1. Liverpool possess the deadliest strike partnership in the league
It might make you feel slightly sick when a commentator gleefully whips out an ‘SAS’ remark whenever Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez exchange simple six yard passes, but it can’t be denied that the two are in top form. They might be a fair few trophies short of overtaking previous SAS duos – Messrs Shearer and Sutton or Sheringham and Solskjaer – but their impressive link-up has seen them emerge as the league’s most lethal pairing, more so even than United’s Rooney and RVP. If Sturridge can carry his club form onto the international scene then England may have finally found the belated successor to Michael Owen’s boots.
2. Manchester United still have some spirit of old
You’ve got to feel happy for David Moyes, regardless of your football persuasion. The former Everton boss looked close to an early death when his United troops fell behind against Stoke and was cut a relieved man when Javier Hernandez popped up with the winner. Quick question though: how is Moyes meant to go about the task at hand with Sir Alex peering in at every opportunity? The former gaffer was in the stands yet again at Old Trafford, casting his eye on life after his tenure. Everyone can relate to the feeling of helplessness when someone lurks behind your shoulder, so perhaps it’s time for Ferguson to fade into the shadows for a while to allow Moyes to get on with things. And if he can take that pesky autobiography with him, all the better.
Nigel Adkins was culled in one of the most ruthless sackings in Premier League history but, incredibly, it actually looks to be an inspired decision from Southampton. New man Mauricio Pochettino might have to keep an interpreter close at hand whilst he comes to terms with the English language, but he’s got his charges playing an exciting brand of football and instilled a fierce defensive approach which has seen his side leak just three league goals. Sorry Nigel, you’re a good bloke, but even you can’t deny that the Saints are far better now...
4. Tottenham’s top four place is in serious doubt unless they find goals from open play
Don’t get too excited, Tottenham fans. But for a trio of soft penalties you could be languishing in mid-table with the likes of Hull City and Man United. However, that aside, Spurs must be commended for the way they have ground out results this season. If the likes of Christian Eriksen, Roberto Soldado and Erik Lamela start contributing more regularly then there is no reason they can’t pip a so-called bigger club to a Champions League spot.
5. October will provide a cracking Goal of the Month competition
We were spoilt when Jack Wilshere capped one of the Premier League’s all-time great team moves, but since then it’s got a touch ridiculous. We had already seen Ravel Morrison carve open the Tottenham defence and Willian curl a beauty past John Ruddy before Arsenal’s antics and Pajtim Kasami’s van Basten impression. This weekend saw Luis Suarez add to the showreel with a silky solo goal and a booming header from the edge of the area. Not to be outdone, Daniel Sturridge then pulled off an outrageous chip over a stranded Boaz Myhill. Good luck choosing your favourite...
Across Wearside, Sunderland fans are revelling in the fact their side are no longer rooted to the bottom of the Premier League. Defeat would have sapped what lingering morale they had left and surely consigned them to the Championship, but a rasping Fabio Borini drive ensured they quadrupled their points haul (to four) and jumped into 19th position. There is a renewed sense of optimism around the Stadium of Light but the same can’t be said of Palace, who are surely doomed already.
Following the desolation of a man once considered the finest striker in Europe has made football rather enjoyable of late, but it’s now time to recognise that Fernando Torres is showing signs of his former self. We’ve all been guilty of announcing this before, but what is different this time around is that it appears he’s rediscovered the much-talked about ‘yard of pace’. He caused all sorts of problems in the Manchester City defence as Chelsea laid down a marker to the rest of the league – if he carries on in this vein, the Blues have everything required to wrestle the title out of Manchester.