Take the lead in the PL?

Three teams sit at the top of the table on 20 points


Premier League top-six assessment: Title race, Champions League and more

England's top tier has seen eight games played and we are already getting an idea of how each side's season will pan out.

We assess the race for the title, top four and top six, using odds from online bookmaker Sky Bet.

Title race

The trio sit level on points after making unbeaten starts to the season, all winning six and drawing two.

Defending champions Manchester City were well fancied to retain the title at the start of the season and they have unsurprisingly started well.

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Will anyone pull ahead in the Premier League title race?

By Joe Harker

Eight games, six wins, two draws. That's what three teams at the top of the Premier League have managed in results so far, with only goal difference to separate them. Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool are the frontrunners for the title race at the moment.

Man City are defending their title and hoping to be the first team for a decade to win consecutive Premier Leagues. They have the best attack and the joint best defence thus far and are still the favourites to go all the way. They are the benchmark against which every title challenger will be judged this season. If a team can finish ahead of City then they are probably going to be lifting the trophy.

City's game this weekend is against Burnley, who have been something of an annoyance for Guardiola's team in the past. However, a win is absolutely expected and it would take a surprise result for City not to pick up all three points.

Second in the table Chelsea were not considered likely to mount a title challenge at the start of the season, as it was expected they would take some time to grow accustomed to the methods of new manager Maurizio Sarri. The team has quickly picked up on his tactics and they welcome Jose Mourinho's struggling Manchester United side to Stamford Bridge in the lunchtime kick off. They will expect a win considering the difficult form their opponents have been going through and it is likely that only a win will ensure they keep pace with City and Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool side have an away trip against a winless Huddersfield team. The Terriers are in the relegation zone and are one point off the bottom of the table. Liverpool will be expecting a dominant win, though some of their players are out with injuries. Huddersfield manager David Wagner believes Klopp has been overstating their injury problems and expects to face close to a full strength side.

According to Bloomberg this close start to the season is making life difficult for the bookies, who make more money when the top teams who most people bet on surprisingly lose their games. The big six teams have won 80 per cent of games where they were favourites this season, compared to 69 per cent at this point last season.

There are other teams that could conceivably make it to the top of the table if the top three fail to pick up points, with just two points separating the top five teams. Both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are on 18 points, having both won six and lost twice. A win for either of them could put them top of the table depending on other results. Perhaps the title race this season will be decided by which team is first to fall behind and which ones can set the pace at the front of the pack.

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Man City handed potential Premier League title race boost

Manchester City may have been handed a boost in the title race as four key Liverpool players picked up injuries over the international break.

City drew 0-0 with Liverpool last time out, and could have taken all three points but for Riyad Mahrez's missed penalty.

The point left both teams level on 20 points at the top of the Premier League, along with Chelsea in what is shaping up to be a very close race for the title.

But City may now have a slight edge over their opponents after four Liverpool stars returned from their national teams with injury.

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