The 2019/20 Premier League season has arrived. The league kicked off with a strong win for Liverpool, as they beat Norwich City 4-1 on Friday 9 August. But who will dominate the game this season? With a number of interesting transfers being made in the latest transfer window, the trophy is almost anyone’s for the taking.
Manchester City have taken the title the last 2 years. Could they be the first team to have a 3 year run since Manchester United a decade ago? Fans are scouring the internet looking for the bookies favourites and for the latest accumulator football tips, with Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur all having favourable odds.
Back in 2016, Leicester City beat all odds and took home the trophy in a surprise win. This was possibly one of the best stories in sporting history, as the underdogs won all but 3 games in the league.
Leicester spent just £22 million in their starting 11, in comparison to the favourites, Manchester City, who spent 10 times that on their starting squad.
Arsenal have the potential to be this year’s underdog. While they may not have had any major league titles in recent years, they were runners up in the Europa League and have come more than prepared to the Premier League with some impressive new signings.
They have spent a record amount of £72 million on signing Nicholas Pepe, a winger with a strong counter attack. The exact kind of player that Arsenal need to defend themselves against big league teams this season.
Having beaten Newcastle in their first Premier League game, Arsenal have started the season as they mean to go on.
However the real underdog could be Wolverhampton.
Wolves have enjoyed one of their most successful seasons in recent history, scoring themselves a place in the Europa League and winning at home against Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United, with a further victory away at Tottenham.
Nuno Espirito Santo was handed a huge budget to spend in the transfer market this year, with AC Milan’s Striker Patrick Cutrone being one of his most recent purchases.
Having joined Milan at just 9 years old, Cutrone rose through the ranks but was encouraged to transfer to the Midlands on the back of Milan’s plans to exclude him from the first team this season.
This powerful striker could be key to getting Wolves into the Premier League big six. A player of his athletic ability and speed is a suitable double for Jimenez, who clocked up over 3000 minutes of game time in the last Premier League, a huge workload for any striker to carry.
Cutrone and Jimenez will make a powerful duo this season and could be instrumental in helping Wolverhampton climb the ranks this time around.
While these teams are not the favourites, both Wolverhampton and Arsenal have signed some strong new players in time for the Premier League and proven that they are committed to taking home the trophy.