We know the short list from which the Premier League champion will come.

It's been the same for the last four years and shows little sign of changing. Money talks and those talking loudest are Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United with Arsenal and Tottenham trying to make themselves heard.

The days of a surprise team breaking into the gang of five are gone. Blackburn, Nottingham Forest, Derby and Leeds can only dream of repeating their title-winning achievements between 1972 and 1995.