The Premier League season is just around the corner and now the World Cup is over, everything is geared towards 10th August when Manchester United face Leicester City in the opening game of the 2018-19 season.
Manchester City ran away with the title last year, racking up 100 points along the way, with United a distant second and the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal have it all to do to bridge the gap this term if they want to lift the title come 12th May.
Wolverhampton Wanderers, Fulham and Cardiff City are back in the top flight after winning promotion from the Championship and as always it will be interesting to see if they can pull off a few surprises throughout the campaign.
Manchester United are still by far the most successful team in the competition having won the league 13 times, but the Red Devils haven’t tasted success since the 2012-13 season – Sir Alex Ferguson’s last season at Old Trafford.
Leicester City were the surprise package when winning the title in 2015-16, having flirted with relegation the season before, and it remains to be seen whether someone from out of the pack will ever replicate their achievement.
Premier League winners list since 1992
|2017–18||Manchester City (5)||100||Manchester United||Tottenham Hotspur|
|2016–17||Chelsea (6)||93||Tottenham Hotspur||Manchester City|
|2015–16||Leicester City||81||Arsenal||Tottenham Hotspur|
|2014–15||Chelsea (5)||87||Manchester City||Arsenal|
|2013–14||Manchester City (4)||86||Liverpool||Chelsea|
|2012–13||Manchester United (20)||89||Manchester City||Chelsea|
|2011–12||Manchester City (3)||89||Manchester United||Arsenal|
|2010–11||Manchester United (19)||80||Chelsea||Manchester City|
|2009–10||Chelsea (4)||86||Manchester United||Arsenal|
|2008–09||Manchester United (18)||90||Liverpool||Chelsea|
|2007–08||Manchester United (17)||87||Chelsea||Arsenal|
|2006–07||Manchester United (16)||89||Chelsea||Liverpool|
|2005–06||Chelsea (3)||91||Manchester United||Liverpool|
|2004–05||Chelsea (2)||95||Arsenal||Manchester United|
|2003–04||Arsenal (13)||90||Chelsea||Manchester United|
|2002–03||Manchester United (15)||83||Arsenal||Newcastle United|
|2001–02||Arsenal (12)||87||Liverpool||Manchester United|
|2000–01||Manchester United (14)||80||Arsenal||Liverpool|
|1999–2000||Manchester United (13)||91||Arsenal||Leeds United|
|1998–99||Manchester United (12)||79||Arsenal||Chelsea|
|1997–98||Arsenal (11)||78||Manchester United||Liverpool|
|1996–97||Manchester United (11)||75||Newcastle United||Arsenal|
|1995–96||Manchester United (10)||82||Newcastle United||Liverpool|
|1994–95||Blackburn Rovers (3)||89||Manchester United||Nottingham Forest|
|1993–94||Manchester United (9)||92||Blackburn Rovers||Newcastle United|
|1992–93||Manchester United (8)||84||Aston Villa||Norwich City|
Top Premier League teams – Past and Present
Current Manager: Jose Mourinho
League Titles: 13
With Sir Alex Ferguson as manager, Manchester United were almost unstoppable in their assault on the Premier League title.
They won it 13 times with the Scot at the Old Trafford helm, but they haven’t enjoyed much success of late with David Moyes and Louis van Gaal unable to win the top prize.
Jose Mourinho has helped them recover slightly with a Europa League title in 2016, but they have still been disappointing of late and face a battle to get back on top spot ahead of City.
Current Manager: Pep Guardiola
League Titles: 3
The team full of international stars eased their way to the title last term, as they smashed Premier League records left, right and centre.
With Roberto Mancini in charge, City first won it back in 2012 thanks to a very late Sergio Aguero goal on the final day of the season against Queens Park Rangers.
They have shown no sign of letting up this summer with the recruitment of Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City for £60 million and will undoubtedly be the team to beat once more if they carry on where they left off last season.
Current Manager: Jurgen Klopp
League Titles: 0
Since the Premier League was introduced, the Anfield side have always been the nearly men – finishing in the top three on six occasions.
Arguably the Reds came closest to breaking their duck in the 2013-14 season before they let it slip away late on under Brendan Rodgers.
Jurgen Klopp’s free-flowing side progressed to the Champions League Final last season but came up short against Real Madrid. If they can convert that form in to the domestic campaign, they could be there or thereabouts come May.
Current Manager: Maurizio Sarri
League Titles: 5
Former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri is the latest manager in the Stamford Bridge hotseat who will look to bring the title back to London.
Sarri replaced Antonio Conte who endured a tough time at the helm after securing the title for the Blues in 2015-16 season.
Roman Abramovich has hired and fired plenty of managers since his arrival in 2004. That has got them some success, but they have not gone on to dominate as he would have wished.
Current Manager: Unai Emery
League Titles: 3
Unai Emery has been judged as the man to lead them after Arsene Wenger brought an end to his 22-year stay with the Gunners.
The Frenchman guided them to the title on three occasions, but they have not won the league since the 2003-04 season.
They are a side who has always showed promising signs, and although they have predominantly been inside the top-four, they have failed to seriously contend for a title in sometime, and Emery – the former Sevilla and Paris St Germain boss, will hope to bring them closer to their former glory.
Which teams have shown the biggest improvements
Outside of the perennial top sides, a number of teams have shown they are capable of mixing it with the big guns.
Although they have never challenged for the title the likes of AFC Bournemouth have had the greatest rise in recent years.
The Cherries were almost out of business when Eddie Howe helped keep them in the Football League back in 2009.
Since then, the seaside outfit have progressed significantly up the leagues and are now a stable side in the top flight (hopefully no commentator’s curse!).
Likewise, Leicester City were as low as League One back in 2008 but have arguably had the biggest impact in the top flight after winning the title against the odds back in 2016.
The previous season had seen them just survive relegation, but under the tutelage of Claudio Ranieri they secured their first ever Premier League title.
Under Sean Dyche, Burnley have also become a mainstay in the Premier League, and this year will be playing European football following their seventh-place finish last term.
Without the big money, the Turf Moor side regularly punch above their weight and are likely to be one of the ‘best of the rest’ sides once again this term
Top Premier League players – Past and Present
Here we take a look at some of the players who have played a big part in their side winning the Premier League.
Thierry Henry – Arsenal
Signed for £11million from Juventus back in 1999, Henry became one of the Premier League greats and was part of the Arsenal ‘Invincibles’ side of 2003-04 which went the whole season unbeaten on their way to the title.
Henry would often produce moments of genius out of nothing and scored 228 goals during his time with the Gunners as he spearheaded their attack.
Riyad Mahrez – Leicester City
Bought for just £400,000 the Algerian took the Premier League by storm and provided goals and assists as the Foxes surprised almost everyone as they won the title in 2016.
He has continued to produce the goods, and although the King Power Stadium outfit haven’t built on that form, his talent hasn’t gone unrecognised.
Prevented from leaving Leicester on a number of occasions, the 27-year-old has joined Manchester City this summer for £60 million and all eyes will be on him to see if he can have the same impact at the Etihad.
Frank Lampard – Chelsea
The England midfielder played a big part on their way to four League titles.
Lampard scored double figures 10 seasons on the trot and would always pop up with crucial goals at crucial times.
In total, he scored 177 goals – a Premier League record for a midfielder and his achievement are highly unlikely to be beaten.
Cristiano Ronaldo – Manchester United
Arrived in Manchester as a £12.25million signing from Sporting Lisbon, and since then has taken the footballing world by storm.
The Portuguese captain scored wonder goal after wonder goal for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side and notched 31 goals on their way to the title in the 2007-08 season.
The allure of Real Madrid proved too much for him to remain at Old Trafford, but he has continued to break records year upon year.
Sergio Aguero – Manchester City
The Argentine was a £38million capture from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2011 and he will go down as one of the most prolific strikers to grace the Premier League.
Despite some setbacks with injury he has been lethal in front of goal and there can’t be many football fans in the land that doesn’t remember the famous commentary from when he netted the decisive goal against Queens Park Rangers to help them lift the title in 2012.
The arrival of Gabriel Jesus has reduced his number of starts for Guardiola’s side, but you cannot question his goalscoring return and the difference he has made to the Citizens.