Conte's Chelsea get early chance to top Premier League
By Neil Robinson
LONDON (Reuters) - The Premier League table has returned to familiar type after last season's delightful anomaly featuring Leicester City, with Manchester City and Chelsea now setting the pace and Manchester United back in the top four.
Between them, those three teams have won the title in 11 out of the past 12 campaigns and are already marked out as favorites to contest the title this time round too.
Antonio Conte's Chelsea have an early chance to set the weekend pace with the Friday night visit of Juergen Klopp's Liverpool, who return to London for the third time in five games after winning at Arsenal and drawing with Tottenham Hotspur.
Stamford Bridge will be the backdrop to an intriguing subplot involving two of the most excitable managers in the league and goals should trigger wild celebrations on the touchline.
On their day, Klopp's side are a match for the 'big three' and arrive on the back of the 4-1 demolition of last season's champions, Leicester. Although he did not score at Anfield, Daniel Sturridge looked back to his best and produced a stunning assist to set up Sadio Mane.
Not surprisingly, Klopp is looking for more of the same. Asked on Wednesday how they would reach the same high pitch, the German said it was a case of "staying greedy".
"The movements were brilliant. Daniel was involved in three or four goals. For the first one, it was a brilliant run," he added.
Liverpool know they must nullify the threat of Diego Costa, who has scored four goals in as many Premier League games, but the Brazilian Oscar has been almost as influential in Chelsea's strong start. Continued...