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It should be another enthralling title race as Man Utd and Man City once again renew their rivalry.
There is so much to consider as a number of teams fight it out to become the English Champions.
Not least, the rivalry between current Champions Manchester City and the team they pipped on the last day of last season, Manchester United.
It is City that are the favourites to retain their title at 13/10. They may not have added to their squad as much as previous summers, but this could end up being a positive factor.
Roberto Mancini doesn’t need time for new players to blend and the squad to take shape. He knows that the current crop are good enough and that they need to hit the ground running. It is their title and they want to keep hold of it, no doubt about that.
United will be hot on their heels though. Available at 9/4, they are the most successful team in Premier League history and will want to prove why. Watching City lift the trophy would have hurt and now they need to use this pain as extra motivation.
They will be relying on a couple of new signings, as well as youngsters such as Tom Cleverley, to shine, but nobody can make a case about Sir Alex Ferguson’s men having no chance of winning back their title.
Away from Manchester, Chelsea are the most likely contenders to win the Premier League title. They have added to their Champions League winning squad and will be confident of a more successful league season in Roberto Di Matteo’s first full campaign. They are available at 5/1 for 1st position.
Arsenal are the final side considered as genuine contenders. They may well be outsiders at 11/1, but Arsene Wenger has a decent squad at his disposal and if Robin Van Persie stays to line up alongside the new summer signings, they could have their best chance in years.
These four teams are definitely the front runners, but it is also worth mentioning Liverpool and Tottenham. Both are determined to have a productive campaign and they may well be in touch with 1st position at some stage, but it seems unlikely they will be able to go all the way.
This is the Premier League though, so who knows what could happen in the weeks and months that follow the opening fixture this weekend.