With just over three weeks until the start of the new Premier League season, now is the time for football fans and pundits alike to begin predicting who will be top of the pile come May next year.
Current champions Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United are all potentially and realistically in the mix while Liverpool, Tottenham and Southampton are likely to be up there.
The Premier League title race looks set to be one of the closest in history and with every team looking to strengthen their squad, we are in for an exciting season ahead.
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Chelsea will be going in to the new Premier League as favourites due to their dominance of the league last season; they were head and shoulders above the rest of the pack. They have already brought in Radamel Falcao on loan, a striker who didn't enjoy the best of times at Manchester United last season, however, if given the time and right support, he could be a great signing for Jose Mourinho.
One of the main reasons why Chelsea are so strong is that they have at least two top-class players in each position. If someone is to get injured, they have a replacement available that is more than capable of contributing to the team.
If Chelsea are to retain the title then they will need star player Eden Hazard to carry on with his exceptional form, he may need just one more season before he is talked about as being one of the best in the world alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Over the past few seasons Manchester City have become permanent and serious title challengers. They have won the league twice in the past four seasons and will be raring to go come August. It is no secret that City have money to spend on transfers, highlighted by the £49million they have recently paid Liverpool for Raheem Sterling.
Similar to Chelsea, City have an incredibly strong squad, however, with the average age of the squad being rather high, perhaps more signings are required in order to win the title.
City have been linked with a host of players this summer, with Paul Pogba supposedly top of Manuel Pellegrini's list. If Pogba was to move to the Manchester club, it would be a real show of intent from the manager that they are not only here to compete for the Premier League title but also to win the Champions League.
Arsenal have improved in their pursuit for the Premier League title over the past two seasons, despite still finishing just short. In Petr Cech they now have a world-class goalkeeper, something many Arsenal fans feel they have not had since Jens Lehman left the club in 2008.
They have one of the most exciting midfields in world football with the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alex Sanchez and will be hoping to improve the squad if possible.
Competition for Olivier Giroud may be required and with rumours circulating that Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema may become available, Arsene Wenger could do a lot worse than bringing the French international to the Emirates.
If Arsenal can continue to improve and keep their star players fit, there is no reason as to why the club cannot win their first Premier League title since the 2003/04 season.
Manchester United, under the guidance of manager Louis van Gaal, are already starting to put together a squad capable of challenging for the Premier League title with the signings of Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin, Matteo Darmain and Memphis Depay.
When Van Gaal was appointed last summer, his aim was to win the title within three years, if the club can continue to strengthen and mould together well as a team, they could well be challenging at the very top.
Being back in the Champions League was crucial for the club in attracting star quality and now they have achieved that, Manchester United are back on course to becoming one of the best teams in the world.
Improvements will still be required in defence and after seeing Robin van Persie leave the club, as well as Falcao not staying for another season, United may need another striker to challenge Wayne Rooney. Edinson Cavani, Benzema, Alexandre Lacazette and Gonzalo Higuain have all been linked with a move to the club, however it is yet to be seen whether or not United will make a move for any of these world-class strikers.
Exciting times are ahead for football fans across the world and with teams beginning to strengthen their squads ahead of the new season, the countdown is firmly on for the Premier League to return on August 8.
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