Former Newcastle star and leading English Premier League pundit Alan Shearer believes Chelsea will dethrone Manchester City as English champions.
Shearer's prediction came after a weekend that saw Liverpool lead the table on Saturday before Chelsea's 3-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur put the European champion on top of the league on Sunday night.
With Man City having three wins from five games, Shearer feels that is already too many points dropped.
"City have dropped the most points out of the main contenders so far," he told the BBC.
"And Saturday's home draw with Southampton was a poor result for them when you consider Liverpool's performance against Crystal Palace, United's win and particularly what Chelsea did at Spurs.
"It will be between those four sides come the end of the season, but I will stick with what I said in the summer: Chelsea are the team to beat."
The Englishman admits that it is still early days but Chelsea are showing all the menace to eventually become league champions come May 2022 or earlier.
"The Premier League title race is only just getting started, but Chelsea already look like they will be very hard to stop," he continued.
"Thomas Tuchel's side look seriously impressive right now, but they have done since he took charge in January.
"Even when they are not playing well or things go wrong - like it did when Reece James was sent off at Anfield last month - Chelsea still give very little away.
"As they showed in their brilliant 3-0 win at Tottenham on Sunday, the Blues have an extremely strong squad and a very good manager too.
"Tuchel changed it up at half-time, and brought on N'Golo Kante for Mason Mount, which gave Chelsea more presence in midfield and allowed their two wing-backs, particularly Marcos Alonso, to push further forward.
"There had not been much in it in the first half, but they stepped on the gas in the second half and absolutely battered Spurs.
"Chelsea were so strong all over the pitch and, once they got their first goal, it was just a case of how many they would end up with.
"It could have been six or seven by the end, and would have been if not for poor finishing and some good goalkeeping," he concluded.
Up next for the Blues is the visit of Aston Villa for an EFL Cup battle at Stamford Bridge.