The Premier League season is fast approaching and teams have been busy in the transfer window in preparation. The new season poses many questions. Will anybody be able stop Manchester City’s dominance? How will Spurs take to their new home? How will Arsenal fare post Wenger? How Will the newly promoted trio of Wolves, Cardiff & Fulham get on? Who will be relegated?
My predicted table is below.
- Manchester City
- Manchester United
- Crystal Palace
- West Ham
Champions – Manchester City
Pep Guardiola’s City ran away with last seasons Premier League, even setting the highest points record in Premier League history, with 100 points. Their style of play combined with their squad of world-class players, makes it difficult to look past them claiming back to back titles. It’s going to take some team to take the title from them, and currently I don’t think any of the teams in the league can compete with them over a season. The Premier League has lacked a good title race for a few years now, so it would be great if somebody challenge City all the way to the finish.
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2nd Place – Liverpool
Following on from their disappointing Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid last season, Liverpool have recruited heavily in the transfer window bringing in Naby Keita, Fabinho & Nabil Fekir XXX, to add to their already great squad. This is arguably Liverpool’s strongest ever Premier League squad, and Jurgen Klopp will be under pressure to deliver silverware to a side that has gone over 12 years since their last trophy. Liverpool performed well against the top 4 sides last season, however dropped too many points against the teams below them. I predict a good season for them with perhaps a victory in the FA or league cup given their squad depth, However I feel they’re still a little off challenging City for the title.
3rd Place – Manchester United
Similar to Jurgen Klopp, Jose Mourinho will be under pressure to deliver silverware this season having lost to Chelsea in last season’s FA Cup final. United, as always, have invested heavily bringing in Fred, Dalot XXX. Whilst a side full of attacking talent, last season they often failed to excite adopting a safer approach in games. However, it’s worth remembering they beat Manchester City 3-2 in a shock comeback from 2-0 down last season, so the potential is defiantly there. I predict a decent season for them, but they’ll need to maintain the pressure on Manchester City from the start if they’re to mount any kind of title challenge, something I feel they will fall short of.
4th – Tottenham
Mauricio Pochettino has formed a competitive side that has finished in the top 4 the last 2 seasons, which deserves great credit when you compare their transfer spend in comparison to their rivals. However, this season Spurs will also have to adjust to their new stadium which they will be hoping to make a fortress, as they did with Wembley last year. You can guarantee Kane will be instrumental in getting the goals to fire Spurs to another top 4 finish, however Spurs cautious approach in the transfer window means they will struggle to compete with big spenders Man City, Liverpool & Manu Utd.
Europa League – Arsenal
Unai Emery has quite the task at Arsenal to follow in the footsteps in Wenger. He’ll be hoping to reverse the trend of a club that has steadily been on the decline, failing to qualify for the Champions League for the last 2 seasons. One of Wenger’s last signings Aubameyang will be crucial in getting the goals, however their defence still leaves a lot to be desired and their dreadful away form of last season needs addressing quickly if they have any chance of getting back into a champions league place.
18th – Brighton
Despite a decent debut season, Brighton had the worst record of away record of all sides last season, but escaped relegation due to their fantastic home form. It’s crucial for Brighton to pick up their away form in order to stay away from the relegation zone, however, I feel this might be a task too much for them.
19th – Huddersfield
Despite being widely tipped for relegation last season, Huddersfield managed to survive their first season in the Premier League finishing 4 points from safety. However, with arguably stronger teams coming up from the Championship in the form of Wolves & Fulham, I fear Huddersfield could struggle to avoid this time around.
20th – Cardiff
Whilst they gained automatic promotion last season, I feel Cardiff’s time in the Premier League could be a short-lived experience. Their direct style of play is outdated for the Premier League as last season’s relegated teams West Brom & Stoke learned. This hasn’t been helped by a transfer window which has lacked any real marquee signings, as the Cardiff Owner Vincent Tan looks to reduce Cardiff’s massive debts.
Crystal Palace – After their disastrous start to last season, Roy Hodgson came in and managed an incredible change of fortunes, eventually firing palace into 11th place. I’m backing another decent season for Palace with a midtable finish.
Wolves – After cruising to the Championship title last season, Wolves have strengthened their squad by making some of their loan stars permanent transfers in the form of Willy Boly & Diogo Jota, whilst also bringing in XXX.
Playing an unorthodox 3-5-2 system, with great a great style of play, Wolves have the ability to give anybody a match, especially at home, and I feel they’ll enjoy a decent mid-table finish in their first season back in the Premier League.