Premier League table: The standings at this stage last season show how much things can change between now and the end of the campaign
Five games in to the 2016/17 Premier League season and already conclusions are being drawn.
‘Guardiola’s a genius!’
‘Sunderland are doomed!’
And so on.
These may all turn out to be true over the course of this campaign, but it is worth remembering it is still early days.
For example, take a look at how the Premier League table stood this time last year.
2015/16 Premier League table after five games played
There are some similarities with this season’s table after five matches, with Manchester City top having banked a maximum 15 points, and Sunderland and Stoke struggling at the bottom.
And look who’s sat in fourth again…
2016/17 Premier League table after five games played
Just like last season, after five games there’s a surprise challenger in second place: for last season’s Leicester, see this year’s Everton (two points closer to City than the Foxes were).
The champions are off the pace again, as Leicester sit eight points behind top spot (not quite as bad as Chelsea being 11 points adrift after five matches last September).
So how did the table end up in 2015/16? Take a look here…
Final 2015/16 Premier League table
So, perhaps some hope for the clubs chasing Man City this time round, as well as clubs like Sunderland and Stoke struggling at the bottom.
Only time will tell how much bearing the early season form has on this year’s Premier League, but this is a reminder that nothing is done and dusted yet.
Far from it.