London: One of world’s most followed football leagues is set to start from Saturday as Manchester United take on Tottenham Hotspur at the historic Old Trafford ground. But the biggest question will be if the “Big Four” will continue dominating the competition.
The Big Four clubs – Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool – have had complete control over the league for the last few years. However, the myth of Manchester being coloured only in red has been put to the gallows by sky-blue jersey wearing Manchester City in the last few years with them being crowned champions in 2012 and again in 2014.
City finished second behind Chelsea this year but have the resources to challenge again for the top prize this season, having been boosted by the signing of England forward Rahim Sterling, who has shift allegiances to City from Liverpool.
United too have splashed cash to get the services of striker Memphis Depay and German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger but will be hurt by the loss of Argentine winger Angel Di Maria who has signed for French club Paris Saint Germain.
What would worry United management more is the uncertainty of their goalkeeper David de Gea who has been linked with a move to Spanish heavyweights Real Madris, however they have tried to make up for it by roping in Argentine goalkeeper Sergio Romero.
Arsenal on the other hand have dealt with their financial woes and have cash in hand to splurge on big names this season. French striker Karim Benzema is still being stalked while they have brought in Petr Cech from Chelsea to guard their fort. However, an ankle injury to medio Jack Wilshere will be a major concern for them.
Champions Chelsea on the contrary have not rued the loss of Cech and have instead added more experience upfront in the form of Colombian international Radamel Falcao, who was on loan from French club Monaco to Manchester United lasts season. The striker has been below-par in the last season but then again this move might spark the best out of him.
Watford, Bournemouth and Norwich city have gained promotion from the second division this season to battle in the top division. The biggest challenge for them would be to fight relegation and stay afloat in the top league of English football.
The likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United will also look to get into the top four this season as they try and earn a place in the Champions League.
But it remains to be season whether the Big Four again continue to dominate the league or will City or a new winner emerge this time.