Barclays Premier League Preview: Chelsea
Manager: Antonio Conté
Stadium: Stamford Bridge (Capacity: 41,798)
Captain: John Terry
Top Scorer: Diego Costa (12)
Biggest Signing: Michy Batshuayi (£33.2 million)
Last Season: 10th
Prediction: Champions League
After a slow start under José Mourinho the Blues managed to secure a top half finish despite the stars that won the title never really performing.
Hazard, Costa, Fabregas were all shadows of their former selves as the title challengers pushed on Chelsea fell behind.
Eden Hazard endured a tough season.
This squad has too much quality to not be among contenders for the title, the squad they have coupled with some shrewd business from Conté could well see them fighting for the trophy this season.
Chelsea will see last season as a learning curve and proof that even the toughest teams can crack under pressure. The fact Mournho has joined Manchester United is a kick in the teeth for fans of Chelsea but a little bit of extra spice for the clash between the two sides.
Batshuayi bring a goalscoring threat.
Done deals for Batshuayi and N’Golo Kanté will strengthen the core of Chelsea’s team and with possible deal still to be done, the squad for this coming season will be strong.
N’Golo Kanté (Leicester City, £30 million)
Michy Batshuayi (Olympique Marseille, £33.2 million)
John Swift (Reading, Undisclosed)
Marco Amelia (Released)
Chelsea could still bring in Alvaro Morata and Riyad Mahrez to bolster their attacking options and it looks as though defensive midfielder Nemanja Matic and striker Diego Costa could be on their way to Juventus and Atletico Madrid respectively.
My Chelsea XI (4-3-3): 1 A.Begovic; 2 B.Ivanovic, 26 J.Terry (Captain), 24 G.Cahill, 28 C.Azpilicueta; 4 C.Fabregas 7 N.Kanté 8 Oscar; 10 E.Hazard 23 M.Batshuayi 11 Pedro
Barclays Premier League Preview: Crystal Palace
Manager: Alan Pardew
Stadium: Selhurst Park (Capacity (25,073)
Captain: Mile Jedinak
Top Scorer: Yohan Cabaye, Scott Dann, Yannick Bolasie, Connor Wickham (5)
Biggest Signing: Andros Townsend (£13 million)
Last Season: 15th
Crystal Palace will look to consolidate and possibly improve upon last year, some impressive signings and managing to keep hold of most of their stars will keep Pardew smiling.
There is bags of experience in the squad Scott Dann, Frazier Campbell and James McArthur have been around long enough to know just how tough it can be to keep climbing the Premier League table.
Cabaye has been key for Crystal Palace.
Having said that look at Leicester last season, they have shown clubs like Crystal Palace, Sunderland and Stoke City that it is possible to defeat the big clubs. Admittedly the fact that Arsenal did what they do best (choke), Chelsea started slowly, Manchester United were lacklustre and Manchester City were inconsistent did of course help Leicester.
One thing Crystal Palace could improve on is goals with their joint top scorers in the league last season all scoring just five there is plenty of room for improvement there. They have made signings accordingly.
Andros Townsend (Newcastle United, £13 million)
James Tomkins (West Ham United, £10 million)
Steve Mandanda (Olympique Marseille, Undisclosed)
Dwight Gayle (Newcastle United, Undisclosed)
Brede Hangeland (Released)
Marouane Chamakh (Released)
Emmanuel Adebayor (Released)
Adrian Marriappa (Released)
Crystal Palace could still have some business to be done with both Saido Berahino and Christian Benteké on their radar. Alex McCarthy could be off with Hull looking at the goalkeeper.
Townsend could be the difference.
My Crystal Palace XI (4-2-3-1): NA S.Mandanda; NA J.Tomkins, 27 D.Delaney 6 S.Dann, 2 J.Ward; 7 Y.Cabaye, 15 M.Jedinak (Captain); 11 W.Zaha 10 Y.Bolasie NA A.Townsend; 21 C.Wickham
Barclays Premier League Preview: Everton
Manager: Ronald Koeman
Stadium: Goodison Park (Capacity 39.571)
Captain: Phil Jagielka
Top Scorer: Romelu Lukaku (18)
Biggest Signing: Maarten Stekelenburg (Undisclosed)
Last Season: 11th
Everton had a tough season last time out under Roberto Martinez and with the quality in their squad fans should be rightly angry that their side is not fighting for a Europa League spot.
The Liverpool based club have a team that can produce sublime football on a regular basis and with a goalscoring talent like Lukaku in the team putting goals past opponents should not be a problem.
Koeman has worked wonders at Southampton and if he can bring some of that Dutch innovation to Everton we could start to see this sleeping giant begin to wake.
In terms of recruitment other than the new head coach a few areas have been strengthened, no big names or major departures but Koeman is all about building a squad not just a starting XI.
Mid-table seems achievable for the squad this year but expect them to be pushing for a Europa League spot before too long.
Maarten Stekelenburg (Fulham, Undisclosed)
Chris Renshaw (Oldham Atheltic, Undisclosed)
Bassala Sambou (Coventry City, Undisclosed)
Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids, Free)
Leon Osman (Released)
Tony Hibbert (Released)
Everton could bring in Axel Witsel which would be a huge coup for the club and Koeman is still at risk of losing two players in the shape of England defender John Stones and Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku.
Stekelenburg is an impressive goalkeeper.
My Everton XI (4-3-1-2): NA M.Stekelenburg; 23 S.Coleman 6 P.Jagielka (Captain), 5 J.Stones, 3 L.Baines; 7 A.McGeady. 18 G.Barry, 23 T.Cleverley; 20 R.Barkley; 18 G.Deulofeu 10 R.Lukaku