- The big moves in Manchester have United and City at the top–at least on paper–entering the new season, while defending champ Leicester looks up at a handful of sides.
After last season’s under-performance from the wealthiest sides in the Premier League and Leicester City’s surprise triumph, this campaign is shaping up to be the most open one in two decades with six sides–not including the reigning champion–harboring realistic hopes of the title.
Following Leicester's rise to the top, Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea all made high-profile managerial changes and spent big on reinforcements. Liverpool has a full year of Jurgen Klopp, while Tottenham's young core has a year of experience with a title chase under its belt.
The talk last season of a rising middle class makes it harder for those at the top, but it also makes it more difficult for those at the bottom.
As a new dynamic opens up with three distinct tiers, here are Premier League power rankings entering the new season: