The football season is well and truly underway and the league tables are beginning to take shape as clubs up and down the country find out what kind of season they are in for. Manchester City lost their first Premier League game since January in a thrilling game against Norwich City at the weekend, which leaves the top flight with only one unbeaten team five matches in.
We take a look at the six unstoppable sides in the Premier League and the Football League, with a special mention to Bromley and York City, who have both gone 11 games undefeated in the National League and National League North respectively.
Given that there have been just five games played in the Premier League this term it is a testament to the strength of the division that only Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool remain unbeaten. In fact, they are the solitary club in the country to boast a 100% record, having won all of their games so far.
Their latest success against Newcastle took them five points clear at the top of the table although their biggest test to come is this weekend as they travel to Stamford Bridge to take on Frank Lampard’s free-flowing Chelsea, a game which comes after a tricky Champions League test in Naples. Not since Arsenal’s Invincibles in 2003/04 has a team gone the whole season unbeaten in England’s top flight and it is unlikely that Liverpool will achieve that feat, but they are the last remaining hope - until next year anyway.
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Slaven Bilic has made an almost perfect start to life at The Hawthorns and has led his side to an unbeaten seven-match start in the Championship. The Baggies have endured four 1-1 draws this term and failed to keep a clean sheet, and it is those statistics that mean they are only sixth in the table rather than challenging pacesetters Leeds United and Swansea City.
The Swans lost their unbeaten record this weekend when falling to a late home defeat against Nottingham Forest, having taken Leeds’ unbeaten start from them before the international break. But Bilic’s strong start has West Brom in the mix.
The Sky Blues may be the club without a home this season but that hasn’t stopped Mark Robins and his men reaching the summit of the League One table after an unbeaten start. City have taken to life at St Andrew's like a duck to water, winning all four of their games in their new surroundings following their latest relocation from the Ricoh Arena.
On the road, they have drawn all four, including back-to-back 3-3 draws against Portsmouth and Oxford. The game at Fratton Park grabbed the headlines as Robins’ side came from 3-1 down to grab a point despite being reduced to nine men for the final 12 minutes. A brilliant start given the off-the-field issues.
Manager of the Month Paul Lambert has got his players back on top form after a turbulent season last term which saw them relegated to the third tier. Now down in League One, the club have been able to regroup and the goals of James Norwood are going to be crucial if they are to secure an instant return to the Championship.
Given that they have remained unscathed so far having already played a host of much-fancied opponents such as Burton, Sunderland and Peterborough it would be no surprise to see this run continue a little while longer at least.
Two unbeaten sides met at Portman Road this weekend as Darren Moore’s Doncaster travelled to Ipswich, where both sides kept their records intact with a hard-fought 0-0 draw. Having had their game against Bolton postponed and their clash with crisis-club Bury cancelled, Donny now have two games in hand on leaders Coventry, and could go top if they win those catch-up fixtures.
Of course, at this stage of the season you would rather have the points on the board but it certainly looks like a promising start for a manager who can count himself slightly unlucky to be managing at this level after a successful spell at West Brom.
With five wins and three draws under their belt already, League Two table-toppers Exeter boast the most points of any side on this list. Such has been the success of the side that manager Matt Taylor has turned down an approach for his services from an unnamed League One club.
The Grecians have beaten Mansfield, Macclesfield and Morecambe already this term and maintained their unbeaten start this weekend thanks to a 92nd-minute penalty from Nicky Law. With their manager staying put and the goals flowing, the good times look set to stay at St James’ Park.
Just six sides remain undefeated and, with another round of League One and League Two fixtures coming up on Tuesday night, it might not be too long before there is just one side left on this list. Who will be the last team standing?
Exeter City can confirm that Matt Taylor has turned down an approach from an unnamed club to speak with him 👇