It’s a new decade, and already several important England players are injured, with the possibility that one in particular could last months (here’s looking at you, Harry—could you please stop getting injured?). Most of the Premier League’s struggling managers have been sacked at this point, and gaps are starting to appear throughout the table. The lead at the top is 13 points with a game in hand, and at this point Leicester will need a miracle to touch Liverpool at the end of the campaign. Chelsea have created distance between fourth and fifth place, in large part thanks to the fact that Wolves, Tottenham, Manchester United and Sheffield United have earned a combined four points from their last eight total matches (out of 24 potential points). Arsenal continue to surprise, picking up a win against Manchester United, while Leicester and Manchester City have done their level best over the past two weeks to minimize the distance between third and first. Norwich are surely heading back down, but there is a very real battle at the top of the relegation zone, with the difference between 19th and 16th just three points. Let’s dive in to the past week! (Side note: perhaps the god-awful FA scheduling had something to do with all the recent injuries we’ve seen? Just a thought.)
1: Brighton earned their first ever point in a league match against Chelsea.
8: No one has scored more goals from outside the box in the Premier League since the start of last season than our very own James Maddison, a man who should be one to watch in the decade to come.
11: For the first time in 11 years, Tottenham lost their opening league match in a calendar year. To Southampton. And Kane got injured. And is potentially done for the season. It was not a good way to start a decade for the Spurs.
1: in a decade full of firsts already, Mikel Arteta registered his first Premier League victory, and against Manchester United of all clubs. He became just the seventh manager to do so.
58: Liverpool’s 58 points after 20 matches ties the record set by Manchester City in 2017/18 (remember, Liverpool are a game behind the rest of the league because of the Club World Cup – did anyone watch any of that? Because I didn’t even know it was on).
Liverpool have the chance to break a number of impressive records, following their breakneck start to the campaign. Here’s a look at some of the records Liverpool are on pace to beat:
59: Liverpool need to win against Tottenham this weekend to beat the record set by City of the best start to a season after 21 matches (set in 2017/18).
12: Liverpool are just 12 matches away from tying the record set by the Invincibles of 2003/04 (back when Arsenal weren’t struggling to stay in the top ten).
32: Liverpool need to pass this number to set the record for most matches won in a season, set by Manchester City, and are currently 13 wins away with 18 matches left in their campaign.
100: The most important of these potential records, Liverpool have the chance to crush the record for most points in a season, set by Manchester City in, you guessed it, the 2017/18 campaign.
537: Liverpool will need to go undefeated until the end of the season, then sit back and wait until June 23rd, to surpass the calendar record set by the Invincibles, a total of 537 days unbeaten in the Premier League.
Crystal Palace +.5(+105) versus Arsenal: Crystal Palace are picked to lose this game despite being higher up the table than Arsenal, at home, and against a new manager? Yes please (although I’m sure Arsenal will find a way to cost me more money).
Leicester City -1(+110) versus Southampton: Leicester are on a two-game win-streak, and Southampton just beat Tottenham. Leicester should win this game, and probably comfortably, but the mix-up against Tottenham provides bettors with an opportunity to make money here.
Tottenham versus Liverpool -1 (+120): Liverpool should handily win this, despite being away. Tottenham are up on the ropes and minus their talisman, and this game could get frustrating for Mourinho.