It isn't my intention to steal the MMM's thunder but I figured I'd throw out a few observations from my weekend of watching a pretty crazy amount of footie...
1. This is definitely the year where forwards are re-establishing themselves as the league's goal-getters. In recent seasons we've seen the ascent of CRon, Lamps, Gerrard, Ashley Young, and others among the league's top goal scorers. This year, the strikers are doing their work. As fantasy managers, this is certainly worth noting as you choose where to spend your money.
2. The Pretenders Struggle - As usually happens, there are some pretenders to the Big Four at the beginning of every season. In this case Villa, Everton, Sunderland, and Spurs (plus Citeh who are yet to play this weekend as of this writing) and all three have dropped points to inferior opposition (Wolves, Bolton, Birmingham, and Stoke respectively). If they're serious about challenging, that just can't happen.
3. My biased view of Arsenal's chances at the title. Thus far they've lost twice to very good competition on the road. That these matches happened early and consecutively gave the impression that they aren't ready. That said, if they win their match with WHU later today they will be 3 points behind the leaders (as ManYoo are currently trailing Liverpool 1-0 and hardly looking like they are going to take the full points from Anfield) with a match in hand. It will certainly come down to how Wenger's team does in its remaining matches with the rest of the Big Four but thus far, they haven't done anything to distance themselves from the title.
4. Really? Does it depress anyone else that with Gerrard injured that the best central midfielders in the ManYoo/Liverpool match-up are Masch and Lucas? I'll grant you that Masch is a pretty strong holding midfielder but Lucas is average-at-best and there is no one fr ManYoo that seems likely to punish Liverpool for not having a better alternative. Could get ugly when Chelsea's midfielders are the opposition.
5. On a lighter note, I really enjoyed the ManYoo supporters use of beachballs at the opening of the match today - fun stuff and it put to rest the notion that Mark Hughes had signed the Liverpool Beach Ball to a contract ahead of the January Transfer Window.