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Chelsea finished in third position last season under Maurizio Sarri as there was a tough fight in the race for top four last term.
The top four race went down to the wire until the end of the season, but the Blues put up a late fight to finish in third place.
BetVictor brand ambassador Michael Owen has detailed out how the Premier League will run next season. In his prediction, Owen tipped Manchester City to win the league, Liverpool to end in second, Tottenham third, Chelsea fourth, Manchester United fifth and Arsenal sixth.
Owen told BetVictor: “Despite their current transfer embargo Chelsea can finish the campaign in the final Champions League spot under new boss Frank Lampard.
“The Blues do have new £64m signing American international Christian Pulisic in their squad but begin life without Eden Hazard.
“Lampard looks likely to give his young guns Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount the opportunity to show they are ready for the fight ahead and it will be interesting to see the Blues starting XI for their opening game at Old Trafford.”
A Super computer, nicknamed ‘The Script’, has been powered by Google, Opta and Squawka in order to make credible predictions ahead of the new season. The Super Computer predicted that Chelsea will finish in fourth place.
Meanwhile, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard believes the Blues can challenge for the title this season despite the club’s inability to sign players this summer.
“The only way I know to change that gap is through absolute hard work and focus,” said Lampard.
“Those basics don’t change, and with the transfer ban there is even more clarity because we can’t bring in players.
“Every day I read City are buying and Manchester United are going to buy. All these teams are going to do business and that’s going to strengthen them.
“So we have to be realistic, but then I see every day the quality we have here. And I think about the players not here like Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Willian, Antonio Rudiger and Reece James, and I think we have a competitive squad. I believe in them and there’s more because we have a lot of younger players.
“There can be an uplift. That’s not me saying I’m going to make the difference.
“It will be the players who make the difference.
“So there’s the challenge. Now, can we win the league? It’s going to be a big ask. But we have to set out with that mind-set.”