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Sportsmail’s pundits and reporters make their new season predictions

The Premier League is finally back and it promises to be another thrilling season at both ends of the table.

Manchester City just edged Liverpool in a cat and mouse title race last season, but it could easily be a role reversal this time around.

Then there’s the scramble for the other two Champions League spots with Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United fighting it out.

At the bottom, the likes of Sheffield United, Norwich, Brighton, Aston Villa and Newcastle are likely to be in the dogfight to avoid relegation.

Sportsmail’s team of experts have made their picks for the season ahead.

 Liverpool 

Man City, Tottenham, Chelsea

Norwich, Sheffield United, Brighton

 Chelsea 

Tottenham

Fulham, West Brom, Leeds

Man City

I’m expecting another tight two-horse race for the title, but this time I think Liverpool have an edge on Manchester City. 

The reason for that is Pep Guardiola has lost Vincent Kompany while Jurgen Klopp has Virgil van Dijk, the best defender in the world. The 28-year-old is a leader at the back for Liverpool and could prove the difference. 

Still, City fans will be pleased to know I’m backing Guardiola to guide them to glory in the Champions League – a competition we know he is craving to win. 

I’ve then gone for Tottenham and Chelsea to finish third and fourth respectively.

Liverpool

Man City, Tottenham, Chelsea

 Newcastle, Norwich, Sheffield United

Tottenham

Man City

Leeds, Cardiff, Fulham

Man City

I went for Liverpool in my predictions last year and while they could not quite get over the line, they will be stronger for the experience. 

Manchester City will be strong, of course, but the departure of Vincent Kompany is a huge blow for them. When the next season’s run-in comes round, City will be without his towering influence. 

There is pressure on City to finally win the Champions League after falling short in Europe in each of Pep Guardiola’s three campaigns. 

Liverpool will be even more determined to clinch the title and I’m backing them to get the job done.

Man City

Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal

Sheffield United, Brighton, Aston Villa

Man City

Manchester United

– Cardiff, Fulham, West Brom

Liverpool

Manchester City are relentless. They have lost Vincent Kompany but with their strength in depth and the consistency they showed last season, it is hard to look beyond City. 

So Liverpool may miss out on the title again, but I’m backing them to clinch a second successive Champions League. Tottenham and Arsenal should then complete the top four. 

Chelsea may struggle to be competitive, given they have lost Eden Hazard, have a transfer embargo hanging over them and are working with a new boss in Frank Lampard. 

The same goes for Manchester United – there is simply too much turbulence at Old Trafford.

Manchester City

Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea

Brighton, Sheffield United, Aston Villa

Tottenham

Leicester

West Brom, Leeds and Derby

Juventus

How Liverpool stayed with Manchester City last season was remarkable. I hope the title race is another fantastic shootout between two teams I love to watch. 

They are both so much better than the rest. If City falter, Klopp’s team will take advantage. I don’t think City will falter though.

The only thing that I can see tripping them up is if they pursue the Champions League, the competition that Pep Guardiola wants more than anything.

Manchester City

Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham

Newcastle, Norwich, Sheffield United

Liverpool

Manchester City

Leeds, Fulham, Cardiff

Liverpool

It is a hard task this season to pick the champions, so close were the top two last time round. However, what is less hard to say is that City and Liverpool will be streets ahead of the rest again. 

I don’t see any real improvement coming from Chelsea, Tottenham and certainly not from Manchester United. Maybe Arsenal will find another level to compete with Tottenham once again but the real fight will go on right at the top.

I have chosen City to win it simply because of the maths. Can Liverpool really amass 97 points again? I would say that’s unlikely.

That means City will have to be significantly worse than last season to surrender their title and I just can’t see that happening. 

Others on this page have mentioned the loss of Vincent Kompany at City but injuries restricted his influence over the last two year of his time at the Etihad and Pep Guardiola’s team managed to win the League both times.

Manchester City

Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester United

Brighton, Burnley, Sheffield United

Tottenham

Liverpool

 Leeds, Fulham, West Brom

Manchester City

Not much change in the top four, though I fancy Manchester United to snatch the last spot. Chelsea have lost their best player at a time when their hands are tied and that Arsenal squad isn’t up to much, so I’d expect United to capitalise.

Impressed by the business done at Norwich and Aston Villa, which might keep them safe, assuming they haven’t changed too much too soon. Half fancy this to be the year Manchester City make a mark on Europe. 

They keep strengthening and that will pay off in the Champions League.

Manchester City

Liverpool, Spurs, Manchester United

Sheffield United, Norwich, Brighton

Liverpool

Manchester City

Cardiff, Fulham, West Brom

– Liverpool 

Liverpool, I fear, will struggle to replicate their brilliant league form of last season but will find success in the cups given their capacity to rise to the big occasion. 

Defending their European crown could become the priority as the season goes on, especially if City are proving too strong in the league. I’d expect them to make the last four of the Champions League at the very least. 

As for the others, you just can’t see Spurs, United, Chelsea or Arsenal getting close to the top two. 

None of them have bought well enough this summer to bridge the gap and it will be a case of United, Chelsea and Arsenal scrapping it out for fourth place, as is becoming tradition.

Liverpool

Man City, Tottenham, Chelsea

Norwich, Newcastle, Sheffield United

Man City

Tottenham

West Brom, Fulham, Brentford

– Barcelona

Liverpool haven’t strengthened significantly but the return of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, coupled with Manchester City’s desperation to win the Champions League could just give Jurgen Klopp’s side the extra few points they need to pip Pep Guardiola’s champions to the post.

Arsenal will push hard for a top-four place a summer of decent investment – but expect the Champions League qualifiers to stay the same. Elsewhere, back Spurs to end their trophy drought.

Man City

Liverpool, Spurs, Arsenal

Norwich, Brighton, Sheffield United

Spurs

Man City

Cardiff, Leeds, West Brom

Man City

It’s difficult to see an end to the domination by Man City. A key part of Guardiola’s genius is the ability to motivate and inspire his team to develop a relentless appetite for trophies, year after year. 

They have reinforced while Liverpool were hit harder than most by summer football, with the Champions League final, AFCON & Copa America. 

Expect Spurs to benefit from a settled home and Arsenal have scope for improvement because they will score goals and can’t get much worse at the back.

Tough task for Lampard at Chelsea with no signings and no Eden Hazard and further recruitment needed at Man United before they have the balance in the squad to be back where they belong.

Manchester City

Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea

Sheffield United, Norwich City, Brighton

Manchester City

Leicester

Fulham, Leeds, Middlesbrough

Liverpool

It’s not a surprise choice to pick Manchester City as title winners but they just have too much strength in depth. They may have lost Vincent Kompany but that is offset by the return of Kevin de Bruyne. 

Jurgen Klopp is expecting Liverpool to start slowly and if City can put daylight between themselves and the pursuers by Christmas, they won’t be caught. Liverpool can find compensation in the Champions League.

Jurgen Klopp’s record in the competition is remarkable and what they did to Barcelona in the semi-final last year will terrify opponents who come to Anfield. 

A word, meanwhile, on Leicester: Brendan Rodgers will have his team firmly in the hunt for the top six. Manchester United and Arsenal are vulnerable and Leicester look best equipped to capitalise. They are set for an excellent campaign. 

Manchester City

Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal

Brighton, Sheffield United, Norwich

Manchester City

Manchester City

Fulham, Leeds, Cardiff

Barcelona

Manchester City are already good. Very good. And too good for the rest. 

Liverpool had their best ever Premier League season, their fair share of fortune along the way, and it still wasn’t enough last season. Now City are even better. 

Rodri’s arrival gives them a much-needed alternative and long-term replacement for Fernandinho while the return of Angelino means they have adequate left-back cover too. 

Tottenham’s capture of Tanguy Ndombele alone along with no more stadium upheaval should give them a chance of pushing Liverpool all the way. Fourth place is up for grabs – a fight between Chelsea, who will be a happier camp under Frank Lampard, Arsenal and Manchester United.  

Man City

Tottenham, Liverpool, Man United

Sheffield United, Norwich, Brighton

Liverpool

Man City

Leeds, West Brom, Cardiff

Juventus

After last season’s two-horse title race, it’s difficult to see the rest of the Premier League closing the yawning gap on Manchester City and Liverpool.

The challenge for City was to retain the title for the first time. Having done that under such pressure from Liverpool, there’s no reason Pep Guardiola’s side can’t do so again.

Liverpool, on the other hand, may struggle to replicate their excellent season with the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup already adding to a busy fixture list.

Tottenham will expect to put up a stronger challenge this year now they are settled in a new stadium. Manchester United remain something of an unknown quantity under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but there are enough positive signs to suggest they can reclaim a place in the top-four.

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