5 Possible Winners of the Premier League in 2017-18?

 

The 2017-18 Premiership season is just weeks away and it promises to be another thrilling contest as the league’s elite clubs are strengthening their squads.

It is expected to become the busiest transfer window in history, with a record spend, and that will leave several teams with a great chance of lifting the famous trophy next May.

Here we assess the five leading contenders and their chances of winning the title:

 

Manchester City

City finished third last season as Pep Guardiola’s first in England became his first trophy-less campaign as a manager. He knows he needs to overhaul his squad and has already snapped up winger Bernardo Silva for £45 million from Monaco.

But City have a wealth of riches in attack and need to strengthen defensively. Signing Benfica goalkeeper Ederson for £35 million is a start as that was a problem position last season, but unless far better defensive reinforcements are brought in it is hard to see City sustaining a title challenge.

 

Chelsea

The defending champions look a better bet. Antonio Conte would become only the third manager to successfully defend the Premiership title if he pulled it off, but his team was the best in the land last season and he has been promised £200 million to strengthen this summer.

They may lose Diego Costa, but if they keep hold of Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante, sign a new striker and bolster their ranks they can stay on top.

Review odds at Ladbrokes if you are considering placing some action, as they jump around a lot in the summer, but right now Chelsea looks like a good bet.

 

Manchester United

While Man United need to strengthen defensively, their city rivals need to strengthen offensively to stand a chance next season.

They drew far too many games in 2016-17 and will now be without last season’s top scorer, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and record goal scorer Wayne Rooney looks set to follow him out the exit too.

They are looking at Alvaro Morata and may rival Chelsea for Romelu Lukaku. Jose Mourinho is a great tactician and capable of winning cups aplenty, but he may need to be a bit less cautious to win the title.

 

Tottenham Hotspur

It could well be worth putting an each-way bet on Spurs, because they should finish in the top three and have a great chance of winning it.

They have a strong and settled squad, full of young stars that are constantly improving, and are extremely strong in every department.

The only question mark is over how they will adapt to playing at Wembley next season while their new stadium is built, as they struggled there in the Champions League.

 

Liverpool / Arsenal

These two are joint fifth favourites and both showing a great deal of ambition in the transfer market.

Liverpool signed Mohamed Salah for more than £35 milllion to give them an alternative to Sadio Mane in attack, and are stepping up their pursuit of Naby Keita.

Arsenal have broken their transfer record to sign Alexandre Lacazette and look set to carry on spending as Arsene Wenger tries to recover from his worst season as Arsenal manager by overhauling the side.

Both teams attack with flair, incision and dynamism but struggle defensively. Liverpool will have the Champions League to contend with, while Arsenal probably will not take the Europa League too seriously, so that could see the Gunners finish above Liverpool, but both sides are likely to fall just short of winning the title.