SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports’ Martin Rogers breaks down this year’s top contenders for the EPL title and which team could be a major dark horse that could finish in the top four.

As the 2017-18 English Premier League season gets set to kick off, there’s an endless supply of story lines to keep fans entertained through May.

Can Chelsea avoid a title hangover? Will Arsenal get back into the top four after missing out for the first time in 20 years? Is this Tottenham’s time to win it all? Can Liverpool see a title challenge all the way through?

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We surveyed the USA TODAY Sports team of soccer writers for their predictions on how the new season will shake out. Three of the four picked Manchester City to win the league in Pep Guardiola’s second year, while only one of four thinks Arsenal will finish in a Champions League place:

Martin Rogers – @mrogersUSAT

Champion: Manchester City

2-4 finishers: Tottenham, Chelsea, Manchester United

Golden Boot: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)

Best young player: Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)

Relegated teams: Watford, Swansea City, Huddersfield Town

Jesse Yomtov – @JesseYomtov

Champion: Chelsea

2-4 finishers: Manchester City, Arsenal, Manchester United

Golden Boot: Harry Kane (Tottenham)

Best young player: Jordan Pickford (Everton)

Relegated: Burnley, Huddersfield Town, Brighton & Hove

Jim Reineking – @JimReineking

Champion: Manchester City

2-4 finishers: Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham

Golden Boot: Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United)

Best young player: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur)

Relegated: Brighton & Hove, Burnley, Huddersfield Town

Adam Woodard – @AdamWoodard

Champion: Manchester City

2-4 finishers: Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool

Golden Boot: Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal)

Best young player: Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City)

Relegated: Watford, Brighton & Hove, Huddersfield Town

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