Seven games into the EPL season and it is slowly becoming clearer who will contend for the biggest prize. Chelsea lead the table after staking their claim for the trophy as early-season pacesetters. Manchester United and Manchester City are neck and neck four points behind them, followed by Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion a further point back and two points behind that trio are Arsenal. Among this group are the contenders—the teams who have the squad, the players and managers who can push them to potential glory.
In what is considered the toughest league in the world, things have changed considerably over the years.
The early days of the EPL saw many different teams battling for honors. Some of the names would surprise many who follow the current version of the trophy. Names like Aston Villa, Norwich City, Leeds United, in fact things have changed so much over the years that those who saw the very first season of the Premier League would look at the table now and simply shake their heads in disbelief at the level of change the competition has experienced in the last twenty years.
The only constant has been Manchester United, managed by the irrepressible Sir Alex Ferguson, who, like a dog with a bone, has fought every year to take the trophy back to his domain.
Over the years he has succeeded more often than not, with 12 titles to Manchester United's name, the Red Devils have won more EPL trophies than all the other winners put together. The trophy has gone elsewhere only eight times, with Arsenal and Chelsea the next most successful, with three apiece, and Manchester City and Blackburn Rovers the only other teams to have taken home the honors, with a title each. The following slideshow will outline the contenders, in order of their current standing on the table and outline the potential that exists for each side.