Man City regained the Premier League title last season from Liverpool, but can anyone stop them from retaining it this season?
It was Premier League glory once again for Man City last season. They ended up finishing 12 points clear of neighbours Man United, in what was a fairly straightforward season towards the end.
City started off poorly and many thought that Peps time at the club could be coming to an end. However, his side showed why they are one of the best in the world and went on a 19 unbeaten run in the league. This put them right back at the top of the table and in control.
Peps has a very strong squad and it’s going to take a lot to beat them. Clubs are already starting to splash the cash and with fans back in the grounds this season, it could be one of the best to date!
Premier League 21/22 Odds (Paddy Power)
Man City – 4/6
Last seasons winners were always going to be favourites this season after finishing 12 points clear. They have now won three titles under Pep, both retaining and regaining so have lots of experience as a squad. On their day there aren’t many better teams in the world and the fact they started badly last season and still won will give them confidence.
City has a very strong squad and Pep likes to rotate it from week to week to keep players fresh and keen. They are looking to improve their squad even more with Grealish and Kane both being linked with moves. If they managed to land both of them whilst keeping most of their stars, their odds would be even lower.
We have seen City win the league and fall apart the season after, back in 2019/20. Its not a foregone conclusion that City will win, but there’s going to have to be some fantastic football played to stop them.
Chelsea – 9/2
Winning the Champions League will have given Tuchel and his side a lot of confidence going into this season. Since his arrival, everyone’s game has improved at Chelsea and they have become an incredibly tough side to beat. Premier Leagues are often won by good defences and Tuchel has certainly improved Chelseas.
Last summer was a big one for signings at Chelsea bringing in Werner, Havertz, Chilwell and others. This summer looks to be the same with Chelsea supposedly putting in a bid for Haaland. Last season their biggest issue was lack of goals and Haaland would fix that. If they could land a goalscorer, it could be a very close season.
Beating Man City in the final will have been huge for Chelsea. We think they can challenge this season for the title, but their only issue is they are dependant on certain players for Tuchels system. The likes on Kante and Jorginho have been key and injuries to them could hamper Chelsea.
Liverpool – 5/1
Last season was a tough one for Liverpool and they still somehow managed to get third in the table. You can’t really use last season as anything to go off this season due to the number of injuries they had. At one point they had four centre-backs and two makeshift centre-backs all injured. This year is a new season and they will be raring to go.
When Liverpool have a full-strength squad out, they have shown they can beat anyone. They have signed Konate to help strengthen them at the back but don’t seem to be doing much more business. If they can keep this squad fit though, Klopp is more than capable are getting them to the top again.
Last season will leave some worries in the backs of Liverpool players minds but they need to forget about it as soon as possible. Getting off to a good start will be key and having the fans back in the ground is a huge bonus for them!
Man United – 17/2
United surprised themselves last season, let alone everyone else. They finished second in the table and at one point were first and in a title race for the first time in a few years. Solskjaer has improved them and instead of their aim just being top four now, it’ll be trying to get in a proper title race.
They have just signed Jadon Sancho who is finally going to be the right-sided player they have been after for years. United are still looking to bring in Varane and maybe one more. With these additions its more of a title winning squad now than they have had before.
For United to really put up a title fight, they are going to have to start picking up more points against the sides above them and stop dropping them against bottom of the table sides. That being said no one other side got more points from losing positions than United did last season, so they don’t know when they are beaten!