The Premier League kicks off this weekend, but which side are currently favorites to lift the title next May?
It has been a very busy summer for the ‘Top Six’ clubs in the Premier League in terms of transfers. Hundreds of millions have already been spent, with more probably on its way.
All of the sides have got even stronger from last season, whether it be signings or players back from injury. City comfortably won the league last season after a rocky start and ended 12 points clear of Man United.
This season we’re hoping it won’t be the same and that it’ll be one of the closest campaigns to date! Arsenal get us underway on Friday when they take on Premier League newcomers Brentford.
Premier League Title Odds (BoyleSports)
Man City – 7/4
Last season’s Champions Manchester City were always going to be strong contenders this year after finishing 12 points clear. They have already won three titles under Pep Guardiola: two for retaining and one for regaining. They’ve also had a lot of experience as a squad; they started the previous season really badly but still won it in the end.
City’s squad is very strong and Pep likes shuffling players from week to week in order to keep the team fresh and keen. City brought in Jack Grealish this summer, whilst not losing any key members of their squad from last season. They have shown they are good enough to win the league with these players, they just need to perform at the high standards they have set.
Peps side haven’t started as well as the other sides, with 10 points from a possible 15, but they are still unbeaten. They are only three behind them and can easily close the gap over the next 33 games this season.
Chelsea – 2/1
After winning the Champions League last year, Tuchel and his side should be confident going into this Premier League season. With the arrival of Tuchel, all of Chelsea’s players have improved and in particular their defence.
Last summer, Chelsea signed a number of players including Werner, Havertz, and Chilwell. This summer was a productive one, with Lukaku and Saul joining the Champions League winners. Last season was tough due to a lack of goals from strikers, but with the signing of Lukaku, this should take the pressure off of Werner.
Beating Manchester City in the final of this year’s competition would be a huge achievement for Chelsea. It sounds like they are contenders for the league title, but there is one major concern which is their dependency on certain players to handle Tuchel’s tactics. Players such as Kante and Jorginho have been key players for Tuchel and are tough to replace.
So far, Tuchel has this Chelsea side looking better and better each week. If they carry on they will be hard to stop this season.
Liverpool – 10/3
Liverpool did not have much luck last season, but they still managed to finish third in the table. This doesn’t mean a lot considering how many injuries they had. At one point four of their five defenders were injured. Hopefully, this year will be better for them in terms of injuries and they can get back to their best.
When Liverpool has a full, healthy squad of players at their disposal, they are capable of beating anyone. They have signed Konate to shore up the defense but haven’t done much else in terms of other player signings. If Liverpool can keep this group fit and without injuries, then Klopp can get them back on top
Liverpool players need to put last season to the back of their minds immediately. Klopps side have 13 points from 15, dropping two to only Chelsea. Many pundits aren’t really talking about Liverpool as one of the favourites but they look very good so far.
Man United – 11/2
United surprised themselves last season but they also proved their doubters wrong on the way to finishing second. They’re now in a position where they can finally be involved in an actual title race for the first time in a few years, and Solskjær has improved them on all fronts.
Manchester United have finally signed Jadon Sancho, the right-sided player they’ve been after for years. Varane is another player they have been after for a while and he joined the club this summer. The biggest signing of them all though is Cristiano Ronaldo. The former Man United player has always flirted with a return to the club he made his name at and Man United fans couldn’t be happier the five-time Ballon d’Or winner is back!
In order to be competitive, United must pick up points from sides above them and stop dropping points against bottom-of-the-table teams. That being said, they picked up the most points in the league from losing positions last season, which is a great trait to have!
United also have 13 points so far. They picked up a big last-minute win against West Ham, something that come to the end of the season could be a huge result!
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