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So far, much of the young Premier League season has shaken out as expected: Romelu Lukaku and Harry Kane are scoring lots of goals, Arsenal is benefiting from not having to balance a UCL schedule, and the title looks like it will go through Manchester.

There haven’t been too many surprises with who is near the top of the table, but instead just with how good they’ve looked on their way there. Aside from league-leading City who is performing exactly as expected, here are five more clubs showing high potential this season.

Burnley

While this campaign is already showing less parity than many in the recent past, Burnley has hung
with some of the Prem’s big boys, beating Chelsea on opening weekend and drawing both Spurs and Liverpool. Eight of their current 12 points have come on the road, a higher total they accrued there all of last season en route to a 16th-place finish.

While it was thought that club star Sam Vokes and new £15m signing Chris Wood would be fighting over the striker role, so far the pair has coexisted peacefully, each scoring twice. It’s far too early to tell if they can hang on to nip a Europa spot, but right now they have as good a shot as any of the small market clubs.

Watford

Watford finished just six points from the drop last season, but right now they look like they could finish
just points from a Europe slot. Other than a 6-0 drubbing from City, Marco Silva’s side hasn’t lost a match thru October’s international break. The biggest boon to the Hornets’ attack has been summer signing Richarlison, who is tied as team’s top scorer with three goals and has taken 23 shots, good enough to be tied for fifth in all of the Prem.

Perhaps most encouraging so far is that 10 of their 12 points have come away from Vicarage Road. If they can remain unintimated on the road and get things to click at home, a top half finish is not out of the question.

Manchester United

Most experts weren’t picking the Red Devils to finish in the top two, thinking Mourinho’s side was still a year away. But through their first seven Prem matches, United is undefeated and has outscored opponents at a 19-2 clip. New signing and EPL-leading scorer Romelu Lukaku has been nothing short of brilliant, as has Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Behind crosstown rivals (and many pre-season’s favorite) City, United currently has the second best odds of lifting the Premiership trophy (11/4 odds at most online sportsbooks). While they’ve yet to face any of the league’s blue bloods, they’ve nary had a glitch so far, including in Champions League play.

Spurs

Most people pegged Spurs to finish fourth or fifth, and right now they are playing with third-place quality at worst. After his customary slow start, Harry Kane’s goal scoring engine is back in high gear, scoring three braces in Tottenham’s most recent four matches. Even when Kane’s scoring foot has been absent, Dele Alli, Ben Davies, and Christian Eriksen have picked up the load in his place.

The one blip in the campaign so far (including in UCL play) was a 2-1 home loss to Chelsea in August. The defense (0.71 goals allowed per match) has been as good as anyone’s outside the city of Manchester and unless Jose Mourinho can make his long-time dream of buying Harry Kane true, Spurs should be right in the thick of things all season long.

Arsenal

Since dropping matches to Stoke and Liverpool in Gameweeks 2 and 3, Arsenal has been quietly awesome, taking 10 points out of a possible 12 and allowing exactly zero goals.

So far, Alexandre Lacazette has proved worthy more than worthy of his club-record price tag by scoring four times. Overall the rest of the attack has been balanced: Danny Welbeck has already scored a third the amount of goals (3) he did last season, and Aaron Ramsey, Alex Iwobi, Nacho Monreal, and Olivier Giroud have all also found net. If they can finally ship off Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, the caliber of star they could buy in return could put them over the top for the first time in 14 years.

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