Which surprise teams can challenge for this Premier League campaign?

What can we expect from the 2016/17 Premier League season?

With just over a month until the new Premier League season gets underway, fans from all over the country are beginning to get excited at their chances of success. Defending champions Leicester City will attempt to hold their own at the top of the division whilst the two Manchester clubs – now ran by Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola – have already spent huge sums of money in the transfer window.

At the time of writing, Guardiola’s Manchester City are the leading contenders to win the title next season. Coral are pricing the Blues at 2/1 in their football betting markets to go all the way and claim yet another major crown. But it won’t be easy. United, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur will all fancy their chances of pipping City to the summit; if nothing else, it is going to be a competitive campaign – arguably more competitive than ever before.

City and United are currently leading the way with the bookmakers; mainly due to their sheer spending power in the market and their respective managers. Guardiola and Mourinho are two of the very best coaches in world football and fans will be intrigued at the prospect of these two huge personalities going head-to-head in England’s top flight. At the end of the day, something has to give and with these two, it usually does.

Meanwhile, it would be foolish to forget about Antonio Conte’s Chelsea. The Italian has now officially joined up with the Blues ahead of the new campaign after guiding Italy to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016. As of July 8th, Chelsea are 6/1 with Coral and Roman Abramovich may be set to spend an absolute fortune in the aftermath of the Euros. In fact, they have been linked with moves for the likes of N’Golo Kante, Leonardo Bonucci and murmurs of a surprise bid for Juventus star Paul Pogba.

At the other end of the spectrum, newly-promoted clubs Middlesbrough, Burnley and Hull City will attempt to avoid the drop at the first time of asking. Aitor Karanka’s men have been making moves in the transfer window while their fellow relegation rivals have stayed stagnant. Right now, Boro are perhaps the most ‘Premier League-ready’ of the three sides but you never know, Burnley and Hull could pull something out of the hat.

If nothing else, the 2016/17 Premier League campaign will be fascinating with plenty of twists and turns along the way. The usual suspects will be there or thereabouts at the top of the table but Leicester’s story is perhaps the most interesting. Can the Foxes maintain their place at the top of English football or will Claudio Ranieri’s men struggle to cope with the pressure of defending the crown? Only time will tell… and there’s not long to wait!

Updated: July 12, 2016 — 1:11 pm
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