No league does drama and excitement better than England’s top flight, so fans across the globe remain glued to their screens.
The Premier League continues to deliver thrills every week, and this season promises plenty of excitement based on how things have panned out so far. Most people were expecting Manchester City and Liverpool to duel for the title once more, but instead, it’s Arsenal giving the champions a run for their money with the Anfield side stuck in a rut.
The Gunners have always been one of the most popular teams to stream in England, but they look genuine box-office this term after a summer of smart recruiting.
Arsenal’s success so far has come as a shock, but who is the biggest surprise package in the Premier League? Here we look at some of the contenders.
Pressure was mounting on Mikel Arteta after two disappointing seasons, but Arsenal’s faith in their manager is finally paying off. The signings of Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko from Manchester City have added genuine quality to the squad.
William Saliba has been a revelation at the back after finally being given his chance. Thrilling wins over Liverpool and Spurs have hinted at a genuine title challenge, and it will be fascinating to see if the Gunners can keep stride with Manchester City at the top.
The Cottagers have been the archetypal yo-yo club, bouncing between the Premier League and Championship for the last five seasons. Despite romping to the Championship title last term, most people expected Marco Silva’s men to find the step up to the top flight too tough to handle again.
But a thrilling 2-2 draw with Liverpool on the opening day hinted that this season might be different and Fulham sat in the European places after their first 12 games. If Aleksandar Mitrovic and João Palhinha stay fit, the Cottagers can continue to defy expectations.
BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION
The Seagulls spent their first four seasons in the Premier League battling against relegation but bucked that trend last season as Graham Potter steered them to a ninth-placed finish. Nobody really expected them to better that in the new campaign, but Brighton flew out of the traps, losing just one of their first six league games.
That fine form saw Chelsea head-hunt Potter; results have since dipped under Roberto De Zerbi. But the Italian still has the players to finish in the top half again, with Leandro Trossard looking particularly impressive.
The Anfield giants are a surprise package for all the wrong reasons. Having flirted with an unprecedented Quadruple last season, most people expected Liverpool to be challenging for the Premier League title again. But they only won four of their first 11 games, and it looks like Jurgen Klopp’s side will face a fight just to finish in the top four.