I nonetheless see Liverpool and Manchester Metropolis because the stand-out groups within the Premier League and assume one in all them will win the title – however Leicester and Tottenham may need one thing to say about that.
Southampton additionally spent a while on prime of the desk over the weekend and it’s fairly refreshing to see some completely different groups up there. It definitely retains issues fascinating and it is one thing which may final a bit longer too.
The large factor that has stood out already about this season is how unpredictable it has been in comparison with earlier years. Each crew has had no less than one unhealthy day – together with the entire sides I’ve simply talked about.
That makes it thrilling, and I do not see it altering anytime quickly, partly due to the extreme schedule and the variety of accidents that golf equipment are going to have to deal with – which is popping into one other widespread theme.
‘Leicester will head for Liverpool filled with confidence’
It’s Leicester who deservedly paved the way in the mean time. They’re among the many groups who have gotten harm issues however they’re nonetheless taking part in some magnificent soccer.
I used to be actually impressed by the Foxes of their win over Wolves on Sunday, in every part they did – going ahead and defensively.
They’re lacking some key gamers in Wilfred Ndidi, Ricardo Pereira and Caglar Soyuncu however you would not understand it from watching them.
Jamie Vardy is 33 in January however he’s trying as sharp as he is ever accomplished – I do know he missed one in all his penalties in opposition to Wolves however a few of his attacking play was unbelievable.
Then you’ve Nampalys Mendy, who was unbelievably good in midfield, and what a discover Wesley Fofana appears to be like at centre-half.
Brendan Rodgers’ facet have had slip-ups like everybody else, of their case dropping at house to West Ham and Aston Villa final month.
However now they’re on a run of six straight wins in all competitions, and they are going to be filled with confidence after they tackle Liverpool at Anfield on the Premier League’s resumption after the worldwide break.
‘Spurs are unspectacular however nonetheless successful’
If you’ve received the ahead line that Tottenham have, with Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Gareth Bale, you all the time carry a menace, particularly with the shape Kane and Son are in.
Son did not even have one in all his higher video games in opposition to West Brom nevertheless it was Kane who popped up with one other very important purpose proper on the finish that briefly despatched his facet prime of the pile.
Credit score has to go to Spurs boss Jose Mourinho, although, due to the constructive change he made 12 minutes from time, when he took Moussa Sissoko and Bale off and introduced on Lucas Moura and Carlos Vinicius.
That is what received them the sport ultimately. I do know Harry secured the three factors nevertheless it occurred as a result of Mourinho was trying to win the sport, and it labored.
Spurs have now gone seven video games unbeaten within the league since dropping at house to Everton on the opening weekend in what was a poor efficiency.
Sure, that run consists of their 6-1 win at Previous Trafford however they’ve additionally proven they’ll win the exhausting manner, when they don’t seem to be taking part in nicely.
They dug out wins over Burnley and Brighton prior to now couple of weeks and it was precisely the identical in opposition to the Baggies so, with out taking part in spectacular soccer, Tottenham discover themselves in an important place within the desk.
They really ought to have extra factors on the board, however they conceded a late equaliser in opposition to Newcastle and in some way let that 3-0 lead slip within the last jiffy in opposition to West Ham.
Even so, they’ve given themselves one thing to construct on and their sport in opposition to Metropolis on 21 November is one other one to stay up for.
Positives for Guardiola on the again
The way in which Metropolis and Liverpool began on Sunday, I believed we had been set for an absolute basic. The sport was extremely open and each groups started with a really attacking line-up.
Liverpool had been like a 4-2-4 after they went ahead, and Metropolis had been the identical. It appeared like we had been going to see loads of targets.
They each of sort of cancelled one another out after half-time, although, and because the sport went on it appeared just like the worry of being overwhelmed meant they each settled for some extent ultimately.
You possibly can perceive if fatigue performed a component as nicely, as a result of they’ve each performed twice every week because the begin of season in mid-September, and had Champions League video games once more in midweek. That is in all probability an enormous cause why they may not sustain the tempo they began the sport with.
Metropolis will rue their missed penalty at 1-1 and in addition that they had the most effective likelihood to win it within the second half, when Gabriel Jesus headed large, however I believed a draw was a good outcome.
Liverpool look extra strong with Matip
Sunday’s draw leaves Metropolis in tenth place however that could be a false place as a result of they’ve a sport in hand. In the event that they win it, they’ll go fifth – two factors behind Liverpool.
Pep Guardiola’s facet have had an eventful begin to the season, with their collapse at house to Leicester and having to manage with no match striker when Jesus and Sergio Aguero had been each injured.
They’ve come via it fairly nicely, nonetheless, and one of many largest positives for Guardiola is that Aymeric Laporte and Ruben Dias have already fashioned a strong defensive partnership, one thing they struggled to seek out final season.
Liverpool have had points too, primarily in adjusting to life with out the injured Virgil van Dijk, however Joel Matip got here again into their defence at Etihad Stadium they usually appeared slightly bit extra strong.
Their huge set-back this season was clearly the 7-2 defeat in opposition to Aston Villa, which was a outcome that shocked everybody – nevertheless it’s notable that they haven’t misplaced in seven video games since.
They’ll nonetheless terrify groups after they pour ahead and, like Metropolis, they don’t seem to be going away anytime quickly. This season could also be unpredictable, however one in all them will finish it as champions, I’m sure of that.
Alan Shearer was chatting with BBC Sport’s Chris Bevan.