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5 Premier League teams doing better than expected this season

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Marco Silva has made Watford a side to fear
Marco Silva has made Watford a side to fear

The Premier League is the most popular football league in the world for a reason. You can expect the unexpected here.

You can see defending champions get humbled by a newly promoted side, you can witness the unlikeliest relegation escape or you might even watch a team beat the betting odds of 5000/1 and lift the Premier League title.

The current season of the Premier League hasn’t been very different. Many teams are doing better than expected, many are not living up to expectation and then there is the odd shock like when Huddersfield Town pulled off an improbable win against Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United or when Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City scored 16 goals in three games without reply.

The following five teams are easily the teams who are doing better than expected.

#5 Watford

Marco Silva took over as manager of Hull City in the latter half of last season and came agonisingly close to pulling off a great escape. However, his short stint in charge of the Tigers was enough to convince several other clubs about his vast potential.

So when Hull went down, Silva became a managerial candidate for several clubs and eventually it was Watford who got his signature.

Silva started the season at home to Liverpool and in the first game of the season, he showed the change in mentality he brought to the Hornets. His side were 3-2 down in the dying minutes and salvaged a point right at the depth.

Watford narrowly escaped relegation last time around, but under Silva, they got off to a much-improved start picking up 15 points from their first 8 games which included a win over Arsenal.

In addition, he has vastly improved several players and introduced a future superstar in Richarlison.

After 14 games, Watford are currently in 8th place with 21 points, 3 points behind Spurs in 7th and 4 points above Leicester City in 9th.

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