The Most Exciting Premier League Season Ever?
After just four rounds of this season’s competition we discuss whether this might just be the most exciting Premier League Season ever! Three of the “Big Four” clubs greatly enhanced their teams’ title prospects during the transfer window, with Liverpool being relatively inactive. The signings of Cristiano Ronaldo, Romelu Lukaku, Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho saw new (or returning) talent injected into the league, meaning the title race could be the mostly fiercely ever contested.
Previous Exciting Premier League Seasons
Before looking at what this season has to offer, we should acknowledge some other thrilling seasons.
- The 1997/98 season saw Arsenal overhaul a 13 point deficit on Christmas Day, despite losing their last 2 matches. Arsene Wenger’s first season at Highbury saw Arsenal win their first Premier League title with a team that contained some of the Gunners’ greatest players, like Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Vieira, Tony Adams and Marc Overmars. Crucially they defeated Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford, as they won the title by a single point!
— Premier League (@premierleague) August 17, 2017
- The 1995/96 season is probably remembered best for two events. The first was when former Liverpool defender Alan Hansen incorrectly claimed that, “You can’t win anything with kids” after United’s opening-weekend loss to Aston Villa. The second is Kevin Keegan’s post-match “I’d love it if we beat them” rant, as his Newcastle United team let a 12 point lead slip.
"You can tell him now, we are still fighting for this title. They've got to go to Middlesbrough and get something"
Kevin Keegan’s 'I would love it' rant about Sir Alex Ferguson and Man Utd is 23 years old today! ? pic.twitter.com/913iPG0jm4
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) April 29, 2019
- The 2013/14 season is more likely to be remembered as the season Liverpool lost the Premier League, rather than Manchester City winning it. Steven Gerrard’s famous slip against Chelsea is synonymous with The Reds’ failure to capitalise on the 5 point advantage they had with just 3 games remaining. The league leader changed an amazing 25 times during the season, with eventual winner Manchester City being on top for only 15 days during campaign.
SIX years ago today… that Steven Gerrard slip. ? pic.twitter.com/J2dtU3kLrL
— SPORTbible (@sportbible) April 27, 2020
- The 1994/95 season goes down as one of the most surprising of all time. Blackburn Rovers won their first title in 81 years after a breathless run in with Manchester United. Their star striker Alan Shearer scored an amazing 34 goals during the season and formed a formidable attacking partnership with Chris Sutton. This was the season that saw four teams relegated, as the Premier League shrunk to 20 teams. All of this in the season that saw 15 management changes, Jurgen Klinsmann joining the league with Tottenham Hotspur, plus Eric Cantona kung-fu kicking a Crystal Palace fan after being sent off!
Retweet if you remember when Eric Cantona kung-fu kicked a fan at Crystal Palace. pic.twitter.com/t17rKQoGCk
— 90s Football (@90sfootball) June 29, 2020
Predictions For 2021/22 Season
The influx of superstar players into an already talent-filled league means that every weekend with see some mouth-watering encounters. Chelsea and Manchester United are currently tied at the top of the table after just four games. “The Big Four” have all made a solid start to the season and there seems to be very little between the teams on current form. This week sees European competition begin and the introduction of midweek fixtures is going to start to test the quality and depth of these teams. The form of West Ham and Tottenham have also been encouraging, but they both too face the prospect of matches on Thursday nights and the short preparation time they present for the following weekend’s games.
As always goals are going to play a crucial role in deciding where the title ends up next May. Chelsea’s acquisition of Lukaku makes them the favourites in many people’s eyes, as Thomas Tuchel’s team are solid at the back and have numerous attacking options. Mount, Pulisic, Havertz, Werner, Saul Niguez and Ziyech can all supply Lukaku with ample goal-scoring opportunities.
?⚽️ | NEW: Lukaku has scored his first goal for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge to put them 1-0 up against Aston Villa pic.twitter.com/v3WInHcRxW
— Football For All (@FootballlForAll) September 11, 2021
Nine different players have scored for Manchester City in just four games, but will they continue to spread the goals around? City have both Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden close to returning, few would bet against them being able to so. Their midfield also contains amazing depth, with Guardiola being able to rotate in talented players like Rodri, Bernardo Silva, Riyad Mahrez and even Gabriel Jesus. City possess a strong spine to their team, with Ruben Dias’ emerging as a pivotal defensive lynchpin.
Manchester United are currently riding the crest of euphoria, following Cristiano Ronaldo’s two goal return against Newcastle United. He has unquestionably bought an air of confidence and belief to the squad. Raphael Varane has also looked impressive at the back and the gradual introduction of Jadon Sancho makes United a formidable opponent. The role of Bruno Fernandes will also be key, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tries to find a way of playing all of his best players in the same team.
Jurgen Klopp has seemingly opted to keep faith with last season’s squad. Mo Salah is always going to create goal scoring opportunities and is ably supported by players like Sadio Mane, Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino. Alexander-Arnold and Robertson are still providing plenty of ammunition from out wide and they now look far more defensively solid with Van Dijk returning from injury.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 11, 2021
SkyBet.com have got the Blues as 5/2 second favourites behind Guardiola’s Manchester City who are priced at 6/5. Manchester United are currently a tempting 5/1 pick and Liverpool are seen as the longer shot at 11/1.
Whatever happens this season, it is sure to be exciting and you can follow all of the action here on Sporting Ferret!
"He joins the club in the Premier League!"
Mohamed Salah's 100th Premier League goal puts Liverpool in front against Leeds!
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) September 12, 2021
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