Chelsea shocked fans of the Premier League last season as they overcame a disastrous 2015/16 season to end up as the champions of England the following season.
Former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore in his column for the Mirror has tipped the Blues to win the league again.
He wrote: “We’ve been saying that every season for the last few years and with the multi-millions spent this summer it’s getting even harder to predict who will be the winners and losers next May.
“No one is going to run away with it but, for me, it’ll be Chelsea who are crowned champions again – although I’ve got bad news for north London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham.
“I’ve gone for Antonio Conte and his Chelsea stars to retain their crown ahead of Manchester City simply because they didn’t need to do a lot to their team.
“Alvaro Morata has come in for Diego Costa and they’ve signed defender Antonio Rudiger from Roma which beefs up an already strong squad.
“Chelsea have a back five or six that’s unmatched in the League and although Nemanja Matic has gone to Manchester United, Conte’s defence still has the awesome protection of double footballer of the year N’Golo Kante.
“OK, I can see City demolishing some teams but they conceded too many and I’m still not convinced they won’t do that again while Chelsea’s ability to win games 1-0 or 2-1 should be the difference. It’s going to be a tight battle between Conte and Pep Guardiola but I’m taking Chelsea to win by a fag paper with the Italian’s energy and passion keeping his players fired up.”