The super computer says, Manchester city, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham will respectively take the first 5 places.
The Premier League is back for a 25th season this weekend, with Arsenal already winning the first match 4:3. With its blinding lights and obscene swathes of cash sloshing around the place this season will be its biggest and best yet, as last season was, and the one before it.
The questions loom?
The implication of having too many managerial minds, of course, is only one will win the Premier League and the remaining five or six will be left disappointed. It’s difficult at this stage to see beyond the Manchester clubs for the title. Mourinho and Guardiola were brought in last term to great fanfare, with many expecting the on and off pitch battles of their time in Spain. Instead it fell flat, with both effectively out of the title race by the end of January.
What is the point of Arsenal?
What constitutes success for the Premier League’s longest serving manager? Wenger, with his usual grace and diplomacy, is optimistic as always about a title tilt but with the Manchester clubs and Chelsea operating on a different financial plane, Wengers chances may turn a wild geese
Conte’s task at Chelsea is to become the first Premier League champion to retain the title since Sir Alex Ferguson’s United won back-to-back titles in 2008 and 2009. It’s testament to the competitive levels of the league no-one has managed to do so since then.
Tottenham have so far failed to sign anyone yet, primarily because finding players already better than their starting XI is a hard task
The subplots continue further down, from Southampton, Stoke, West Ham, Bournemouth and others looking to mid-table security while the newly promoted trio of Newcastle, Huddersfield and Brighton Hove & Albion seek to avoid the drop at the first time of asking. The Premier League is back in all its glory, and we’re here, for the next nine months
Saturday 12th August
Watford 12:30. Liverpool
Chelsea 15:00. Burnley
Crystal Palace 15:00. Huddersfield Town
Everton 15:00. Stoke City
Southampton 15:00. Swansea City
West Bromwich Albion 15:00 Bournemouth
Brighton and Hove Albion 17:30. Manchester City
Sunday 13th August
Newcastle United 13:30. Tottenham Hotspur
Manchester United 16:00 West ham United