Time Out has a Premier League 2016/17 preview, as well as a handy guide on where football supporters clubs watch matches, plus sports bars in Dubai
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With Euro 2016 now just a distant memory, all eyes will turn to the Premier League, which comes kicking, screaming and diving back on to our screens this weekend.
We at Time Out can’t wait for the action to start again, so we’re taking a look at the teams likely to be in the title mix come the end of the season in May.
Leicester City The team’s chances of retaining the crown are already being rubbished, especially with the transfer speculation that has followed them all summer. Foxes fans will be thankful Jamie Vardy rejected Arsenal, but with Riyad Mahrez permanently linked with a move away from the King Power Stadium and N’Golo Kanté now at Chelsea, it’s difficult to see Leicester City keeping their paws on the prize. But, as last season proved, you can’t write anyone off. Chelsea The Stamford Bridge outfit have been busy this summer as owner Roman Abramovich opens his wallet, once again, to try and bring back The Blues’ glory days. New boss Antonio Conte, has brought in Kanté, as well as striker Michy Batshuayi from Marseille, but the spending is unlikely to end there. Last season was a disaster, but if Conte can get his new recruits to click with the likes of Willian, Cesc Fàbregas and Eden Hazard, Chelsea will be a force to be reckoned with.
Manchester United After being sacked by Chelsea following the abysmal start to the last campaign, José Mourinho has been given the task of reviving Manchester United. He has been given a huge transfer kitty to work with, bringing in defender Eric Bailly from Villarreal and Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Borussia Dortmund. However, the free transfer of Swedish legend Zlatan Ibrahimović could prove a masterstroke, while it seems old boy Paul Pogba is destined to return to Old Trafford for a world record fee. They’ll certainly be in with a shout at glory.
Manchester City City have put one of the most decorated managers of our age, Pep Guardiola, in the hot seat and he’s already made a few signings, with German duo Leroy Sané and IIkay Gündogan being the biggest so far. But as we know, City aren’t short of ambition, with the rumour-mill churning out talk of defender John Stones making a big-money switch from Everton. As Manchester City strengthen and the players find a stronger faith in their management team, it’s fair to say they will be a huge title contender.
Liverpool There is a sense of renewed optimism at Liverpool, as boss Jürgen Klopp has had a massive clear-out over the summer, making room for the likes of Southampton’s Sadio Mané and Newcastle’s Georginio Wijnaldum as the German stamps his mark on the squad. If Liverpool manage to gel this season, there is no reason they can’t become champions for the first time in almost three decades. Arsenal After seeing their team flattering to deceive throughout the last campaign but still miraculously finishing second to Leicester, Arsenal fans will be after something more this season – be it the title or boss Arsène Wenger’s resignation. Granit Xhaka is the most exciting signing for the North London club, but the fans will be wanting more, ideally in the likes of Mahrez and Alexandre Lacazette, the highly-rated Lyon marksman. As well as needing new blood, they will also need to take more points off their big rivals.
Tottenham Hotspur With arguably the best Spurs team of the past 20 years, manager Mauricio Pochettino has propelled the club towards greatness with an attacking style of play and plenty of faith in young stars. Welcome signings include the powerful Victor Wanyama from Southampton and Dutch marksman Vincent Janssen. Was last season Tottenham’s greatest chance of winning the league? Possibly. But if they can show more staying power then who knows?