Graeme Souness is known for some of his outspoken claims and outbursts when doing his punditry duties, and it seems the 22/23 Premier League season is not going to stop him from having any other thoughts that may be difficult to agree with.
Of course, those who like using no verification betting sites might feel that the race is between just Manchester City and Liverpool given their dominance of the top league in recent years, but the Scotsman believes two additional teams could be in the mix, too.
According to Souey, he believes that London duo Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur – who both finished third and fourth respectively last season – would be worth having in the conversation.
Quoted by The Mirror, he said: “No, I don’t think so. Manchester City and Liverpool will be the outstanding favourites but I think you’ve got to factor Chelsea into the argument as well.
“I think Spurs have got a determination and a doggedness about them that I’ve not seen since the early days of Mauricio Pochettino.”
Of course, City have won four of the last five top-flight titles, with Liverpool winning the other and regularly pushing them in other campaigns. Indeed, many will find it hard to see the London outfits challenge, given that they finished some 18 points behind, too.
Both City and Liverpool have further strengthened with significant attacking options with the likes of Erling Haaland, Julian Alvarez, and Darwin Nunez already having arrived. However, they have both been depleted in regard to attacking options with Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, and Sadio Mane having departed.
Sterling has since joined Chelsea this year – as has Kalidou Koulibaly – while Spurs have been able to add a number of names to their squad over the past few months, too. Perhaps this is the reason why Souness believes we could have a four-horse race rather than the two that we have become accustomed to in the last few years?
Nonetheless, as long as we are able to get a decent title race and one that can keep us on the edge of our seats for as long as possible, then it is unlikely any football fan will be too disappointed with how the season pans out. In fact, many of us would perhaps be rather happy if Souness’ thoughts were to come true and we did see a couple more teams challenge for the Premier League title in the upcoming campaign!