The English Premier League is undoubtedly one of the most popular football leagues in the world. The competition has 20 teams, who play each other – home and away. Each year, the top four automatically qualify for the UEFA Champions League; the teams in the 5th and 6th positions go to the UEFA Europa League, while the 7th placed team gets an entry to the newly-introduced Europa Conference League.
Many factors make the EPL stand out from the other European soccer leagues. It’s super competitive — perhaps the most competitive soccer league in Europe. Unlike the situation in Germany, Scotland, France, and Italy, where only a team or a few teams dominate the league and share the titles, the EPL isn’t the same. Any team can win the title, as seen with the triumph of lowly-rated Leicester City in 2016. These unpredictabilities and competitiveness make the league exciting to fans and punters.
The previous season of the competition came to an end in May 2022. After a pulsating league season that ended with an intense final day drama between the contenders: Liverpool and Manchester City. The Manchester team clung to the title, second in a row. After the season ended, different teams strengthened their squad and coaching team in preparation for the new season that begins with an encounter between Arsenal and Crystal Palace on the 6th of August, 2022.
Manchester City will be hoping to defend their title; Liverpool would wish to challenge for the title again, while Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham, and Arsenal would also try to win the league title or at least improve on their last performance and secure a good finish. While every team hopes to win, the title’s destination is still unpredictable, as with every other thing in sports. Apart from the fans, many punters on betting platforms like FanDuel.com are already predicting who will be the winner. This article will highlight the top five favorites to win the 2022/23 Premier League title going by what we know so far.
Even though the Premier League is unpredictable, with a potential for another underdog story, the following are teams we think have the best chance to claim the title in the new season:
- Manchester United
The Red Devils will be hoping to end their EPL title drought next season. The record 20-time winners faced hard times in the past season and have been trophyless for years. Last season, they ranked the lowest in their Premier League history.
However, fans are optimistic that the Manchester side can hit the ground running under the newly-appointed manager, Erik Ten Hag. The manager has brought in three players to transform the squad, and he looks forward to the club competing next season. Also, a positive feeling surrounds the team after they beat Liverpool and Melbourne in their preseason games, scoring eight goals in total.
Even though the manager brought in a few signings, players like Jadon Sancho, Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes, and Anthony Martial will be helping the team perform great in the new season. Finishing top four and qualifying for the Champions League would be United’s immediate focus. However, the 20-time record PL winners can’t be written off from winning the trophy.
After Tottenham signed Antonio Conte in the middle of last season as their new manager, the team went on to qualify for the Champions League. The Italian is no doubt one of the best coaches in the league. Having proven himself by guiding the team to a top-four finish last season, he’d be eyeing the top this new season.
The London side has made some amazing signings this season. The coach has been able to draw top footballers like Richalison, Yves Bissouma, and Ivan Perisic to the team and is currently looking to sign more players before the transfer window closes.
Even though Antonio Conte’s work speaks for itself, as evident in his trophy-laden career from his time at his former clubs, Tottenham’s squad level is still far from the top sides in the league. England’s striker, Harry Kane, will also help the team to secure a good finish next season if he can find good form. With Conte’s coaching experience and squad level, the team can be among the contenders next season.
After the uncertainty surrounding the Blues’ future when the club owner placed the club for sale, Chelsea is now looking forward to the season under Todd Boehly, the new owner. Thomas Tuchel has made sensational signings and promised to sign more before the transfer window closes.
Chelsea has already signed Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly. Both are first-team players, hoping to help the club fight for the league title. Romelu Lukaku’s arrival last season didn’t work out, and Chelsea expects to replace him, including Rudiger and Christensen, during the transfer window. Finding a good replacement for their outgoings and solving their attacking issues could be the key to Chelsea finishing top of the league next season.
The Reds are undoubtedly one of the favorites for the EPL title. Having missed out on the title for the second time in four seasons, Jurgen Klopp’s side would hope to continue his run in the English Premier League and seal it with the title this time. The manager would have learned his lesson from the previous season after missing the EPL and Champions League titles.
Jurgen Klopp hopes his side will bounce back from the previous season’s bad spell and challenge for major trophies next season. For that reason, the club hopes to be busy during the transfer window. So far, the Red Merseyside has signed Darwin Nunez from Benfica for £85m after the Senegal national, Sadio Mane, left the club for Bayern Munich.
Darwin Nunez scored 34 goals for Benfica last season, and the red will be hopeful that he hits the ground running next season. Klopp has always been one of the favorites for the PL title, and there’s no doubt he’ll be among the contenders next season.
Pep Guardiola helped the Cityzens to their second consecutive title last season after a dramatic final day match. He’ll be trying to retain the title next season to round up his side’s wins to five out of six seasons.
The Etihad side has been busy during the transfer window. The signing of Erling Haaland has even made the already-mighty City team become mightier. A side known for creating many goal scoring chances would even be greater after signing one of the best strikers in Europe. However, it remains a sight to see how Haaland would fit into the team that has played without a central forward for some seasons.
Looking at the quality of the Norwegian, who scored 86 goals in 89 games for Borussia Dortmund, it shouldn’t be a problem to continue his unending goalscoring spree for his new team next season. So Guardiola would be hopeful his talented side clings to the PL title next season, and they are the favorites to do so.
There’s no doubt that the EPL is an open league. Any team can win and has won at different times in the past. In fact, we might have a new winner next season.
The tournament will be underway in a few weeks. All the top teams would be hoping to start on a good note and maintain their consistency to end the season with the big title.