Manchester City are rightful favourites at odds of 13/10 (Ladbrokes free £50 bet) considering that Roberto Mancini’s team were victorious last season despite a number of things going against them.
Carlos Tevez tried to leave the club and then went AWOL following a spat with the manager, while Mario Balotelli did his best to sabotage his team’s title bid and the influential Yaya Toure was at the African Cup of Nations for a month.
Whether or not City land Robin van Persie is open to question and it’s possible the Dutchman will leave for Spain, although they may look to strengthen on what they already have, with Adam Johnson, Kolo Toure and James Milner potentially surplus to requirements.
Manchester United are a club in debt although their flotation on the New York Stock Exchange means that Sir Alex Ferguson may be able to dip into the transfer market and bring in quality players to help the Red Devils regain the title.
United looked destined to retain their crown last term until a wobble at Wigan saw their arch-rivals leapfrog them in the table although a reunited central defensive pairing of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand could help to make the difference.
David de Gea, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Tom Cleverley should all improve this season and odds of 9/4 (bet365 £200 free bets) are on offer that Ferguson masterminds a 20th title success for his team.
It would be something of a surprise if the title was claimed by a side outside of Manchester, although Chelsea will be looking to close the gap and they certainly have the clout to compete at the very top of the table.
After being sacked by West Brom some eighteen months ago, it would have been unthinkable that Roberto Di Matteo would take charge at Stamford Bridge although that successful Champions League campaign has persuaded Roman Abramovich to back the Italian.
Odds of 9/2 (Paddy Power) are available about the Blues claiming the title and we should see a rejuvenated Fernando Torres leading the line, while Eden Hazard should be an exciting addition to the team and Juan Mata is likely to really improve during his second season at the club.
As for Arsenal, they have signed Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud although the likely departure of Van Persie means that the team could be short of goals in the final third and there seems to be an over-reliance on the returning Jack Wilshere, not to mention a question mark over the defence.
Tottenham Hotspur are a 33/1 chance and will at least not have the distraction of the Champions League thanks to Chelsea winning the competition last term, while Liverpool might also treat the Europa League with disdain as Brendan Rodgers looks to make inroads into the chasm between the Merseyside club and their Manchester rivals.