2018/19 Premier League: The Contenders
It’s hard to believe, but the new Premier League season starts on Friday evening when Manchester United host Leicester City at Old Trafford. All football fans are bursting with excitement in anticipation of how new the season will go. Who will win the league? Who’ll be top scorer? Who will they put in their fantasy team? Today at Intersport Elverys Towers we are going to take a closer look at the leading contenders to win the Premier League (unless some team pulls a Leicester City like stunt).
Last years Champions are looking very strong again if Sunday’s 2-0 win over Chelsea in the Community Shield is anything to go by. They have added former PFA Players’ Player of the Year Riyad Mahrez to their already frightening attack. Pep has also blooded a number of youngster who look like they have real potential, in pre-season friendlies. City hit 100 points last year and it will take some team to overthrow them.
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Manchester Untied finished a distant runner-up last season to their “noisy neighbors” and early indications points to a difficult season ahead, as Jose Mourinho’s traditional 3rd season meltdown appears to be taking hold early in pre-season (but it could also be mind-games from the Portuguese manager). United have a strong enough squad to contend, but with all the doom and gloom around Old Trafford before the season has even started suggests it may not be the Red Devils best season.
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Spurs came third in the Premier League last season and have a vibrant young team, with one of the best coaches in the game in many peoples eyes. However, they have been stagnant in the transfer market and as the old saying goes “you need to speculate to accumulate” feels apt in their case as they have not added anyone to their ranks. We have a feeling that they will find it difficult to bridge the gap to City but with top class attacking players Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen they can cause any team problems.
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According to most pundits, Liverpool appear the team most likely to put it up to Man City. The Champions League finalists have bolstered their squad with 4 top quality signings Alisson Becker, Naby Keïta, Xherdan Shaqiri and Fabinho who will help their cause no end. If Liverpool can blend the attacking flair that they played with so often last season with some defensive stability, they could be right in the mix at the end of the season.
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Chelsea came 5th last season and it is hard to predict how they will fare this season. The 2016/17 Champions have a new coach Maurizio Sarri in charge (replacing fellow Italian Conte). Their new manager has gone to England as somewhat of an unknown quantity, aside from his exploits with Napoli the last few seasons. If they can keep hold of their key players, they should do much better then they did last season but a shot at the title may be beyond them. Time will tell!
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Of all the top 6 teams from last season, Arsenal are the ones we are most intrigued to see. They have a new man at helm for the first time since 1996, after Arsene Wenger’s reign came to an end last season. They have brought in a number of new players to freshen up the team and who will add support to their attacking threats. If they get off to a good start, the Gunners could get back into the Champions League spots and build towards a brighter future. If not, we’re sure to see Arsenal TV plastered all over our social channels again.
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The World Cup is not long over, but our taste for football has not been quenched and the new Premier League season could throw up so many interesting stories and permutations. Here at Intersport Elverys cannot wait for the season to start.
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