With the Premier League back underway this weekend, I’ll be previewing the chances of the ‘Top Four,’ who are in with a chance of winning the title at the end of the season.
For those of you who are avid fans of the Premier League, you will understand how difficult it is for a team to retain the title. Jurgen Klopp has not been that active during the summer transfer market, where last year season showed how vital rotation is, in order to compete at the top level of every cup the reds participate in. Along with the possibility of the African Cup of Nations going ahead later in the year, Liverpool will find it hard to replace the productivity of Sadio Mane and Mohammed Salah, if new signings are not on the cards for the title holders. For these reasons, I believe Liverpool will struggle to maintain their dominance in an ever-growing league.
With the additions of Nathan Ake and Ferran Torres, Pep Guardiola has ensured that the troubles his team faced last year are rectified with prime talent. The issue City face as a club, is to keep their star players fit throughout the season. The loss of Aymeric Laporte at the back of City’s defence took its toll, where the Citizens clearly lacked that world class defending that had been on show in recent years. The two arrivals aren’t going to magically make those defensive and attacking mishaps disappear, but if they can provide the impact they are known for, then City are in with a chance to win a few trophies this season. At 4/5, I don’t see them running away with the title, especially at that price.
Frank Lampard has been rather busy in the transfer window so far, with additions in much needed areas of the pitch. Many questions remain unanswered, will Chelsea play with a back 3 this season? Can Lampard get the best out of Kai Havertz and Mason Mount at the same time? Only time will tell if the additions to the squad are worthy of the price tag they came with, but I also think they’re still a little bit off the mark when it comes to challenging for the title. Their defensive shape was nowhere to be seen at times, and the arrival of Thiago Silva in my eyes, will not provide a quick fix to Chelsea’s problems. At 8/1 to win the FA Cup, I think this is perhaps the best shot they have at winning silverware this season, so it might be worth taking punt on them.
The signing of Donny Van De Beek has bolstered the midfield with some much-needed rotation, whilst the Jaden Sancho deal hangs in the balance, it has been a mediocre performance by Ed Woodward and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the transfer market. When the 19/20 season resumed with no fans attending the games, United showed glimpses of sheer quality. Counter-attacking play, dominating possession and the tempo of games became The Red Devils’ strongpoint near the end of the season, which helped the team clinch that all important 3rd spot. If United can get the deal done for Sancho, along with a new defender on the books, then I don’t see why this team cannot challenge for the title. At 16/1 to win the premier league outright, they’ve got to be worth a couple of quid at that price.