After last season’s thrilling climax, the Premier League returns this evening with the runners up Liverpool hosting Norwich at Anfield tonight.
Jurgen Klopps’ squad were absolutely devastated to lose the Premiership to Man City on the last day of the season, but becoming European Champions just a week later helped soften the blow.
The odds compilers predict it will be Guardiolas’ City and Liverpool again vying for supremacy again this season, with City’s odds actually having shortened over the past couple of weeks. The gap between second and third last season was a massive 25 points, so if this season pans out like the last, the remaining eighteen teams will have serious ground to make up.
The departure of Vincent Kompany after eleven years at City is a blow for Guardiola and the fans however they have found a replacement for Brazilian Fernandinho, after signing Rodri from Atletico Madrid for £62.8 million. The highest fee a midfielder has ever been paid for a transfer. But after accumulating 198 points in the last two Premiership seasons, it will be hard to knock them off the top spot. Bet on City to win the Premiership @ 1/2
Jurgen Klopp has spent the last four years building his team at Anfield recruiting and nurturing world class talent in all positions but especially his front three Salah, Mane and Firmino. Last season we finally got to see just how good Liverpool is and no doubt Klopp and Co is gunning for the title. Liverpool is 13/5 to bag the title this season.
Against all the odds Spurs made the Champions League Final last June, despite their inability to sign any new players. Pochettino’s squad threatened to make the title race a three-horse race, however due to the lack of depth in the team; it saw them slip to fourth position. Harry Kane, the talisman for Spurs who, when on form, is very hard to stop. He was their top goal scorer last season; however he was sidelined a few times with injuries, so Pochettino will need him in peak condition to have any chance at challenging the top two. Tottenham is priced at 18/1 to win the title.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer starts his first season in charge of the Red Devils where he spent eleven years as a player from 1996- 2007. He took over an interim manager when Jose Mourinho was sacked in December, leaving his post at as manager of Molde temporarily. He was appointed the top job at United in May after they finished a dismal 6th. The players seem to respond to his management style almost immediately and the morale was duly lifted at the club but they showed they were not fit enough for his style of play. They looked better however in pre season. Paul Pogba is still the beating heart of the United squad and for now he staying at Old Trafford. David De Gea was also rumoured to be leaving, the Spanish stalwart has been with United for eight years but he is also staying put for the moment. It was expected that United would sign and sell more players than they have, but they are happy with new signing, defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka. He wowed fans during pre-season with his ability to patrol the entire flank and United could certainly do with that this season!
Frank Lampard starts this season as Manager of his beloved Chelsea where he played for thirteen years before moving to City in 2014. He wet his feet as manager of Derby County last season steering them to a 6th place finish in the Championship. Chelsea lost Eden Hazard to Real Madrid and David Luiz who went to Arsenal on deadline day. Chelsea also failed to make any new signings due to a two-window transfer ban imposed by FIFA. However Chelsea has a number of good players but it will take time for Lampard to make his mark.
Needless to say it is going to be another exciting season of the beautiful game!
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