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Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers (left), Wolves counterpart Nuno Espirito Santo (centre) and Everton’s Marco Silva (right) will all be looking to break into the top six this seasonThe ‘Big Six’ of the Premier League – Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham – have claimed the top six as their own for the past three seasons.But with some of those sides facing problems and the clubs below them looking threatening, could their dominance come to an end in 2019-20?Manchester City and Liverpool are expected to remain a cut above the rest, but which clubs have a realistic chance of breaking the established order at the top of the Premier League, which ones are vulnerable – and why?Leicester: Turning potential into pointsLast season: ninthThe club that not only broke the Big Six but smashed it to smithereens three years ago, Leicester have arguably the most exciting young squad in the Premier League.Eight of Brendan Rodgers’ first XI since he took charge are aged 26 or younger and are yet to reach their peak, including midfielder Youri Tielemans, who joined for a record £40m fee this summer. Ayoze Perez, Newcastle’s top scorer last season who joined the Foxes for £30m, turned 26 last week.
While there’s no guarantee that such potential will be realised, it shows how promising this group of players is that the Champions League clubs look so enviously at them, with Ben Chilwell, Harry Maguire, Wilfred Ndidi and James Maddison all linked with moves to clubs above them this summer.In the 10 games following Rodgers’ appointment, Leicester took more points and had a better expected goal difference – the goals they were expected to score given their chances, minus those they were expected to concede – than Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal, emphasising their top-six credentials.What is ‘expected goals’?Wolves
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