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Can anyone top Manchester City?


Published 10:59 a.m. ET Aug. 9, 2018 | Updated 3:00 p.m. ET Aug. 9, 2018


SportsPulse: Millions of Americans tuned into a World Cup that had no Americans. Which begs the question: Is the United States a soccer nation?

Less than a month removed from one of the greatest World Cups in history, the English Premier League kicks off on Aug. 10. 

England’s top league is a 38-game roller coaster that goes all the way into May 2019.  Manchester City ran away with the title last season, winning 32 games with four draws and just two losses – finishing with 100 points, a league record.

While City is the popular favorite to win the league again, no team has managed to repeat as champion since Manchester United won three in a row from 2007 to 2009.

The USA TODAY Sports soccer staff gives its predictions for how the new season will shake out:

Martin Rogers


Champion: Manchester City

Top Four: Manchester City, Tottenham, Liverpool, Chelsea

Relegation: Huddersfield, Cardiff, Newcastle

Golden Boot (most goals): Mo Salah (Liverpool)

Young Player of the Year (23 or younger on opening day): Raheem Sterling, Manchester City

Jesse Yomtov


Champion: Manchester City

Top Four: Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham

Relegation: Cardiff, Southampton, Brighton

Golden Boot: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)

Young Player: Naby Keïta (Liverpool)

Jim Reineking


Champion: Manchester City

Top Four: Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester United

Relegation: Cardiff City, Huddersfield Town, Southampton

Golden Boot: Harry Kane (Tottenham)

Young Player: Deli Alli (Tottenham)

Adam Woodard


Champion: Manchester City

Top Four: City, Liverpool, Manchester United, Tottenham

Relegation: Huddersfield, Cardiff, Brighton

Golden Boot: Harry Kane (Tottenham)

Young Player: Naby Keita (Liverpool)


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