Every Premier League club’s season rated in comparison to expectation, with Man United, Tottenham and Everton struggling


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The Premier League has paused for its second international break so now is the perfect time to assess just how well each club is doing.

Unsurprisingly, Liverpool and Manchester City are leading the way and are a step above any other team, with Jurgen Klopp’s side in particular boasting a spotless record so far with eight wins in eight matches.

Liverpool are flying high and are eight points clear of Manchester City

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Liverpool are flying high and are eight points clear of Manchester City

However, for other clubs such as Manchester United, Everton and Tottenham, the season couldn’t be going much worse.

In light of the international break, talkSPORT.com has ranked each Premier League club’s performance so far this season in comparison to what’s expected of them.

Have a look at our findings below.,.

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20. Man United

Under the leadership of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the Red Devils have made their worst Premier League start in history.

They have suffered defeats to West Ham, Crystal Palace and Newcastle this term and are sitting 12th in the table having won only two of their opening eight Premier League games.

Following the arrival of Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, many thought United would at least be better than last season – but they’ve been worse.

Solskjaer will have his work cut out in January if he is still Man United manager

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Solskjaer will have his work cut out in January if he is still Man United manager

19. Everton

Toffees manager Marco Silva has overseen a dreadful start to the season, with just seven points from their opening eight games landing them in the relegation zone.

Everton have spent big over the previous two seasons, almost £200m to be precise, but the fans haven’t witnessed any notable improvement from Allardyce’s tenure during the 2017/18 campaign.

This season has been a disaster so far and Silva’s job is hanging on by a thread.

18. Tottenham

Things are starting to unravel for Spurs this term with numerous players unsettled and Mauricio Pochettino himself admitting this is the most ‘difficult moment’ of his tenure following a week in which his team were hammered at home by Bayern Munich and humiliated at Brighton.

Tottenham are ninth in the league but should be a lot higher given the fact they splashed the cash in the summer and didn’t lose any key players.

Pochettino just endured one of the worst weeks of his career as Spurs boss

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Pochettino just endured one of the worst weeks of his career as Spurs boss

17.  Watford

The Hornets have had a torrid start to the season and sacked Javi Gracia just a month into the campaign.

Vicarage Road chiefs will be hoping Quique Sanchez Flores picks up some results in the coming weeks or they could find themselves in the Championship next season when they should have been aiming to break into the top 10.

16. Southampton

The Saints have also been uninspiring so far, with just two wins on the road against Brighton and Sheffield United.

After Sunday’s 4-1 defeat by Chelsea, the Saints are hovering just above the drop zone and Ralph Hasenhuttl needs to work some of his magic sharpish to keep his side up.

It was thought the Austrian would take them away from the relegation zone but he’s struggling right now.

Hasenhuttl needs to work some of his magic after the international break

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Hasenhuttl needs to work some of his magic after the international break

15. Norwich

The Canaries have been very entertaining so far this season and they got off to a great start, with their win against Man City a performance for the ages.

But Daniel Farke is yet to sort out his defence and performances have tailed off in recent matches, with a bitterly disappointing 5-1 defeat at home to Aston Villa their latest setback.

14. Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wolves had an awful start to the season, drawing their first three games then losing two on the bounce – and their exploits in Europe may be a key factor that.

However, results have picked up in recent weeks and they will now be hoping to regain some momentum following their phenomenal win at Man City last time out

Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolves claimed a stunning win at Man City

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Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolves claimed a stunning win at Man City

13. Newcastle

In comparison to what was expected of the club under Steve Bruce before the season, the Magpies are overachieving.

Newcastle have defied expectations with some spirited displays but they will be hoping to kick on with a string of good results following their victory over Man United at the weekend.

12. Aston Villa

Aston Villa recorded their biggest win of the season against Norwich last weekend and their display will convince many they have what it takes to stay up this season.

Dean Smith’s side just need to be a little more consistent as they have been defeated in half of their matches so far.

Smith’s side need to be more consistent if they want to remain in the division

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Smith’s side need to be more consistent if they want to remain in the division

11. Brighton

Just like Newcastle, many expected the Seagulls to be pushovers this season but boss Graham Potter has had other ideas.

The Englishman has got his side playing some neat and tidy football and he is not reverting to a defensive approach, which is brilliant to see in a team many tipped to get relegated.

10. Bournemouth

The Cherries continue to be a thoroughly entertaining team to watch, with their attack force of Ryan Fraser, Josh King and Callum Wilson one of the best in the league.

However, their defensive frailties are still costing them this season and that needs to be addressed if they want to secure a place in the top ten.

Howe’s side have been better than expected this season

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Howe’s side have been better than expected this season

9. Man City

It seems odd to put City as mid-table in this list but it makes sense due to the expectations that Pep Guardiola’s record-breaking side have set for themselves.

By their brilliant standards, it hasn’t been the best start to the campaign for the Citizens, having lost two and drawn one of their matches so far.

8. West Ham

The Hammers are performing slightly above expectation this season but they will be disappointed they didn’t claim the win against Palace at home at the weekend.

Pellegrini’s men need to be more consistent if they want to mount a serious challenge for the top six this term.

Pellegrini is confident of success for West Ham this season

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Pellegrini is confident of success for West Ham this season

7. Burnley

Burnley are quietly going about their business this season and they currently sit in seventh place in the division.

Unlike last season, the Clarets do not have the distraction of the Europa League to worry about and they have been solid so far this season.

6. Arsenal

The Gunners had a slow start to the campaign but results have picked up recently and somehow they find themselves in fourth place.

Unai Emery is giving his young guns a good run out but they have yet to be tested against the likes of Man City and Liverpool, who could teach them a lesson.

Emery may need to dip into the transfer market in January

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Emery may need to dip into the transfer market in January

5. Sheffield United

Chris Wilder’s men are a forced to be reckoned with this season and haven’t been outplayed by any team they have faced.

They were unlucky not to come away with a share of the points against Liverpool and generally have been a very solid unit this season.

4. Liverpool

Liverpool have won every single match this season and the fact that they are still fourth on this list shows just how good Klopp’s side are.

They have had lots of luck along the way but if they continue this run they will surely end up with their first title in almost 30 years come May.

Klopp and his Liverpool side lead the Premier League by eight points

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Klopp and his Liverpool side lead the Premier League by eight points

3. Crystal Palace

If you looked at the Eagles’ transfer business over the summer and saw what position they are in now, you’d be shocked.

Somehow, without playing particularly well, Roy Hodgson’s men are grinding out the results and if the table started at the beginning of the year, Palace would be third in the table.

2. Chelsea

No one expected anything of Chelsea this season due to their transfer ban and the departure of their talisman Eden Hazard.

But Frank Lampard has settled into the job brilliantly and brought in some young stars who are delivering week in, week out – the top four is definitely in sight.

Lampard has surpassed expectations with Chelsea this season

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Lampard has surpassed expectations with Chelsea this season

1. Leicester

Brendan Rodgers’ side have picked up where they left off last season with some superb displays, beating Tottenham and picking up a point at Stamford Bridge along the way.

The Foxes deserved something against Liverpool but their thrilling brand of football has earned them the top position on this list.

Rodgers and his Leicester side are fourth in the Premier League

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Rodgers and his Leicester side are fourth in the Premier League

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