Premier League Review: Mourinho is building something special as Spurs top the table

Jose Mourinho - Tottenham manager
Jose Mourinho has Spurs supporters dreaming of a title challenge

Tottenham are the latest team to top the Premier League - the seventh this season - and they lead Charlie Mullan's five things we learnt this weekend...

"With 12 points gained from their last four games, the doubters are beginning to believe Tottenham can challenge for the league and they can be backed at 7.06/1 to win their first league title since 1961"

1) On-song Son leads Tottenham's title charge

When Tottenham opted to replace Mauricio Pochettino with Jose Mourinho, it was hoped the 'Special One' would rediscover his mojo. Some sections of Spurs supporters were less than convinced by the appointment and the murmurs continued with some underwhelming performances last season.

But with 12 points gained from their last four games and a more attacking approach adopted in the main, the doubters are beginning to believe Tottenham can challenge for the title and they are now trading at 7.06/1 to win their first league title since 1961.

Spurs went top of the table following their 2-0 win at home to Manchester City on Saturday evening. For the fifth time in the last eight league games, Tottenham found themselves ahead on the scoreboard by the 25th minute thanks to their eighth goal before that mark in their last seven games.

Harry Kane is playing his way towards being named PFA Player of the Year, an award he has yet to win in his time at Tottenham and Kane can be backed at 5.59/2 to win the accolade and become the first Englishman since Wayne Rooney in 2010 to win it. Kane's man-of-the-match performance against City included his ninth assist of the season for Giovani Lo Celso to score just 35 seconds after the Argentine was introduced from the bench.

Son Heung-Min gave Spurs the early lead with his ninth goal in nine league games. The South Korean, who is on course to beat his best personal best 14 goals in the 2016/17 Premier League campaign, can be backed at 9.89/1 to win the Golden Boot award.

Next up for Spurs and Son is a visit to Chelsea where Son will want to make amends for his red card in the same fixture last season which Chelsea won 2-0. We will know more about Tottenham's title credentials after this weekend's action.

2) Liverpool overcome adversity and Leicester to set new record

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The last time Liverpool were beaten at home in the Premier League was on 23 April, 2017, when Crystal Palace beat them 2-1. Since then, the Reds have gone 64 matches without losing after sending Brendan Rodgers' Foxes back to Leicester on the wrong end of a 3-0 scoreline as Liverpool - who were available at around evens to win during the week - battled against adversity at Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp received a triple blow during the international break losing defender Joe Gomez and captain Jordan Henderson to injury while on England duty. On top of that, leading scorer Mohamed Salah twice tested positive for Covid-19 which ruled him out. No Salah. No problem.

Diogo Jota would probably have started this game after scoring seven times in his last six games, but this was a chance for Roberto Firmino to add to his solitary goal this season. And the Brazilian wrapped up victory late on after Jota doubled his side's advantage following Jonny Evans' own goal midway through the first half.

This may be Liverpool's lowest points return through nine games in their last three seasons, but they are very well placed to mount another title charge. Klopp's side can be backed at 2.56/4 to retain their Premier League title.

3) Omens are not good for basement Blades

After the opening nine games of the season, Sheffield United find themselves bottom of the Premier League table with just one point to show for their efforts. Their eighth defeat of the season was inflicted by West Ham who left Bramall Lane with a 1-0 win thanks to Sebastien Haller's second league goal of the season.

A return of one point from a possible 27, equals the worst start made in the history of the Premier League and the bad news for United boss Chris Wilder is that the other two sides who started the campaign this poorly, were relegated - Manchester City (1995/96) and Sheffield Wednesday (1999/00).

The good news for the Blades is that both City and their neighbours Wednesday added to their points tally in their tenth game. City drew 0-0 with Leeds at Maine Road while the Owls beat Wimbledon 5-1 at Hillsborough. United travel to West Brom this weekend.

With three quarters of the season still to play, Wilder will hope his side can somehow find a way to score more goals. Four goals from nine games has them on course to beat Derby's record low of 20 during the 2007/08 campaign. Derby were relegated that season and United can be backed at 5.39/2 to finish rock bottom of the table and 1.9110/11 to be relegated.

4) David Moyes' side are hammering on the door of the top six

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Back-to-back wins for West Ham has the Hammers moving up the table to the point where they have their sights set on a top six finish. Instead of scoring plenty of goals, one goal has been enough for the eighth placed Hammers to record successive wins over Fulham and Sheffield United.

Their last two opponents may only have five points between them, but in years gone by, these would be the type of matches that the Hammers would have dropped points in.

This is the best start to a season after nine games West Ham have made in the last five campaigns and they can establish themselves as top six contenders if they can pick up all three points at home to Aston Villa next Monday. The Hammers can be backed at 9.28/1 to maintain their good form and secure a top six finish.

5) Magpies have their wings clipped to move closer to the drop zone

When Steve Bruce was appointed Newcastle manager, he admitted it was a dream come true to manage the team he supported growing up. The last few weeks, however, have not been a dream as the Magpies fell to successive 2-0 defeats to Southampton and Chelsea.

Both losses have followed a similar pattern for Bruce's side this season. Three of their four defeats have been to nil and all three of those have come after Newcastle conceded goals in the opening 10 minutes. Federico Fernandez's own goal gave Chelsea an early advantage on Saturday and the Magpies were unable to recover.

There is still plenty of time for Newcastle to turn things around. After finishing tenth in their first campaign back in the top flight, the Magpies have finished 13th in the last two seasons. Newcastle fans are among the most demanding and another finish outside the top half will not sit well with them.

Bruce's appointment wasn't met with universal approval and defeat at Crystal Palace this weekend will cast doubts on a top half finish which can be backed at 12.5. Bruce can also be backed at 12.5 to be the next manager to leave his position.

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