Surprise team of the league so far is definitely Newcastle. Nobody expected them to get 16 points in the first 8 games of the season. Even, they lost Barton and last year Carroll in January, they are playing some football. Cabaye is a pin point transfer and with Tiote and Gutierrez the midfield seems very solid. In my humble opinion they still have some problems with forwards but so far Ba is doing his job.
Other than that, there`s no need to say that the crown race will be within the city of Manchester. Chelsea is also pushing a lot at the moment but they`ll lose many players when African Cup starts and still AVB is trying to be and in fact should be very careful making the transition. They`re also doing fine so far but time will show how much they want to be the champions as a new team.
Arsenal is without a doubt underperforming this year but they have an ok squad to compete for the Europan cups not for the top four and as usual injuries are a headache for Mr. Wenger. Last year`s underperformers Liverpool is really showing some determination to get through higher places on the table. Gerrard`s terrific return is a huge boost for the Merseyside and they`ll be in a tough competition for the fourth spot with Tottenham. There`s, at least for me, no need to say that Redknapp made the best buy of the year with Parker and with Modric he`s immense in midfield and I even can say they might construct a partnership which would be considered as the best in the league.
Newcomers Norwich is also another eye-catching team and you can`t do anything but admire Lambert for keeping his belief in his squad. No shiny transfers but still a rock solid team who`ll push to make a shift for any opposition. They really started well and it`s in their hands to perform better but the downside would be this is just for sometime. Hope they continue their form because it`s entertaining a lot to watch them.