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Premier League 2014/15: Top 5 predicted

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We could be set for one of the closest title races in recent years. Arguably a five horse race, we can expect competition.

Manchester City look to retain the title, Liverpool hope to gain the trophy they came so close to winning last season, while Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United all have points to prove after impressive transfer sprees.

The question is, who can finish on top?

5th: Liverpool

They have lost their talismanic striker Luis Suarez, but will this be a huge blow? Daniel Sturridge is still a fantastic player, and they have bolstered their midfield. Adam Lallana especially is a brilliant signing. Attack-wise, they have no problems. However, the loss of Pepe Reina to Bayern Munich is a blow, as I don't think Simon Mignolet is quite good enough for a starting place without a solid backup.

Also, will Dejan Lovren alone solidify their Achilles defence? I'm not so sure... Another thing, will the loss of a star player change them dramatically? Remember Gareth Bale and Tottenham, Robin Van Persie and Arsenal, or Sir Alex Ferguson and United... It may take a season to adjust their playing style, just as it has for those teams. They play some truly brilliant football, but are up against some powerful opposition.

4th: Manchester United

A hard one to call. This is, in my opinion, a transition season for United. Louis van Gaal is a brilliant manager, and he's made some brilliant signings, especially in the wingback positions. Can he do what David Moyes couldn't? United will definitely improve next time around. I feel that they would have been strong title contenders had they signed a midfield dynamo, preferably Arturo Vidal, as they were so close to doing.

Is their defence good enough? I can see a battle coming on between United and Liverpool, but I feel United will win. I wouldn't bet against United to win the title in 2015/16, but this time around a title is a long shot.

3rd: Arsenal

A really superb transfer window, and Arsenal could well be among the title contenders. They've impressed in the pre-season, with 5-1 and 3-0 victories over Benfica and Manchester City respectively. With a world class striker in Alexis Sanchez, a solid full back in Mathieu Debuchy and a terrific holding midfielder in William Carvalho, plus the usual horde of upcoming talents such as the brilliant Joel Campbell and Calum Chambers, by no means rule them out from winning trophies. The Premier League, however, may prove too much.

2nd: Manchester City

They made few signings in the window; the free transfer of Bacary Sagna will not bring a new starter, and can Fernando compete with Yaya Toure or Fernandinho? Eliquam Mangala could well solidify their defence. Still, they definitely bring more depth to the side that were unstoppable last campaign.

They could well be considered among the favourites, especially as Aguero is back from injury. One to watch is Stevan Jovetic, who had a strong end to the 2014/15 campaign and a superb pre-season. Perhaps he may repay his £22m price tag.

1st: Chelsea

On paper, Chelsea's squad is perfect. The arrivals of Thibaut Courtois, Filipe Luis, Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa, plus a strong backup in returning legend Didier Drogba, gives them a near spotless squad. But, will it work? Most importantly, can Costa sustain his form? If the answer is yes, I can only see victory for Chelsea. Last season, they had obvious weaknesses, and Mourinho has seemingly solved them.

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