Premier League Top Four

Arsenal and Chelsea will be vying for the title this season.

Arsenal and Chelsea will be vying for the title this season.

Champion: Chelsea

They won last season with newcomers Diego Costa, who throttled the league with his stunning first half of the season, and Cesc Fabregas, who was an instant impact with his creative movement of the ball and led the league in assists. They invigorated the club to the longest stretch at the top of the table in Premier League history. That’s really impressive. However, they did not add much in the summer transfer window. Manchester United outcast Radamel Falcao came over, but not much else. But I will still take them to repeat. On paper, they have the most complete team. Thibault Courtois in net last season was a revelation and emerged as one of the world’s best keepers. Their back line is exactly the same as last season, when they led the Prem in fewest goals allowed. Matic is a bulldozer, Oscar and Willian provide pace on the wings. And lastly is Eden Hazard, who for my money, is the best player in England right now. When he is on, he is an uncontrollable force. Hazard is still only 24 years old and could be the best player in the world in a few years. This team can beat you in every way you think.

Runner-up: Arsenal

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Sorry, Arsenal, but you seem to be just short of what it takes again. I love me some Alexis and the rest of the Gunners midfield is stacked. STACKED. Like, they are even playing Walcott upfront instead of on the wing. Olivier Giroud, their much maligned striker, had an impressive season last year and signed an extension, much to the chagrin of some pundits, and probably some fans too who are clamoring for fellow Frenchmen Alexandre Lacazette or Karim Benzema. However, no moves have come to fruition yet. Arsenal’s back line is steady enough. Hector Bellerin could see a breakout campaign, but their biggest and most important import came from the defending champions: Petr Cech. He could be the difference maker for this football club, and the fans at Stamford Bridge would have a lot to consider.

3rd: Manchester United

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Louis van Gaal debuted last season and . . . well it was ho-hum. The club never looked settled, going through various line-up changes throughout the season, but they somehow managed to finish 4th, so more power to them. They added Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger to shore up the midfield after Angel Di Maria proved to be a huge bust. Wayne Rooney is old reliable up front (except when LVG plays him in the midfield!) and they brought in Memphis Depay to play up front, after the aforementioned Falcao fell flat on his face. Their back line is suspect, but David De Gea had a spectacular season last year and if he stays this team is sure to be a shoe-in for the top-4 again. I trust LVG to have more consistent line-ups and he has proven he can get results from sub-par performances from his club. A few less sub-par results and they could be on a run for the title.

4th: Manchester City

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This team was Jekyll and Hyde last season. They would seem unbeatable in some matches and then blow 2 goal leads at home to Burnley. They only added Fabian Delph and Raheem Sterling, but there just seemed to be a bad aura about this team and I am not sure that Manuel Pelligrini can fix it. But heck, just two years ago this team won the title, so they clearly aren’t that far off. Yaya Toure is a bruting force, David Silva is über clever, and Sergio Aguero is a killer striker. And let’s not forget about Joe Hart, who is a top-class keeper. I do worry about their defenders though. Zabaleta was inconsistent last season and Vincent Kompany was a different player after the World Cup. I am not sure if he will ever be the same, but if he returns to form and Aguero can stay healthy and fill the net with goals this team could be trouble.

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