Marco Silva’s side are just one of THREE teams with their 100% Premier League records still intact. Big boys Liverpool and Chelsea are the others and they can’t swat away the men in yellow and black.
Neither could high-flying Tottenham whose own winning streak came to an end at Vicarage Road on Sunday.
It started well for Mauricio Pochettino’s boys with a very fortuitous own goal but the only sure thing about luck is that it will change.
And the only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work, which was exactly Watford’s response as goals from Troy Deeney and Craig Cathcart stunned Spurs.
Liverpool have won their opening four games of a league season for the first time since 1990-91 under Kenny Dalglish.
Under Jurgen Klopp, Roberto Firmino has been directly involved in 60 Premier League goals (37 goals, 23 assists), 15 more than any other player. And despite not being at his best the Brazilian netted his first of the season in the 2-1 win at Leicester with Sadio Mane grabbing the other.
The scary thing for their rivals is the Reds are not playing their peak ‘heavy metal’ football – it’s more like stuttering jazz at the moment yet they still sit top of the table going into the international break.
No player has assisted Firmino more times in the Premier League than James Milner (8). The Reds midfielder has also registered 80 PL assists – the same as David Beckham.
It’s also going rather well at Stamford Bridge but like Liverpool there are areas that need improving. The most obvious is up front where Alvaro Morata has now scored two goals in his last 1,087 Premier League minutes.
But four wins from four is impressive, especially for a new manager finding his feet in England. Maurizio Sarri is well known for his love of fags off the pitch but it’s his team who have been smoking opponents this term, with Bournemouth the latest to feel the burn.
At the other end of the scale are West Ham who have lost their opening four games.
After a shock home defeat to Bournemouth, there were even more boos around the London Stadium as Adama Traore won the game for Wolves in injury time.
The London club splurged £100million in the summer but it’s the purchase of Aston Villa reject Carlos Sanchez that makes the least sense. Sanchez makes Hammers fans more nervous than long-tail cats in a room full of rocking chairs and he was woeful again this weekend.
Still he’s a millionaire, super-fit athlete who doesn’t have a dreary 9-5 job – so what if he can’t tackle, pick a pass or shoot.
You can’t have everything Carlos… where would you put it?
THE word legend is bandied around too freely in sport – but England are losing a true one in the cricket world.
Alastair Cook announced his international retirement with his legend carved in willow. The 33-year-old plays his 161st and final Test this weekend in which Joe Root’s side will look to wrap up a 4-1 series victory against India.
Opener Cook will sign off looking to add to his England record tallies of 12,254 Test runs and 32 centuries but sport is a cruel mistress and few go out on their own terms.
Think Steven Gerrard being tonked 6-1 in his last game for Liverpool or France great Zinedine Zidane bowing out with his headbutt to the chest of Marco Materazzi.
But Cook still looks like he’s got plenty of arrows in his quiver so hopefully it will be 100s and not golden ducks on the final board to spell out his legendary name.
AND finally Leroy Sane has gone from being Premier League Young Player of the Year, to being dropped by his country and missing the World Cup, benched by his club and now criticised by senior players.
The Manchester City winger is a classic case of ‘getting too big for one’s boots’, which is a real shame as the 22-year-old is naturally gifted and could be a world superstar.
But Sane‘s let a wishbone grow where his backbone used to be. Hopefully the words of four-times Champions League and 2014 World Cup winner Toni Kroos will hit home and rather than expecting everything to come to him, the young German will rethink his approach to life and football.