Premier League preview: Why Man City will beat Chelsea to the title

Callum Orr gives us his predictions on the eve of the first day of the 2015-16 Premier League campaign

By Callum Orr

Champions

Manchester City. Unlike reigning champions Chelsea, Manchester City have had an understated yet impressive summer transfer window.The signing of Raheem Sterling adds a raw edge to their already formidable attacking talents, and if Vincent Kompany and Yaya Toure can rediscover their best form, City look could well be head and shoulders above the rest.

Top four

Manchester City
Manchester United
Arsenal
Chelsea

Relegation

It could be any from a list of eight, but I fear that the Premier League may have come a season too soon for yoyo club Norwich City. Without Benteke, Tim Sherwood’s Aston Villa will join the canaries in the drop zone, and Leciester‘s bizarre appointment of Claudio Ranieri will see them complete the bottom three. No Pearson No Party.

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Signing of the season

Raheem Sterling will be a massive success for City this term, but that price tag demands a decent return. It seems an obvious one, but Arsenal’s unprecedented capture of Petr Cech from rivals Chelsea will prove to the biggest bargain come May.

Surprise package

Stoke City. If the Premier League was decided on transfers, the trophy would already be awarded to Mark Hughes. Despite the blow of losing N’Zonzi to Sevilla, the Potters have brought in a host of European talent including Ibrahim Afellay and Sergio Molina from Barca and Madrid respectively. Add that to the arrival of Marco Van Ginkel, the return of the reborn Bojan, and the emergence of Jack Butland as the new number one, Stoke will mount a charge for the Europa League, and in some style.

Flop of the season

In a toss up between the hapless Ranieri and Slaven Bilic, the big Croat comes out bottom. Despite the decent additions of Payet and Angelo Ogbonna, West Ham’s preseason has been a disaster. Out of the Europa League and with three red cards in the process, Bilic risks letting his famed passion for the club eclipse any meaningful style of play. A match made in heaven on paper could turn into a nightmare before the year is out. Bilic will not last the season.

Most looking forward to…

The most open and free-scoring Premier League season since it’s formation. There’s a real shortage of top class centre backs in the league, but who cares, we want goals. Viva Harry Kane, Viva Sergio Aguero, Viva Carlton Cole.

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