Chelsea and City are currently out in front by a large distance and are understandably favourites to take the crown, though contrary to popular belief, this year's Premier League is not yet just a duel between the two teams in blue.
Newcastle have flown up the table from 18th to 5th in the space of five matches and Pardew and co are being held up as an example of the good that can come from giving a manager some leeway - and having some patience. It's just a shame that it's all a bit nonsense.
Controversial payday lender Wonga has agreed with Newcastle United to remove its logo from all children's replica shirts
While he will enjoy that much more than those previously seen at the ground, it speaks volumes that even positive signs have negative connotations and are displayed almost in jest. His Newcastle team have what it takes to extend their run of form, though it is unlikely to mean much more in the way of support and backing for Pardew.
Latching on to Ryan Taylor's through ball, the teenager strode forward some 20 yards, leaving £25 million worth of centre
Despite his well documented frustration at Manchester United, the Scot is a highly respected manager with unquestioned ability. He may just be the man that Newcastle need to turn them into a consistent top-half side.
Players tipped for success have struggled and others have surprised, settling into life in the world's top league. Some teams have bought well and improved on last season's outing, but others have inexplicably struggled. Here is the ultimate collection of the Premier League's biggest over and under-achievers so far.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has conceded he expects "serious" talks with club owner Mike Ashley after the Magpies' 1-0
There has been plenty of class from the 35 sides who didn't go down straight away. Some even surprised everyone and punched well above their weight when back (or debuting) in the big time. Here are five of the best.
The news may seem like a win for those who believe that too many owners, chairmen and chief executives are too trigger happy when it comes to firing managers in search of immediate success. However, in reality, Alan Pardew is lucky to have lasted in the Newcastle hot-seat for as long as he has.