We take a look at the six leading contenders to try work out this year’s winner
Antonio Conte’s Chelsea were on another level last season.
The likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Liverpool tried their hardest but the Blues were a class above. But that was then and this is now.
England’s elite clubs are all gunning for Chelsea’s title but only one club can be crowned Premier League champions.
Who will prevail? Lets take a look at the six leading contenders ahead of the 2017/18 campaign…
Chelsea have a lot of work to do if they are to retain the Premier League title.
The Blues, so assured and reliable last season, were outplayed by Arsenal in the Community Shield and Antonio Conte will be demanding financial backing in the transfer window.
Alvaro Morata has already signed for £70 million this summer but Chelsea need more than one man.
Conte’s side romped to the crown last season but times have changed at Stamford Bridge and Chelsea isn’t a happy place to be right now.
With John Terry out of the door and Diego Costa exiled from the squad, the general mood at Chelsea has changed. Should they solve these issues, Conte’s men will be bang in the title fight but something has to give…
Two words: Harry Kane. With the England international in fine form and hunting his third Golden Boot award in a row, Tottenham will be right in the mix.
Spurs are blessed with one of the strongest midfield and defensive units in the Premier League and Mauricio Pochettino will be confident of guiding his side to the title at some point soon.
An injury to Kane could scupper Tottenham’s title aspirations but Spurs still have plenty of time to act in the transfer market.
We all know that Daniel Levy is a shrewd operator but Pochettino will be pushing hard for more financial backing in the window. Tottenham are only one or two signings away from something really special…
If Pep Guardiola thought that winning the Premier League title was going to be easy, he was sorely mistaken.
Manchester City failed to inspire confidence last season and it looked like a number of senior players were struggling to get to grips with Guardiola’s system. Now, with a handful of summer signings, City are back to stake their claims for the crown .
The Blues have spent big this summer and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see City lifting the title at the end of the campaign.
On paper, Guardiola’s side are probably the strongest side in the Premier League and more success awaits in the near future. Will it be this season or will City fall short once again? Only time will tell…
Liverpool will be there or thereabouts once again and Virgil van Dijk’s potential arrival will give the Reds a boost defensively.
Like City, Jurgen Klopp’s side were found wanting at the back last season and the Southampton star would bring a calming presence to a defensive unit that has been chaotic at best in recent years.
Philippe Coutinho’s future hangs in the balance and Liverpool fans will be praying that the Brazil star stays at Anfield for at least one more season.
With Coutinho creating chances for Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and summer signing Mohamed Salah, Klopp has an attacking juggernaut at his disposal…
The Gunners fell short in their pursuit of Champions League football last season – but that could actually help Arsenal this time around.
Nobody can accuse Arsene Wenger of failing to act in the transfer market this summer; highly touted striker Alexandre Lacazette joined the Gunners from Lyon for a club record fee of £52 million last month.
On paper, this Arsenal side looks capable of challenging for silverware and plenty of punters will be backing Wenger’s men at what is a reasonable price.
There are still question marks over the Gunners defensively but you have to trust Wenger’s judgment. Keep the faith and see how Arsenal are doing midway through the season…
Last but not least, we have Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United. It wasn’t to be for the Red Devils last season but if anyone can take the 20-time English champions back to the top, it’s Mourinho.
Despite their shortcomings in the Premier League, United did manage to win two major trophies – the EFL Cup and the Europa League.
Nothing is a given in football but United look well placed to finish in the top four.
Summer signing Romelu Lukaku should relish leading the line at Old Trafford and Mourinho will be expecting big things from his players this campaign. A first Premier League title since 2013 beckons if United get it right…