Manchester City will be looking to win their third Premier League title in succession as Liverpool stand in their way.
After coming so close to the Premier league title last season, Liverpool defender and PFA player of the year, Virgil Van Dijk threw a warning shot at their rivals in the midst of their UEFA champions league celebrations.
Van Dijk starred in defence as Liverpool finished second place with the reds amassing an impressive 97 points in the league, losing to city by just one point.
The only problem with his statement was that, City themselves are not going anywhere.
The champions were not resting on their laurels in the summer at all, adding to their ranks Joao Cancelo from Juventus and Rodri from Atletico Madrid.
Sane’s injury comes at a very worrying time but City’s depth in squad means that they are in a position to just survive through it.
Talking about transfers, Wolves and Everton come to mind as they look to break into the top 6 this term. Both went shopping in Serie A and added to their ranks, highly rated youngsters, Patrick Cutrone and Moise Kean respectively.
The race for the top 4 will also be an interesting one as Manchester United after keeping just 2 home clean sheets last season spent £135m on defenders but the loss of Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan means they are short in attack.
Their rivals in North London had a busy window as both Arsenal and Tottenham spent over £100m in transfers in their bid to fight for the last two champions league spots.
Also challenging them will be a new chelsea team without Eden Hazard and a breath of fresh air in club legend, all time topscorer and new manager Frank Lampard.
Champions: Manchester City
It is hard to look past Manchester City. Even with Liverpool looking like they are going to force another two horse race, city’s depth forces me to go with them again and see them win their third premier league title in a row.
Top 4: City, Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal
It was tough choosing between Arsenal and Chelsea for the fourth spot. In the end, Chelsea’s loss of Eden Hazard forced me to tilt with Arsenal as I believe Christian Pulisic, as good as he is won’t be enough to fill the void left by Hazard.
Golden Boot: Pierre Emerick Aubameyang
Injuries tempered with Harry Kane’s chances last season and I believe he will be stronger this season. So will last season’s winners Mohammed Salah and Sadio Mane. However, i feel Aubameyang will benefit from Arsenal’s new found width and just knick the golden boot.
Player Of The Season: Kevin De Bruyne
After missing most of last season through injury, De Bruyne looks to have enjoyed his preseason and looks up for it. There will be challengers in Salah, Van Dijk and Mane but if City are going to win the title, then De Bruyne is going to be central to their campaign and simply put, a fit De Bruyne is the best player in the league.
Relegation: Brighton, Sheffield United, Norwich
I’m going for Norwich and the Blades because I simply haven’t been impressed by their summer business. Brighton have been flirting with relegation in the last two seasons and i think this is the season they go.
It will be interesting to see how the two young CFs from Italy fare in the league. Moise Kean and Patrick Cutrone come to the league with high reputations and expectations are high. It will be interesting to see how they get on in a new league ,away from their comfort zone.