Chelsea season predictions: Eden Hazard and Diego Costa to flourish

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Chelsea are looking to retain their grip on the Premier League title, but do our writers think they can fend off competition from the likes of Arsenal ?

Predicted Position: 1st

Chelsea cruised to the Premier League title last season and despite a quiet summer transfer campaign, they have done enough to convince the HITC writers that they will stay on top.

Damien Lucas: Last year's winners by some distance, everyone else is playing catch-up and I don't think they'd done enough to close the gap while the Mourinho factor gets the best out of Falcao who impresses alongside Diego Costa as the West Londoners wrap things up in April.

Chris Linnell: The lack of transfer activity at Chelsea this summer suggests the ‘Special One’ is quite content with his side. The Blues won the title at a canter last term and I fully expect another formidable challenge this time round. 

Olly Dawes: Chelsea haven't strengthened much this summer, but are still the team to beat after last season's superb displays. Expect Eden Hazard and Diego Costa to flourish again.

Mathew Nash: A boring prediction it maybe but the Premier League champions still have the most balanced squad in the league and should retain their crown. 

Che Thomas: Hard to see how any side have done enough to catch Chelsea up over the summer, though I think the other clubs may be a little closer than last season. Eden Hazard is at a point where he is only going to get better, while John Terry proved he is still the best defender in the division, playing every match.

Stephen Pickering: Chelsea have a winning mentality, the best manager in the Premier League and haven’t changed too much over the summer. Stability in football is absolutely key and Chelsea have that in abundance. Key player: Nemanja Matic.

Tim Poole: I can’t see any rivals knocking Jose Mourinho off his perch and he could dominate for years to come.

Lewis Doe: Expecting Chelsea to be comfortable at the top of the table throughout the season.

Freddie Shires: United will run them close but the Blues will have just enough about them to retain their title.

Billy Hawkins: The same solid base as last season will be enough to see them clinch successive league titles.

Our writers were asked to predict the outcome of next season's Premier League campaign. We accumulated their rankings (20 points for first place, 1 for 20th, etc), and created a predicted 2015-16 league table.

And here it is:

Chelsea

Arsenal

Manchester United

Manchester City

Liverpool

Tottenham

Everton

Southampton

West Ham United

Crystal Palace

Swansea City

Stoke City

Newcastle United

West Bromwich Albion

Aston Villa

Sunderland

Bournemouth

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Watford

Norwich City

Leicester City

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