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10 Early Takeaways From the 2014-15 EPL Season

10 Early Takeaways From the New EPL Season

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The Premier League is known as the most unpredictable league in the world, and the opening weeks of the new 2014-15 season have suggested not only that once again, but a whole lot more as well. The first three games of the new season have passed, and with a break in play due to international games, it brings an ideal opportunity to look at 10 early takeaways from the new EPL season.

10. Southampton Still Have Some Life Left In Them

Southampton celebrate Morgan Schneiderlin goal
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10. Southampton Still Have Some Life Left In Them

Southampton celebrate Morgan Schneiderlin goal
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Southampton were assumed to be doomed to relegation after losing the majority of their best players during the transfer market. On top of that, they also lost their manager as Mauricio Pochettino joined Tottenham Hotspur. But new boss, Ronald Koeman, seems to have steadied the ship and with a win, a loss and a draw from their first three games, the Saints certainly still have some life left in them yet.

9. Garry Monk Is Doing A Good Job At Swansea City

Swansea manager Garry Monk
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9. Garry Monk Is Doing A Good Job At Swansea City

Swansea manager Garry Monk
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The Swansea City job is the first managerial job for Garry Monk in his post playing career, and there were questions surrounding his credentials to do the job when he was initially appointed. But everybody has to start somewhere, and after preserving Swansea's Premier League status last year, Monk has now began the new season in outstanding style with three wins in three games, including a win over Manchester United at Old Trafford.

8. Everton May Have Gone Backwards

Everton players look dejected as they kick off after conceding a goal
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8. Everton May Have Gone Backwards

Everton players look dejected as they kick off after conceding a goal
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If you're standing still in the Premier League, then you're pretty much sure to be going backwards, is what they say. The idea being that you might be still, but everybody else isn't; they're moving forward ahead of you. And looking at Everton's transfer business and early season results, there is an argument to say Everton may have done exactly that; treading water whilst teams around them are actually moving forward.

7. Manchester City May Have To Defend Against Complacency

Fernandinho receives a yellow card while playing for Manchester City
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7. Manchester City May Have To Defend Against Complacency

Fernandinho receives a yellow card while playing for Manchester City
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Manchester City dealt with Newcastle United and Liverpool in their opening two fixtures, but then surprisingly slumped to a 1-0 home defeat to Stoke City. Which gives off the sense of playing well when the strength of the opposition motivated them to, but being a bit too laid back when it came to what was expected to be a comfortable win against Stoke. City may well have to fight complacency, as well as their rivals, to retain their title.

6. Aston Villa Could Be A Surprise Package

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert
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6. Aston Villa Could Be A Surprise Package

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert
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Aston Villa currently sit third in the Premier League table, and just like Swansea in second place, nobody expected them to be there. There is no chance that they will actually finish in that position, but the signs are that Villa could be a surprise package this year. They struggled with an inexperienced team the last few years, but with added experience this season, and Christian Benteke soon to return, Villa could be a team to keep an eye on.

5. Diego Costa Has Settled In Just Nicely

Diego Costa celebrates scoring a goal for Chelsea
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5. Diego Costa Has Settled In Just Nicely

Diego Costa celebrates scoring a goal for Chelsea
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Will Diego Costa settle into the Premier League? Will he suit the English style? The answer would seem to be a yes. Costa has scored four goals in three games so far, and seems to have settled seamlessly into the Chelsea team along with fellow new recruit, Cesc Fabregas.

4. Raheem Sterling May Now Be the Go-To Guy For Liverpool

Raheem Sterling scores a goal for Liverpool against Tottenham Hotspur
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4. Raheem Sterling May Now Be the Go-To Guy For Liverpool

Raheem Sterling scores a goal for Liverpool against Tottenham Hotspur
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With Luis Suarez now a Barcelona player, rather than a Liverpool one, there is now a gigantic pair of shoes to be filled on Merseyside. It looks close to impossible for Liverpool to fill the gap that Suarez has now left behind, but in Raheem Sterling they at least have a player who looks ready to take up the challenge. Two goals in three games and some exciting performances indicate there may yet be even more to come from the 19-year-old.

3. Same Old Arsenal

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
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3. Same Old Arsenal

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
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It really is the same old Arsenal. Or should that be the same old Arsene Wenger? Arsenal needed a defensive midfielder, preferably with some physicality, and a defender this summer, and what does Wenger buy? More attackers! There is no doubting Alexis Sanchez is a great player, but Arsenal had more pressing areas of concern to spend their money on. That, along with just one win and two draws, indicate it will be the same old Arsenal once again.

2. Manchester United Need More Than Just A New Manager

New Manchester United signing Angel di Maria
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2. Manchester United Need More Than Just A New Manager

New Manchester United signing Angel di Maria
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Sack David Moyes, they said; he doesn't know what he's doing with this team. Well, in comes a manager with more trophies than he cares to remember, Louis van Gaal, and yet United still continue to struggle. It's early, but perhaps it wasn't the manager that was the problem as much as the players on the pitch? United need to somehow get it together quickly in order to preserve this season before it's too late.

1. The Premier League Is Still As Unpredictable As Ever

Mame Diouf celebrates a goal for Stoke City against Manchester City
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1. The Premier League Is Still As Unpredictable As Ever

Mame Diouf celebrates a goal for Stoke City against Manchester City
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If there is one thing that Stoke's victory over Manchester City told us, it was that the Premier League is still as unpredictable as ever. Arsenal, Manchester United and Everton have also all dropped a surprise point or two, and with Swansea and Aston Villa riding high, the Premier League is once again showing the entertainment and unpredictability that makes it the most watched league around the world.