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It may have come round a lot faster than usual but the excitement levels as we prepare to welcome back the Premier League is no different to any other season.

Although they have had weeks rather than months to prepare, Premier League clubs have made the most of the small window to whip their squads into shape for the new season.

There has been plenty of activity in the transfer market too with several big-name players making the switch to England.

And with anticipation bubbling and this feeling like it could be one of the most competitive top-flight seasons ever, Sportsmail turn the magnifying glass on each team and predict how they are likely to fare.

Liverpool were crowned the Premier League champions after a long campaign last season

Liverpool were crowned the Premier League champions after a long campaign last season

Pre-season is almost over already though with the Premier League returning on September 12

Pre-season is almost over already though with the Premier League returning on September 12

ARSENAL 

What they did well last season: 

Up until Mikel Arteta's appointment, very little.

The Spaniard is slowly and steadily remoulding Arsenal into a team who can compete with the big boys again and it was evident from fairly early into his reign the impact he was having as performances improved towards the backend of last season.

One of the most important factors of last season for Arsenal was that they finished it on a high. Even Arteta couldn't escape the fact that finishing eighth in the Premier League translated to a horrific campaign - which even an FA Cup triumph could not mask.  

But finishing it off with a trophy would have raised morale and help to establish a winning culture in the squad - which would've been further ingrained after they won the Community Shield - not to mention key in helping to ensure would stay put for at least another year.

Mikel Arteta is establishing a winning culture at Arsenal but still have a lot they can improve on

Mikel Arteta is establishing a winning culture at Arsenal but still have a lot they can improve on

What they need to improve:

Arsenal were not without their problems at both ends of the pitch last season but their summer business tells you what Arteta felt needed addressing more urgently.

The Arsenal boss was planning for a big rebuild this summer but was given a smaller budget than expected after the club's finances fell foul to the coronavirus pandemic.

It speaks volumes then that he spent at least half - if not the majority - of that budget on signing centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille.

Arsenal conceded more times than any other club in the top 10 last season bar Burnley and Arteta will need his team to be much more resilient if he is to crack the top four this term.

Arsenal have been over-reliant on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and need others to step up

Arsenal have been over-reliant on and need others to step up

Biggest challenge:

Keeping fit/ finding an alternative source of goals.

The 31-year-old striker is by far their most valuable player and without him in the team, Arsenal are a significantly weaker force. 

scored 22 of their 56 goals in the league last season and Arteta will be mindful of the need for others to contribute.

Prediction: Arsenal are a better side then they were last season and should secure a spot in the Europa League at the minimum. 

Aston Villa

What they did well last season: 

Aston Villa proved they have the mentality to survive in this league.

What was most impressive about them last season was when their backs were up against the walls and people had already consigned them to the Championship, they never gave up hope.

They grafted and grinded and at times played some pretty stuff. There's no way Dean Smith will want his side to leave their escape that late again this season though.

Jack Grealish played an instrumental role in helping Aston Villa beat the drop last season

Jack Grealish played an instrumental role in helping Aston Villa beat the drop last season

What they need to improve:

Undoubtedly their away form.

How they stayed up with just two wins away from home all season boggles the mind.

The key to beating the drop is always good home form but Smith will know they must do better on the road this term.

Villa face newly-promoted Fulham in their first away game of the new season - a good opportunity for them to start strong.  

Villa struggled on the road last season and will want a better away record this term

Villa struggled on the road last season and will want a better away record this term

Biggest challenge: 

For any team fighting for survival, scoring goals is always a problem.

Jack Grealish underlined his importance to the team with eight goals from midfield last season while Wesley chipped in with five.

Smith will want the Brazilian forward to play a bigger role this season and will have his attacking ranks strengthened with the arrival of Ollie Watkins from Brentford.

Prediction: Villa are in for another season spent hoovering perilously close to the drop zone but will ultimately stay up again.

Brighton

What they did well last season: 

One thing that stood out about Brighton last season was their fearlessness to get on the ball and play.

Over the years previous managers at Brighton had encouraged a more long-ball and crude approach - and had success doing it mind - but Graham Potter came in and immediately stamped his brand of football on the team.

Considering sweeping changes were made last summer, Brighton adapted well and now stand in good stead to push on this season.  

Graham Potter got Brighton playing an attractive brand of football last season

Graham Potter got Brighton playing an attractive brand of football last season

What they need to improve:

Turning draws into wins.

Brighton are one of the teams most would expect to be involved in a relegation battle at one point or another this season and they cannot afford to squander two extra points as often as they did last term.

No team in the Premier League drew more games than Brighton did last season and they must improve on that if they have any ambitions of finishing higher up the table.

Brighton haven't got the finances to spend big but signing Adam Lallana looks good business

Brighton haven't got the finances to spend big but signing Adam Lallana looks good business

Biggest challenge:

Competing financially.

Adam Lallana was a huge coup for them this summer but Brighton have only been able to spend little over £1million on new additions.

Newly-promoted sides have benefited from large prize money pots from last season and have strengthened significantly with Leeds demonstrating their new-found wealth in the transfer market.

Should Brighton find themselves in a hole come the turn of the year, they will struggle to scrape together the resources needed to dig them out. 

Prediction: Brighton are at a crossroad, one way is up the other spells trouble, not sure which path they are going to take yet.  

Burnley

What they did well last season:

Being Burnley.

By now you'd think the surprise at how good a team Burnley are would have wore off, but no.  

Once again, after they somehow won as many games as Wolves, finished the season tenth and only five points behind Jose Mourinho's Tottenham, there was shock and cries that they were by some means unworthy of reaching such heights. 

But what Burnley have established over the past few seasons is that they are the ultimate overachievers who see no value in limiting themselves. 

Aside from having one of the best managers in the league, the club's success has been built on hard work, doing the fundamentals well and strong home form - as they showed again last season.

Burnley outdone themselves again last season with a finish inside the top 10

Burnley outdone themselves again last season with a finish inside the top 10

What they need to improve:

Burnley can at times be very one dimensional going forward.

They have a squad full of tall and physical players and understandably play to their strengths.

But it would be beneficial for them to have another way of posing a danger aside from out wide and at set pieces. 

Biggest challenge:

Keeping Sean Dyche happy.

No manager is ever totally content. They always want a little more. More money, more players, more freedom, more power. They push constantly at the boundaries.

Dyche has worked wonders at Turf Moor but indicated a shift in his plans of the future when he publicly spoke out about his dissatisfaction with his club's policy on player contracts last season.

There is only so far you can take a team and it feels like Dyche is reaching that point. 

Prediction: It's true that Burnley are one of the hardest teams to guess what's next but if Dyche stays for the duration of the season, they'll have another campaign to enjoy.

Sean Dyche has done a marvellous job but looks to have done all he can at Burnley

Sean Dyche has done a marvellous job but looks to have done all he can at Burnley

Chelsea 

What they did well last season: 

Finishing in the top four and reaching an FA Cup final in his first season in charge was a huge success for Frank Lampard - especially considering he was prohibited from signing any players. 

Chelsea played some lovely stuff that was nice on the eye but occasionally lacked conviction in their play. 

They looked irrepressible at times last season but then disorderly at others - and that is to be expected with a new boss trying to embed his way of playing.

It was refreshing to see Lampard show so much trust in young players and he deserves huge amounts of praise for that. Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham were two who repaid his faith with interest. 

Chelsea have made a number of exciting additions including prolific striker Timo Werner

Chelsea have made a number of exciting additions including prolific striker Timo Werner

What they need to improve:

Two things: consistency and their defence.  

Last season, Chelsea shipped far too many goals and allowed far too many points to slip through their fingers.

Their season felt very stop-start. They would win at Tottenham one week and then lost at home to Southampton the next.

Lampard is an ambitious manager and will be well aware his team need to be more focused and tight at the back.

Biggest challenge:

Integrating the new signings.

Chelsea have spent big but they have spent wisely.  

Every new signing has been a quality addition but as with any move complications are inevitable.

Chelsea's new boys are in new surroundings now, and in some cases, have a new language and league to get accustomed to.

Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva and Kai Havertz are all expected to play a significant role in the first team this season but have not had long to gel with the squad who have had to welcome a lot of fresh faces this summer. 

Prediction: With the squad Chelsea have, there is no reason why they can't make a good run for the title.

Frank Lampard's Chelsea could be a real forced to be reckoned with next season

Frank Lampard's Chelsea could be a real forced to be reckoned with next season

Crystal Palace

What they did well last season: 

Coped well considering Wilfried Zaha was not at his best last season. 

Jordan Ayew stepped up to the plate on more than one occasion and was a huge reason why they avoided being dragged into the relegation mix.

Palace were brilliant at the turn of the year but their form dramatically dropped off at the end of the campaign, which would have concerned Roy Hodgson.

Considering they made little investments last summer, a 14th place finish was a decent outcome for them.

Crystal Palace must improve their attacking play but face losing Wilfried Zaha this summer

Crystal Palace must improve their attacking play but face losing Wilfried Zaha this summer

What they need to improve:

Their cutting edge.

Eberechi Eze is a smart buy and gives Palace more creativity and another attacking threat - but he is inexperienced at this level and it is not clear if he'll be as effective in the Premier League as he was in the Championship.

Zaha looks set to leave as well so Palace will need to find other players who can pose a danger to the opposition. 

Biggest challenge:

Goals.

Only Norwich scored fewer than the 31 they managed in the Premier League last season.

Sorry to use the old cliche, but goals win games. 

Prediction: Could be a tough season for Palace. They'll probably find themselves closer to trouble this time around.

Eberechi Eze was a clever signing but is inexperienced at Premier League level

Eberechi Eze was a clever signing but is inexperienced at Premier League level

Everton

What they did well last season: 

There wasn't too much to shout about on the blue half of Merseyside last season.

Getting Carlo Ancelotti in as manager was a bold and shrewd move though and the club deserve credit for showing such ambition.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin's fine form was also something positive that Everton can take away from last season. 

Dominic Calvert-Lewin's carried on his fine form from last season and scored in recent friendly

Dominic Calvert-Lewin's carried on his fine form from last season and scored in recent friendly

What they need to improve:

Ancelotti will not have highlighted one specific element that needs improving but more several.

Everton weren't really at the races and with their squad and the money they have spent, certainly underachieved last season.

Ancelotti however clearly felt he needed more oomph in his midfield with new signings Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure offering more physicality and defensive insurance.

Carlo Ancelotti has convinced some world-class players to join Everton this summer

Carlo Ancelotti has convinced some world-class players to join Everton this summer

Biggest challenge: 

Tempering expectations.

Everton have signed some exciting players this summer - no more so than James Rodriguez from - but other clubs around them have strengthened too and spending money has not always been the formula for success. 

Fans have endured some tough seasons in recent years but they will do well to remember that this is a fairly new manager with a squad that hasn't been playing together for long. 

Prediction: Everton should crack the top 10 this season but it may be a year early for a Europa League challenge.

Fulham

What they did well last season: 

Bouncing back at the first time of asking shows real character especially considering they had to go through the playoff route after narrowly missing out on automatic promotion.  

In Scott Parker, Fulham have a progressive coach with huge potential and the players seem to have bought into his methods after he guided them back to the big time.

They will believe they are better prepared to stave off relegation this time around than two years ago. 

Scott Parker has got the full backing of his players and the club after winning promotion

Scott Parker has got the full backing of his players and the club after winning promotion

What they need to improve:

Recruitment was their downfall last time but Fulham appear to have learned their lesson.

They have been much more reserved in the transfer market this summer and money has been saved for a rainy day - or in this instance, January.

Fulham have still added bodies and landing Antonee Robinson for just £1.9million could prove to be one of the signings of the summer. 

Parker will also want his team to show more discipline than last season having earned more joint yellow cards and red cards than anyone else in the Championship.  

Biggest challenge: 

Abolishing the ghosts of the past.

This is largely the same group of players who suffered relegation with Fulham two years ago and there will be question marks over whether some of them are good enough for this level.  

They must ignore any of those concerns, concentrate on the job at hand and trust that this time the outcome will different.

Prediction: Fulham will make a fist of it but can't see them beating the drop.

Those who were there two years ago must use painful experience of relegation as motivation

Those who were there two years ago must use painful experience of relegation as motivation

Leeds   

What they did well last season: 

Leeds had been there the year before - having promotion in their hands - and choked, but they showed last season they had the courage, class and confidence in abundance to get over the line and seal their return back to the promise land. 

Under Marcelo Bielsa, Leeds have transformed into a relentless force of nature and they were worthy champions last season.

They played some eye-catching flowing football and were consistently performed. 

Leeds showed strength of character to finally win promotion back to the promise land

Leeds showed strength of character to finally win promotion back to the promise land

What they need to improve:

The leap from the Championship to the Premier League is bigger than some may think.

Norwich were brilliant when they won the title in the 2018-19 season but were in for a rude awakening when they failed to adapt to the pace of the top-flight.

Leeds seem much more suited to cope with life in the Premier League with their fast and aggressive brand of football but won't have it all their own way this term. 

They spent much of last season dominating possession but won't enjoy that luxury in the Premier League and will need to be ready to spend long spells without the ball.

Biggest challenge: 

Coping without their fans.

Leeds supporters are rightly viewed as some of the best in the country and always make Elland Road a nightmare place to play as a visiting player.

Fans are expected to be allowed back into grounds in October but not in the droves that once entered through the gates at Elland Road. 

That bouncing atmosphere that so often drived the team on suddenly won't feel so special when there's just 7,000 people scattered around the ground.

Prediction: Should comfortably avoid the relegation battle but don't expect much more than low mid-table.

Leeds dominated most of their games last season but the Premier League will be different

Leeds dominated most of their games last season but the Premier League will be different

Leicester

What they did well last season: 

Brendan Rodgers' men at one point last season were the closest challengers to runaway leaders Liverpool.

Aside from their

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