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The Premier league already appears that it could just be a season to remember. The coronavirus continues to mean that spectators are not allowed in attendance at games and this is set to continue until at least next year, with further restrictions across the UK now being enforced. This has not led to a surge in popularity for people playing fantasy sports and picking up the Monkey Knife Fight promo code when doing so. Fantasy sports have continued to see growth and are one sector to have benefited with fans being unable to attend matches.

Despite this negative for a lack of spectators, the football remains very entertaining, with vast numbers of goals being scored to date. We could just be in the process of one of those seasons, with strange results, similar to when Leicester City pulled off the remarkable title-winning victory. One thing is for sure, we have already seen a number of shock results in the early period of this season and it appears there could also be more to follow.

The biggest of these has to be the 7-2 victory for Aston Villa over defending champions Liverpool. Considering Liverpool have lost just four Premier League matches in the previous two seasons combined, it further added to just how remarkable of a result this was. It meant that many now feel it could be an open season this year and not just about the duel between Liverpool and Manchester City for the title, despite the current betting odds still appearing to show this.

That result continued the positive start that Villa have made this campaign, following staying in the Premier League last season and the lengthy fight against relegation. It appears that it could be a completely different story this season, based on their results to date. The 7-2 against Liverpool of course stands out from the rest and has given the side great confidence, ahead of the rest of the season.

Liverpool went into the match as the overwhelming favourites, having won their opening three matches of the season. Despite this, it turned out to be one of those special nights at Villa Park. Villa took an early 2-0 lead, with Ollie Watkins scoring both. Salah responded for the champions, before John McGinn then made it 3-1 to Villa, after 35 minutes. Just four minutes later and Watkins had his hat-trick, with Villa going into half-time with a 4-1 lead. New signing Ross Barkley then scored on his debut for the club, before Salah got another back for Liverpool. That was not it, with Jack Grealish netting a brace and capping off an incredible performance for Villa.

Villa finished with just 30 per cent possession but were able to score seven goals. Is this a sign that we could be in a very competitive title race this season? Let’s hope so! It also meant the heaviest defeat for a defending Premier league champions in 57 years and the worst loss of Jurgen Klopp managerial career.