The 2019/20 Premier League season kicks-off in August with Manchester City aiming to win the title for a third successive year.
City claimed last season’s title by a point from Liverpool, with Chelsea a further 25 points adrift in third place.
Tottenham Hotspur claimed the final Champions League qualification spot, while Arsenal and Manchester United finished outside the top four.
It is difficult to see beyond another two-way battle for this season’s title, with both City and Liverpool expected to maintain their advantage over the chasing pack.
Read on as we assess their respective chances of lifting the trophy next May.
Strength in depth makes City the team to beat
Punters checking the latest sports odds on this site will find City listed as 4/6 favourites to win the title once again and it would be a brave move to back against them.
City were 10 points behind Liverpool during last season’s title race, but relentlessly hunted down their rivals to deservedly overhaul them on the run-in.
The club have been busy during the transfer window, adding Rodri and Angelino to their already impressive-looking squad.
City are still aiming to bring in a centre-back to replace Vincent Kompany, with Harry Maguire and Nathan Ake amongst the players linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium.
Manager Pep Guardiola’s wants to have two quality players battling for every position in the starting XI and that ethos makes City supremely tough to beat.
Kevin De Bruyne’s return to action is a major boost, with the Belgian star missing half of last season through injury.
City have picked 198 points over the last two seasons – it would be no surprise to see them close to the 300 mark by the end of the 2019/20 campaign.
Improving Liverpool still short in key areas
Jurgen Klopp has certainly improved Liverpool during his time as manager, but his squad still lacks the depth of City’s and that will prove crucial again this season.
The Reds blew a golden opportunity to win the league last term and they may find it difficult to get as close to City this time around.
Klopp is yet to make any significant moves in the transfer market, with young Dutch defender Sepp van den Berg the only arrival so far.
The 17-year-old is highly-rated, but it is unlikely that he will be pushing for a first team spot during the coming season.
Marco Asensio, Ousamane Dembele and Nicolas Pepe have been linked with moves to Anfield and they are the type of players who could help the club end their title drought.
Liverpool’s success in the Champions League highlighted their ability to turn it on in big games, but their ability to throw in silly results during a 38-game season still remains.
Additional squad depth would help Liverpool overcome those inconsistencies, although whether it would be enough to topple City is open to debate.
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