Manchester City could be the first back to back to back Premier League winners since Manchester United achieved the feat between 2007 and 2009. They will have Liverpool gunning for them once more as the reigning Champions League winners aim to end three decades without winning the league.
The Cityzens and Reds are the Premier League’s top two sides with everyone else looking to catch up.
Can another club throw a wrench in the works or will Manchester City achieve a third straight Premier League title?
Setting the bar high
Last season, Manchester City won the Premier League trophy on the final day of the season thanks to an away win at Brighton. The Cityzens edged out Liverpool by a single point (98 to 97). It was the most dramatic end to a Premier League season in some time as either team could have won it on the last day.
Manchester City are heavy favourites to win the Premier League. One major sportsbook has them at ½ to lift the trophy. Liverpool are second in odds at 13/5, while the rest of the league is quite a way behind the frontrunners.
Many have read heavily into Liverpool’s preseason. The Reds were winless in four straight preseason matches with three games ending in losses. However, much of their poor play was down to first team players being unavailable. Mohamed Salah, Alisson Becker, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Xherdan Shaqiri, and Naby Keita all missed Liverpool’s first six preseason matches.
The Rest of the Pack
Tottenham Hotspur may have made the Champions League final, but they are still part of the chasing pack along with Manchester United, Chelsea, and Arsenal.
Of the four teams, Chelsea could be the one to suffer the most. The Blues are under a transfer ban and cannot bring in new players. New manager Frank Lampard has his work cut out for him. Promising youngsters Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are still battling back from injuries.
Chelsea will play in the Champions League and the extra set of intense games could take their toll. Add in the departure of Eden Hazard and the Blues should suffer this season.
Premier League Transfers
The Premier League’s top six teams have had relatively quiet transfer windows which could make this summer’s race for the title even more exciting. With a little over a week to go until the new season kicks off, clubs around England could be influenced to make late moves to bolster their squads.
Manchester United and Arsenal are amongst those teams still working on their squads. Reigning champions Manchester City and runners-up Liverpool have pretty much stayed the same. Manchester City did pay £62.8 million to sign Atletico Madrid defensive midfielder Rodri. However, the Cityzens haven’t added to the attack like in years past.
Liverpool are in a similar boat with the club happy to keep the same team intact from last season’s 97-point haul. After spending lots of money in the last three transfer windows, Liverpool are happy with the squad they have built.
Relegation Fire Fights
While the race for the title will be exciting, the fight for Premier League survival will be too. Norwich City, Sheffield United, and Aston Villa have just come up from the Championship. Are either side good enough to stay up?
Aston Villa have gone crazy with new signings. The Villains have spent over £80m on new players. Last season, Fulham shook up their squad in the summer transfer window and paid the price with an uneven team that couldn’t defend and were eventually relegated. Will Aston Villa suffer the same fate?
The questions around the 20 teams in the Premier League will begin being answered in just over a week.