We're now 10 weeks into the 2013-14 Premier League schedule, and yet we have very little clarity with regard to which clubs are legitimate contenders and which are simply early-season surprises.
Obviously, Arsenal and Liverpool have each gotten out to strong starts, but with so much of the season left to be played, neither team has done enough to be considered a lock for a Champions League berth.
Beyond them, Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur have all been somewhat impressive thus far, but all feature question marks within their lineups going forward.
Overall, the biggest surprise has been Manchester United. The reigning league champions have limped to a 5-2-3 start, as David Moyes' first season at the helm has been decidedly disastrous through his first 10 league matches.
Heading into a pivotal weekend that features a marquee clash between Manchester United and Arsenal, here's a look at which clubs will move the most in the table after their next matches.
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Last week, Manchester City put a 7-0 beating on Norwich City, and the club will look to do the same in Week 11 against a very mediocre Sunderland squad.
Yes, Sunderland did earn an upset victory over Newcastle a week ago, but Manchester City's offense is rolling, and that's bad news for Gus Poyet's boys.
With a victory, Manchester City has the opportunity to climb to as high as second, depending on how Chelsea and Liverpool rebound from disappointing Week 10 defeats.
In addition, with City sitting behind Tottenham as well, Newcastle (2-0 winners over Chelsea in Week 10) could provide Manuel Pellegrini's club with help when they take on Hotspur in Week 11.
Neither club looked great during its loss, so with a win, expect Man City to move into the top three, especially now that they appear to have found some stability in goal.
The David Moyes era hasn't gotten off to the best of starts for the Old Trafford faithful.
And now, with Robin van Persie and company set to take on a very strong Arsenal club, the Red Devils are sure to move one way or another following Sunday's big-ticket clash.
With a victory, Manchester United will surely move into Champions League contention, but a loss would put a serious dent in the club's postseason aspirations.
For now, Arsenal have to be considered a rather heavy favorite, as the Gunners haven't been beaten since falling to Aston Villa during the opening match of the season.
West Ham United
With 10 points through 10 matches, things haven't gone according to plan for West Ham, and that's why the club sits just one point above the dreaded relegation zone.
But this week presents the Hammers with a golden opportunity to bounce back, as Sam Allardyce's club gets set to face struggling Norwich City in Week 11.
Norwich, coming off an embarrassing 7-0 loss against Manchester City, will be looking to rebound against a fellow below-average club.
It won't be pretty, but Ravel Morrison, Kevin Nolan and the Hammers will secure an all-important victory over Norwich and move up and out of distance of relegation for the time being.
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