The return to the Premier League for newly-promoted sides Leeds United, West Bromwich Albion and Fulham, has proved to be a significant step up in quality. The Whites are the only side to have picked up three points, albeit against Fulham, not long before the Baggies squandered a 3-0 lead against Chelsea to leave the Hawthorns with just a point.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side provided an early slice of Premier League entertainment in their opener at Liverpool. Had it not been for Mohamed Salah’s late penalty, The Whites could’ve walked away with a point having gone behind and levelled the score on three occasions. They certainly look a team with undoubted quality going forward, and are encouraged to press in numbers in Bielsa’s 4-1-4-1 formation. However, their next game against fellow newcomers Fulham, again highlighted some concerns about defensive security, despite winning 4-3 this time.
However, with two wins from three and after beating two teams potentially fighting relegaiton in Fulham and Sheffield United, any early doubts of a relegation scrap for Leeds has quickly vanished - the Whites are now 7/1 to face relegation.
As for Fulham, the Cottagers are already in deep trouble. Despite scoring three times at Elland Road, the club let in four and with three games gone, Scott Parker's men have let in 13 and scored in only two games.
Fulham's 3-0 defeat at Craven Cottage to Aston Villa was a stark reminder of the step-up in ability in the Premier League and after such a disastrous start, Parker's men are already 1/3 to go straight back down. Key players such as top scorer Aleksander Mitrovic, who scored 24 goals in the Championship last term, will be crucial to any hopes of survival.