Here’s how the new season will unfold in the Premier League and Champions League, with the top three sides battling it out for supremacy at the heart of the game.
The Premier League has gone through a major transformation this season, with five teams relegated or semi-departed and the league’s best three sides all vying for the title.
There are two more teams who could qualify for the Champions and Europa League, while the other six teams could be in for a fight for a place in the final four.
Here’s a look at the six teams currently in contention for the Premier Leagues title and the other seven teams who will be vying for a trophy in the next two seasons.1.
Leicester City- The Foxes were always destined for a big challenge at the top of the Premier league, but they’ve managed to find the right balance of attacking flair and attacking defence.
They’re arguably the best defensive unit in the league, with Leicester’s defence boasting the best record in the division, conceding just 18 goals in 19 matches.
They’ve also been rewarded with a Champions League place, and have been boosted by their attacking pedigree, with a league-best 14 goals from midfield.
The Foxes will be chasing a Champions league spot, having dropped a crucial points against Arsenal at Wembley in December, and will be hoping for a similar result at home to Watford, who were knocked out of the FA Cup by Manchester United last month.2.
Manchester City- City have struggled in the first half of the season and their last three games have been a mixed bag.
They’ve only managed three wins from their first seven games, including a 2-1 loss to Arsenal on New Year’s Eve, but there are reasons to believe that they might be able to bounce back from their recent slip-up at Wembley.
Their next three fixtures are against Burnley, West Brom and Liverpool.3.
Liverpool- The Reds have been one of the more consistent sides in the top flight, scoring the most goals in the title-chasing division this season with 30.
But they’ve also managed to drop points at Arsenal, Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester City, and are struggling to find consistency at home.4.
Everton- Everton have been on a bit of a rollercoaster in the new year, losing three consecutive Premier League games and then taking three points from their next three.
However, they’ve found a way to stay up against Arsenal, who they beat 3-0 at Goodison Park in December.5.
Swansea City- This is a difficult one to pick, but Swansea have struggled to score goals this season and have conceded more than two goals in every game.
It’s not as if they’ve lost their ability to score, but their form has been erratic, with only four points from the last five matches.6.
Arsenal- Arsenal have struggled for goals this year, but have won their last two league matches, including the 3-1 win over Crystal Palace last month and the 3.3-0 victory at Aston Villa in January.
They have a good chance to end the season on top of their Premier League title, and could even win it all.7.
Aston Villa- Aston Villa are a team who have been under the spotlight this year and they have lost their last four games, with just two wins.
But the Black Cats have a strong defensive record, having won six of their last seven matches, with four draws.8.
Manchester United- United have suffered a couple of setbacks in the early part of the new campaign, with three of their five defeats coming at home, but are currently the only team to have scored at least once in seven of their first nine games.9.
Chelsea- The Blues have won just two of their past 10 matches, but will be looking to bounce up from their defeat at Watford in December and find some form against Arsenal and Tottenham.10.
Liverpool – The Reds are in a very good position to finish second, but were knocked down by a goal at Watfield in January, with their next two games against Arsenal (a 2-0 defeat) and Manchester United (a 1-0 win) all away.11.
Manchester Utd- The Sky Blues are unbeaten in their last eight games, but Liverpool have won only three of those.12.
Tottenham- Spurs are struggling for goals, concedating just seven in their past six games.
They’ll be hoping to bounce into the top four after beating Everton at Wembley last month, but it’ll be a tall task against Manchester City at White Hart Lane.13.
Swansea- Swansea are one of a handful of teams in the Championship who have managed to win six or more games in a row, with victory over Wigan Athletic last month providing an early boost.14.
Norwich City- Norwich have lost just two league games in the past six months, but can be assured of a top-four finish after a 3-2 win over Leicester City in December