4 down, 34 to go. And now with the transfer window closed and the first international break out of the way we can get down to some serious Premier action.
Some big movement further down this week rankings but little change near the top as the big boys sort themselves out and a couple of surprisingly good starts come to an abrupt end.
So, who is trending where?
1 (-). Manchester United
A couple of points dropped from a tricky trip to Stoke is no disaster and United will be nicely geared up for Champions League re-entry and the return of Wayne.
2 (-). Chelsea
A fine fairly comprehensive win against a decent team on the road (although taking your foot off the pedal might prove dangerous if repeated). Antonio Conte’s new signing are settling in well and the return of Eden Hazard is a big boost.
3 (+1). Manchester City
That big win over a 10-man Liverpool was slightly flattering but City do continue to look a threat to all going forward. All of which begs the question; where would Alexis Sanchez have fitted in.
4 (+1). Tottenham Hotspur
A statement win for Spurs at Goodison follows another disappointing ‘home’ display. Harry Kane doing what Harry Kane does and now if they can just shake off that Wembley ‘issue’ they could really contend.
5 (-1). Liverpool
The loss of Sadio Mane after 37 minutes gave Klopp’s men little chance against a rampant City. His absence for the next three matches might be more of a worry and there defensive issues still to be resolved.
6 (+6). Burnley
Four points from two tough trips to London were more than Sean Dyche could have hoped for. A home victory over a labouring Crystal Palace is further proof of the Clarets’ good start.
7 (+2). Watford
Another excellent performance from Mauro Silva’s team. They look bright and very well-organised, and ready to give just about anyone a run for their money at this early stage of the campaign.
8 (+3). Stoke City
A rise of three places for a home draw? That’s big but the performance against Manchester United was perhaps more impressive than the points haul and they have a genuine goal threat in Eric Maxim Choupa-Moateng.
9 (-3). Huddersfield Town
Well, the fine start had to come to an end at some stage. Defeat at the London Stadium wasn’t a total disaster though and they have a chance to put things right this weekend.
10 (+5). Arsenal
If all it needed was a comfortable home win against likely relegation-battlers to make everything ok at the Emirates it;s job done. But more likely that next week’s trip to Stamford Bridge will be a major test of the Gunners’ top-four hopes.
11 (-4). West Bromwich Albion
Just when hopes were raised for a possible Euro run, disappointment comes on the South coast. Now it’s up to Tony Pulis to get his team back on track and trending upwards again as quickly as possible.
12 (-4). Everton
A home hiding against a fine Spurs team would have been a major wake-up call for the Toffees. Not really the ideal time for a trip to Old Trafford to try to get things back on track but that’s what faces Ronald Koeman.
13 (+3). Newcastle United
The Tynesiders looked like the sum added up to more than the parts with a fine Rafa-less win in Wales. There are tougher tests to come but that display augurs well for the future.
14 (-4). Southampton
A very disappointing performance at home to Watford. There is enough talent at St Mary’s to be much higher up the table (and the rankings) but is Mauricio Pellegrino the man to coax it out?
15 (-1). Leicester City
City made a go of it in the second half against Chelsea, but they were outclassed in the first. Craig Shakespeare’s men are probably top-half material but need to get the points in the bag to back that up.
16 (-3). Swansea City
Swans were poor in a game many would have expected them to win or at least get a point from. Hopefully the newcomers will bed in quickly for Paul Clement as they now face a trip to Wembley.
17 (+2). West Ham United
Finally a game at the London Stadium. Finally a win. And after some early jitters the Hammers suddenly looked like a decent team. More needed but it’s a start and with the injury list receding there is new-found hope.
18 (-). Brighton & Hove Albion
A fine home win and much to build on for Chris Hughton’s team. They are still likely to be battling against the drop all season but that form at the Am-Ex could give them hope for survival.
19 (-2). Bournemouth
Another respectable performance – another defeat. Eddie Howe and his men now have what seems a vital encounter against South coast rivals Brighton just five games in. Defeat there would be a major blow.
20 (-1) Crystal Palace
Is firing your new manager four games into the season really ever the answer? It’s hard to comprehend how an ownership group can put so much faith in someone and then lose it so quickly. Worrying times in SW London.