Premier League: Predicting where the top 6 clubs will finish
Following a Premier League season that was dominated by Pep Guardiola's Manchester City and Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool, the other members of the top six in Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea have all tried their best at improving their respective squads in order to better their chances of making the top 4 and eventually competing for the title.
With the Premier League's new season set to begin in just a week from now, we attempt to predict how the top six and title race will pan out.
Will City have it their way again? Can Man United or Arsenal secure that coveted Champions League spot?
With a two-window transfer ban, their best player Eden Hazard leaving the club and yet another new manager to adapt to, Chelsea haven't had a great summer by any means.
The club does have the exciting young American winger Christian Pulisic to look forward to seeing in action, but he will need time and experience in order to get used to the physical demands of the Premier League.
Their best defender will be missing in the injured Antonio Rudiger for the first part of the season, although they will hope that Kurt Zouma can do a solid job at filling in for him.
Overall, whilst new coach Chelsea legend Frank Lampard knows a few players at the club and will certainly receive more support from the fans than previous manager Maurizio Sarri, it'll prove a very difficult task for him to propel the club to beyond 6th place this upcoming season due to the factors outlined above.
#5 Manchester United
Whilst the club have made some very smart moves this transfer window by signing winger Daniel James and right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka at the same time as promoting highly rated forward Mason Greenwood, there is still too much confusion surrounding players that could still sign for the club as well as players who could leave.
The situation of Paul Pogba is not a good one because the player wants to move to Real Madrid but the club are asking for a transfer fee that Madrid president Florentino Perez will never accept.
Furthermore, there are complications involving a proposed Romelu Lukaku and Paulo Dybala swap as the Argentine is understandably not keen on moving from a potential Champions League-winning team to a Europa League side.
Finally, there's also the issue of finding a top centre-back who will be able to significantly bolster United's defending standards. Harry Maguire is a very good English centre-back but the club are correct in being reluctant to pay the world record transfer fee for a defender in order to pry him away from Leicester City.
Overall, United's attack should improve, but their midfield and defence will probably stay at around the same level meaning that another season of Europa League football could follow this upcoming season.