With a brand new Premier League season just around the corner in mid August, it’s time to take a look ahead at the clubs who are set to be the movers and shakers over the course of the next nine months.
Of course, Manchester United are the favourites for the 2013/2014 season having successfully wrestled the title back from the grasp of their arch-rivals Manchester City.
Nonetheless, their poor pre-season, inability to land any major signings, the ongoing Rooney transfer saga as well as having a new manager at the helm for the first time since 1986 is sure to throw their swagger off-kilter to a certain extent.
Will it do enough to upset them completely?
Perhaps. And, if it does, one can be sure that Chelsea will be ready and waiting to nick the crown back from the English champions.
Jose Mourinho’s charges are also currently at odds of 9/4 to win the league for the first time since 2010.
The Europa League champions will be keen to take advantage of the almost completely unrecognisable managerial status of some of the main teams in the league as United, City, Everton and Wigan all have new men at the helm.
In particular, Mourinho is likely to view Sir Alex Ferguson’s absence as the most delightful of all the exits.
Nonetheless, he and his battalion of Blues are sure to face stern competition from the Citizens.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side are also at odds of 9/4 to emerge victorious come the beginning of next May, and with the likes of David Silva and Sergio Aguero ready to strike with a vengeance once more, we could well have one of the most open title-chases in recent memory.
Meanwhile, Arsenal are at odds of 10/1 to lift the league title for the first time in seven years.
Nevertheless, despite their billing as rank outsiders alongside Liverpool (28/1), the Gunners actually have quite a good chance. Arsene Wenger may fancy his chances more than the Special One of manipulating the new landscape to his advantage.
Should he eventually land Luis Suarez and pool all of his side’s resources into ending their seven-year domestic duck, the North-London outfit will push the rest of the competition all the way for sure.
And, if you fancy it, Spurs (33/1) are there too.
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