Less than two weeks remain until the much-awaited start of the 2014-15 Premier League season, and the talk continues as to who is in the best position to win the title.
As ever, many of the top teams have made high-profile acquisitions in the summer transfer window in the hope that they can overcome the competition over the 38-game season.
Manchester City will be looking to retain the Premier League having triumphed last season, but they will likely face a tough challenge with Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United all expected to be in the mix.
Here are the latest title odds for all 20 Premier League teams ahead of a ball even being kicked in the new season:
|Premier League 2014: Title Odds|
Premier League Predictions 2014
City Won't Retain Title
As the Sky Blues found out in the 2012-13 season, it is very difficult to defend a Premier League title. Having won on goal difference to United the previous season, City were second to the Red Devils by 11 points in their attempt to keep the trophy at the Etihad.
In a similar fashion to two years ago, City were pushed all the way in 2013-14, winning the league by two points to Liverpool and four points to Chelsea.
And it looks as though the Blues will be the ones to deprive City of consecutive titles this time around.
Jose Mourinho's side have added significant strength in the summer transfer window with the signings of Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas, Didier Drogba and Filipe Luis.
A lack of goals cost the Stamford Bridge outfit last term, but the addition of Costa and return of Drogba should rectify that. The Spaniard bagged 27 for Atletico Madrid as they won La Liga last season, and The Sun, per Opta, shows just how much Chelsea lacked up front:
Equally, the addition of Fabregas will provide more creativity in the midfield, while Luis brings even more strength to an already-solid and versatile defence.
Chelsea are the team to beat this year and are rightly favourites for the title. They should make good on that promise and rob City, once again, of a successful title defence.
Liverpool Will Struggle
Liverpool were fantastic last season and only just missed out on a long-awaited 19th English league title.
However, their second-place finish does see them return to the Champions League this season, but that will have an effect on their Premier League performance.
With more games to play and more expectation on their shoulders, the Reds look likely to struggle over a long season in 2014-15.
Furthermore, the Reds have lost Luis Suarez, one of the world's best players and a striker who scored 31 times for them in the league last season.
The Uruguayan is irreplaceable, and in the recruitment of the likes of Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Lazar Markovic, boss Brendan Rodgers is relying heavily on merely good players and great potential rather than proven world-class quality to do the business in the upcoming season.
Indeed, Betfair's Luke Moore believes they could slide down the table:
Very few of their squad have a great deal of experience fighting for both the Champions League and the Premier League, and that—along with the loss of goals from Suarez's departure—could see Liverpool finish outside the top four.
Predicted Top Four: 1.) Chelsea 2.) Manchester City 3.) Arsenal 4.) Manchester United