Leicester have played some eye-catchy football this season, and have won their five of last six home games in the league. This achievement will be much more satisfying.
Yet while some fans, such as those of Leicester City and West Ham United, will be delighted with where their clubs find themselves at this stage of the season, others will view the standings with a large dollop of fear.
Can you name the players who scored and assisted in a Premier League game for the first time and how about the man who netted his first-ever goal in this division?
Louis van Gaal has praised Anthony Martial’s ideal start to his Manchester United career and insisted there was more to come.
Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri is hopeful his men can spring a surprise in Saturday’s Premier League encounter with Arsenal.
Sergio Aguero in 7 career games against Tottenham is 7-0-0 and has scored 10 goals.
The Gunners suffered yet another defeat at the hands of Chelsea last week, but they bounced back strongly with a 2-1 win over their North London rivals Spurs in the midweek.
To get the special enhanced odds of 25/1 on Arsenal, Chelsea and City to win on Saturday, simply open a Paddy Power account through this link and back all three teams to win at the normal price on the site. Indeed, with a bit of luck they could have held a two-goal advantage over the Gunners. Everton have kept three consecutive clean sheets away from home in the league for the first time since December 2013… Arsenal will be glad to have Per Mertesacker back in contention as they will be without Gabriel.
That was when Sanchez imposed his will on the game, scoring just after the half hour, and from there he was unstoppable. So unless the English FA passed a secret law requiring any team hosting Slaven Bilic’s side to play with a hologram instead of a human keeper, West Ham will eventually have some of their early shots saved. Jose Mourinho has never won a league match at St James’ Park (two draws and three losses)… Their defeat rate is also marginally better – 14% compared to 11% – and perhaps most numerically damning of all, the Blues haven’t lost any of their last twelve games in Costa’s absence, winning eight. The Chile worldwide has had more attempts at goal than any other player in the Premier League this season (31), but is yet to score. But here’s a fun fact, Watford haven’t conceded a goal at home all season, and probably won’t concede one this weekend either (the bookies do know that as betting “no” on both teams to score comes in at -120). Win, and they are all square.
Good: Good news is thin on the ground but things are looking up with Sunday’s win at West Bromwich Albion, albeit without Chelsea being at their best.
The Premier League’s precious fourth place spot is one of the most coveted prizes for a lot teams not in the title race year in year out.
Centre-back Per Mertesacker is available again following illness but midfielder Santi Cazorla is suspended after he was sent off in the Barclays Premier League match at Chelsea on Saturday. True, Rodgers can’t be expected to work miracles as players like Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard and Raheem Sterling have left, but he has spent over $300 million on new signings over the past 18 months and, in truth, many have failed to live up to the expectations.