BY KEREM DORUK
The countdown for the return of English football is on, with pundits tipping their title favourites and clubs finalising transfer deals.
Arsenal will play Fulham in a London derby on the opening weekend, with Chelsea facing off against Brighton.
There will be 20 clubs in the 2020-21 Premier League. Leeds United, West Brom and Fulham having been promoted from the Championship League, while three other teams drop down a division.
Fans will not be allowed to return to stadiums when the 2020-21 season starts, as sport continues its fight against COVID-19.
However, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has targeted October for supporters to return to grounds.
Last season finished only a month ago, and the four weeks left for this season’s transfer window means the big five are matched for an exciting season.
MOJO News presents a comprehensive analysis of the top five favourites, which sheds some light on the season ahead.
The Spaniard appears to be convinced Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will lead the Gunners to glory as he builds a team around the prolific goalscorer.
The Gunners are in their best position since Wengers departure.
While Arsenal’s rebuild looks to be coming together, Arteta’s squad will likely struggle against the four favourites in his bid to secure a top four finish.
4. Manchester United
With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in charge, United are looking to challenge for a league title with a combination of young talent and experience.
Solskjaer's enthusiasm seems to be paying off as the Red Devils search for Premier League silverware.
United’s midfield should improve their creativity going forward and secure them a top four finish.
While Lampard’s dynasty at Chelsea is underway, Chelsea will face tough competition from Manchester City and Liverpool.
The pressure is on at Stamford Bridge with a season that will make or break Lampard's managerial career.
Liverpool remain a solid side for the start of the 2020/21 season, although sides will look to exploit their disappointing late season form revealed last season.
1. Manchester City
Nevertheless, Guardiola's side isn't taking last season's Premier League disappointment lightly.
It is hoped Nathan Ake's £40m arrival from Bournemouth will bolster City's defensive capabilities
Manchester City will begin the season with their core lineup, the only exception being club legend David Silva.
They are likely the only club who will present a tough challenge to reigning champions Liverpool.
Guordiola looks set to clash with Jurgen’s Liverpool this season, with City’s funds making them serious title contenders this season.
With action from England's top flight beginning on Saturday, Victorians in lockdown can watch the Premier League restart on Optus Sport.
The schedule for the matches is available here.