Liverpool and Manchester City will resume their rivalry for the top spot when they face each other in the Premier League this weekend, while Chelsea and Manchester United are looking to get their title challenges back on track.
Under Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp, City and Liverpool have become dominant forces in English football, sharing the last four Premier League titles between them.
City, who have won three of them, delivered a warning shot to the vendors on their crown that led to a 1-0 victory over Chelsea last weekend.
But it is Liverpool who boast the only unbeaten record after six games and consider themselves one point clear of City, Chelsea and United, even though they dropped two points at Brentford last week.
City ended their long wait for Liverpool to win 4-1 in February, but have not won in front of a crowd at Anfield since 2003.
Fatigue can affect Guardiola men after a week. Three days after his statement victory at Stamford Bridge, the English champions were beaten 2-0 by Paris Saint-Germain in the French capital.
Liverpool, by contrast, managed to cut gas long before the end of the 5-1 Champions League win over Porto.
However, the Reds will be without right-back Trent Alexander Arnold, who was left out of Gareth Southgate’s England squad, which was announced on Thursday with a back problem.
“Obviously, Sunday is unlikely when you have something in your muscles,” Klopp said. “No muscle injury heals so quickly.”
United needed all 95 minutes to beat Villarreal in their midweek Champions League game, emerging victorious thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo’s dramatic stoppage time.
The late intervention of the Portuguese superstar closed the mold after three defeats in four games for the men of Ole Gunnar Solskjیرr.
But in reality, United were once again weak, relying on goalkeeper David de Gea, who made a series of significant savings.
After an impressive start to his life under Rafael Benitez, Ewelton moved to Old Trafford on points with the Solskir men.
Taffy is more than capable of following the example set by West Ham and Austin Villa, both of whom have won the Theater of Dreams in recent weeks, unless the United States shows significant improvement.
Chelsea got off to a great start under Thomas Tachel after beating Manchester City in the Champions League final in May, from where they left.
City took revenge last week on Stamford Bridge and Chelsea slipped again in the Champions League at midweek, losing 1-0 to Juventus.
But the Tachel men seem to have a relatively straightforward job as they look to return to winning ways against Southampton without winning at home.
Just three weeks after topping the Premier League table, fans have questioned Nono Esprito Santo’s position as Tottenham manager after three league defeats on spin.
Spurs returned to the bottom of the table after losing 9-1 to Crystal Palace, Chelsea and Arsenal combined.
Nono has yet to recognize the best from star forward Hurricane, who failed to force his boyhood away from the club during the transfer window.
And he has so far failed to establish the defense organization that was his calling card for three seasons at Wales.