Things are starting to sort themselves out in our Power Rankings.
The biggest surprise so far? Huddersfield, without doubt the team, and manager, who have turned heads. Biggest disappointment? A woeful Arsenal performance at Anfield which will lead to much head-shaking in North London.
Anyway, here are our week 3 Rankings with last week’s positions in brackets. Disagree? Leave a comment or tweet us at @theleaguemag
1 (-). Manchester United
Once again Jose Mourinho’s men dominated the game against a resilient Leicester City. United never looked like conceding and gave their boss a third clean sheet in three games.
2 (+3). Chelsea
Antonio Conte truly has the ball rolling now after cruising to a 2-0 win against a tough Everton side. Alvaro Morata is proving his worth and soon Chelsea fans may just forget about Diego Costa.
3 (+6). Liverpool
Thrashing Arsenal in fantastic style was a huge statement by the Reds. The stunning attacking display saw Jurgen Klopp’s side score 4 fine goals and he will be proud of the performance, especially having played a tough Champions league qualifier only 4 days previously.
4 (-2). Manchester City
Dreadfully lucky to come out of the game against Bournemouth with a win in stoppage time. Pep Guardiola’s side are still not showing the form that they seem capable of; tougher clashes are on the horizon and he’ll need to find the solution quickly.
5 (-1). Tottenham Hotspur
Spurs’ Wembley woes continue as they were thwarted by a tough Burnley side who snatched a late draw. Harry Kane’s August duck continues; he’ll have to wait until next season to try and end the curse.
6 (-). Huddersfield Town
David Wagner’s unbeaten run in the Premier League continues as his side secures a draw in what was an impressive performance from Huddersfield. Team and manager are starting to convince
7 (+1). West Bromwich Albion
Tony Pulis will be incensed with the defensive error made by Ahmed Hegazi that gifted Stoke a draw and cost his team 2 points in the process. Despite being unbeaten thus far, the Baggies are yet to be truly tested having not faced a top-8 side.
8 (-5). Everton
The Toffees were hoping to keep the momentum going after a great performance against Manchester City on Monday, but instead fell way short of the mark With three games in seven days, including a trip to Croatia, perhaps proving too much as they succumbed meekly to Chelsea.
9 (+2). Watford
Down to 10-men from the 24th minute, Marco Silva’s men still found it fairly comfortable to hold out for a draw against relegation-contenders Brighton and seem in good shape.
10 (+3). Southampton
Facing a Huddersfield side that had taken 6 points from the opening 2 games, the Saints played well and arguably had the better chances. Mauricio Pellgrino will be frustrated with his side’s lack of a cutting edge..
11 (+1). Stoke City
A late goal from Peter Crouch off the back of a defensive error is the only reason the Potters didn’t suffer a second defeat. Mark Hughes will demand more from his team. They lack invention.
12 (+2). Burnley
Bringing in Chris Wood from Leeds United turned out to be a great capture for Sean Dyche’s side as the debutant scored in added time to earn the Clarets a dramatic draw against a Spurs side that will challenge for the title this season.
13 (+2). Swansea City
Loan signing Tammy Abraham finally gave the Swans something to smile about after his strike, combined with Jordan Ayew’s goal, gave Paul Clement’s side a resounding win against an admittedly poor Crystal Palace.
14 (-4). Leicester City
Although the Foxes kept a relentless Manchester United side at bay until the 70th minute, another loss has left Craig Shakespeare’s men with just 3 points from a possible 9.
15 (-8) Arsenal
One of the worst Arsenal performances I have ever seen. The decision to drop their new marquee signing Alexandre Lacazette bewildered many, but in the end it was poor defending and a general unwillingness to do the hard part of the game that was behind the rout.
16 (+4). Newcastle United
Finally Rafa Benitez’ side have a win 3 games after returning to the top flight. Thrashing the Hammers 3-0 will give the Magpies some much needed confidence which the Spaniard will hope to build on.
17 (+1). Bournemouth
Having matched Manchester City for the majority of the game, it came down to the last kick which gave Eddie Howe’s side their third loss in a row. The Cherries will be bitterly disappointed to not have gained anything for their effort but can be encouraged by the performance.
18 (+1). Brighton & Hove Albion
A hard-fought draw against an unbeaten Watford side earned Brighton their first point in the Premier League. However, they would have hoped to capitalise on playing against 10-men for 60 minutes.
19 (-3). Crystal Palace
It goes from bad to worse for the Eagles, who lacked imagination in attack. Crystal Palace have lost seven of their last eight Premier League matches and have failed to score in all seven of those defeats. Plenty of tough work ahead for Mr De Boer.
20 (-3). West Ham United
Well I said what were the odds on Rafa Benitez to be the first boss to leave last week but it seems that Slaven Bilic has ended up in the crosshairs having lost his third match in as many games. The Hammers looked a class below their opponents and Bilic has plenty to sort out over the international break, if he hasn’t been sacked by then.