Inform your Premier League 2022/23 predictions ahead of the new season.
Manchester City and Liverpool fought it out for the Premier League title last season with City edging out the Reds on a thrilling final day. The upcoming season is very likely to be a two-way scrap between the fierce rivals again.
City have won the league four times in the last five years and a victory this season would give City their first consecutive triple. However, Liverpool are the only club to win the league in those five years and dominated the European scene in 2021/22, very nearly picking up a European trophy quadruple in the process.
The newly promoted EFL Championship winners Fulham will look to shake things up, while Nottingham Forest return to the Premier League for the first time since 1999. However, like last season, it is expected that Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United will make up the rest of the top six places.
City again the team to beat
City successfully defended their Premier League crown last season and won their eighth top-flight title in the process when they came from 2-0 down at home to Aston Villa to win 3-2 on the final day. Pep Guardiola's side knew any sort of slip-up would have allowed Liverpool the chance to snatch the title away from them with a home win of their own over Wolves but two goals from Ilkay Gundogan and one from Rodri ensured it was City celebrating again.
Both teams have been busy in the summer transfer window, with City signing prolific striker Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund and Kalvin Phillips from Leeds while letting Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, and Fernandinho leave. Liverpool, meanwhile, have lost the influential Sadio Mane but signed striker Darwin Nunez from Benfica. The Reds have also bolstered their squad with exciting winger Fabio Carvalho joining from Fulham to compensate for the departures of Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino.
Such is the strength in depth of Guardiola's squad, they are rightly viewed as favourites at 1.564* to make it three title wins on the bounce but Liverpool pushed them all the way last season and look ready to pounce again and take advantage, should City let their standards slip, even if only slightly. Jurgen Klopp's side are second favourites to finish top at 3.270*.
Chelsea and Tottenham eye third place
Chelsea ended last season in third place and look to have improved their squad with the signings of Sterling and defender Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli. They will want to push City and Liverpool harder for the title this time around and Thomas Tuchel will believe he has a squad capable of challenging the top two with the likes of Reece James, N'Golo Kante, and Mason Mount again expected to be key players.
The Blues may well emerge as the best of the rest. Chelsea are at 16.970* to win the title and even though that may be an ambitious target, they should comfortably make the top four, for which their odds are 1.666*.
Tottenham finished last season strongly to beat local rivals Arsenal to fourth place and they are expected to be well in the mix for the top four again under Antonio Conte. Spurs, who are at 1.689* to finish in the top four, have made some eye-catching signings, including bringing in forward Richarlison from Everton, Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma, and experienced Croatian winger Ivan Perisic from Inter Milan. Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet has also joined on loan and with Steven Bergwijn the only senior player to depart so far, their squad looks much better ahead of the new campaign with Harry Kane and Son Heung-min their star forwards.
Top four out of reach for Arsenal and United?
Arsenal will also be pleased with their summer transfer business after signing Jesus from City, while highly-rated midfielder Fabio Vieira has arrived from Porto. Whether those additions are quite good enough to secure the Gunners a coveted return to the top four remains to be seen but they still look stronger than Manchester United, who finished 11 points and one place behind them last season in sixth.
United have looked sharp during the pre-season under new boss Erik Ten Hag but will want more additions on top of the deals already done for Christian Eriksen, Lisandro Martinez, and Tyrell Malacia if they are to seriously push for a top-four finish in the new season. United are at 2.400* for a top-four finish, Arsenal are at 2.500*.
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