With the Premier League season just a matter of hours away, the excitement is hotting up before the first round of fixtures.
In this article, we’ll look at the main competitors and rate their chances of success in what should be a great season.
With Man City holding off Liverpool by one point in last year’s campaign, you’d certainly expect these two to be right up there come the end of the season.
Man City – 1/2
After Man City managed to see off Liverpool in last year’s campaign, they’re surely a great bet for the new season beginning on Friday evening.
Man City can earn a place alongside Man Utd, Arsenal, Liverpool and Huddersfield who have all won the league title three years in a row.
Heading into the new season, Man City have made a couple of signings including Rodri for €70 million and Cancelo for €65 million, the former breaking the club record for a transfer fee.
Danilo, Douglas Luiz and Fabian Delph are the noteworthy departures from Man City over the Summer.
These changes are unlikely to affect Guardiola’s team too much and their squad depth is still second to none in the Premier League.
Pep Guardiola has an awesome record as a manager, winning a total of 26 trophies. You’d certainly expect that to increase in the coming season.
In that regard, you’d be a brave man to bet against Man City winning some kind of silverware come to the end of the season.
Kevin De Bruyne will once again be a pivotal part of the Man City team. If he can remain fit throughout the season, they’re likely to cause even more issues for their opponents.
After scoring the most goals in the Premier League last season, Man City will be looking to follow that form in this year’s campaign.
However, it wasn’t always plain sailing for Man City. There were points of the season that they struggled last season. And they would undoubtedly be unhappy about their exit from the Champions League at such a late stage in the tournament.
Overall, expect a strong season from Man City. Once again the treble may well be in sight for Guardiola and his men.
Liverpool – 9/4
Second favourite to win the league this season is Liverpool with odds of 9/4.
Jurgen Klopp’s men narrowly missed out their first league glory since the 1989/90 season. But if they don’t win the league this year, it will be 30 years since they last lifted the trophy. This is definitely something the management will not enjoy.
Having said that, Klopp and his men ran Man City very close last time out. They’ll certainly be looking to pick up from where they left off.
Winning the Champions League was a great boost for Liverpool and it’s a sign they can get over the line, unlike the current Tottenham team.
Coming into the new season, Liverpool has not made any major changes to their winning formula. They’ve signed Sepp van den Berg for €1.9 million meanwhile they’ve lost Danny Ings and Simon Mignolet.
Mo Salah remains a threat from wherever he picks up the ball and Sadio Mane will also be looking to smash a few goals to defend his Golden Boot award.
I’d be surprised if Liverpool can defend their Champions League title, but expect a strong performance in the Premier League. They’re certainly worth a bet at 9/4.
Tottenham – 16/1
At odds of 16/1, you’d assume the bookmakers think this season could be another two-horse race.
Unless Tottenham are more consistent, I’d tend to agree. The phrase that has to define their campaign last season would be ‘oh so close’.
In all honesty, that’s been the way for a number of seasons now. Pochettino and his men are always right there when it gets to crunch time but they just never make it across the finish line.
There’s no denying that Poch is a top-quality manager and should certainly have won some more silverware by now but there’s something about this Tottenham side that just can’t execute when it matters.
Maybe settling into the new stadium from the beginning of the season will help them out, or maybe something else will. Let’s hope so for the sake of the league.
Harry Kane staying fit will be a key part of this year’s campaign. After missing 9 games through injury last season, Tottenham were very reliant on the depth of their squad which they somewhat lack when compared to the likes of Man City.
In terms of club arrivals, their big signing this season is Tanguy Ndombélé for €60 million. They’ve also signed Jack Clarke from Leeds for €11 million. They lost Kieran Trippier and Vincent Janssen.
Maybe 2020 will be their year.
Man Utd – 30/1
Manchester United are surely set for a better result this season. After having had a very difficult campaign last year with the departure of Jose Mourinho and the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer they’ll be looking for a more stable season.
Man Utd have spent a lot of money over the Summer months, nearly €160 million to be exact. They’ve bought a number of big players including Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James.
It’s been no secret, Solskjaer wanted to revamp his defence and build it around Victor Lindelof.
With Marcus Rashford firing on all cylinders during points last season, Solskjaer will be hoping for him to find similar form. That’s certainly been the case in the opening pre-season games where he’s netted twice.
Will Man Utd find the winning form they did when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer first arrived at the club? That’s the million-dollar question.
I think this season will come too soon for Man Utd, they’ll be learning about their new defensive setup.
Arsenal – 30/1
Another team priced at 30/1 are Arsenal.
The Gunners just missed out on Champions League qualification last term which was a major disappointment for the entire team and fans. If it weren’t for their poor results in the last few fixtures, they would have made it through.
None the less, Arsenal will still compete in the Europa League alongside Man Utd.
Similar to Man Utd, Arsenal have spent a lot of money over the Summer. Their major signings include Nicolas Pépé, William Saliba and Kieran Tierney.
Arsenal has managed to keep their marquee players which will certainly help their chances in the league and European battles.
I think Arsenal will end up in a similar position come the end of the season. Anything higher than 5th and they’ve done well.
Chelsea – 30/1
With Frank Lampard now in charge at Stamford Bridge, the fans will surely be expecting good results in the not too distant future. However, these major changes take time and it may be a couple of seasons before any major results come their way.
After finishing 3rd in the campaign last year, Chelsea will surely take another third position come the end of the season given all the changes.
Chelsea has had a relatively quiet summer, just signing Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid. Their departures include Eden Hazard, Ola Aina and Tomas Kalas.
I think good things are coming for Chelsea but like Man Utd, this season will come too soon for any major results.