out at the top of the table while Arsenal and Tottenham remain not too far behind. West Ham is having a surprisingly strong season however they are sufficiently separated from the top of the table. There are also the classic mid table teams, such as Stoke, Crystal Palace, Southampton, Everton, and of course, a struggling Liverpool (who did show signs of positivity under their new coach, Jurgen Klopp, in an impressive 4-1 win over Manchester City in game week 13. Finally, we have the classic bottom of the table teams that continue to fight to get out of the relegation zone, which can sometimes be more exciting to watch than teams fighting to win the premier league. These teams are Aston Villa, newly promoted Bournemouth, Sunderland, Newcastle, Norwich, and surprisingly enough, as I mentioned earlier, Chelsea Football Club.
The 2015-2016 BPL season continues to pose many questions, including whether or not Chelsea will make a comeback and whether or not Leicester will defy all odds and stay at the top of the table. The rest of the season should be very entertaining, and in the end, I believe it will be Manchester City that wins the premier league. However, we have a long time until then, so sit back, relax, and enjoy the excitements, upsets, and high quality soccer that that the Barclays Premier League has to offer.



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