It’s that time of the year again! Every year I announce my predictions for the upcoming Premier League season that confuses people and this year is no different. The following takes a look at how I think the table will look like once the season concludes in May:
1st – Manchester City:
For me, Manchester City winning the title for a third successive season is a no-brainer. When a club has the best team, squad depth, and manager in the league, you expect them to win the league. The Citizens have been on a historic run in English football in the last two years and I fully expect them to continue their success this season. They’re too good.
2nd – Liverpool:
The Champions of Europe came close to winning the EPL title last season and I expect the same to happen again. While Liverpool has a fantastic team, their squad depth doesn’t come close to Manchester City and I think they should’ve strengthened better in the transfer market. A new full-back to challenge Trent Alexander-Arnold or another forward would’ve been beneficial. Regardless, I expect another good season for the Reds.
3rd – Tottenham:
The Champions League finalists came close to dropping out of the top four last season but this year should be a more comfortable ride for them. Anything but a top 3 finish in the league would be disappointing for them. The arrivals of Tanguay Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso should take the club to the next level but their full-backs are weak.
4th – Arsenal:
This is the best chance Arsenal has had in years of reaching the top four of the Premier League. In my opinion, the Gunners had the best transfer window out of every single club and with certain rivals struggling, it shouldn’t be difficult for the club to qualify for the Champions League once again. Once injured players return to the squad like Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney, Arsenal should be a dangerous team to face.
5th – Man United:
Although Ole Gunnar Solskjaer promised to shift deadwood in the summer, he instead opted to sell his top scorer and let Ander Herrera leave without bringing in replacements for either player. I’m not a massive fan of the Harry Maguire signing but Aaron Wan-Bisakka is a great signing. While they have problems, the Red Devils should have the quality to scrape top 5 I expect Mason Greenwood to get a big chance.
6th – Leicester City:
In my opinion, the Foxes are getting better and better; I expect them to be the team to break into the top six. If Filip Benkovic stays fit, I think he can be a decent replacement for Maguire and he should form a great partnership alongside Jonny Evans. Leicester has a lot of top players including Youri Tielemans, Ben Chilwell, and James Maddison and I just can’t see them finish any lower.
7th – West Ham:
Personally, I think West Ham’s building a very good team that should be able to challenge for a top-six spot in future. I’m not sure how they pulled it off the signings of Pablo Fornals and Sebastien Haller but they’ll improve the Hammers considerably. While I’m not a fan of their full-back options, the Hammers look strong everywhere else and they have good players in Issa Diop, Jack Wilshere, and Lukasz Fabianski.
8th – Chelsea:
I can’t tell if I’m being unfair but Chelsea’s team looks too average to me. Following the departure of Eden Hazard, I think their attack is very poor and the defensive options they currently have should be improved. Also, I’m not a fan of Frank Lampard’s appointment and I expect him to do a lot worse in comparison to Maurizio Sarri. The only way I can see Chelsea exceed my expectations is if someone like Christian Pulisic or Christian Hudson-Odoi has a breakout season.
9th – Watford:
I’ll admit, I was harsh towards Javi Gracia last season but I’m happy to admit he has proved me wrong at Watford. Gracia is a top coach and I expect him to take the Hornets to new heights. During the summer window, Watford completed some great signings in Ismaila Sarr, Danny Welbeck, and Domingos Quina and they potentially have the exciting Joao Pedro joining in January too. Also, it’s crucial to note they didn’t lose any key players, unlike other clubs.
10th – Wolves:
It’s fair to say Wolves exceeded a lot of expectations last season, especially against the top 6, but I doubt they’ll be able to deliver another top season. I think Wolves will go far in the Europa League which will result in them finishing lower in the league table. Although they have a good squad, I think they could’ve done better in the transfer market. I’m a fan of the Patrick Cutrone and Jesus Vallejo signings though.
11th – Everton:
I know a lot of people predict Everton to have a great season but unfortunately, I can’t see it happening. Idrissa Gueye will be a major loss for the club and Everton’s decision to not sign a top centre-back will haunt them unless Yerry Mina steps up. In my opinion, an attacking trio of Alex Iwobi, Moise Kean, and Richarlison is better than Manchester United’s or Chelsea’s best attack but the Toffee’s midfield and defence should have been improved.
12th – Bournemouth:
It should be another comfortable season for Eddie Howe’s side. Given their team, I think it’ll be difficult for them to go down, especially after keeping important players like Ryan Fraser and Nathan Ake. Also, I think their signings of Lloyd Kelly and Harry Wilson will improve the Cherries a lot.
13th – Brighton:
The Seagulls made the bold move of sacking Chris Hughton for Graham Potter after the season ended and I think their gamble will pay off. Leandro Trossard should be an excellent signing for the club and it’ll be interesting to see if Neal Maupay can make the step up.
14th – Southampton:
I’m not a massive fan of Southampton’s team as it stands but Ralph Hasenhuttl is a great manager that should be able to get the most out of certain players like James Ward-Prowse, Nathan Redmond and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. It should be a comfortable season for the Saints.
15th – Newcastle:
Steve Bruce is a massive step down from Rafa Benitez but I think Newcastle’s squad is better than other teams that will be fighting to stay in the league. For that reason alone, I think Newcastle will be safe but I wouldn’t be shocked if Bruce is unable to replicate Benitez’s work. While expensive, I think Joelinton will be a good signing and Miguel Almiron should play a key role this season.
16th – Aston Villa:
Out of the three teams that earned promotion last season, I think Aston Villa will do the best in the Premier League. While they’ve gone the Fulham route from last season in terms of making too many signings, I doubt they’ll follow the same route of getting relegated this season. They have some great players in John McGinn, Jack Grealish, and Douglas Luiz.
17th – Crystal Palace:
The Eagles already have an ageing and underwhelming squad and at the moment I think their time in the Premier League could be over soon. While they were lucky to keep Wilfried Zaha in the summer transfer window, I wouldn’t be surprised if he forced his way out in January. Meanwhile, given their squad issues, Palace should’ve done better in the market and also signed a replacement for Wan-Bisakka.
18th – Burnley:
I think this season will finally be the end of Burnley’s time in the Premier League. I haven’t been a fan of their squad for quite a few years now and I didn’t like some of the signings they made in the transfer window. They’ll be very lucky if they somehow manage to escape relegation again.
19th – Sheffield United:
Personally, I think it’ll be a very difficult season for all promoted sides. From what I’ve seen, I haven’t been a big fan of Sheffield United’s transfer business and I’m not sure if their squad overall will be able to flourish in the Premier League like it did in the Championship.
20th – Norwich:
The Canaries have a handful of good players in their squad including the highly-rated Max Aarons as well as forward Teemu Pukki but I don’t think they have enough in their team overall to be able to survive the Premier League. While they were also able to complete the shock signing of goalkeeper Ralf Fahrmann from Schalke, I think they should’ve tried to do more in the market.