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Is four the magic number for Premier League pacesetters?

Three clubs have won all four of their opening matches this season.

Jurgen Klopp has reasons to be cheerful about Liverpool’s start to the Premier League season (Anthony Devlin/PA)
Jurgen Klopp has reasons to be cheerful about Liverpool’s start to the Premier League season (Anthony Devlin/PA)

Liverpool lead the embryonic Premier League table at the first hiatus of the season, for the September international break.

Like the Reds, Chelsea and Watford also have four wins from four games. Here Press Association Sport looks at the top three’s starts this term and in previous campaigns.

Reds rampaging on?

League results: West Ham H 4-0, Crystal Palace A 1-0, Brighton H 1-0, Leicester A 2-1.

Next four league fixtures: Tottenham A (Sept 15), Southampton H (Sept 22), Chelsea A (Sept 29), Manchester City H (Sept 7).

Best Premier League finish: 2nd (2001-02, 2008-09, 2013-14)

Liverpool have made their best start since 2013-14, when they finished runners-up to Manchester City. On that occasion they won their first three games, repeating their Premier League best of 1993-94 and 1994-95. Liverpool won their first eight games in 1990-91, when the Reds went on to finish second in the old Division One. They have won the championship 18 times, but not since 1989-90.

Blues believing again?

Eden Hazard, centre, has dazzled for Chelsea so far (Owen Humphreys/PA)

League results: Huddersfield A 3-0, Arsenal H 3-2, Newcastle A 2-1, Bournemouth H 2-0.

Next four league fixtures: Cardiff H (Sept 15), West Ham A (Sept 23), Liverpool H (Sept 29), Southampton A (Oct 7).

Best Premier League finish: 1st (2004-05, 2005-06, 2009-10, 2014-15, 2016-17)

Chelsea have won the title in four of five seasons in which they won their first four games. They last won their first four games in 2014-15, before lifting Jose Mourinho’s third (and most recent) Premier League title. Chelsea won their first nine Premier League games in 2005-06, under Mourinho, and six games in 2009-10, when Carlo Ancelotti steered them to a league and FA Cup double.

Hornets stinging a surprise?

League results: Brighton H 2-0, Burnley A 3-1, Crystal Palace H 2-1, Tottenham H 2-1.

Next four league fixtures: Manchester United H (Sept 15), Fulham A (Sept 22), Arsenal A (Sept 29), Bournemouth H (Oct 6).

Best Premier League finish: 13th (2015-16)

Watford have won their first four games for the first time in 30 years, since a Division Two promotion-securing campaign in 1988-89. Even when finishing second in the top flight, in 1982-83, Watford did not win their first four games. In the Premier League era, the Hornets’ best start came last season under Marco Silva. Watford were unbeaten with two wins and two draws after four games but then lost 6-0 at home to Manchester City.

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