On the eve of the Premier League campaign, there is plenty of anticipation ahead of what promises to be the most exciting season since the league’s inception.
The excitement and entertainment has continued to grow in each of the previous few seasons, and with so many teams capable of running the title race, the unpredictability only adds to spectacle.
Each of the league’s top five teams have completed plenty of business this summer and will have every reason to feel confident ahead of the opening fixtures this weekend.
Will Louis van Gaal have an immediate effect at Old Trafford; have Manchester City learnt their lessons from their last title defence; and does Jose Mourinho finally have the squad he needs to land his third Premier League title?
Here’s a look at the top five teams and those who can be considered the better prepared ahead of the new season.
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