The Premier League is well and truly up and running, and it is set to be a long, entertaining and competitive season.
With the amount of changes that have happened this summer, the race for the title could be the closest it has been for a long time, with a few teams in with a chance of lifting the domestic trophy.
Naturally like every other season, there are three or four realistic contenders, and it will be easier to judge as the season goes on.
However, going by early form within the first two games, and in long term changes that have been made to each club, I believe four clubs have what it takes to make the Premier League title challenge go right down to the wire.
As usual Manchester United are many people’s favourites to defend their crown as reigning champions, and of course they deserve to be. They had one of most prolific strikers last season in Robin van Persie, scoring more than twenty goals in 2012/13, and when a team has that strike force they can always be considered favourite for the title.
Even though they are yet to do any big business in the transfer window and have had a change in management, they have made a solid start to the season, with a win at Swansea and a draw with Chelsea, prior to Sunday's defeat against Liverpool at Anfield.
Of course, it is too early to really have the full picture, however nobody can deny that Manchester United deserve to be a lot of people’s favourite for the title.
Most people however if asked who they think will win the title, will go for one of two clubs, Manchester City or Chelsea. Chelsea fans have a lot to be excited about, following the return of Jose Mourinho and their strong start to the season, with wins against new boys Hull City and a win against Aston Villa, and a draw with Manchester United.
Mourinho has also managed to bring in experienced striker Samuel Eto’o, so goals shouldn’t be a problem this season. Needless to say Chelsea are looking good to fulfil a lot of people’s expectations.
Manchester City on the other hand have endured a mixed start to the new campaign, with a win at Newcastle United and a shocking defeat to new boys Cardiff City, before another comfortable victory over Hull City.
However, even with their mixed start, City are still many people’s pick for the title. They are the current highest spenders in the transfer window, bringing in the likes of Jesus Navas, Alvaro Negrado and Stefan Jovetic, to strengthen their attack.
They have been hit however with an injury to Vincent Kompany, which could put a dent in their title challenge. However regardless of this fact, City are still one of the strongest teams in the league and could mount a challenge.
Although most people including their manager see them as only a top four side, no one can deny that the current squad of Tottenham Hotspur could also be a dark horse in the title race, should their early season form continue and should their seven new signings all do what is required.
Although Spurs are probably the most unlikely candidates for the title, they still have a chance, but the favourites remain, Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City.
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