After the last round of games that featured Manchester City’s 4-0 win and Manchester United’s 2-2 draw, we’ve officially come to the end of the first half of the 2017/2018 Premier League season.
And it has been a very eventful one. 504 goals have been scored so far this season, 11% of which were scored by a certain Manchester City side that has managed to remain unbeaten.
As if an unbeaten side wasn’t highlight enough, Burnley, a side that has scored just 16 goals this season, is currently ranked seventh in the league, sharing the same space with teams that have scored as many as twice that amount.
From Chelsea’s shock loss to Crystal Palace, to City beating Liverpool for 5, and then scoring 7 against Stoke City, then some strange interviews by some managers, it’s been a Premier League season that won’t be forgotten in a jiffy.
As we look forward to the end of the year, we’ve got two more round of games to go before the end of 2017. These games will usher in the second half of the most-watched football league in the world. And there are quite a number of expectations going into this new half.
The End of the Winning Streak
Top of that list has to be Man. City dropping points. It’s Pep Guardiola’s machine against the rest of the Premier League – well, it’s been that way since their first game this season. Most fans, especially Arsenal fans, will be eagerly awaiting the day the much-talked-about winning streak comes to an end.
The Battle for Survival
Of the five sides currently occupying the bottom area of the PL table, 4 of them have had their managers changed this season. The race is on for which three teams will get relegated and which ones will survive the scare.
None of these five clubs – Crystal Palace, West Ham, Bournemouth, West Brom and Swansea City – has had more than four wins this season. Their fans will expecting more wins as the season continues and the managers should get to news of possible replacements being bandied around every now and then.
Highest Goal Scorer
Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero are not too far away from the top of the goal scorers’ chart. But two names are neck-and-neck at the top of that list, with Mohamed Salah and Harry Kane both scoring 15 goals each since the campaign kicked off.
The Top Four
Of course this is one question that never really gets answered until the end of the season. But fans, with each passing game week this second half of the season, will be wondering where the top contenders will finish on the table this season.
Will it be another outside-the-top-four finish for Arsenal? Tottenham or Liverpool or even Chelsea to finish outside the top four?
What other expectations do you have about the second half of the Premier League season? Leave us a comment and let us know your thoughts.