The 2020/21 Premier League season might be starting a little later than it is usually scheduled, but at least it is back.
In truth, the 2019/20 campaign only feels as though it finished yesterday, so fans have not had to wait too long to get their dose of top-quality domestic league action once again, however there will have been some craving the action.
Therefore, picking a team to win the Premier League at this stage could prove a difficult task, however there are a number of the most profitable tipsters around that could potentially help bettors win big if they follow their suggestions.
The addition of some world-class players to teams at the top of the table will have created a buzz and energy that needs to be dealt with rather quickly, whilst England’s UEFA Nations League matches against Iceland and Denmark perhaps only stressed the importance of the domestic campaign.
Of course, Liverpool will be looking to claim back-to-back titles and Jurgen Klopp’s side will be considered a favourite as they have hardly been impacted by the transfer window (as of yet), whilst Manchester City will also be considered strong contenders after a disappointing 2019/20 for Pep Guardiola’s men.
Chelsea and Manchester United have both made strong additions, though, and will fancy that they can make a strong challenge for the title.
Who should you choose to pick as the favourite, though?
As mentioned, the Reds will be keen to keep the title at Anfield after having had to wait 30 years for it, and will not be willing to let go of it easily. Klopp’s side have managed to keep all their star names so far, although there is speculation that Georginio Wijnaldum could be heading out to Barcelona. Thiago Alcantara, though, could be arriving from Bayern Munich – a case of watch this space.
Indeed, Kostas Tsimikas has arrived to bolster their defensive ranks, whereas fringe men like Dejan Lovren and Adam Lallana have since departed. Expect Liverpool to be near the top, if not at the summit of the Premier League again.
Guardiola’s side had a poor season by all accounts last year, despite lifting the Carabao Cup. The Citizens will be desperate for blood in 2020/21 and have certainly made additions that could prove to be rather fruitful. Ferran Torres has arrived from Valencia, whilst Nathan Ake arrived from AFC Bournemouth following their relegation. A move for Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly could still be on the cards as well, as the defensive frailties look to be getting fixed perhaps a year too late. David Silva’s absence could be big, although Phil Foden could finally get the opportunities he wants. They should close the gap on Liverpool, if not even produce their own, so expect them in the top-two at the very least.
Unless you have been hiding under a rock, it is hard not to know what Chelsea have done this summer in regards to their transfer business. Superstar names such as Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Thiago Silva and Kai Havertz have all joined, whereas a new goalkeeper in Edouard Mendy looks likely and Declan Rice could be added as well.
Of course, veterans Willian and Pedro both left the club this summer, however Christian Pulisic looked phenomenal at the end of the season, so there will be excitement that he can replace one and Ziyech will suitably manage on the other wing. With the additions made, it is hard not to think that Frank Lampard’s side will not challenge for the title, although the 2020/21 year might not quite be theirs.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s certainly showed everyone what they could do when it was a little too late last season, but if they start this season in the same fashion, then they could be hard to stop. Bruno Fernandes showed he could take a penalty, Paul Pogba appeared to thrive with a midfield partner like the Portuguese and with the addition of Donny van de Beek, who knows what the trio will be capable of producing.
Let’s not forget, Jadon Sancho is still on their transfer wishlist although Borussia Dortmund have continued to dig their heels in. Nonetheless, a top-four finish is likely, although Manchester United certainly have the capabilities to challenge at the top.