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09 Aug 2019, 12:30 IST
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David Silva has outlined his intention to go away Manchester Metropolis after subsequent season

Three months on from a gripping and relentless title race reaching its conclusion, the Premier League is again.

Manchester Metropolis are aiming to change into the primary English workforce since Manchester United in 2008-09 to win three consecutive top-flight crowns, though Liverpool enter the marketing campaign buoyed by their standing as European champions.

Tottenham have lastly bolstered Mauricio Pochettino’s imperious administration by making some large strikes within the switch market, whereas Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea discover themselves in numerous levels of transition and presumably weak to the top-six ambitions of Leicester Metropolis, Wolves and Everton.

Forward of the massive kick-off, 9 Omnisport journalists thought of the above and predicted their Premier League prime six for 2019-20. Here is how our scores averaged out.

1st – Manchester Metropolis

A close to unanimous alternative as champions, eight of our panel backed Pep Guardiola’s males to make it three in a row on the again of 100- and 98-point hauls previously two campaigns.

STRENGTHS: Even permitting for Leroy Sane’s knee damage and potential departure, Metropolis boast a stacked assault the place Gabriel Jesus and Riyad Mahrez might be bolstered by triumphant worldwide outings. Their midfield dominance will solely be enhanced by a fit-again Kevin De Bruyne and document signing Rodri.

WEAKNESSES: Vincent Kompany’s departure leaves Guardiola a senior centre-back mild and with out one of the vital inspirational leaders the Premier League has seen. Benjamin Mendy’s health woes and questions over Oleksandr Zinchenko and Angelino’s capability to provide elite performances over the course of a season imply left-back is as shut as Metropolis come to an issue place.

2nd – Liverpool

Regardless of their unforgettable heroics in Europe, seven of our writers imagine Jurgen Klopp’s males would be the bridesmaids as soon as extra.

STRENGTHS: The very best defence within the league, together with a pair of full-backs nearly as good as any working in tandem in world soccer. Equally, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane stay a fearsome attacking proposition for all opponents.

WEAKNESSES: There’s onus on Naby Keita to enhance and Jordan Henderson to excel in his superior function over a protracted interval as midfield creativity is usually missing. The drop-off between the first-choice entrance three and the back-up underlines a relative lack of depth {that a} quiet switch window didn’t handle.

third – Tottenham

Exterior of the highest two, Spurs had been the one different unanimous decide to complete within the prime six.

STRENGTHS: Tanguy Ndombele was a headline-grabbing addition and, though Pochettino would undoubtedly have most well-liked an earlier arrival, Giovani Lo Celso ought to ease the artistic burden positioned on Christian Eriksen and thrive behind Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.

WEAKNESSES: An ageing defence may discover itself overworked in defending the proficient however error-prone Hugo Lloris. Having been a place of power, Kieran Trippier’s departure leaves Spurs trying barely flimsy at full-back.

4th – Manchester United

The combined nature of United’s preparations – from robust pleasant showings to a now sometimes disjointed effort within the switch market – resulted within the widest vary of predicted placings, with two of our panel inserting Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s males outdoors the highest six.

STRENGTHS: Tempo and aptitude in assault, enhanced by the uncooked however thrilling Daniel James. United paid prime greenback for Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire however the pair ought to add metal to what had change into a troublingly leaky defence. On means alone, Paul Pogba stays on this column.

WEAKNESSES: Romelu Lukaku’s departure felt more and more vital however United now lack a confirmed, constant goalscorer. Regardless of his standing as a membership legend, Solskjaer’s lofty place within the sack race odds tells you all you could learn about a supervisor whose credentials – or lack thereof – might be beneath the microscope on the first signal of hassle.

fifth – Arsenal

Regardless of two votes stepping into favour of the Gunners ending their Champions League absence this time round, the consensus was Unai Emery’s workforce will fall brief regardless of offering their fair proportion of leisure.

STRENGTHS: Including document signing Nicolas Pepe to an assault that includes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette means the Gunners can do severe injury to any opponent and will change into a must-watch workforce. Dani Ceballos excelled as Spain claimed glory on the European Underneath-21 Championship and will show to be one of the vital shrewd acquisitions of the switch window.

WEAKNESSES: The opposite component in Arsenal’s attraction to neutrals is a defence that may by no means veer too far-off from shambles. David Luiz and Kieran Tierney had been much-needed arrivals on deadline day however a new-look backline has a lot to show.

sixth – Chelsea

Leicester’s top-six credentials got robust consideration however Chelsea simply edged out the Foxes, regardless of Frank Lampard’s lack of top-flight expertise and having their arms tied within the switch market.

STRENGTHS: Lampard’s affinity with the supporters means final season’s toxic negativity surrounding Maurizio Sarri’s reign must be a factor of the previous. The likes of Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and injured duo Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are anticipated to thrive as Lampard offers probabilities to graduates from one of the best youth system within the nation.

WEAKNESSES: Eden Hazard’s mixed targets (16) and assists (15) final season accounted for virtually half of Chelsea’s Premier League targets. Making up for that shortfall might be nigh on unattainable. Sarri was not flavour of the month in west London however the reality is a coach poached by Serie A heavyweights Juventus has been changed by a person with one 12 months of senior managerial expertise.