Manchester United, Leicester, Tottenham and Manchester City all won to sit at the top of the Premier League table, although this season Sheffield United is yet to win, threatening the ignominy of a record-breaking tally of points.
PA news agency looks at five items we learned in the top flight from this weekend’s play. The most open title race for years? Pic.twitter.com/622ZSpbz8Q- Premier League (@premierleague) January 3, 2021 Liverpool left their competitors behind last season, leading from the second weekend and ending up comfortably crowned champions. Jürgen Klopp’s team had already had a seven-point advantage over their nearest rivals, Leicester, after 16 matchdays last season. However, in 2020-21, the signs are that things are going to look very different. Leicester is just one point further back in third position, while Tottenham and Manchester City are four points behind Liverpool, with the side of Pep Guardiola lying waiting with one fewer game to play. The slide of Chelsea continuesFrank Lampard has plenty to think about after another loss for Chelsea (Jon Super/PA) until a few weeks ago, Chelsea was a team at the top of their game. But the 3-1 home loss to Manchester City on Sunday was their fourth loss in six Premier League matches and saw the gap rise to seven points at the top – with one more match than any other team except Leicester. Chelsea’s worst record in Frank Lampard’s year and a half in charge is four points from the last six games and he needs to change that as soon as possible if the Blues are not to lose touch and be considered title contenders. In the coming weeks, Lampard’s side face vital games against Leicester and Tottenham. Spurs’ second goal was the 13th time that Harry Kane and Son Heung-min combined for a #PL goal in the 2020/21 season. It is also a one-season record, joining Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton for Blackburn in 1994/95#TOTLEE pic.twitter. Com/YmbCfB6Wqv- Premier League (@premierleague) January 2, 2021In Tottenham’s 3-0 victory over Leeds.Kane, who scored from the penalty spot, Harry Kane and Son Heung-min set the Premier League record for most goals combined in a season. The pair are the poster boys of Spurs and are just four goals away from breaking the record set by Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard (36) during their time at Chelsea FC. It came at the right time as Spurs finished their Premier League four-game winning streak and held Jose Mourinho’s side in the title race. Alexandre Lacazette scored twice in Arsenal’s 4-0 win at West Brom (Michael Regan/PA) Alexandre Lacazette scored twice in Arsenal’s 4-0 win at West Brom (Michael Regan/PA) After seven wins in the league and just two points out of a possible 21, Arsenal was considered a possible relegation candidate just before Christmas, but a morale-boosting 3:1 win against London rivals Chelsea was followed by a strong Brighton victory, and a brilliant 4-0 w Goals from Kieran Tierney, Bukayo Saka and Alexandre Lacazette’s brace showed the Gunners what it takes to climb up the table. More bad luck for BladesSheffield United coach Chris Wilder on Saturday endured his 15th loss at Selhurst Park in 17 Premier League matches. Defeat in 17 Premier League games (Mike Egerton/PA)Last season’s Chris Wilder team was a revelation, finishing ninth on their return to the top flight, but this season things are not going smoothly. Out of their 17 games, the Blades lost 15 and made the worst start to a Premier League season than any other side. After their last victory, it’s been 21 games, a 3-0 win over Chelsea at Bramall Lane on July 11, and the Blades are on the verge of an unwanted record – less points in the 2007-08 season than Derby’s 11.