We are a couple games into the new season and by now have had a chance to see each team in action. After watching a fair bit of the Premier League, everyone is now far better equipped to predict who will end up where. A lot can change between now and the end of the season but based on the month of August and a little forward thinking here are some predictions:
Manchester City look to have the strongest and deepest squad in England. Buoyed by recent signings Nicolas Otamendi Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne, City look solid from top to bottom. If David Silva, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero can continue their early season form no one will be able to stop Manuel Pellegrini's men.
Chelsea have landed Radamel Falcao and Pedro but are still yet to get going this term. Eden Hazard has to replicate the same form as last season that saw him scoop both PFA awards whilst Diego Costa still looks besieged by injury problems.
Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic have looked shaky, partly due to the former's poor defensive contribution - something Jose Mourinho will need to address Stealing Pedro away from Manchester United looks to immediately of paid off but Mourinho still has some tinkering to do if Chelsea are to be crowned champions again.
Arsenal may signed Petr Cech, but their failure to strengthen anywhere else looks poor. Whilst Mesut Ozil is a player of immense quality he doesn't seem compatible with the Gunners' slick style of play. Some shuffling is in order to get all the players in their natural positions. If Wenger refuses to alter his tactical setup Arsenal fans could be in for a long season.
Like the Gunners, Manchester United do not have enough depth the sustain a challenge over the full 38 games. Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin, Memphis Depay and Matteo Darmian are all excellent signings but they are still short of options. Holes in key areas will almost certainly be their downfall, however United should posses more than enough to remain in the top four.
Aside from that Tottenham, Liverpool and Swansea look set to duke in out for the Europa League places in what should be a fascinating battle. Spurs are still dependent on Harry Kane but the arrival of Son Heung-Min will help ease the burden on the Englishman, whilst Brendan Rodgers has spent heavily to rectify the damage of last season.
However, its City who look likely to win the title and, unless Chelsea can rediscover their form, nobody will stop the Sky Blues from coasting to the honour in May.
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