Premier League Table 2013 Week 3: Sides Overachieving in Their Current State

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistSeptember 1, 2013

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 01: Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on September 01, 2013 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Just as some teams will inevitably fail to live up to expectations, there’s an equal amount of Premier League clubs currently going above and beyond.

Three games into the season and already there are some notable sides doing more than some might have anticipated at this stage of the campaign.

This isn't to say that fortune will come to an end anytime soon, but the following sides are currently working outside their reach and may just come back down to earth in the coming weeks.


Cardiff City, 11th

Victors of last season’s Championship campaign, Cardiff were always going to be one of the promoted teams likely to cause an upset in the survival stakes this year.

However, even that didn’t promise much luck for their league opening, which saw the Bluebirds pitted against two of the Premier League’s big guns.

Ironically enough, the Week 1 fixture at West Ham may have looked like the most winnable coming into the club’s maiden Premier League season, but it's actually the only one from which they’ve failed to take points.

A shock win over Manchester City followed by a 0-0 draw against Everton are certainly not results to be sniffed at, but they are likely the product of the excitement of being in the English top flight.

Given the money that’s been spent on Malky Mackay’s squad, Cardiff should truthfully be vying for a mid-table spot, regardless, but have still done well to nab four points at this stage.


Stoke City, 5th

Mark Hughes might be looked at as somewhat of a managerial punching bag by some critics, but he is getting the results in early as part of his Britannia stay.

The Potters boss was unfortunate not to snatch a point from his team’s visit to Anfield on the opening day of the campaign, but he has since recovered to record wins over Crystal Palace and West Ham, at and away from home, respectively.

Although far from the finished article going forward, Stoke remain quite assured of themselves at the back and are enjoying a nice stretch of form.

That being said, with fixtures against Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United to come in the next six fixtures, that could all come crashing down in a heartbeat.


Liverpool, 1st

Liverpool’s 1-0 victory over Manchester United this weekend was fully deserved but nonetheless surprising for those who may have expected Moyes’ men to get at least a point from the fixture.

Marking the first time that Liverpool have won all three of their opening Premier League matches since 1994, Brendan Rodgers would appear to have finally enacted a revolution at Anfield, which could end with them heading back into the Champions League.

Although the results have all ended with 1-0 scorelines running in their favour, there’s no reason for the Reds to get complacent. Certain aspects undoubtedly need to be ironed out, including some of the creation in midfield and attack.

For now though, Liverpool can bask in their table-topping efforts, regardless of how long (or short) it may be.