We know how these things go.
You have your favourites fighting for the title, those battling relegation and others just floating in mid-table.
But who has broken those outdated norms? Here are five surprise packages of the season …
🦁 Premier League
Times are changing in the English top flight. Promoted sides are no longer fish food, offering up six points a season.
And Sheffield United are the latest example of that.
Under Chris Wilder they are organised, dogged and a significant threat from set pieces, currently leaving them 8th in the table.
It’s now 58 matches in all competitions since the Blades lost by more than a single goal.
10 games have been played. Granada – who finished second in the Segúnda last season – are top of LaLiga.
What’s happened there?
The Andalusían side are full of grit, determination but also real quality in Yangel Herrera, Antonio Puertas and Darwin Machís.
Their form probably won’t last but that 2-0 win over Barcelona will live long in the memory.
🇮🇹 Serie A
Many feared for Atalanta and how they would cope with Champions League football, but the Nerazzurri are working wonders.
Gian Piero Gasperini has built a vibrant, attacking side who play some of the most exciting football in Europe.
Duván Zapata, Luis Muriel, Josip Iličić and Papu Gómez – what kind of amazingly brilliant frontline is that!
They are definite dark horses for the title.
Freiburg have become a Bundesliga favourite under Christian Streich, but nobody expected them to be third after nine games.
They boast a perfect blend of young talent and experience, spearheaded by an incredible frontline of Gian-Luca Waldschmidt, Nils Petersen and Lucas Höler.
But don’t underestimate their defensive work – they’ve only conceded seven goals.
We’re backing their European push.
🇫🇷 Ligue 1
Paris Saint-Germain are, unsurprisingly, streets ahead in France.
But Nantes are still second despite suffering back to back defeats against Metz and Monaco.
The Canaries have been strong under Christian Gourcuff and are such a strong collective, as opposed to individuals.
We’ll be keeping an eye on them.