Tottenham top - Liverpool fourth
Tottenham Hotspur sit top of the Permier League after nine games, three points ahead of Liverpool in fourth place
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The 2023/24 season promises an enthralling Title race, with four teams separated by just three points at the top of the table.
Another weekend of Premier League action is complete, with Tottenham's victory over Fulham on Monday nght concluding game week nine. Liverpool picked up a vital win - and bragging rights, over Everton, but it is Tottenham who lead the way with a quarter of the season complete.
Read on below for our top take-aways fro another action packed, and controversial, weekend of football :
1 - More teams in the mix this season
The Premier League has been a two horse race for the last five years, with Liverpool and Man City, or Man City and Arsenal, fighting private duels to win the title. And whilst this season may turn out to be the same, it appears, at the moment, as though atleast four teams have a genuine shot at the title. Tottenham, Arsenal, Liverpool and Man City are all separated by three points, whilst Newcastle, Man Utd and Chelsea cannot be ruled out, despite this indifferent starts to the season.
2 - Tottenham showing great promise
Despite the loss of Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur continue to defy the odds, leading the table with 23 points from 9 games. Of course, they've had some help along the way (VAR anyone), but there is real promise in the team that Ange Postecoglou is putting together. Sterner tests will come their way, and the it will be interesting to see how they cope towards the end of the season when the pressure really builds (and Spurs usually crumble), but Tottenham fans can loook forward to an exciting season.
3 - Refereeing decisions still dominating the headlines
A win is a win - especially against Everton, but once again it was the referee who took all the headlines. And whilst some may say we were on the right side of the decisions this week, it is still unacceptable that refereeing standards and decisions differ so much from moment to moment - let alone game to game. The FA and PGMOL need to get a grip on the situation, or the season risks being ruined by contentious decisions.
4 - New look Liverpool have it all to play for
Bedding in a new midfield was always going to take time, and some of our performances haven't been the best, but our impressive points haul and winning starts to the Carabao Cup and Europa League, mean Liverpool go into the winter with everything to play for. That's important for a number of reasons. Winning matches creates momentum and confidence in the players, whilst staying in the cup competitions means more game time for younger players, increased revenue and more chances of silverware.
5 - January transfer window could be crucial
With 4 or 5 teams looking capable of mounting a title challenge, squad depth and injuries will play an important role in deciding the eventual winner. The January transfer window will therefore become crucial, with teams looking to enhance their squads, provide better competition, or cover injured players, for the title run in. Depending on how successful Robertson's shoulder surgery is, Liverpool may need to look for another left back, whilst a genuine no.6 is surely a must.
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