Tough call this year. Obviously there are more transfers to come yet, but things are interestingly poised. Could be even closer than last year, with most of the best sides having got weaker and the lesser sides having got stronger.
I suspect Chelsea and Man U will be there, as they always are. But United need the 'new breed' to come good this year as I doubt they'll get whole seasons out of Ferdinand, Giggs, Scholes and Neville. And Chelsea aren't spring chickens either.
People always write Arsenal off too but they usually get there. Losing Fabregas wouldn't be good news though and I feel Wenger has some rebuilding of his squad and reputation to do after sticking by a fair few average players for 2 seasons now.
So who else? Can Spurs do it again? Maybe. Can City utilise all 14 of their defensive midfielders and make a coherent squad? I kinda doubt it whilst Mancini (or perhaps the owners) are calling the shots, but you should never write off the wealthy. Can Liverpool claw their way back into the frame? I think with Hodgson in charge, they have as good a chance as Spurs.
Anyone else? I think Villa have lost all of 2008-9s momentum so will be back down in the 6-10th places. Maybe Everton could rise to the challenge. They finished the season amazingly well and if it weren't for that injury hit start, might have come 5th or so last term. I certainly expect a few upsets out of them.
What say you?