You know something is wrong with the world when you wake up hungover and depressed on Monday, and the day gets worse when you remember that Portsmouth is on the top of the Premiership table.
It’s only a 1-point lead, and Portsmouth still have to meet the big four, but their stellar start has ensured that they will aim for a European berth this season.
The top half of the Premiership table will take some time to settle down, but for now teams like Reading can enjoy the benefits of the poor form of the heavyweights, while Everton, Aston Villa and Portsmouth are setting the pace and should have a relatively successful season.
The Prem is much more exciting this year, with plenty of teams having the potential to be in the top 6.
Middlesbrough have made one of the top 3 signings of the summer with Woodgate – potential captain, star defender and the rock that Southgate can build his team around. The only problem is that Woody is an injury waiting to happen, but till that time comes he is unarguably the best player in the Boro squad and if he can stay fit, he will give Boro a chance to finish in the top 10.
The problem with most ‘pretender’ teams is that they blow hot and cold and lack consistency. Fulham’s rise (after their opening day debacle) is just building up to another lame defeat. They held Tottenham to a 0-0 draw, but sooner or later they will fall and that’s why they can’t be expected to push for Europe. With Bullard though, anything’s possible.
Spurs have enough problems of their own but now one of their main creative influences, Aaron Lennon, is on the surgeon’s table and suddenly that 5th place isn’t looking so secure as they thought at the start of the season. Some big performances are needed from Martin Jol’s men, although I doubt they can deliver.
Newcastle fans must be over the moon with their 2-0 win over West Ham – In honesty, you can’t say what’s going to happen with either team because they are very unpredictable. West Ham and Wigan are expected to have poorer seasons than last year and all the hype surrounding Mascherano and Tevez SHOULD dissipate once people have seen them play in the Premiership.
Everton had a chance to go to the top of the table as well, but they let Wigan come back twice in the game and will be furious for drawing a home game like this. This season is an excellent chance for Everton to get back into Europe, but if they keep dropping points like these they might just do a Bolton and miss out again.