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The five teams with the best chances to win 2023/24 Premier League

The Premier League season is now underway and fans have been treated to their first glimpses of the potential title challengers.

Manchester City have dominated the division in recent years and are chasing a record-breaking fourth title in succession, a feat no team has previously achieved in the history of England’s top flight.

Arsenal were runners-up last season and have strengthened significantly over the summer, while Liverpool – the sole team to break City’s dominance since 2018 – will hope to improve this time around and move back into contention.

We’ve analysed the top five favourites to win the Premier League this season.

Chelsea – 16/1

Chelsea have began life under the management of Mauricio Pochettino this season, with the Argentine given the task of turning around the Blues’ fortunes. Despite a record-breaking spend under new owner Todd Boehly across the last 12 months, Chelsea ended last season 12th in the Premier League table – the club’s lowest league finish since the early nineties.

Pochettino’s challenge will be to turn an expensively assembled and inexperienced squad into a winning team, with the aim to bring the best from recruits including Enzo Fernandez, Mykhailo Mudryk and Moises Caicedo.

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Chelsea broke the British transfer record to sign Caicedo from Brighton for a fee of £115m earlier this summer, one of eight new arrivals since Pochettino took charge at Stamford Bridge.

Newcastle – 14/1

Not since 1927 have Newcastle United been crowned champions of England, while it’s been 68 years since the Magpies won a major trophy of any kind.

There’s real optimism at St James’ Park now however, with Newcastle back in the Champions League this coming season for the first time in two decades. The club’s Saudi-backed takeover has helped push Newcastle into contention at the top end of the division with Eddie Howe’s astute management having ensured progress quicker than expected.

Newcastle thrashed Aston Villa 5-1 on the opening weekend in a statement performance, before defeat at champions Manchester City offered a reality check for Howe’s improving team. The Magpies rode a wave of momentum to a top-four finish last season and have eyes on another assault on the top of the Premier League.

Liverpool – 9/1

Liverpool are the only team to have broken Manchester City’s stranglehold on the Premier League in the last six seasons, as the Reds were crowned champions in 2019/20.

It took a club-record points haul of 99 to win the Premier League that season and Jurgen Klopp’s side have twice fallen short as runners-up despite earning 90+ points in 2018/19 and 2021/22.

Last season’s decline has prompted change however, with the focus on a midfield overhaul. Dominik Szoboszlai and Alexis Mac Allister are exciting additions in the engine room, while Wataru Endo has arrived to provide steel after the long-serving Jordan Henderson and Fabinho departed for the Saudi Pro League.

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Four points from their opening two fixtures is a strong start, but there remain flaws to iron out if Liverpool are to challenge at the top.

Arsenal – 9/2

Arsenal exceeded all expectations last season to challenge for the Premier League title, before an unconvincing run-in saw the Gunners overhauled at the top.

Mikel Arteta’s side spent a record-breaking 248 days at the top of the table without winning the title, but encouragement will be taken that the north Londoners can be crowned champions for the first time in two decades this season.

Arsenal have splashed more than £200m on new recruits in a bid to improve, most notably the £105m arrival of Declan Rice from West Ham. The England international should strengthen the spine of an improving side, while depth has been added with the signings of Kai Havertz, Jurrien Timber and David Raya.

Manchester City – 4/6

Manchester City remain the team to beat and for good reason, having come from behind to win a fifth title in just six seasons in 2022/23.

Pep Guardiola’s side are the dominant force in the division and recognised as Europe’s finest outfit, having claimed both FA Cup and Champions League success last season to win a historic treble.

Croatia internationals Mateo Kovačić and Josko Gvardiol have arrived as summer recruitments, with the latter having been one of the most coveted centre-backs in Europe, while exciting winger Jeremy Doku has signed from Rennes.

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Erling Haaland spearheaded the club’s treble season with 52 goals in all competitions and will have his sights set on more records this time around.

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