Fans back Chelsea for Premier League triumph

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Chelsea will follow up last season's dramatic Champions League final success by claiming the Premier League title for a fourth time, according to a poll conducted by GiveMeFootball.

Over 100,000 fans voted to have their say on the outcome of the 2012-13 season, and almost 40 percent of supporters believe the Blues will pip last season's champions Manchester City and 19-time title winners Manchester United to the crown.

Should Chelsea manage to achieve this, it would represent a marked improvement on their league showing last season, where they were only able to muster a sixth place finish - their worst during Roman Abramovich's ownership.

But after the summer acquisitions of Eden Hazard and Marko Marin, as well as the seemingly likely recruitment of Brazilian striker Hulk, Chelsea are being backed to end next May at the summit of the table.

Of those who voted, 36 percent had Chelsea down as champions elect, while Manchester United finished in second place with 31 percent of the votes cast.

The reigning champions, Manchester City, failed to instil confidence in the voters - only 12 percent of supporters believing Roberto Mancini's side will defend the title they won so dramatically on the final day of the season.

Arsenal, who held on to finish third last term, can win the league for the first time since 2004 according to 10 percent of fans, while Liverpool have been tipped by nine percent of voters to climb seven places compared to the last campaign.

There may be an air of optimism at White Hart Lane given the recent appointment of Andre Villas-Boas as Harry Redknapp's successor, but the wider footballing world seem to disagree - with a meagre two percent of fans of the opinion Tottenham can top the table.

Chelsea, then, will begin the campaign as the favourites to win the Premier League - in the opinion of the fans - and it would be an achievement to cap off a remarkable 12 months.

The Blues appeared to a team on the decline until Villas-Boas was sacked in March and, although their league form continued to stutter, triumphed in two finals under the stewardship of Roberto di Matteo.

Chelsea emerged victorious from a penalty shootout win Bayern Munich to win the European Cup for the first time in their history, just a week after clinching the FA Cup at Wembley.

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