This season in the Premier League has been one of the most open and competitive seasons in recent times and potentially on record as only 7 points split the top 10 at the halfway point which is seriously exciting for any neutral fan. Due to this, it has ensured that there have been some surprise packages in the league that could be potentially pushing for Europe and maybe even further; we look at some of the best surprise packages in the league so far.

First of all, and maybe not the biggest surprise package on this list would be that of Leicester City who have continued their success from last season under Brendan Rodgers. Although they would have been disappointed to have missed out on Champions League spot at the end of last year but haven’t sulked on this result and have come out of the blocks flying this year and find themselves 3rd in the division behind Liverpool and Manchester United. Leicester will be wanting to make up for last year’s loss and make it into the coveted Champions League spots.

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Next up on the list of surprise list of sides in the Premier League is that of Southampton who have also come out of the blocks flying and seem to be taking the league by storm this year. They are 6th in the league currently and only out of the top 4 by goal difference. Not only that, but they’ve been seriously impressive during Christmas, especially recently when they recorded a huge win over current champions Liverpool to close the gap. Southampton have come so far in a year as they were spanked 7-0 by Leicester this time last year – what a difference a year makes!

And finally, the next surprise side this season has actually been Aston Villa who actually only just stayed up last season on the last game of the year. However, they’ve had a seriously quick turn around this year and find themselves in a seriously strong position with games in hand on all the teams above them. Villa have been playing some expansive football this season which has allowed star man Jack Grealish to relish his new central role and really flourish.

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