The 2020/21 Premier League season will soon be upon us, with England’s top flight set to return to action on September 12.
Liverpool will be eager to retain the title, but they could find it difficult to fend off their rivals this time around.
Both Manchester clubs will be keen to knock the Reds off their perch, while the rest of the traditional ‘Big Six’ are all aiming to force their way into the mix.
Read on as we preview the upcoming Premier League season and predict who we think will lift the trophy next May.
City on a Recovery Mission
Manchester City came up short in their bid to win a third successive title and they will be eager to put things right next season.
Manager Pep Guardiola’s failure to replace Vincent Kompany cost City dearly and he has already moved to address that issue this summer.
Nathan Ake’s arrival from Bournemouth boosts City’s defensive options, although it would be no surprise to see them bring in another centre-half before the transfer window closes.
City are favourites to make up the 18-point deficit on Liverpool and punters should check here for football odds if they fancy them to achieve the feat.
Klopp May Regret Transfer Decision
Liverpool were undoubtedly worthy winners of the title last season, but they are unlikely to find it as easy to retain the trophy.
Manager Jurgen Klopp has ruled out spending big money this summer and that decision could prove to be costly as the campaign progresses.
The Reds boss failed to follow up his interest in Timo Werner, allowing Chelsea to snap up the prolific RB Leipzig forward.
Standing still in the Premier League is rarely advisable and Klopp would be well advised to reassess his transfer policy over the next few weeks.
United on Their Way Back
There could easily be a third challenger in next season’s title race, with Manchester United now looking capable of forcing themselves into the mix.
The Red Devils ended the previous campaign strongly, embarking on a 14-game unbeaten run to secure a place in the 2020/21 Champions League.
With Jadon Sancho expected to join the club from Borussia Dortmund as per most football blogs, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have a plethora of firepower at his disposal.
If United can also add a top-class partner for Harry Maguire, they should be able to finish much closer to City and Liverpool.
Big Summer Ahead for Lampard
Having gained legendary status for his exploits as a player, Frank Lampard will head into his second season as Chelsea manager with a major point to prove.
The Blues did well to finish fourth last season, but their failure to beat Arsenal in the FA Cup final cast yet more doubt over Lampard’s tactical acumen.
He was out-coached by Gunners’ boss Mikel Arteta and that is a big worry when you consider how poor their squad was performing when the Spaniard was appointed.
Chelsea’s defence is a huge area of concern and they could find it difficult to stay in the top four if Lampard doesn’t resolve those issues.
Arteta has Arsenal Heading Upwards
It has taken Arteta a few months to change the culture at Arsenal, but their victory at Wembley highlighted just how far they have progressed.
The Gunners have previously been accused of having a soft-centre, with the likes of Mesut Ozil and others failing to dig in when the going got tough.
However, Arteta has instilled much more resilience into most of his players and that characteristic served them extremely well in the cup final.
If Arsenal can hang on to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and add more quality to their squad, they could push towards the top four next term.
Mourinho Aiming to Prove He’s Still Special
Many pundits said that Jose Mourinho was a spent force after being sacked by United, but he proved his detractors wrong after being appointed as manager at Tottenham Hotspur.
Mauricio Pochettino’s sacking came as something as a surprise given his popularity amongst Spurs’ fans and Mourinho wasn’t universally welcomed.
Despite this, the ‘Special One’ sparked a revival in Spurs’ fortunes to fire them up to sixth in the table and secure a place in the Europa League.
Mourinho will ensure that Spurs are tough to beat next season and they are another team who should be capable of challenging for the top four.
Premier League 2020/21 Predictions: An 18-point deficit is a lot to make up, but Man City are still strongly fancied to prevent Liverpool from retaining the title.
A couple of top-class signings could see Man Utd challenge the reigning champions for second place, while Chelsea are expected to come under pressure from Spurs and Arsenal for fourth.