The 2018/19 Premier League season kicks-off on August 10 and Manchester City are big favourites to claim the title for the second year in a row.
Pep Guardiola’s side won the league by 19 points from Manchester United last term, with Tottenham Hotspur a further four points behind in third place. Read on as we look at this season’s main contenders.
Pep Guardiola’s side won 32 games last season to romp away with the title, but Guardiola has admitted that he believes things will be tougher this time around.
City are priced at 4/6 for a repeat performance, but punters should search for the best bookie offers before wagering on the Premier League.
Riyad Mahrez’s arrival from Leicester City boosts the club’s attacking options and they will be the team to beat once again this season.
Jose Mourinho has looked at odds with the world this summer, with the club’s failure to splash the cash on top players proving to be major annoyance to the United boss.
The Red Devils need a top class centre-half, but moves for the likes of Tottenham Hotspur’s Toby Alderweireld and Leicester City star Harry Maguire have failed to get off the ground.
Despite Mourinho’s moans, United have a strong-looking squad and if their best players produce the form they are capable of they could push City much closer this season.
Liverpool have had an expensive summer, spending over £175 million on Alisson, Naby Keita, Fabinho, and Xherdan Shaqiri.
The Reds’ main area of concern is in defence, with manager Jurgen Klopp inisisting that he doesn’t need a top class partner for Virgil van Dijk.
Klopp has been singing Joe Gomez’s praises this summer, but his failure to add proven defensive quality could kill their title hopes.
Chelsea head into the season hoping that new manager Maurizio Sarri can lead them back into the top four in the Premier League.
Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga looks an excellent replacement for Thibaut Courtois, while Mateo Kovacic’s arrival on a season-long loan from Real Madrid adds quality competition in midfield.
Sarri improved Napoli in each of the three years he was in charge of the Italian outfit and he could repeat the trick at Stamford Bridge.
Best of the rest
Spurs’ failure to strengthen their squad could see them bumped out of the top four by Chelsea, while Arsenal still don’t have the strength in depth needed to challenge.
Everton and West Ham United are likely to be the best of the rest, but it’s difficult to look past the two Manchester clubs or Liverpool as potential title winners this season.