The 2020/21 English Premier League season is proving yet again to be a difficult and unpredictable season following the results from the latest rounds of fixtures.
Some clubs have played 15 games while others have played up to 17 games because of the postponement of some games due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sheffield United remain the only club in the league yet to win a single game and are rightfully in the bottom of the table. Out of 17 matches played, the club has lost a whopping 15 games and drew the remaining two with a goal difference of -21.
Many pundits and fans believe that Sheff Utd’s poor start to the 2020/21 campaign is down to something called ‘second season syndrome’.
‘Second season syndrome’ merely refers to a club that has performed above expectations following a promotion but performs below expectations in the following campaign.
Their last win in the competition was 21 games ago, a 3-0 success over Chelsea at Bramall Lane on July 11, and the Blades face the distinct possibility of an unwanted record – a lower points total than Derby’s 11 during the 2007-08 campaign.
As it stands, their chances of staying in the Premier League is dim as they are most likely to battle relegation till the season ends.
Defending champions, Liverpool have also tasted their second league defeat, losing by a lone goal to Southampton who are the first team to beat all seven winners of the Premier League in the season after a title win.
The Reds first league defeat was on October 4, 2020 losing 7-2 to Aston Villa who are 8th on the table while failing to score in back-to-back Premier League games for the first time since May 2018.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side, for whom this was a second league loss of the season, remain top of the table on goal difference but have taken only two points from the past nine available.
Both Manchester United and Manchester City will leapfrog the reigning champions if they win their games in hand.
Arsenal continued their Premier League resurgence with a ruthless 4-0 victory over strugglers West Brom at The Hawthorns.
The Gunners as they are famously called have scored in all 25 of their Premier League meetings with West Brom, the best 100% scoring record by one side against an opponent in the competition’s history.
Arsenal at a point were going through a bad patch of form and fans waited desperately for 56 days for a Premier League victory which was a 3-1 victory over Chelsea on Boxing Day.
Chelsea on the other hand have not been impressive in their last 5 games with the 3-1 loss to Man City the ice on the cake as the Pep Guardiola side dismantled the Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea were embarrassed as Manchester City cut them apart with first-half goals from Ilkay Gundogan, Phil Foden and Kevin de Bruyne. The latter’s goal, in particular, hinted at a Chelsea team that was completely broken.
Four points from the last six games is Chelsea’s worst run during Frank Lampard’s season-and-a-half in charge as manager and he must turn it around quickly if the Blues are to remain in touch and be considered title challengers.
The loss was beautifully captured by popular football commentator, Peter Drury was said “The Lamp in Lampard has gone off, now Stamford Bridge is in darkness”
Marquee signing, Timo Werner has not scored in 12 matches in all competitions, the third-longest goalless run of his top-flight career – 23 in 2014 and 25 in 2014-15, both as a Stuttgart player.
Meanwhile, Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur occupy the 3rd and 4th position respectively as they battle Liverpool, Man Utd and Man City for the EPL title.
Harry Kane and Son Heung-min equalled the Premier League record for most goal combinations in a season as they inspired Tottenham’s 3-0 win over Leeds.
Kane, who opened the scoring from the penalty spot, teed up the South Korean’s 100th goal for the club as the pair combined for a 13th time this term, matching the tally set by Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton at Blackburn in 1994-95.
They have been the story of the season for Spurs and are just four short of equalling the total record of 36 set by Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard while at Chelsea.
Their unison on Saturday was timely as their contribution helped Spurs end a four-game winless run in the Premier League, keeping Jose Mourinho’s men firmly in the title chase.