ONE of the few things we have learned from the first batch of Premier League games is that the so-called lesser lights can have a big say in the destination of the title.
Watford gave Liverpool a run for their money; Leicester took Arsenal to the wire whilst Burnley inflicted great pain on the reigning champions.
Brighton showed they are capable of competing with the best and held out for 70 minutes against Manchester City before a moment of magic from Sergio Aguero changed the game.
As for the story of the day, look no further than Huddersfield Town who marked their long-awaited return to the top flight in English football with an emphatic win at Crystal Palace.
Are they Leicester in disguise? Can they create the biggest surprise ever?
Early days, of course, but the way David Wagner has his side set up – and the quality he has in his ranks – means they will be a match for anyone in this league.
And the confidence they have gained from their opening performance can only generate more belief they can compete at this level.
Welcome to the Premier League Steven Mounie who marked his Premier League debut with two goals and looks a class act.
None of the big guns will fancy taking him or Huddersfield on, that’s for sure.
After the opening round of games, you have to wonder what the hell is going on at Chelsea.
No Costa, no Hazard; no defensive discipline. Now they are going to be without the red-carded Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas.
Problems galore for Antonio Conte. Maybe it had something to do with the boss swapping his slick suit for a regulation trackie!
Fair play to Burnley though as they exposed Chelsea’s defensive shortcomings, as Watford did against Liverpool.
So let’s see what today’s fayre brings as Spurs travel to Newcastle and Manchester United host a vastly improved West Ham?
Any more shocks in store?