Liverpool lead the way in the Premier League after four games, ahead of Chelsea and Watford on goal difference.
They are the only teams to maintain a perfect start to the 2018/19 campaign, with Manchester City and Tottenham close behind them.
At the other end of the table, West Ham are without a point while Burnley, Newcastle, Huddersfield and Cardiff all remain without a league victory.
Meanwhile, hovering around mid-table are Unai Emery's Arsenal and Jose Mourinho's Manchester United.
Of course, the league is very much still taking shape but we now have a good idea of each side's capabilities for the new campaign.
Questions to be answered
Can Watford keep up the pace at the top? Will Manchester United achieve success under Jose Mourinho? Will Manuel Pellegrini turn it around at West Ham?
Of course, nobody knows for certain but, going on what we have seen so far, Sporting Life's George Pitts has predicted the final Premier League table, detailing the reasons why and using some odds via online bookmaker Sky Bet along the way.
Winners: Manchester City (4/6)
Liverpool may have made the stronger start, but Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City still look like the team to beat this term.
Losing Kevin De Bruyne to injury was a huge blow for the Citizens, but their strength in depth means the Belgian playmaker can soon be replaced in their starting XI by another world-class midfielder.
They have already thrashed 6-1 Huddersfield at home and when they turn on the style they take some stopping.
Not only were they consistent against the bottom teams last term, their record against the top six stood them in good stead – losing only once each to rivals Liverpool and Man United.
Benjamin Mendy’s return from injury has given them extra width and another outlet with the left-back already notching four assists.
Providing the latter stages of European involvement does not take their eye of the ball – and it should not – the Centurions can keep breaking records. They are currently 7/1 to win a Premier League and Champions League double.
Liverpool look more complete as a side with the addition of Alisson in goal and Virgil van Dijk’s budding partnership with Joe Gomez in the centre of defence, but City’s experience should stand them in good stead.
Top four: Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham (14/1 exact order)
As mentioned, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool should no doubt go close to securing their first Premier League title, so they look good value to be runners up.
The 2017/18 Champions League finalists have strengthened well and now have good options to call upon from the bench. After beating Man City in the Premier league and Champions League last term, they could have the psychological edge though and their league meetings could prove vital in knocking City off their perch.
Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea, meanwhile, have made an excellent start and things are still clicking under the former Napoli boss.
They are winning games without performing too well and we expect them to grow as the season goes on. Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic look like good additions in midfield, while Eden Hazard is picking up form after being integrated later following the World Cup – the Belgian playmaker could prove vital in both the league and cups. With Alvaro Morata still yet to prove himself properly, and this could be the season, the Blues are without a clinical 30-goal a season striker which should see them fall short in the race for the title.
Despite failing to strengthen their ranks over the summer, Tottenham made a strong start to the campaign before losing at Watford on Sunday. Their existing understanding looks to have helped them so far and Toby Alderweireld’s return to the first team could prove vital, while Lucas Moura is like a new signing after being slowly integrated since his arrival from PSG in January. One danger is their players’ involvement in the latter stages of the World Cup, with nine semi-finalists, and fatigue could prove an issue at points in the campaign. Even if Mauricio Pochettino, fails to bring the Premier League trophy to north London this term, Spurs are 7/1 in the betting for each of the FA Cup and Carabao Cup.
Outside the top four
Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United may have finished as runners up last season, but they have already had a tough start on and off the field. After failing to sign a centre-back at Mourinho’s request, the Red Devils have looked short defensively and it has already cost them this season.
With talk of the wheels coming off in Mourinho’s third season at Old Trafford, he has already fallen out with the media and there has been talk about his relationship breaking down with both chief executive Ed Woodward and midfield ace Paul Pogba. Less than a month in, that does not bode well for the rest of the campaign.
Meanwhile at Arsenal, it was tough to place them after a mixed start to the season. Things are still clicking for Unai Emery after replacing Arsene Wenger in the Emirates hot seat. Then to start with Man City and Chelsea as your opening two fixtures, it is a tough ask.
They have since recorded back-to-back wins and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be key after getting off the mark at the weekend – since his Premier League debut in February, only Mo Salah (15) has scored more Premier League goals than the Gabon forward (11). The former Dortmund man can be backed for the Golden Boot at 10/1 here.
Elsewhere, Everton will continue to grow under Marco Silva, with the Toffees unable to field their strongest XI due to injury problems. The likes of Richarlison and Yerry Mina should prove to be strong additions to their expensively-assembled squad – but breaking into the top six will prove to be a tough ask.
Leicester have looked impressive under Claude Puel so far with James Maddison impressively making the step up after his summer switch from Norwich, and they should be another team pushing the top six but just falling short.
Watford’s strong start to the season should put them in good stead, despite some fancying them for relegation before a ball was kicked, and West Ham should come good under Manuel Pellegrini after a poor start. Marko Arnautovic and co. should have the quality to get them clear of any relegation fight.
Wolves, who got their first win at the weekend after Adama Traore's late goal, look like they have got what it takes after showing enough in their four games and Roy Hogson's Crystal Palace should be clear of danger too - providing Wilfried Zaha stays fit, as without the Ivorian they struggle to pick up points.
Relegation: Southampton 18th, Cardiff 19th and Huddersfield 20th (50/1 exact order)
The final relegation place was toughest to predict in this whole Premier League table and, based on a process of elimination, we expect Southampton to fall short.
Danny Ings scored in the weekend win at Crystal Palace and the former Liverpool and Burnley striker could be vital for the Saints’ survival hopes. They have the quality in the squad but, as last season showed, the results are not a given and Mark Hughes faces a tough task here.
Cardiff are still awaiting their first victory since returning to the Premier League and they scored their first goals of the season in the 3-2 home defeat to Arsenal. Neil Warnock made some additions but his squad overall, in comparison to others around them, does not look good enough to survive the drop.
Huddersfield, like Cardiff, are another side looking short. Last season, the excitement of being back in the top flight helped them gain enough points in the first half before a dreadful run in the second half of the campaign which saw them just avoid relegation. David Wagner’s Terriers, who ground out a credible 1-1 draw at Everton at the weekend, do not appear to have enough in their ranks and it is no surprise to see them second favourites for the drop.
Two teams down there at the minute are Burnley and Newcastle. Sean Dyche’s Clarets have had a hectic start to the season, with Europa League qualifiers arguably affecting their results. After missing out on the group stages at the final hurdle, it was probably a blessing in disguise as they can kick on in the league and possibly go on a cup run. With Dyche as manager and some seasoned Premier League quality in their squad it is hard to see them still being down there come May.
Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle, meanwhile, have got just one point from their opening 14 after another frustrating pre-season on Tyneside. They performed well at Man City at the weekend – to many people’s surprise only losing 2-1 – and have a squad and manager capable of getting enough points on the board. They could be affected by off-field issues with fans rallying against owner Mike Ashley, but they should be fine…just.
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