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What’s to expect with the English Premier League - Excitement and Surprises Coming Our Way

It’s the time of year when excited punters can’t resist a flutter on their favourite team and even the ones they fancy to do well. We consider which English Premier League teams represent the best value for a puntto challenge Manchester United’s crown this season and whether there could be a surprise package??

There’s little doubt that the mighty Manchester footballing monsters of United and City are among the teams to watch. The London leviathans of Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs are ready to stake a claim. Meanwhile half of Merseyside will be hoping that Liverpool can break through the wilderness years and in to a Champions League place.

City went about their summer business early and with understated efficiency. Perhaps this is an indication of new manager Manuel Pellegrini’s business-like approach to restoring City as top dogs. He wasted no time in bringing in the likes of Jovetic, and Fernandinho. United’s transfer dealings have been quieter but they can draw on a huge pool of talent. Danny Wellbeck in particular isfast maturing in to top drawer striker to complement the clinical finishing of Robyn Van Persie’s in front of goal. Liverpool will struggle to keep pace with such company, but might be worth a bet to squeak in to fourth place if they can keep their squad intact and add some class in midfield and in front of goal.

London’s elite this season is likely to be led by Chelsea. Jose Mourinho is bound to bring his own brand of thorough preparation and professionalism in to Stamford Bridge. His return is also sure to raise the moral of some of the disgruntled fans as well as the decibel level in the stands. Signings such as Schurrle and Marco van Ginkel will augment what is already a talented team of individuals. It has been another long summer for Arsenal whose fans have turned forlornly to the back pages for news of major summer signings. An opening day defeat at the Emirates did not bode well for the Gunners. Spurs on the other hand have been busy in the transfer market spending close to £90 million sterling. Clever signings like Soldado and Paulinho could well push Spurs in to a Champions League place at least.

According to WilliamHill betting City, Chelsea and United are ahead of their rivals to lift the EPL trophy by a country mile next May - but don’t discount Spurs as long odds dark horseswho may be well worth an outside bet.