Strangely, at a time when Roman’s Army has made the league title race the least exciting in history – we’re actually finding this Premiership season to be one of the most compelling for years.
We’re used to seeing one unfancied team make an early season surge each year before falling off, but 9 matches in and we’re still seeing Tottenham in 2nd place, with Manchester City and Charlton comfortably in the top 6. Unlike last season, when two of the three promoted teams dropped straight back down, Wigan and West Ham are collecting points virtually every weekend and doing it in style. They both sit above European Champions Liverpool and big spending Newcastle, while Everton started the season in the Champions League and may end it with relegation.
This weekend’s matches have a number of compelling fixtures, and fingers crossed we’ll see Man City beat Arsenal, Spurs beat United, Wigan beat Aston Villa and Sunderland beat Newcastle because with Chelsea running away with the title – upsets and subsequent mocking of co-workers on Monday may be all we’ve got left.