We are only seven gameweeks into the new Premier League season at the time of writing, but already, several sides are exceeding what was expected of them back in the offseason.
There is still a long way to go between now and the end of the campaign in May, so whether the overperforming sides can keep this up for the next seven months or so remains to be seen.
For now, though, let’s take a look at the three sides who have impressed us in the opening couple of months of the season and are potentially worth backing in the football betting today.
There’s no denying the fact that the summer was far from plain sailing for Tottenham Hotspur. Daniel Levy’s hunt for a permanent replacement for Antonio Conte took far longer than expected, with several managers turning down the job before the chairman finally settled on Celtic’s Ange Postecoglou.
Then, after a solid pre-season, Spurs talisman Harry Kane departed for Bayern Munich just when the 2023-24 campaign was about to get underway — threatening to completely derail Tottenham’s season before it even got started.
However, the north London side have been fantastic thus far and are unbeaten after eight games. Draws away to city rivals Brentford and Arsenal are excusable, while Spurs have beat Manchester United, Bournemouth, Burnley, Sheffield United and Liverpool (controversially) and Luton Town to top the table.
It was between Brighton and Hove Albion and Aston Villa for our second spot, but the recent matchup between the two decided it for us — as Unai Emery’s men brought the high-flying Seagulls back down to earth with a 6-1 humbling in the midlands.
It is worth noting that Villa ended last season incredibly well after Emery came in to replace Steven Gerrard, ultimately securing a European football spot, but their fans would have bitten your arm off if you offered them five wins and a draw from their opening eight games.
As a result, Villa are fifth in the table and just four points behind league leaders Tottenham Hotspur. Winning the title is still well out of their remit, however, as they are 50/1 in the Premier League winner odds.
West Ham United
A side we’ve already mentioned briefly, West Ham struggled last season but spared their blushes by rounding out the campaign with a Europa Conference League success. That was the Hammers’ first piece of silverware in more than forty years, and it perhaps saved David Moyes’ job.
With West Ham losing their captain and best player Declan Rice to Arsenal and failing to make a single signing for the best of the summer, things looked pretty bleak for the east Londoners and many pundits and fans alike were resigning them to another difficult season.
However, West Ham went unbeaten in their first four games with a draw to Bournemouth before defeating Chelsea, Brighton and Luton. Successive losses to Man City and Liverpool are excusable, and the Hammers bounced back with a 2-0 win over Sheffield United and a 2-2 draw with Newcastle United.