It’s Chelsea’s title – end of story

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Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

The Premiership season may only be 2 games old, but the trophy is already destined for Stamford Bridge. Back-to-back 6-0 wins for Carlo’s boys has laid down an ominous marker for the rest of the campaign. Didier Drogba looks in top form, Lampard continues to do what we wish he would for England and Florent Malouda finally looks like a player who is happy in English football. This all spells bad news for Chelsea’s title rivals.

Up the M6 at Old Trafford things are not quite as rosy. Wayne Rooney is suffering a World Cup hangover and doesn’t, at the moment, look like recreating his form from last season, which wasn’t good enough then to win the title. Without him firing on full cylinders this year I don’t see United going one step better. The reliance on an ageing Paul Scholes, great player as he is, shows the frailties of Fergie’s squad. Berbatov is going to have to contribute a lot more goals this year for United to be in with a shout.

Arsenal fans were confident in pre-season that with a few decent additions their squad would be capable of mounting a realistic title charge. Some positive signings have been made, Chamakh included, but a new centre back and goalkeeper are really required if a serious titls bid is to be made. Walcott has already shown glimpses of what he is capable of with a hat-trick against Blackpool but he must demonstrate an element of consistency previously lacking from his game.

Liverpool will be undergoing something a rebuliding program under Roy Hodgson this season and I see a title charge as being something a little out their clutches. Important steps have been made in convincing Gerrard and Torres to remain at Anfield, but with rumours abound of Mascherano and Kuyt departins and a fresh takeover bid, things are far from being stable. Until things are settled on and off the pitch I see Hodgson’s men fighting for the scraps dropped by the likes of United and Chelsea – sorry Liverpool fans!

The perennial question of the last few years has been whether Man City can translate ludicrous spending into title glory, and the simple answer so far has been no. Has £125 million worth of spending this summer made any difference to their title chances? Time will tell, but the ever-present problem of new signings taking time to gel together could come back to haunt City once again. Boateng shone in the World Cup for Germany, Silva has been terrorising the defences of La Liga and Milner has been a consistent Premiership peformer over the last few years. If those three players can bring that form with them than a title charge could be a good outside bet. I remain to be convinced though.

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