The Premier League is fought out over the 38 games and nine of the year’s 12 months, yet each weekend’s news is relayed as if it is likely to define the campaign.
In our new Premier League weekend overreaction column news.bwin.com run some of the more hyperbole-inducing incidents through the reality filter.
The Reds 2-0 win at Southampton has pushed them to within two points of the Champions League as they kept their fifth successive league away clean sheet, a tally last equalled during the era of Mark Lawrenson and Alan Hansen.
However, while Liverpool are vastly improved since the beginning of the campaign their defence remains an accident waiting to happen.
Regularly compromised against a Saints side that has been rather toothless of late, their lack of collective understanding could have given away two penalties.
Prophets of doom are queuing up to administer the last rights to Southampton’s unlikely bid for Champions League football.
Graziano Pelle is hobbling around up front like an old shire horse who’s been licking lead paint from his stable door and their previously stout defence is becoming error prone.
Yet the Saints went through a similar fallow period earlier in the season and, much like this one, it has coincided with Morgan Schneiderlin’s injury absence.
Their 3/1-rated challenge will revive when the Frenchman returns, fully fit, to the starting line up.
Sergio Aguero is scoring again, Yaya Toure is back and even Edin Dzeko got in on the act in the 5-0 win against Newcastle.
Meanwhile Chelsea will be screwed without the suspended Nemanja Matic having screwed up against Burnley.
Somehow the Citizens can still be backed at 7/2 for the title!
A note of caution, Chelsea remain five points clear and Manuel Pellegrini’s men could very easily find themselves cut back down to size by in-form Liverpool in their next league outing.
The Toffees’ 2-2 draw against Leicester City prompted more hand-wringing over their rotten season and the prospects of an unlikely relegation.
It’s all a far cry from last season’s top-four bothering heyday, yet the negative effects of competing in the Europa League have long been acknowledged.
Swansea suffered last season, while Newcastle endured a startlingly similar campaign in 2012/13 as they struggled to follow up their fifth-placed finish of the previous term.
How could Everton expect to be any different?