The 2019/20 Premier League title race promises to be another thrilling affair, with all the usual suspects believing they can mount a sustained challenge.
Manchester City lifted the trophy for the second successive time last term, claiming top spot by one point from Liverpool.
Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur were a long way adrift in third and fourth place respectively, while Arsenal and Manchester United finished outside the Champions League qualification places.
Read on as we assess the battle for this season’s title.
City hot favourites to win again
Pep Guardiola’s side can be backed on most major betting sites at odds of 4/6 to win their third title in a row and it would be a brave move to bet against them.
They deservedly saw off Liverpool’s challenge last season and with the prospect of more quality being added this summer City should prove too classy for their rivals once again.
Kevin De Bruyne’s return from injury is an added bonus, while Rodri’s arrival from Atletico Madrid further strengthens City’s midfield options.
Liverpool should be in the mix again, but it’s difficult to believe that they have what it takes to knock City off their perch.
Spurs must kick-on
Spurs were in the title race for a little while last season, but the lack of investment in their squad eventually caught up with them and their form tailed off.
However, Tanguy Ndombele’s arrival from Lyon is a big statement of intent and if Spurs can add a little more quality they are capable of closing the gap on the top two.
For all the talk of progression under Mauricio Pochettino, the Spurs boss is yet to win a trophy in England and he will be eager to rectify that this season.
If striker Harry Kane stays fit Spurs could even push Liverpool for second place and they could be a decent each-way bet at odds of 16/1.
United fancied to edge back into top four
The Red Devils finished sixth in the Premier League last season and that simply isn’t good enough for a club that is accustomed to winning trophies.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has set about rebuilding his squad and the signings of Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka appear to be a step in the right direction.
Further additions are expected this summer and there will be plenty of punters willing to back them at odds of 11/10 to finish in the top four next term.
Chelsea’s transfer embargo makes things difficult for new manager Frank Lampard, while Arsenal’s best chance of success is likely to come in one of the domestic cups or the Europa League.