Liverpool capped off a pretty much faultless 2019-20 campaign with their first-ever Premier League title, closing their season a whopping 18 points clear of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. It should, of course, be noted that Guardiola’s Cityzens were on the back of back-to-back title triumphs when they eventually surrendered their title of champions, establishing both these sides as the absolute behemoths of the country right now.
It seems unlikely that any side will come close to matching either Liverpool or Manchester City throughout the 2020-21 Premier League campaign, however, the English top-flight is known for throwing up the odd surprise every now and again. Here are three sides that could defy the odds and make a surge for the 2020-21 Premier League title:
After a year of being banned from operating in the transfer window and a handful of campaigns marred by poor recruitment, Roman Abramovich has channelled his inner 2005 era and gone back to ruining the world of football. The likes of Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic, Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva would walk into most sides in Europe and all have been recruited by Chelsea in the past year, helping to create one of the most eye-watering attacks on the continent.
Manager and club legend Frank Lampard already displayed an immense amount of acumen by introducing young talisman such as Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori and Reece James to the side and managed to steer the Blues to a top-four finish last season.
The club will obviously feel the pressure a busy transfer window brings, but there’s no doubting the fact that Chelsea now possesses the best squad outside of last year’s top two.
It would truly be one of the biggest sports betting shocks of the modern era, however, there are plenty of reasons to believe Everton might have just entered a new chapter in their history and could possess the consistency needed to climb up the table ahead of the likes of Arsenal or Manchester United.
Manager Carlo Ancelotti is a serial title winner and already has a league and cup double in his locker from his time with Chelsea, and results under the Italian have already pointed to positive things being on the cards for the Toffees.
The blue side of Merseyside already had a strong base with the likes of Andre Gomes, Lucas Digne and Richarlison all at the club, but the additions of the likes of Allan from Napoli, Doucoure from Watford and Ancelotti’s lost boy, James Rodriguez from Real Madrid will certainly make Everton one of the dark horses for the season.
The Amazon Prime cameras have left North London, Harry Kane and Son Hueng-min are backfiring, and Jose Mourinho has engineered arguably the best transfer window in Spurs’ history on the eve of this Premier League season, leading some fans and pundits to just ever so slightly begin tipping Tottenham for success this campaign.
The stars seem to be lining up quite nicely in North London, with plenty of the club’s players and the manager himself being pushed onto the ropes and asked to show their mean streaks again. Under Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham were probably the best team in the country for a time but never found a way of bagging themselves the silverware to justify such a claim.
The addition of serial winners such as Jose Mourinho and Gareth Bale could just prove to be the winning formula needed to push Spurs over the line and begin registering some silverware after years of being denied time after time.