Premier League 2018-19: 6 things we learned from matchday one
- The Premier League is back with a bang!
#5 The big clubs are still in a league of their own
The difference in quality and financial might of some clubs at the top hierarchy of the Premier League led to the christening of the term 'the top six'. These clubs are so far ahead of the rest of the league that they almost have a mini-league among themselves, and are the favourites to secure top spots on the Premier League table come the end of the season.
Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham began this season with aspirations of finishing in the top four at least, and possibly winning the league. Despite huge outlays by some other clubs such as West Ham and Fulham, the status quo of these six sides finishing in the top six on the table come the end of the season is likely to remain unchanged.
Each of the six (bar Arsenal who lost to fellow big six member Manchester City) had opening day wins, with Liverpool and Chelsea in particular posting convincing victories following their 4-0 and 3-0 thrashing of West Ham and Huddersfield Town respectively.
No club outside this group has finished in the top six of the Premier League for the last two seasons, and on evidence of their performance on matchday one, that stat is unlikely to change.