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Who has been the Premier League’s surprise packages since opening the 2023/24 campaign?

Tom Dunstan in Editorial, English Premier League 6 Sep 2023

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Although the 2023/24 Premier League campaign might have only just gotten underway last month, we already find ourselves at the start of another international break.

Despite the likes of top-flight returners Luton and Sheffield United already finding themselves tipped as leading relegation scrappers, a number of squads have their sights set on writing their own pieces of history this time around.

While reigning champions Manchester City might be the only Premier League outfit that can boast a 100% start when heading into the fortnight interval, a number of other clubs have enjoyed their own early-season flurry.

With England’s top-flight not set to make its return until September 16th, we have taken a look at a few Premier League clubs that have shocked many since opening their respective campaign last month.

Tottenham

Left heartbroken last month as it was announced that the record-breaking Harry Kane would be making a £100million move to German giants Bayern Munich, many were wondering how Tottenham would cope without their attacking talisman.

Nevertheless, certainly undergoing what was a real transition over the summer, Spurs have certainly enjoyed an immediate boost since they welcomed new boss Ange Postecoglou to the capital.

Really looking like they are enjoying life under the ex-Celtic manager, the Lilywhites find the mood in their camp at the highest it has been in recent memory.

Heading into September’s international break with an action-packed 5-2 victory away at Premier League returners Burnley, Tottenham also entered the fortnight interval sat second in the standings after mustering 10 points from their first four appearances.

Now with their sights firmly set on clinching a lucrative Champions League return this season and priced at 2/1 with 1xBet to land a top-four finish, Postecoglou certainly appears to be the dream fit for Tottenham and their attacking philosophy.

West Ham

While West Ham might have made major history back in May as they were crowned Europa Conference League champions, it is fair to say that the Hammers endured a public Premier League struggle last season.

Firmly at the heart of a shock relegation scrap and only just limping their way over the finish line, David Moyes’ men have come roaring back since opening up the 2023/24 campaign.

Despite watching skipper and England international Declan Rice complete a £105million move to London rivals Arsenal this summer, the Hammers certainly aren’t showing any signs of a hangover and have continued to impress in the early stages of the post-Rice era.

Along with clinching back-to-back 3-1 victories against Chelsea and Brighton respectively prior to the international break, the one-time Manchester United boss has also seen his new recruits make an immediate impact.

With ex-Southampton star James Ward-Prowse already recording four Premier League goal contributions this season, West Ham are priced at 7/1 with BetUS to claim a top-six finish in 2024.

Crystal Palace

While some around Selhurst Park might have been shocked to see Roy Hodgson extend his return to south London over the summer, the Eagles have caught the eye since opening Premier League proceedings last month.

Heading into September’s international break with what was a rollercoaster 3-2 victory at home against Wolves, the one-time England boss has made it clear that a top-half finish is at the top of his agenda this time around.

Doing an impressive job of guiding Palace away from a relegation scrap when coming back to replace Patrick Vieira back in March, Hodgson’s side have suffered just a single loss from any of their opening four Premier League appearances.

Likewise, mounting an action-packed comeback away at Championship outfit Plymouth on August 29th as they extended on their EFL Cup adventure, the south London outfit have gained a reputation for their largely rugged approach.

Failing to punch a top-10 ticket since way back in 2015, Palace currently sit priced at 5/2 with Olympusbet to claim what would be an impressive top-half finish this time around.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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