Another great week of EPL football - let's break it down!
1. Leicester are for real
This team gets more and more convincing each week. This week it was Riyad Mahrez with a hat trick to crush Swansea 3-0 and Leicester move to first place all alone, two points ahead of Arsenal. Jamie Vardy's goal scoring streak ended at 11 matches but he played a fine match all the same. He's not the only threat this team have, and Mahrez showed that their form could be here to stay as they continue to fight off the big-name clubs.
2. Chelsea's poor run cannot be denied
Things are getting out of hand for Mourinho's Chelsea, as they fell to bottom feeders Bournemouth 1-0 to slip into 14th place, with just 15 points from 15 matches. Just like Leiecester but the opposite, it's time we stopped assigning labels to a Chelsea team just beacuse they won the league last season; the reality is that they are not a good club at the moment. Mourinho could well be on his way out.
3. Xherdan Shaqiri is right where he belongs
The Swiss winger came to Stoke in a shock move this season and played his best match in the EPL by far on Saturday as he came up with an absolutely brilliant assist and was involved in the second goal as Stoke beat City 2-0. He's a thrilling player with an amazing combination of pace and skill and he is going to do a lot of great things in this division - be it for Stoke or another big club that comes asking come transfer time.
4. Klopp will have growing pains
While Liverpool have looked better under Jurgen Klopp than they did under Brendan Rodgers, their 2-0 loss to Newcastle shows that things won't always be so smooth. The team looked lost and were simply outclassed by a Newcastle side that has been so poor all season. It's going to take Klopp some time to get his players the way he wants them and they could bring in a few big names in the January window to move things along. It was a damaging defeat for 'Pool.
5. No one is safe
This week represented what I love most about the EPL - the amazing, up-and-down nature of the relegation race. Villa, Bournemouth, Sunderland, and Newcastle -- all relegation candidates -- all picked up points this week and while Villa are still languishing in the basement, it just goes to show you that anything can be turned around. It's only early December but already it seems as if the relegation race will come down to the wire.