The English Premier League is beginning to take shape, as clubs move up and down the standings with varying results. This has caused things to take a turn for the worst for many top-tier contenders, resulting in an unpredictable set of standings.
The question is, which teams have been the most disappointing thus far?
During the 2012-13 Barclays Premier League season, Chelsea finished third with 75 points after going 22-9-7. With a goal differential of plus-36, the Blues emerged as one of the best teams in England and continued to develop a critical trait: consistency.
In 2013-14, it hasn't been as pleasant.
Chelsea is still in the running with 11 points in six games, but the Blues have slowed down in a major way after starting out strong. After winning its first two games, Chelsea has gone 1-2-1 with a loss to Everton and draws against Manchester United and Tottenham.
All in all, it's been a disappointing season for Chelsea thus far.
Since scoring four goals in its first two games, Chelsea has three goals in its most recent four outings. The Blues were shut out against Manchester United and Everton, and they didn't score until the 64th minute during a 1-1 draw with Tottenham.
There's reason to be encouraged, but over the past four games, Chelsea has looked nothing like a contender.
The defense has been strong, with Petr Cech owning three clean sheets and 19 saves through six games, which suggests that things could turn around. Until the offense is able to earn consistently strong looks at the net, however, Chelsea will continue to struggle.
With 11 points through six games, Chelsea has a quality place in the standings, but it's been a disappointing path.
Manchester United won the 2012-13 Premier League title and did so without a single team finishing within 10 points in the standings. There was no question who the class of the league was at season's end, but in 2013-14, it's been a different story.
Manchester United is currently No. 9 in the Premier League table.
The Red Devils are 3-1-3 with 10 points through seven games, with 10 goals scored and nine goals allowed. Despite winning three games, Manchester United has been nothing short of inconsistent and is in danger of falling far behind in the standings.
Fortunately, Man United defeated Sunderland 2-1 on Saturday, Oct. 5 and is in just as great of a position to move up. Prior to that win, however, Manchester United lost consecutive games against Manchester City and West Bromwich.
That inconsistency could be their ultimate undoing.
The biggest issue for Manchester United has been on defense. The Red Devils have allowed eight goals through seven games but have let up seven during the past three games while scoring just four in that span.
Twenty-two-year-old goalkeeper David De Gea isn't the only player who deserves blame, but despite pitching two clean sheets, he's ended up struggling. Robin van Persie already has four goals, but the offense has been just as dismal as the defense in recent games.
There's elite talent on the roster, but until it comes together, Man United will continue to underwhelm.