There'll be a victor from the top six (Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal, Liverpool) but if there's a surprise, maybe a team like Everton could string a season together that takes a progressive step.
That slowly changes as the season got into gear and they may hold a favourites tag but this will be a very tight contest this season with the depth of title candidates expanding a little from previous years in my opinion.
The sale of Kyle Walker for 50 million Euros was an eye-opener, but isn't expected to weaken a starting 11 that is considered one of the best and most well-rounded in the league. Tiemoue Bakayoko and Antonio Rüdiger will also bolster Chelsea's squad nicely, although they've nearly certainly paid overs for all three players, who have come at a combined cost of around $240 million.
Aware Chelsea benefited from the extra recovery time afforded by their lack of European commitments last season, Conte wants to add depth to his squad for a twin assault on the league and Champions League.
Closely following the Belgian is Arsenal's £52m signing Alexandre Lacazette.
The financial power of the Premier League means that promotion is usually accompanied by a spending spree to try to stay in the world's richest football competition.
And yet his only two defensive midfield options going into this weekend's opener against Brighton have a combined age of 66. But with just three days to go until the start of the season, clubs are still looking to get some last minute business done to get players in place before the campaign begins.
Whenever United put Madrid under pressure in the first half, it was because of Mkhitaryan's direct dribbling or daring runs - though the La Liga champions did enjoy the majority of possession and won the game 2-1.
Mkhitaryan has scored 20+ goals in a season twice in his career when deployed in an advanced role.
He said: "I would love to see more signings..."
But his transfer is the core to the issue burning behind the surface and getting ready to explode in Chelsea's face unless Roman Abramovich finds a swift solution in the remaining weeks of the summer transfer market.
The Hammers quietly had a really nice transfer window bringing in Marko Arnautovic, Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez and Joe Hart on loan. West Ham's moves this offseason prove they are not going to be an easy win for the big clubs this year, and they have a chance to make a push for a spot in Europa League if things click. Arsene Wenger took charge of Arsenal in October 1996 so will reach 21 years in charge during this season.
His performances last season were far from below par but expect more from him this year.