Premier League: A close look at all 20 teams

Which team will lift the silverware this season? Photo / AP
Which team will lift the silverware this season? Photo / AP

The 23rd edition of the English Premier League kicks off this weekend and looks to be another fascinating season of football.

20-time league champions Manchester United have a new manager for the second straight year, last season's runners up Liverpool look to move on without Luis Suarez while defending champions Manchester City, for once, had a quiet off-season.

At the other end of the table some are predicting up to 11 teams are in the running to face the drop.

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Below we preview all 20 teams from Arsenal to West Ham.

Arsenal After trophy drought ends, Gunners need title

Last season: 4th
Tab odds: $6.50 to win title, $1,000 to be relegated

For nine torturous years the absence of a trophy eluded Arsene Wenger. That burden was lifted when Wenger celebrated in May after clinching the FA Cup.

It was a joyful moment, but still tinged with what-ifs. Arsenal spent longer than any side at the top of the Premier League but still ended up in its familiar fourth place after struggling against its title rivals.

In: Alexis Sanchez (Barcelona), Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle), Calum Chambers (Southampton).

Out: Bacary Sagna (Manchester City), Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea), Thomas Eisfeld (Fulham), Nicklas Bendtner, Park Ju-young (both released).

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Aston Villa Shrouded in uncertainty ahead of new season

Last season: 15th
Tab odds: $2,000 to win title, $4 to be relegated

Aston Villa looks to be headed for another season of struggle in the Premier League following a summer which exposed the turmoil and uncertainly surrounding the cash-strapped Midlands club.

In: Joe Cole (West Ham), Philippe Senderos (Valencia), Kieran Richardson (Fulham).

Out: Marc Albrighton (Leicester), Nicklas Helenius (Aalborg, on loan), Antonio Luna (Verona, on loan).
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Burnley Back for 2nd crack at Premier League

Last season: Second in Championship
Tab odds: $5,000 to win title, $1.57 to be relegated

With Chelsea and Manchester United the first two visitors to Turf Moor, Burnley is sure to get a tough reintroduction to life in the Premier League after its surprise promotion last season.

Little is expected of Burnley, which lasted just one year the last and only time it was in the Premier League in 2009-10 and has a squad of mostly unheralded players.

But Sean Dyche is one of the most promising, tactically astute managers in England and his tightly knit team has proved hard to beat, especially at home.

In: Lukas Jutkiewicz (Middlesbrough), Marvin Sordell (Bolton), Michael Kightly (Stoke), Steven Reid (West Bromwich Albion), Matt Taylor (West Ham).

Out: David Edgar (Birmingham), Chris Baird (West Bromwich Albion).
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Chelsea Mourinho can't afford another trophyless season

Last season: 3rd
Tab odds: $2.75 to win title, $1,000 to be relegated

Perhaps only Jose Mourinho could survive as Chelsea manager following a trophyless season. Surely another year of failure would stretch the patience of owner Roman Abramovich again.

When his six years in exile from Stamford Bridge ended last year, Mourinho could reasonably claim that time was required to rebuild the squad he inherited from the years of chaotic management.

Still, finishing just four points behind Manchester City in the title race showed that Chelsea was far from being a spent force.

In: Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona), Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid), Mario Pasalic (Hajduk Split), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), Didier Drogba.

Out: David Luiz (Paris Saint-Germain), Ashley Cole (Roma), Demba Ba (Besiktas), Samuel Eto'o, Henrique Hilario, Frank Lampard (all released).
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Crystal Palace seeks consolidation after great escape

Last season:11th
Tab odds: $4,000 to win title, $3.50 to be relegated

Crystal Palace's rise from the bottom of the standings - with just four points from its opening 11 games - to survival with three matches remaining was one of the stories of the Premier League last season.

After that roller-coaster ride, this season is all about consolidation - and in Tony Pulis, Palace has a manager adept to delivering just that.

In: Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff), Brede Hangeland (Fulham).

Out: Jose Campana (Sampdoria), Kagisho Dikgacoi (Cardiff), Danny Gabbidon (released).
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Everton Big dreams after Lukaku signing

Last season:5th
Tab odds: $100 to win title, $100 to be relegated

After reining in its spending in recent years, Everton splashed out a club-record fee of 28 million pounds on Romelu Lukaku to signal its intention to compete with the top teams in the Premier League once again this season.

In: Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea), Muhamed Besic (Ferencvaros), Gareth Barry (Manchester City), Brendon Galloway (MK Dons)

Out: Magaye Gueye (Millwall).
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Hull Hopes Europa League isn't a distraction

Last season:5th
Tab odds: $4,000 to win title, $3.75 to be relegated

Swansea and Newcastle have shown over the last two years that qualifying for the Europa League can be more of a hindrance than a help in the Premier League.

Hull must hope it can buck the trend.

In: Jake Livermore (Tottenham), Robert Snodgrass (Norwich), Tom Ince (Blackpool)

Out: Matty Fryatt (Nottingham Forest), Abdoulaye Faye, Robert Koren (both released).

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Leicester Avoiding relegation the aim

Last season: First in Championship
Tab odds: $4,000 to win title, $3.75 to be relegated

Leicester was once an established member of the Premier League, securing four straight top-10 finishes from 1997-2000 and winning the League Cup twice during that four-year spell.

Regaining that status is the aim of the Midlands club now that it is back in the country's top tier for the first time since 2004, helped by an influx of cash from Thai owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

In: Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton), Matthew Upson (Brighton), Marc Albrighton (Aston Villa)

Out: Lloyd Dyer (Watford), Zak Whitbread (Derby County).
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Liverpool Moving on post-Suarez

Last season: 2nd
Tab odds: $10 to win title, $500 to be relegated

Back in the Champions League and back in the Premier League title conversation, Liverpool has come a long way in a short time under Brendan Rodgers.

Yet, to satisfy the lofty expectations of one of England's two biggest clubs, it's time for Liverpool to make the next step.

And that means winning trophies.

In: Adam Lallana (Southampton), Dejan Lovren (Southampton), Lazar Markovic (Benfica), Divock Origi (Lille), Emre Can (Bayer Leverkusen), Rickie Lambert (Southampton), Javier Manquillo (Atletico Madrid).

Out: Luis Suarez (Barcelona), Luis Alberto (Malaga on loan), Iago Aspas (Sevilla on loan), Andre Wisdom (West Bromwich Albion on loan).
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Manchester City First England, next Europe

Last season: Champions
Tab odds: $3.10 to win title, $1,000 to be relegated

Manchester City reclaimed its position as the top team in English football by winning the Premier League and the League Cup last season.

Next in the firing line for the club's ambitious Abu Dhabi owners: Conquering Europe.

In: Fernando (Porto), Willy Caballero (Malaga), Bacary Sagna (Arsenal), Frank Lampard (New York City on loan).

Out: Jack Rodwell (Sunderland), Gareth Barry (Everton), Costel Pantilimon (Sunderland), Marcos Lopes (Lille on loan), Joleon Lescott (West Bromwich Albion)
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Manchester United Set to begin another new era

Last season: 7th
Tab odds: $5.50 to win title, $500 to be relegated

From the gloom and constant disappointments of David Moyes' tenure to hope and anticipation under new manager Louis van Gaal, the mood at Manchester United has shifted dramatically heading into the new Premier League season.

Order appears to have been restored at Old Trafford after United's most tumultuous year in a generation, when Moyes turned the club from English champions into something of a laughing stock in the space of 10 months.

And it's all down to the appointment of Van Gaal, the kind of charismatic, authoritarian coach United should really have gone for in the summer of 2013 to usher in the post-Alex Ferguson era.

In: Luke Shaw (Southampton), Ander Herrera (Athletic Bilbao), Vanja Milinkovic (FK Vojvodina).

Out: Alexander Buttner (Dynamo Moscow), Patrice Evra (Juventus), Bebe (Benfica), Feredrico Macheda (Cardiff City), Nemanja Vidic (Inter Milan), Rio Ferdinand (Queens Park Rangers).
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Newcastle Utd Pardew looks to alleviate doubters

Last season: 10th
Tab odds: $750 to win title, $10 to be relegated

After finally getting access to Newcastle's transfer kitty, Alan Pardew must hope the signing of a trio of exciting attackers in the offseason helps him win over the growing band of doubters at St. James' Park.

In: Remy Cabella (Montpellier), Emmanuel Riviere (Monaco), Siem de Jong (Ajax), Daryl Janmaat (Feyenoord), Ayoze Perez (Tenerife), Jack Colback (Sunderland), Facundo Ferreyra (Shakhtar Donetsk on loan).

Out: Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal), Sylvain Marveaux (Guingamp on loan), Shola Ameobi (released).
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Queens Park Rangers Wiser, chastened QPR returns

Last season: 4th in Championship, won playoff final
Tab odds: $5,000 to win title, $2.90 to be relegated

Queens Park Rangers is hoping to prove it has learned from its mistakes on its return to the Premier League.

Back in the Premier League after just one season, the London club has taken a wiser, more scrupulous approach in its bid to keep its place in England's lucrative top division.

In: Steven Caulker (Cardiff), Jordan Mutch (Cardiff), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United), Mauricio Isla (Juventus on loan).

Out: Yossi Benayoun (Maccabi Haifa), Esteban Granero (Real Sociedad), Gary O'Neil (Norwich), Stephane Mbia (released).
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Southampton Player exodus erodes optimism

Last season: 8th
Tab odds: $1,000 to win title, $6 to be relegated

The optimism from Southampton's record-setting campaign in the Premier League last season has drained away following the exodus of the club's best talent that will leave many fans fearing the worst.

In: Dusan Tadic (FC Twente), Graziano Pelle (Feyenoord), Saphir Taider (Inter Milan), Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea on loan).

Out: Luke Shaw (Manchester United), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool), Calum Chambers (Arsenal), Rickie Lambert (Liverpool), Dani Osvaldo (Inter Milan).
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Stoke Krkic arrival highlights ambition

Last season: 9th
Tab odds: $2,000 to win title, $9 to be relegated

There are two ways of looking at Spanish forward Bojan Krkic's decision to join Stoke from Barcelona.

It either shows the scale of a one-time wonderkid's decline, or is an indication of the rise to prominence of an unfashionable Premier League team that is making headway under manager Mark Hughes.

In: Bojan Krkic (Barcelona), Dionatan Teixeira (Banska Bystrica), Mame Biram Diouf (Hannover), Phil Bardsley (Sunderland), Steve Sidwell (Fulham).

Out: Michael Kightly (Burnley), Matthew Etherington.
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Sunderland Poyet eyeing drama-free season

Last season: 14th
Tab odds: $2,500 to win title, $5.50 to be relegated

Sunderland performed a minor miracle to escape relegation from the Premier League in May and coach Gus Poyet doesn't even want to envisage going through it all again as the new season approaches.

In: Jack Rodwell (Manchester City), Patrick van Aanholt (Chelsea), Jordi Gomez (Wigan), Billy Jones (West Bromwich Albion), Costel Pantilimon (Manchester City), Santiago Vergini (Estudiantes on loan).

Out: Ignacio Scocco (Newell's Old Boys), Phil Bardsley (Stoke), Jack Colback (Newcastle), Craig Gardner (West Bromwich Albion), Carlos Cuellar, Andrea Dossena.
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Swansea Same again for Swansea

Last season: 12th
Tab odds: $2,500 to win title, $5.50 to be relegated

Swansea has ended its three seasons in the Premier League in 11th, ninth and 12th place and another mid-table finish will do just nicely for the Welsh club this campaign.

Still, the team is there on merit and, under newly appointed coach Garry Monk, will continue to play the expansive, free-flowing passing game adopted by predecessors Roberto Martinez, Brendan Rodgers and Michael Laudrup.

In: Jefferson Montero (Monarcas Morelia), Marvin Emnes (Middlesbrough), Gylfi Sigurdsson (Tottenham), Lukasz Fabianski (Arsenal), Bafetimbi Gomis (Lyon).

Out: Ben Davies (Tottenham), Michel Vorm (Tottenham), Alejandro Pozuelo (Rayo Vallecano), Michu (Napoli on loan), David Ngog (released).
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Tottenham Return to Champions League the aim

Last season: 6th
Tab odds: $65 to win title, $150 to be relegated

Returning to the Champions League is again the aim for Tottenham as it heads into the new Premier League campaign with another new coach, a largely untouched squad and hopes that last year's spending spree will finally pay dividends.

In: Ben Davies (Swansea), Michel Vorm (Swansea), Eric Dier (Sporting Lisbon).

Out: Jake Livermore (Hull), Iago Falque (Genoa), Heurelho Gomes (Watford), Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea).
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West Brom Baggies seek stability

Last season: 17th
Tab odds: $4,000 to win title, $3.50 to be relegated

After a chaotic year marred by managerial changes, Nicolas Anelka's controversial "quenelle" salute and a season-long relegation battle, West Bromwich Albion will hoping for a much more serene campaign in the Premier League this time round.

In: Brown Ideye (Dynamo Kiev), Sebastien Pocognoli (Hannover 96), Jason Davidson (Heracles Almelo), Cristian Gamboa (Rosenborg), Craig Gardner (Sunderland), Joleon Lescott (Manchester City), Andre Wisdom (Liverpool on loan).

Out: Billy Jones (Sunderland), Liam Ridgewell (Portland Timbers), Steven Reid (Burnley).
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West Ham Performances as important as points

Last season: 13th
Tab odds: $2,500 to win title, $6 to be relegated

For West Ham manager Sam Allardyce, preserving the team's Premier League status won't be enough to keep him in a job this season.

He must also entertain the fans.

In: Enner Valencia (Pachuca), Mauro Zarate (Velez Sarsfield), Cheikhou Kouyate (Anderlecht), Carl Jenkinson (Arsenal on loan).

Out: Joe Cole (Aston Villa), Matt Taylor (Burnley), Jack Collison, Alou Diarra, George McCartney (all released).
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