There at the moment are simply three days to go earlier than all of the drama, magic and pleasure of the Premier League begins yet again.  

Sportsmail is bringing you a complete preview of each facet within the division and assessing how their fortunes might fare over the season. Yow will discover half one right here. 

Partly two, we run the rule over high 4 contenders Chelsea, season openers Crystal Palace, newly-promoted Fulham and final season’s relegation candidates Everton and Leeds.

Chelsea completed third final season however now face elevated competitors for a high 4 spot


Arrivals: Raheem Sterling (Manchester Metropolis, £50m), Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli, £34m)

Departures: Antonio Rudiger (Actual Madrid, free), Andreas Christensen (Barcelona, free), Danny Drinkwater (launched), Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan, mortgage), Ian Maatsen (Burnley, mortgage), Tino Anjorin (mortgage), Nathan Baxter (Hull, mortgage)

Good summer season?

It has been optimistic off the pitch.

Contemplating that it threatened to be a interval the place instability and chaos would reign at Stamford Bridge after Roman Abramovich put the membership up on the market, it has been fairly clean. 

Todd Boehly’s takeover was wrapped up on the finish of Could and the US businessman has already splashed out on a brand new defender in Kalidou Koulibaly and new ahead in Raheem Sterling. 

Whereas Sterling’s arrival is probably the extra thrilling, Koulibaly might show to be extra necessary as he fills the hole left by departing centre-backs Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen. 

Romelu Lukaku is gone too, shipped again to Inter Milan on mortgage after a disastrous Blues return final season.

Issues on the pitch have not been nice, although. The Blues have been overwhelmed on penalties by MLS facet Charlotte in a pleasant earlier than a shock 4-0 defeat by Arsenal.

Todd Boehly's Chelsea takeover was wrapped up in May and he has already splashed the cash

Todd Boehly’s Chelsea takeover was wrapped up in Could and he has already splashed the money

Success can be… 

A repeat of final season, however with no less than one trophy added this time. Chelsea took third in 2021-22 and that’s in all probability the very best they’ll hope for once more because it appears unlikely that they are going to be concerned in a title race with Manchester Metropolis and Liverpool. 

Thomas Tuchel’s staff have been overwhelmed in each the FA Cup and League Cup finals by the Reds on penalties, so they need to goal going one step additional in these two competitions.  

They face elevated competitors to complete within the high 4 from Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United, however will really feel they nonetheless have sufficient high quality to take action. 

Catastrophe would appear like…

Failing to qualify for the Champions League. Abramovich could have gone, however boardroom expectations is not going to have modified and never ending within the high 4 can be thought of a failure. 

Arsenal and Tottenham have each strengthened, whereas who is aware of how Manchester United will get on below Erik ten Hag, but it surely feels as if the Blues will probably be trying over their shoulders barely greater than they have been final season.  

The person in cost: Thomas Tuchel

Thomas Tuchel’s first six months accountable for Chelsea could not have gone significantly better as he dragged the staff to a top-four end and lifted the Champions League. 

The Blues continued to develop below the German final season albeit with out extra silverware and he spoke eloquently on the problems surrounding the possession. Joe Cole even referred to as for Tuchel to be Prime Minister. 

The query now’s whether or not he can take Chelsea to the following stage. Boehly is keen to again him, however he should make the staff’s assault stronger for a title cost to come back within the subsequent few years.  

Raheem Sterling arrives after hitting double figures for league goals in the last five seasons

Raheem Sterling arrives after hitting double figures for league objectives within the final 5 seasons

The important thing man: Raheem Sterling

The person to assist that assault may simply be Raheem Sterling, who has hit double figures for objectives within the Premier League within the final 5 seasons whereas serving to Manchester Metropolis to 4 titles alongside the way in which. 

The Blues have benefited from the England worldwide being sad together with his recreation time on the Etihad, as they’ve signed a participant in his theoretical prime at 27 years outdated who immediately improves their staff. 

Sportsmail’s prediction: fifth

The race for the highest 4 seems extraordinarily onerous to name this season and we really feel that Chelsea may simply be overtaken by Arsenal if the Blues get distracted by cup progress. 

Crystal Palace

Arrivals: Cheick Doucoure (Lens, £22m), Chris Richards (Bayern Munich, £10m), Malcom Ebiowei (Derby, free), Sam Johnstone (Crystal Palace, free)

Departures: Martin Kelly (launched), Nya Kirby (launched), Jaroslaw Jach (Zaglebie Lubin, free), Tayo Adaramola (Coventry, mortgage), Remi Matthews (St Johnstone, mortgage)

Good summer season?

Conor Gallagher returning to Chelsea after his exemplary mortgage spell at Selhurst Park final season was all the time going to be a blow for Palace and the 22-year-old is but to get replaced in midfield. 

However aside from that, Patrick Vieira has managed to maintain maintain of all his younger skills to this point – from Marc Guehi in defence to Michael Olise in assault – whereas Wilfried Zaha appears to be sticking round even when he’s now within the closing 12 months of his contract. 

Patrick Vieira transformed Palace last season, exciting fans with an attractive brand of football

Patrick Vieira reworked Palace final season, thrilling followers with a gorgeous model of soccer

Vieira has made some encouraging additions too. Mali worldwide Cheick Doucoure impressed in Ligue 1 final season, whereas versatile US defender Chris Richards is highly-rated at 22 years outdated. 

Pre-season has handed the Eagles by with no actual surprises. They misplaced to Liverpool and Manchester United, however secured victories over a gaggle of decrease league groups. 

Success can be…

A high half end. Vieira reworked Palace final season, reducing the common age of the squad and thrilling followers with a gorgeous model of soccer, because the Eagles completed twelfth having been tipped for relegation earlier than the marketing campaign started. 

There isn’t any cause why the staff can not proceed to enhance and progress in to the highest 10, the place they’ve solely ventured twice earlier than of their historical past and never since 2015. 

Palace additionally reached the FA Cup semi-final final season and should fancy one other run within the competitors which Vieira received 5 instances as a participant.  

Catastrophe would appear like…

Getting dragged right into a relegation scrap. There does not appear an excessive amount of probability of it occurring, however there may be now a way of expectation round Palace which Vieira and this group of gamers should be taught to cope with. 

There’s a slight fear amongst supporters that the component of shock that the French coach held final season is now gone, so he shouldn’t relaxation on his laurels in an effort to keep away from managerial second season syndrome.  

The person in cost: Patrick Vieira

We have talked lots about him already and that is as a result of he has rapidly turn into a figurehead for Palace since his appointment final summer season. 

Vieira has embraced every thing that the membership is about and his inventory with supporters is sky excessive due to his easy-on-the-eye soccer and knack for recruiting proficient younger gamers. 

A bitter finish to his time at Good meant that many individuals doubted whether or not the Frenchman was adequate to handle within the Premier League, however he put that concern to mattress in a short time final 12 months.  

Eberechi Eze put in some promising displays when he got a run of games at the end of 2021-22

Eberechi Eze put in some promising shows when he acquired a run of video games on the finish of 2021-22

The important thing man: Eberechi Eze

This could possibly be the 12 months that Eberechi Eze takes the Premier League by storm.

The midfielder confirmed some promising indicators in his debut marketing campaign at Palace which led to a call-up to England’s provisional Euro 2020 squad, however then suffered an Achilles harm that dominated him out of rivalry for the match and in addition hampered his enjoying time final season. 

He lastly acquired a run of video games within the facet in the direction of the tip of 2021-22 and followers have been excited by what they noticed. Able to enjoying within the centre of midfield, within the quantity 10 position or out huge on the left, Eze ought to have an enormous half to play this 12 months.  

Sportsmail’s prediction: tenth

The Eagles are on an upward curve and after some shrewd additions, they need to obtain that coveted high half end. Discover a alternative for Gallagher and it is nailed on. 


Arrivals: Dwight McNeil (Burnley, £20m), James Tarkowski (Burnley, free), Ruben Vinagre (Sporting Lisbon, mortgage)

Departures: Richarlison (Tottenham, £60m), Jonjoe Kenny (Hertha Berlin, free), Cenk Tosun (Besiktas, free), Fabian Delph (launched), Gylfi Sigurdsson (launched), Joao Virginia (SC Cambuur, mortgage), Jarrad Braithwaite (PSV, mortgage), Ellis Simms (Sunderland, mortgage)

Good summer season?

After a season spent preventing relegation, Everton ought to have been much more proactive within the switch market. 

It’s by no means an excellent signal when a membership’s headline piece of enterprise is a big-money sale and whereas shedding Richarlison to Tottenham for £60million helps the Toffees’ financial institution sheets, they’re now and not using a participant who netted 53 objectives throughout the final 4 seasons.

There have been protests in opposition to proprietor Farhad Moshiri through the relegation scrap final season they usually have recommenced over the summer season as supporters name for a brand new regime. For his half, Moshiri has advised followers to attend till the tip of the window to evaluate the switch exercise. 

Everton fans have protested outside Goodison Park against owner Farhad Moshiri this summer

Everton followers have protested exterior Goodison Park in opposition to proprietor Farhad Moshiri this summer season

Dwight McNeil and James Tarkowski have arrived from Burnley – who Everton despatched down final season – and former Wolves wing-back Ruben Vinagre is in on mortgage from Sporting Lisbon. 

They will want extra although, as a 4-0 pre-season defeat to Minnesota United set alarm bells ringing. 

Success can be…

Staying as distant from the relegation zone as doable. Everton are one in every of solely six groups to have performed in each Premier League marketing campaign since 1992, however final season their top-flight standing was threatened greater than it had been for many years.

After a tough begin to life within the Goodison Park dugout, Frank Lampard finally managed to galvanise the squad and switch their fortunes round, so a 12 months of consolidation would in all probability be accepted by the Toffees’ devoted. 

With a brand new 52,000-seater stadium on the horizon, Everton will really feel they need to be pushing to get again into Europe however that appears a bit an excessive amount of to ask right away. 

Catastrophe would appear like…

A repeat of final season. After a promising begin below Rafa Benitez, the marketing campaign was depressing from October onwards till very close to the tip as Everton secured security with only a recreation to spare and stayed up by solely 4 factors. 

The Toffees picked up the joint-fewest factors away from dwelling (10) after successful simply twice on the highway and ended the season with their worst objective distinction (-23) for over 70 years. That can’t occur once more. 

The person in cost: Frank Lampard

There are nonetheless query marks over Frank Lampard’s tactical functionality as a coach – notably after the way in which his time at Chelsea ended – however there are not any doubting his qualities as a man-manager. 

Frank Lampard has connected well with the Toffees faithful with his passion and enthusiasm

Frank Lampard has related effectively with the Toffees devoted together with his ardour and enthusiasm

The previous England midfielder arrived at Goodison Park in January with the squad at all-time low mentally and after loads of huffing and puffing he managed to rejuvenate them sufficient to choose up three very important wins within the closing six video games. 

He has additionally related effectively with Toffees followers together with his ardour and enthusiasm, which ought to no less than purchase him a while if issues do start to show bitter once more. He wants extra switch backing from Moshiri although. 

The important thing man: Dominic Calvert-Lewin

With Richarlison gone, there may be extra strain than ever on Dominic Calvert-Lewin to be on purple scorching type within the closing third – that is if he too is not lured away from Goodison Park.  

The 25-year-old had an injury-hit season final 12 months however popped up when it mattered to attain the successful objective in opposition to Crystal Palace in Could that confirmed survival.  

Sportsmail’s prediction: 14th

With the squad as it’s and Richarlison but to get replaced, Everton will not be shocking anybody this season and seem like a mid-table wager at greatest. Lampard ought to have the ability to steer them away from one other basement battle although. 


Arrivals: Joao Palhinha (Sporting Lisbon, £17m), Andreas Pereira (Manchester United, £10m), Kevin Mbabu (Wolfsburg, £6.4m), Manor Solomon (Shakhtar Donetsk, mortgage)

Departures: Fabio Carvalho (Liverpool, £7.7m), Jean Michael Seri (Hull, free), Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Napoli, free), Fabri (launched), Michael Hector (launched), Alfie Mawson (launched)

Good summer season? 

It has been a extra smart summer season than their earlier two within the Premier League, put it that manner. 

In 2018 they went wild within the switch market by spending over £100million on a squad that flopped after which in 2020 they bulked their staff out with loanees, which is never a recipe for achievement. 

This summer season, cash has been spent on the areas of the squad that want it. Joao Palhinha and Andreas Pereira have arrived in midfield, whereas Kevin Mbabu plugs the hole at right-back after Neco Williams starred on mortgage final season. 

The one different member of the Cottagers’ promotion-winning facet who’s now not on the membership is 19-year-old sensation Fabio Carvalho, who was snapped up by Liverpool after practically shifting to Anfield in January. His 10 objectives and eight assists from final time period will probably be onerous to switch. 

Fulham’s pre-season has been spent testing themselves in opposition to European opposition.

A 5-1 defeat to Benfica was a bit regarding, however they’ve held their very own in opposition to Champions League semi-finalists Villarreal and a Good facet who completed fifth in Ligue 1 season. 

Fulham scored a record-breaking 106 goals on their way to the Championship title last season

Fulham scored a record-breaking 106 objectives on their approach to the Championship title final season

Success can be…

Survival. After being relegated in every of their final two seasons after promotion, Fulham will probably be determined to shake their tag of being a yo-yo membership. 

In principle, they need to be higher positioned to remain up this season. Their promotion in 2021-22 – as they received the Championship title with 90 factors – was extra spectacular than their earlier two conquests after they have been pressured to go up by the play-offs. 

The Cottagers waltzed to promotion with a Championship report of 106 objectives and whereas they may in fact not get close to that determine within the top-flight, it stands them in good stead for a correct crack at survival.   

Catastrophe would appear like…

One other relegation. As Norwich followers can attest to final season, while you go down right away following promotion for the third time in a row, enjoying with the massive boys turns into quite a bit much less pleasant. 

It’s time for Fulham to point out that they’re able to sustaining their Premier League standing and are usually not simply destined to drift between the highest two tiers for the remainder of eternity.  

The person in cost: Marco Silva

This will probably be Marco Silva’s fourth crack on the Premier League after spells at Hull, Watford and Everton. 

In any respect of these golf equipment, the Portuguese coach confirmed loads of promising indicators however left after in the end failing to succeed. Fulham followers will hope that he doesn’t head the identical manner in west London after such an excellent debut season in cost. 

Silva is in style with supporters due to his engaging model of soccer and also you definitely really feel he’s extra able to protecting the membership up than Claudio Ranieri or Felix Magath.  

Serbian front man Aleksandar Mitrovic scored just three goals in his last top-flight season

Serbian entrance man Aleksandar Mitrovic scored simply three objectives in his final top-flight season

The important thing man: Aleksandar Mitrovic

Very like how that is Fulham’s greatest probability to show themselves within the Premier League, the identical goes for Aleksandar Mitrovic. 

The Serbian entrance man scored simply three objectives because the Cottagers have been relegated in 2020-21 however after netting a report 43 objectives within the Championship final season – he had 34 by the tip of February – he’s primed to hit the bottom working within the top-flight. 

Sportsmail’s prediction: 18th

Fulham ought to come nearer to survival than of their earlier two Premier League seasons after they completed 10 and 11 factors adrift of security respectively, but it surely’s onerous to see them not being concerned in a scrap which they could in the end lose.  

Leeds United

Arrivals: Brenden Aaronson (Crimson Bull Salzburg, £25m), Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig, £21m), Luis Sinisterra (Feyenoord, £21m), Marc Roca (Bayern Munich, £10.4m), Rasmus Kristensen (Crimson Bull Salzburg, £8.5m), Darko Gyabi (Manchester Metropolis, £5m)

Departures: Raphinha (Barcelona, £56m), Kalvin Phillips (Manchester Metropolis, £45m), Leif Davis (Ipswich, £1m), Liam McCarron (Stoke, £200k), Laurens De Bock (Zulte Waregem, free), Kiko Casilla (launched), Charlie Cresswell (Millwall, mortgage), Tyler Roberts (QPR, mortgage), Jamie Shackleton (Millwall, mortgage)

Good summer season?

The proof will come a few months into the season, however Leeds don’t appear to have massively improved a squad that solely narrowly averted relegation final time period – even when they rounded off pre-season with a 6-2 thrashing of a Cagliari facet who’ve simply been relegated from Serie A.  

The Whites have acquired round £100million for his or her two greatest stars – Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips – and reinvested it in a bunch of gamers who include promising reputations from overseas however haven’t performed a single minute of Premier League soccer between them. 

With Jesse Marsch’s hyperlinks to the Crimson Bull Group group, it’s unsurprising that three of the brand new faces come from their portfolio of groups – attacking midfielder Brenden Aaronson and right-back Rasmus Kristensen from Crimson Bull Salzburg and holding man Tyler Adams from RB Leipzig. 

Jesse Marsch has used his links to the Red Bull group to recruit three players this summer

Jesse Marsch has used his hyperlinks to the Crimson Bull group to recruit three gamers this summer season

In the meantime, Luis Sinisterra will hope to switch 23 objectives final season for Europa Convention League finalists Feyenoord over to the Premier League and former Spain under-21 worldwide Marc Roca is in the hunt for recreation time after leaving Bayern Munich. 

Success can be…

Survival once more, irritating as which will sound for Leeds followers. After sustaining their top-flight standing for 2 years, in a really perfect world the objective can be for the Whites to kick on and push in the direction of the highest half. 

However the exits of Raphinha and Phillips actually are big blows, as inevitable as they have been, and the remainder of the staff severely underperformed in 2021-22.  

In fact they did end ninth of their first 12 months again within the Premier League earlier than the catastrophe of final season that noticed the tip of deity Marco Bielsa’s reign. Jesse Marsch got here in and stored them up and that would be the American’s objective once more. 

Catastrophe would appear like…

Relegation. Solely three factors separated Leeds and the drop final season, whereas they have been within the backside three at first of play on the ultimate day. 

The Whites’ destiny in all probability depends upon how their new signings settle in and the way effectively they can adapt to the Premier League. In the event that they wrestle, it seems bleak for Jesse Marsch’s facet. 

Leeds should additionally tighten up defensively. They conceded 79 Premier League objectives final season (a median of simply over two per recreation) – solely relegated Norwich shipped extra.  

The person in cost: Jesse Marsch

Jesse Marsch was all the time going to have a tough time successful round Leeds followers after succeeding Marco Bielsa, however he did no less than fulfil his remit of protecting the membership up – even when the Whites left it late. 

The American can be battling the stereotype of his countrymen and in some ways he’s performing because the litmus check for different coaches who wish to come over from the US.

This summer season Marsch has set about placing his stamp on this Leeds facet, notably with the three Crimson Bull signings, and now’s his probability to point out that his blueprint for achievement does work.  

The important thing man: Patrick Bamford

Final season could have turned out very in a different way for Leeds had Patrick Bamford been match. The striker performed simply 9 league video games as a result of ankle, hamstring and foot accidents. 

Patrick Bamford missed most of last term through injury but hit 17 league goals the year before

Patrick Bamford missed most of final time period by harm however hit 17 league objectives the 12 months earlier than

The one-cap England worldwide scored 17 Premier League objectives in 2020-21 although, so if he’s accessible then he could possibly be the distinction between survival and relegation. 

Sportsmail’s prediction: seventeenth

One other relegation scrap awaits Leeds however with a raucous Elland Highway behind them, they could simply survive by the pores and skin of their enamel once more.  

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