Can Everton win the 2020-21 Premier League? Stranger things have happened.
Leicester City shocked the world with their surprise success in 2015-16. Jose Mourinho put his name on the map by winning the Champions League with FC Porto in 2003-04.
Roberto Di Matteo stepped in as Chelsea boss and surprised us all by not only reaching the 2011-12 Champions League final but upsetting Bayern Munich on their own turf to lift the prestigious trophy.
That same year Montpellier won the Ligue 1 crown, one of the biggest surprises in French football.
What do all of the above have in common? The season ended with the European Championships. What is scheduled to take place next summer? Euro 2021.
OK, history isn’t going to help determine this season’s Premier League winners, but some of the early bizarre results says this unique season could really leave us with a surprise winner at the end of the campaign.
Need I remind you of Aston Villa’s incredible 7-2 win against Liverpool this past weekend and Leicester City going to Manchester City to pick up a 5-2 win the week before.
Heading into this weekend’s international break, Everton are the only side with 12 points, whilst Aston Villa are the only other team with a 100% winning record – three out of three.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side have scored a joint-league high 12 goals in those games, with Jame Rodriguez scoring in three of their four matches and Dominic Calvert-Lewin top scoring with six. If there’s on noticeable weakness in their side it’s that they’ve conceded five goals in their last three. Perhaps the arrival of goalkeeper Robin Olsen and centre-back Ben Godfrey on deadline day will help change that.
Meanwhile, Manchester City are down in the bottom half with four points from their first three games, which includes a draw at newly-promoted Leeds United. Liverpool may have only dropped three points so far but they did it dramatically, and needed a very late winner in their game against Leeds.
Chelsea’s big summer signings have yet to produce – Timo Werner and Kai Havertz both without a single goal without them as the Blues have taken just seven points from their first four matches – fight back from 0-3 to get a point against West Bromwich Albion was last season’s Championship’s runners-up’s first point of their return to the top flight.
With the unique setting of no fans for the foreseeable future and games kicking off at different times, the 2020-21 Premier League season is a prime opportunity for big upsets. Let’s just hope we’re in for more entertainment and surprises after the international break…
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