Top 4: Man City, Chelsea, Man United, Tottenham
- Man City – Every year we pick Man City to win and it seems like they find a way to mess it up more spectacularly as we go along. If Pep Guardiola is to keep the aura around him as the best manager in the business, he can’t spend that heavily and not win or go very close to. The flanks are expensively covered, Stones has to start showing why he cost so much at some point, Kevin de Bruyne is probably the best playmaker in England, and Pep has no excuses. Stay tuned.
- Chelsea – It seems not spending £150m sets you back in England these days, but whatever signings they have mustered are seen as upgrades in the eyes of Antonio Conte, the man that matters. If Alvaro Morata can hit the ground running and the likes of Michy Batshuayi can continue his preseason form, then Chelsea can feel confident of a run at the title. Depth may be a concern with the addition of European football and we know that’s the kiss of death for chances at Premier League glory of late. Toss up with Man United at this point.
- Man United – Another big man with things to prove, Jose Mourinho and United go into the season with renewed optimism. Mourinho type striker? Check. Pace and Power? Check and check. Personnel to frustrate and get the result at all costs? Check. This could be another tight tussle at the top.
- Spurs – Losing Kyle Walker has been met with less moist eyes in North London than you’d expect. Kevin Trippier is seen as the better player by many with his five assists in 13 starts used as a quick reference point. The cadre of young blossoming stars are a season older. It’s not that they aren’t better, it’s how the money clubs have responded to embarrassment. If they slip then Liverpool will slide right into fourth.
Relegated – Watford, Burnley and Brighton