As the new English Premier League season gets underway, we take a look at the favorites, analysts the winners and losses of the transfer window and how the top 6 will line up.
With many changes and moves taking place, this promises to be yet another fantastic season for Premier League fans, with at least 6 teams vying for the title.
Chelsea remain favorites for me as they posses the best defense in the country. Despite the departure of long serving Premier League stalwart and club legend John Terry, Chelsea look best equipped to stop any attack in the league. The back line remains the same from their title winning season, with the addition of Antonio Rudiger. Rudiger is expected to fill in the back three as well as deputies for the wonderful Marcos Alonso. Barring the striker position, Chelsea have strengthened in every department. The new midfield of Kante and Bakayoko is expected to dominate England for years to come and Alvaro Morata could be just the catalyst Chelsea need to separate themselves from the rest of the pack.
The two teams who will push the Blues to the limit, in my opinion, will be Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspurs once more. Last season, City were dominant but inconsistent. They lost games they should have won and in the end that proved to be the difference. City once again look a threat and Pep Guardiola has now got an years experience under his belt. The Citizens have bolstered their back line, shipping out a bunch of 30 year old and have brought in exciting prospects in Ederson, Benjamin Mendy and Kyle Walker. With the addition of Bernardo Silva, City look well poised to challenge for the title.
CITY ☀️ Summer Signings 2017
So far… ✍️
— Manchester City (@ManCityMAS) August 7, 2017
As for the Spurs, they have not upgraded in any position in the summer transfer market, but with a young core like theirs, they don’t really need to either. Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen continue to improve and will bear most of the offensive workload. The defense looks solid much like last term, but a lack of squad depth might jeopardize their chances for a Championship.
The last three slots are going to be filled by Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool but not necessarily in that order. Arsenal Wenger addressed an age old problem for the Gunners this off season by acquiring the young Frenchman Alexandre Lacazette. Gunners look primed for a good finish with an array of attacking talent, if they can hold on to Alexis Sanchez. The midfield looks strong as always but the defense has been improved upon by bringing in Sead Kolasinac. The keeper remains an area for concern and could well be their downfall come business time.
United won the Europa League and qualified for the UEFA Champions League, and have signed Belgian Romelu Lukaku to become strong contenders. With one season down under Jose Mourinho, United look much more settled than last time but there are still questions marks. Apart from Lukaku, Pogba, Herrera, Valencia, Bailly and David De Gea, no one seems to be a lock down started. Henrik Mkhitaryan and Anthony Martial will have important roles to play if United are to return to their glory days of old.
As for the Reds, Jurgen Klopp’s side can be the dark horses this season. By signing Salah, Liverpool have the best attacking unit ever assembled in this league and can easily break the all time goal scoring record. Coutinho, Mane, Firmino and Adam Lallana continue to improve and play exceptional football, but as we have seen in the past, defense wins titles and that is still an area of bother for Klopp and his band of merry men.
— Mohamed Salah (@22mosalah) August 1, 2017
With so many new players and changes in tactics and formations, this Premier League season promises to be yet another roller-coaster ride and it will be fascinating to watch who comes out on top come next year.