Manchester City players celebrate with the Community Shield trophy following their victory during the FA Community Shield between Manchester City and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium. Clive Mason/Getty Images

For Manchester City, these are the good ol' days. Pep Guardiola's squad should have the Etihad Stadium singing in jubilation once again after coasting to a stress-free and historic Premier League title in 2018.

While Yaya Toure has moved on, City are still stacked with plenty of talent. The club added Riyad Mahrez to an already deep midfield, but it's returning stars like Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling that should help City lift more silverware in 2019. Guardiola has a nice mixture of veterans like David Silva, Fernandinho, Nicolas Otamendi and Vincent Kompany to go along with burgeoning players like Bernardo Silva, Gabriel Jesus, Benjamin Mendy and Leroy Sane, as well as 18-year-old Phil Foden.

Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, who has emerged as one of the world's best playmakers, said in May that he doesn't expect City to match their 100-point total again.

“We all knew if we get 100 points it would be something so special and it is probably very difficult to manage again,” De Bruyne said. “It was the only thing to play for and if you end the season that way, last minute, last kick of the season and you get 100 points it feels unbelievable.

“We broke the record, 100 points is something special. Three digits is very difficult to manage again and to be part of that means a lot."

While 100 points might indeed prove too difficult to replicate, City still look like the clear favorite to finish atop the table despite improved play from the league's elite clubs. City will likely face stiff competition from their local rival Manchester United, as well as formidable challengers like Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea.

Looking to bounce back from often uninspired play, United added Brazilian midfielder Fred to an already crowded unit that includes Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Matteo Darmian and Ander Herrera. The defense promises to be more focused for boss Jose Mourinho and it helps that David De Dea, one of the world's best goalkeepers, will be back at Old Trafford.

Liverpool added Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker and bring back superstar Mohamed Salah to a squad that looked particularly cohesive last season. The Reds have been moving in the right direction under Jurgen Klopp and look like a legitimate dark horse in 2018-19 with an experienced and battle-tested roster.

One club hoping to find its way back into the fold is Arsenal. After the exit of longtime manager Arsene Wenger, a new era begins under Unai Emery. Arsenal failed to land any high-profile names in the transfer market but still boast a deep squad that could find a way to sneak into the top four.

Premier League 2018-19 Predicted Order

1. Manchester City

2. Manchester United

3. Liverpool

4. Tottenham

5. Chelsea

6. Arsenal

7. Everton

8. Wolverhampton

9. West Ham United

10. Leicester City

11. Burnley

12. Crystal Palace

13. Southampton

14. Newcastle United

15. Brighton & Hove Albion

16. Watford

17. Bournemouth

18. Fulham

19. Huddersfield Town

20. Cardiff City