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Premier League Title Contenders

We are now about 4 games in to this season and just as everyone predicted Everton is undefeated at the top of the table…

With that being said let’s now take a look at the contenders to actually finish the season at the top.

Everton

               I suppose it only makes sense to start with Everton seeing as how they are currently in first. To start off the year, Everton has been in incredible form and to be fair they do look like a legitimate threat. They have done a great job in the transfer window in transforming their midfield with the additions of James Rodriguez, Allan, and Abdoulaye Doucoure. In addition to that they brought in a new center back from Norwich in Ben Godfrey. Dominic Calvert-Lewin looks to have really progressed as a player and is scoring goals for fun so far, tied for the league lead with 6.  The moves look to have paid off so far, but the true tests will come when Everton has games against some of the other top teams in the league.

Arsenal

               Arsenal have also been able to get off to a good start to begin the season. They look like a much more complete team with Mikel Arteta at the helm, along with some of the new signings that have been brought in. The most important of those signings has to be Thomas Partey who could be a perfect fit in the Arsenal midfield. In defense, Gabriel looks the part of a world class center back so far and could end up being one of the steals of the transfer window. All in all, Arsenal really do look the part of a legitimate contender and could be in the mix at the very top when all is said and done.

Tottenham

               Jose Mourinho seems to have stabilized Tottenham to a degree after Mauricio Pochettino left the club. As with past seasons though, they will be relying a lot upon Harry Kane and Son Heung-min. The good news is, Son has gotten off to a fantastic start and is currently tied for the goalscoring lead with 6 goals. The bad news is they don’t have too much going on in terms of depth in attack (other than bringing Gareth Bale back into the fold), so it could be tough for them to keep up the pace for an entire season.

Chelsea

               Looks like Chelsea’s transfer embargo has been lifted. They were definitely the most active team in terms of the transfer market this go around, strengthening every area of the team. Some of the main players who were brought in include Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Hakin Ziyech, Edouard Mendy and Thiago Silva. That’s a lot of new faces. On paper, Chelsea surely has one of the strongest teams in the Premier League but in order for it all to pan out Frank Lampard will need to seamlessly work all of these new faces into the team. Chelsea definitely seems like they’ll be in the thick of it come season’s end.

Manchester City

               Struggles abound for City to start off the season. Once again it looks like the problems are in the defense, and to their credit City have brought in (more) reinforcements. Nathan Ake and Ruben Dias have both been brought in, with Ake splitting time at CB and LB. Dias seems to be forming a good partnership with Aymeric Laporte that could effectively shore up the defense. But City will need to be more consistent this year if they want a legitimate shot to win the Premier League, and so far that hasn’t been the case.

Liverpool

               Liverpool is probably the odds on favorite to win the Premier League, but even they haven’t been able to start the season in perfect form. Their 7-2 loss to Aston Villa was unexpected to say the least and shows that Liverpool may not be the unbeatable giant that they were last season. Even with the unexpected start, I would still rate them as the favorite to come out of the season on top of the league, with the recent addition of Thiago potentially being a game changer for them.

Conclusion

               It may be the lack of a preseason and very little rest time from last season, but a lot of teams look very sloppy to start the season. I don’t believe there will any runaway teams this year, and it will most likely be a very tight race to the finish with Liverpool the most likely winner at this early juncture.