Despite being just seven games into the new Premier League season, this year is already shaping up to be one of the most exciting in history. Although we are unlikely to experience the same heights of the 2015-16 season and Leicester City’s, the 5000-1 relegation favourites, win, the upcoming games are destined to live long in our memories for a different reason.
The fight for the Premier League title should always be the most significant, thrilling annual sporting event, but we are too often let down by a single side proceeding unchallenged. Just look at the last two years when Chelsea and Manchester City won by sizable margins, robbing fans of a title decider and the final drama of simultaneous matches. Luckily, this season is shaping up to be anything but, as Liverpool, Manchester City, and Chelsea appear closely matched and currently separated by a slim two points. What makes it more exciting, however, is the fact each side is playing attractive attacking football and possess managers who stick to their philosophies regardless of the opponent, making them likely to prioritise the premier league title over individual competitions. With Liverpool searching for their first league title in 28 years, City seeking to become the first side to retain the title since their arch-rivals Manchester United, and Chelsea having no champions league commitments, the determination to win will be at an all-time high. The lack of rest in this year’s race forms a tense environment dictating each match to be crucial in the Premier League’s outcome, undoubtedly providing audiences with what will be incredible examples of athleticism, style, and above all sportsmanship. So St Andrews, don’t miss out on an opportunity to witness the competition of a lifetime.
The prospects of a sensational season do not end with the title, but instead the battle for the last all-important champions league spot. As Harry Kane’s form is question and Manchester United is in disarray, could Unai Emery’s new look for Arsenal bounce back into the Champions League with one try? – It appeared an unlikely prospect given their position at the start of the season. Then there is the drama surrounding Jose Mourinho’s future – will it be third season syndrome all over again, or will Paul Pogba, the clubs most expensive player, be forced out? And for the Spurs, will the never-ending saga surrounding their new stadium finally being resolved? All of these questions will be answered in the upcoming weeks, and with the number of pubs in our small coastal town, what better place to watch?
But if you thought the season was not exciting enough, lesser teams like Watford and the newly promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers are projecting themselves onto the playing field as others splashed cash during an inevitable mid-season manager merry-go-round. Add on top a feisty relegation battle and drama of winter’s transfer market, and this season is declared as the one you cannot ignore!
From the colossal contest for the Premier League title to the scrap for survival, you don’t want to miss a moment. So sit back and enjoy the remaining 31 rounds of what will be an unforgettable season.