Lampard expects four-horse race for Premier League title

Former Chelsea star Frank Lampard has selected the clubs who he believes will be vying for the Premier League title this season.

The Blues strode to victory in the 2016-17 campaign, but a handful could be in the running this occasion due to the recent summer spending.

Manchester City have spent over £200m, while Manchester United have brought in one of last season’s most prolific strikers in Romelu Lukaku, who netted 25 goals for Everton.

Every club who finished in the top seven in the most recent campaign have spent money on new signings apart from Tottenham Hotspur.

However, Lampard believes that Mauricio Pochettino’s men, who finished second last season, will be in the hunt for the main prize.

The retired midfielder also thinks that his former clubs Chelsea and Man City will be fighting for the crown, along with United.

The 39-year-old told talkSPORT:

“It’s a hard year to call but I think Manchester City have to be there. They were disappointing last year but they have backed Pep Guardiola again. You’re starting to see signs in pre-season of how they can play. On paper, they’re the most exciting team going forward, so I think they will be there.

“Manchester United, again, with the way Jose Mourinho is building you’re starting to see a team in his image and how he wants them to be. I think they will be there again.

“And also Tottenham, on paper they’re a fantastic team but can they handle Wembley as their home? That will be the challenge for them. I feel like it will be those four who are fighting [for the title].”

The former midfielder has left out Liverpool, who finished fourth, as well as Arsenal, who missed out on the top four the last time around.

Lampard, who recently joined BT Sport’s punditry panel for the season, won three league titles during his time at Chelsea, as well as the Champions League trophy.