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Teams to Follow – English Premier League

With the Premier League getting back into full swing following the international break, it’s time to look at which are the best teams to follow as the dust continues to settle at the beginning of the season. Soon, we’re likely to see the league table taking shape, giving us a sign of who will end up where, of who will underachieve, and who might surprise us. 

Liverpool 

Recent History and Achievements

The reigning champions will want to build on their success from last season, and maybe even regain the Champions League trophy that eluded them in the previous campaign. 

Why Follow Them? 

Jurgen Klopp has devised a well-oiled machine at Liverpool, and they ran rampant throughout the league last season. The gegenpressing tactic is one of the most exciting we have seen, and with world class players such as Mo Salah, Sadio Mane, and Virgil van Dijk, there is quality pulsating throughout the team. 

Key Players to Look Out For 

  • Mo Salah 
  • Sadio Mane 
  • Virgil van Dijk

Manchester City 

Recent History and Achievements

Manchester City have enjoyed outstanding success over the past ten years, winning their first Premier League trophy in the 2011/12 season. They have won a further three league titles since then, as well as five league cups and two FA Cups since 2011. However, they are yet to win the one trophy that still eludes them, the UEFA Champions League. 

Why Follow Them? 

Manchester City have quality in every position, and looking at their recent finishes, no lower than fourth since 2011, they are always considered strong favorites. Pep Guardiola has invested yet again to strengthen his squad, and they will be keen to regain the title they missed out on last year while also hoping to push themselves towards a Champions League victory. 

Key Players to Look Out For 

  • Kevin De Bruyne 
  • Phil Foden 
  • Raheem Sterling

Arsenal 

Recent History and Achievements

Arsenal haven’t won the league since the Invincible 2003/04 season, although they have won several FA Cups in the interim. That being said, they have made a modest start to the 2020/21 season, and Mikel Arteta seems to have them playing with a modicum of identity. 

Why Follow Them? 

After several years of being nearly there, including a failure to capitalize on the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United, and Tottenham faltering during Leicester City’s epic league victory in 2016, Arsenal seem to have stabilized slightly under Mikel Arteta. They have brought in former Chelsea player Willian, who has shone early this season, while the quality of Aubameyang can give them an edge against any team, even if he is playing slightly deeper than in previous years. Of course, it’s still Arsenal, so expect there to be some drama along the away. 

Key Players to Look Out For 

  • Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang
  • Buyako Saka
  • Gabriel Magalhães

Tottenham Hotspur 

Recent History and Achievements

Like their North London neighbors, Tottenham Hotspur have seen little in the way of silverware recently, last winning a trophy in 2008, where they defeated Chelsea 2-1 in the EFL Cup. Still, they have staked a claim as a top six team, and they made the Champions League final in the 2018/19 season, knocking out Manchester City and Ajax along the way. 

Why Follow Them? 

Jose Mourinho is famous for his second season at any club as he finally has the team playing his way. Tottenham went into the international break hammering Manchester United 6-1 at Old Trafford, and the partnership between Harry Kane and Son Heung-min is looking remarkably profitable. It might be a little over the top to suggest they will push for the league title, but once everything falls into place, they are sure to be up around the top four places. 

Key Players to Look Out For 

  • Harry Kane 
  • Son Heung-min
  • Gareth Bale

Chelsea 

Recent History and Achievements

Chelsea are one of the most successful teams of the 2000s following Roman Abramovich’s takeover in 2003. Since then, they have won five Premier Leagues, a Champions League, two Europa Leagues, five FA Cups, and three League Cups, and aside from minor wobbles here and there, you can rely on them to finish the season in one of the top four places. 

Why Follow Them? 

While the Blues missed out on silverware last season, you have to think they will challenge for the top spot, along with the both domestic and European trophies this season. Following last season’s transfer ban, Frank Lampard has invested heavily in his squad, strengthening the defense with Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell, while also adding Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech, and Timo Werner as attacking options. With this sort of investment to play alongside Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic, and N’Golo Kante, they are definitely a team to look out for.

Key Players to Look Out For 

  • Kai Havertz
  • Timo Werner
  • Christian Pulisic
  • Mason Mount 

Everton 

Recent History and Achievements

The Toffees have not had the wealth of success that their Merseyside neighbors have had in recent seasons. They have been mired in mid-table purgatory for some time, and their last trophy came all the way back in 1995, with an FA Cup victory over Manchester United. 

Why Follow Them? 

Although Everton may not have the recent success of other Premier League heavyweights, they have started brightly this season, winning all four of their opening games before the international break, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin and James Rodriguez shining. Plus, with a manager of Carlo Ancelotti’s caliber, there’s a serious chance they could surprise a few people this year, and maybe push for European qualification and maybe even a domestic trophy. 

Key Players to Look Out For 

  • Dominic Calvert-Lewin
  • Richarlison 
  • James Rodriguez 

With the season still in its infancy, it’s difficult to predict exactly who is going to shine and who will crash and burn. However, you can always rely on the big teams to perform to a high standard, and there are always a few surprises that crop up throughout the season. If the opening gameweeks of the season are anything to go by, these teams seem the most interesting ones to follow, but keep an eye out for any clubs that might kick into gear in a few weeks.