The strongest football league in the World still holds the primacy, while on top of that English teams dominated European competition last season as well. That is why both the European champion Liverpool and winner of the Europa League Chelsea play in the Premier League, where the icing on the cake is fact that their opponents in finals were again English teams, Tottenham and Arsenal, respectively. Manchester City won the domestic treble and this tells us enough about the league strength, where out of major teams only Manchester United underperformed.
The United wants to join the race for titles and clearly we are going to see another great season in English football, where it is quite likely that the race for the title will be equally uncertain. Football fans still talk about epic fight between Manchester City and Liverpool that lasted till the last round and Liverpool’s failure although the Reds lost just one match in the entire season. We are going to group 20 teams of the English Premier League by their strength, or more precisely by what we expect from them to achieve in the new season. Out of three new Premiership teams, two will almost certainly be engaged in the survival battle, while Aston Villa might do somewhat better.
There will be number of candidates for relegation but we put just seven in the category. Seven teams will be also in the group that should have no problem with relegation but they shouldn’t be able to surprise big six teams that will fight for the title and positions that lead to the Champions League. The new season starts on 9 August with match between European champion Liverpool and new member of the Premier League Norwich. This is how we grouped the teams for the new season.