Sunderland goalkeeper Craig Gordon says that this year's Premier League could be the most competitive ever.
Gordon, who is currently sidelined with a fractured arm, told the club's official website that he expects more clubs to take points off each other and says that the days of teams putting together long winning runs are a thing of the past.
He said: "The league's the most competitive it's been for years.
"If you look at the fixtures coming up, no-one's guaranteed points.
"It's difficult for anyone to go on a run so if you can string five or six unbeaten games together you can make significant inroads up the league.
"It's all about getting the scoreboard ticking over, as it were.
"As long as we can eradicate the long winless spell we had last season, we should do a little better than last time."
Last season's top three of Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal suffered 21 defeats between them, eight more than the previous season and 10 more than in 2007-08.
And with Tottenham showing that breaking into the top four can be done, Scotland international Gordon thinks that the title race will be tight.
He said: "Man United and Chelsea have been the top two and Arsenal will be strong again.
"Then you've got Liverpool alongside Spurs and Man City trying to break into that top three, so it will be interesting to see who comes out on top.
"Fourth place in there for a number of teams to fight for. You'll see a lot of teams who are up there losing points this season."