Luton’s historic win at Everton on Saturday was not only their first-ever Premier League victory, it was the first three points for any of the newly promoted teams this season.
Before this campaign, the worst combined points total for the three new top-flight sides after six games each was nine in 2004-05. Two of those three sides – Crystal Palace and Norwich – were relegated.
Between them, Luton, Sheffield United and Burnley have picked up just six points so far. That is with the Blades having played seven matches: they and the Clarets have gained a single point each.
Luton and Burnley meet at Kenilworth Road on Tuesday, a match postponed from August while building work was completed.
And, while the Hatters will be full of confidence after four points from their past two games, things look gloomy for the other two in the battle for survival.
No newly promoted club has ever had fewer than three points after seven Premier League games and managed to avoid the drop.
Played: 6 Won: 0 Drawn: 1 Goal difference: -11
Kompany’s side breezed through the Championship in 2022-23, only losing three of 46 games as they earned 101 points and returned to the Premier League a year after relegation.
It has been tough for them back in the top flight, although five of their opening six matches have been against teams who finished in last season’s top seven.
Chris Sutton, a Premier League winner with Blackburn, speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, said: “At what point do you start to worry about these teams?
“Burnley have made a great deal of transfers and gone for young, hungry players. They’ve had the most difficult, brutal start with the teams they’ve played.
“I’m not sure defensively. They’ve got some good young attacking players, but defensively they look slightly vulnerable.”
Played: 6 Won: 1 Drawn: 1 Goal difference: -7
A non-league side as recently as 2013-14, Luton Town completed a football fairytale as they reached the Premier League by winning the Championship play-off final, beating Coventry City on penalties.
Dismissed by almost every football pundit, Edwards’ team were without a point from their first four Premier League games before surprising many with a draw at home to Wolves and a win at Everton.
Played: 7 Won: 0 Drawn: 1 Goal difference: -14
After two years away, the Blades finished second last season in the Championship to regain their place among England’s elite.
They will feel they should have more points but lost to late decisive goals against Nottingham Forest and reigning champions Manchester City and were ahead after 97 minutes at Tottenham only to lose 2-1.
But their promising performances were forgotten with an 8-0 home hammering by Newcastle last week.