Premier League title race
We are now five gameweeks into the 2021/22 Premier League season.
And though it is still only early, we are already getting a sense of who will be in and around the title picture this term.
Manchester City have had a mixed start to the campaign, winning three, drawing one and losing one. And whilst Pep Guardiola’s side are currently 5th, you would assume they will be fighting it out for top spot come the end of the season, especially when Phil Foden, Aymeric Laporte, Rodri and more return to full fitness.
Elsewhere, Man United, thanks to a last-minute David de Gea penalty save, have maintained their unbeaten start to the PL campaign and are currently in 3rd place due to their goal difference.
It is the top two sides, though, who are currently looking the deadliest this season.
Liverpool do not have the biggest squad and have already suffered an injury setback to Harvey Elliot.
Despite this, the Reds are currently joint-top of the league with Chelsea.
Chelsea & Liverpool make history
Both sides have won four, drawn one (which was against each other), scored 12 goals and conceded just one goal, which was also against each other.
They also began their season by picking up the exact same results. 3-0 wins over Crystal Palace and Norwich, 2-0 wins over Arsenal and Burnley, a 1-1 draw with each other, 3-0 wins over Aston Villa and Leeds and then 3-0 wins over Tottenham and Palace.
Now, as per The Times, said results mean that Liverpool and Chelsea have made English League football history.
They revealed that, for the first time in a single English League season, two teams – Chelsea and Liverpool – have recorded identical results in their first five matches.
They add that of all the sequences of scorelines recorded by teams in the first five games of any top-flight season since the League began in 1888, there have been only three identical pairs.
And, Chelsea and Liverpool’s pair is the only one to occur in the same season.
The first matching sequence was produced by Nottingham Forest in the 1900/01 season and Derby County in 1947/48, who both started those campaigns with a 0-0 draw, a 2-0 win, a 1-0 defeat, a 1-1 draw and a 1-0 win.
The second identical sequence was created by Cardiff City in 1925/26 and then Bolton in 1995/96, with both sides recording a 3-2 defeat, a 3-1 defeat, a 2-1 win, a 1-0 defeat and a 1-1 draw.
For the first time in a single English League season, two teams – Chelsea and Liverpool – have recorded identical results in their first five matches
— Times Sport (@TimesSport) September 20, 2021
This article was edited by Ben Browning.
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