All three promoted sides from last season, Newcastle United, West Brom and Blackpool are all on 19 points and not in any relegation trouble – at least at the moment.
And each of the three promoted sides have put in some great performances, with the emphasis on great.
Newcastle have beaten Chelsea away in the Carling Cup and beaten Arsenal away in the league, and have demolished Aston Villa and Sunderland 6-0 and 5-1 at St. James’ Park.
West Brom beat Arsenal away 3-2 after being an amazing 3-0 up in that game, drew 2-2 at Old Trafford, and hammered Everton 4-1 over the weekend at Goodison Park.
And Blackpool have been the surprise team of the season, and probably the team supported most by the neutral fan, as they continue to produce miracles this season, even though they are still odds-on favorites to be relegated.
Blackpool beat Wigan away 4-0 in their first league game, and then beat Newcastle 2-0 away and beat Liverpool 2-1 at Anfield and then were 2-0 at Bolton last weekend before ending up with a 2-2 draw.
But it’s the way these three sides play the game, with attacking enterprise and significant guts and courage, which has made them popular sides in the Premier League.
To hear Ian Holloway talk about how his side will attack Liverpool at Anfield, and then go and do exactly that, and get the win, is like a breath of fresh air.
They are so different to teams like Blackburn Rovers, as just one example (sorry Sam), who are willing to grind out results every week with their negative play, and even grind out 7-1 hammerings like on Saturday at Old Trafford, where they were not only boring, but also looked hopeless.
All three promoted teams have good managers in Hughton, Di Matteo and the incomparable Ian Holloway, and their success so far this season will give significant hope to all Championship sides, that they can indeed make the jump and compete in the Premier League.