Week 3 of the 2014-15 Premier League season was wild, wacky and a lot of fun, with lots of goals, controversy and all the stuff that makes the British top division one of the greatest leagues in football.
Only two teams remain with the maximum amount of points after three matches, and Swansea City and Chelsea will meet each other in Week 4 with sole possession of the top spot in the standings on the line.
The newly promoted sides have more than held their own early in the season, and it looks like the battle against relegation will be one for the ages. Here are the latest Premier League standings following Week 3:
|11||West Ham United||3||1||0||2||4||5||-1||3|
|12||Queens Park Rangers||3||1||0||2||1||5||-4||3|
|18||West Bromwich Albion||3||0||2||1||2||5||-3||2|
Don't Take Swans Lightly
Yes, Swansea's three wins have come against teams expected to be strong relegation candidates and a struggling Manchester United squad, but overlook the Welsh outfit at your own risk.
The Swans have conceded just once and have looked very solid so far in the season, and with Gylfi Sigurdsson pulling the strings in midfield, they play the kind of free and attacking football fans want to see.
A trip to Stamford Bridge is a daunting task for any club, and the Blues will rightfully be favourites going into the clash. But if you expect Swansea to just park the bus and play for a draw, you'll be sorely mistaken.
The Swans have nothing to lose—a loss against Chelsea means they'll still have started the season with an impressive nine points out of 12. Nathan Dyer is playing better than ever before, and with Lukasz Fabianski, they have a reliable stopper that will allow them to crawl out of their shell and take the game to the Blues.
Chelsea have been ruthlessly efficient in front of goal, and Cesc Fabregas has seamlessly integrated himself into the starting XI.
But the Blues' schedule over the next few weeks looks daunting, with Schalke 04 and Manchester City right around the corner, and if the players are caught looking ahead too much, Swansea could take advantage.
Louis Van Gaal Will Finally Get Off the Mark
Manchester United currently sit in 14th place, two spots behind Queens Park Rangers. Let that sink in for a moment.
Fans of rivaling clubs are having the time of their lives mocking the Red Devils, particularly over the fact Louis van Gaal is yet to win his first competitive match in charge. But that will change on Sunday.
QPR are not a bad team—by any means. But this club isn't built to hang with the big boys. They have the individual talent to make the difference against mid-table sides, with the likes of Leroy Fer and Joey Barton, but the team's talent isn't evenly distributed.
The Hoops scored their first goal of the season in their 1-0 win over Sunderland and conceded four times against Tottenham. There are just too many weak areas to take advantage of, and while the Red Devils are yet to look like a good team, they have too much individual talent not to break down QPR's defence.
Maybe in the build-up (there were confidence issues) as we were trying to build up from the back but sometimes we didn't do it well.
We played most of the time in their half which is good but, if you don't score from these chances, then it's not good enough. I believe, when we try to play football in the last third, we can create but we played too many long balls in the first half which is maybe why we didn't play as well.
The Red Devils need confidence more than anything, and expect them to start addressing that issue on Sunday.
Arsenal Could Be in for a Shock
The Gunners have a very good team when everything is clicking, but so far during the 2014-15 season, Arsenal have seen too many ups-and-downs during matches. Arsene Wenger's squad simply isn't playing with consistency—five strong minutes are followed up with five poor ones.
The comeback against Everton was impressive, but the Gunners should never have gotten themselves into such a situation in the first place. An inability to make quick work of Crystal Palace and Leicester City further highlights the issues this young team faces.
The Gunners have the talent to hang with Manchester City, but as the defending champions showed against Liverpool, five poor minutes or a lapse in concentration will result in one or two quick goals.
If Arsenal want to establish themselves as genuine title contenders, they need to be able to beat teams like the Citizens at home. And in order to do that, the Gunners will need to grow up in a hurry.
Stevan Jovetic is in the form of his life, and if he gets so much as an inch of space, Arsenal will be in trouble. Concentration and consistency will be key for the Gunners, and those happen to be the two areas the team has struggled the most with early in the season.