Main contenders for the 2015/2016 Premier League title

With the start of the 2015/2016 Premier League season nearly upon us, the excitement and
anticipation of yet more drama, suspense and tension in one of the best domestic leagues in
Europe has reached fever pitch. August 8th has been in the diary of every fan that cannot
wait for their next fix of Premier League action, and they will undoubtedly back their team
through a first match of the season bet in the hope they can produce the good and get off to
a good start. A considerable number of headline-making summer transfer window signings
have further whetted the appetite, and with a month to go until its close, there could be even
more big name arrivals.
Although there could be an intriguing battle at both ends of the table, all eyes will be on the
Premier League summit and who can knock Chelsea off their perch as champions. Jose
Mourinho’s side are undoubtedly the team to beat, but they will face their greatest challenge
yet in defending their crown amidst growing competition from their main rivals who have
spent big amounts of money. There are a number of teams who have realistic hopes of lifting
the title come next May in what has already been billed as potentially the closest title race to
call in Premier League history.



Being the team to beat could motivate Chelsea to step it up another gear after sweeping
aside all that stood before them last season with ominous ease. They were deserving
champions after topping the table for the majority of the season, and although results and
performances tailed off during the latter stages, Chelsea had done more than enough in the
earlier stages to put themselves in a dominant position. Although they fell short in the
Champions League at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain, Mourinho delivered on his promise
that Chelsea would win the title in his second season back in charge at Stamford Bridge, with
his team playing superb football that was a joy to watch. The arrival of Radamel Falcao has
added even more quality to Chelsea’s line-up that is arguably the strongest in the Premier
League, but it remains to be seen whether they thrive under the ‘favourites’ tag or crumble
under the weight of pressure to deliver success once again.



Retaining the FA Cup should have been considered an achievement for Arsenal, but it was
merely scant consolation for their inability to mount a serious title challenge at any point of
the season. Arsene Wenger remains under pressure to bring success back to the Emirates,
and while the Frenchman is often reluctant to go on lavish spending sprees in an effort to
reduce the gap, their eye-catching, free-flowing style of football is what makes Arsenal so
dangerous. Fans and former players are in agreement that Arsenal may need two or three
more top quality signings to challenge Chelsea, but the arrival of Petr Cech has solved their
long-awaiting search for a goalkeeper that can make a big contribution. John Terry’s
omission that Cech could be worth between twelve and fifteen points to one of their closest
rivals if indication, if needed, that Arsenal have secured the services of a fantastic
goalkeeper for just £10.9 million – the big question is whether Wenger’s side can avoid the
inconsistency that costs them points at crucial stages of the season.


Manchester United

Finishing in the top four was the minimum requirement for Louis Van Gaal in his first season
in charge, but a club of Manchester United’s calibre and history will expect to do much better
in 2015/2016. A poor start to the season may have been down to Van Gaal not arriving at
Old Trafford until after the 2014 World Cup, but excellent performances which ended the
campaign were a clear indication that Manchester United had finally adapted to the
Dutchman’s philosophies and were reaping the benefits on the pitch as a result. Their hopes
of carrying momentum into the upcoming season have receive a considerable boost through
the arrival of five top quality players who could make Manchester United the team to beat
once again. Bastian Schweinsteiger, Memphis Depay and Morgan Schneiderlin are the
stand-out names from their recent signings, and with Van Gaal still in the market for a
defender and striker, the belief and confidence that Manchester United will win the
2015/2016 Premier League title is continuing to grow.