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VOTE: Who will win PL title?

11 August 2017 National Sport

Last Updated: 11/08/17 8:26pm

Which of last season's top seven would you back to win the title?

Which of last season’s top seven would you back to win the title?

The Premier League season has arrived and now we are simply asking who you think will win the 2017-18 title.

Arsenal kicked things off against Leicester on but there are hundreds of games between that opening game of the season and the trophy eventually being handed out.

So who will it be?

Champions Chelsea have made some big moves in the transfer market, although manager Antonio Conte is keen to do more business before the end of the month. Striker Diego Costa appears set to leave but can Alvaro Morata replace his fellow Spain international’s goals? And what will defender Antonio Rudiger and new midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko bring to their squad?

Manchester City are favourites with the bookmakers (but what do they know?) after splashing bundles of money on defensive players this summer. Kyle Walker cost them £50m, while City also went hard after full-backs Benjamin Mendy and Danilo, also adding Bnefica goalkeeper Ederson into the mix. Will that, and a full season from Gabriel Jesus, be enough to turn around a 15-point deficit.

Tottenham were Chelsea’s closest rivals last season, finishing seven points adrift of the champions, but they head into the season without having made a single addition to their senior squad. Walker has departed for City and replacement Kieran Trippier is under an injury cloud. Much will therefore depend on Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli just as it did in 2016-17.

Manchester United have only added three players so far this summer, apparently to Jose Mourinho’s frustration, but Romelu Lukaku, Victor Lindelof and Nemanja Matic will still cost them more than £160m combined. Lukaku will be counted on to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s goals but he managed 25 for Everton last season and is now reunited with his former boss at Chelsea. It could be an exciting season at Old Trafford.

Arsenal also have a new striker to go to war with, in the form of Alexandre Lacazette, but most of their hopes could lie on the future of two longer-serving players. Alexis Sanchez’s future continues to be the subject of much speculation and Mesut Ozil is also still without a new contract. The pressure is most definitely on for the red half of north London after missing out on the Champions League.

And that leads us to the red half of Merseyside, where Liverpool find themselves in a similar boat to Arsenal. Their star player Philippe Coutinho fancies a move to Barcelona, but the club are keen to keep hold of the Brazilian – how will that affect their early season form? Jurgen Klopp has added Mo Salah to his attacking options and England U21 striker Dominic Solanke could prove a bargain signing, but what of their goalkeeper and defence? Will they pass muster for another long Premier League season?

Everton have been far busier and made some very interesting additions as they look to push into the top six, or even the Champions League spots. Prodigal son Wayne Rooney returns after 13 years away from the club at Man Utd, and the proceeds of the Lukaku sale have also seen the arrival of Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, Burnley’s England defender Michael Keane and Ajax midfielder Davy Klaassen, who could be a shrewd purchase.

So where does your vote go?

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