The talking points of the Premier League ahead of the new Premier League season have been the flurry of changes at managerial levels and player transfers.
Both Manchester clubs, Chelsea and Everton have new managers and, while Manchester City have spent the most among those clubs, Manchester United, Chelsea, and Arsenal may still have unfinished businesses in the transfer market.
Liverpool have made the most astute acquisitions. All these changes are bound to have an effect on the race for the Premier League summit. For some clubs it spells well; for others, not so well.
With all these changes, how will the top half of the Premier League look come the end of May? GMS Academy member Julius MPzzy gives his opinion...
In David Moyes, United have a good and thorough, albeit relatively inexperienced, professional. Their struggle in the transfer market will tell on the players' confidence in their manager's ability to pull his weight in Europe's major transfer window.
Wayne Rooney's on-going saga will not help the club either. Whether he stays or goes, United will be worse off for it. But Robin van Persie remains reliable and they will be in the top four at the end.
Having spent just over £100 million in new signings, City look ready to regain the title they won in thrilling fashion two seasons ago. In Manuel Pellegrini they have a proven manager with the necessary pedigree, but money cannot buy titles.
They may have a better squad now than United, but they will have to do very well to make this prediction come true.
Last season the Blues displayed potential of being title winners. This season I expect that they live up to their potential.
Returning manager Jose Mourinho brings a new dynamic to the team, as well as winning spirit. Their squad is better and richer than last season and they have the ability to clinch the league crown, even if they may fight for it.
Tottenham will just claim fourth, especially if they sell Bale and strengthen their squad further.
Arsenal will settle for Europa League places in fifth as they have failed to use from the much touted biggest transfer kitty in the club history; and if that happens we may just see the last of Arsene Wenger in England.
Liverpool should be challenging for top four but they may settle for a place behind Arsenal or even displace the Gunners. They have a stronger team now than last term while Everton will not be in the top six, no thanks to Moyes' exit and lack of real quality signings.
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