Our Full Premier League Season Preview and Our Tips On Who Wins It?
This weekend sees the first round of Premier League fixtures of the new season. Manchester City, who won every domestic trophy they could have won last season, will be seeking to win a third Premier League title in a row, but for other teams it is going to be a different measure that defines their relative success, or failure, over the course of the season.
We are going to preview the chances of each of the 20 teams in the Premier League and give you our verdict on how we think each one will do as we list how we see the Premier League finishing this year.
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Our Predicted Premier League Standings
Last season the Reds narrowly missed out on the title, finishing just one point behind Manchester City. They may not have spent big this summer, but with the likes of Harry Wilson and Ryan Kent emerging after successful loan spells at Derby and Rangers, plus Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Rhian Brewster back after season-long injuries, they should have enough talent to perhaps win the trophy that their fans want the most.
- Manchester City
I think it will be another two-horse race this season and while I think City have the stronger squad, I think their primary goal this season will more likely be the Champions League, the one trophy that the team covets the most. It will be another close season though and it could well go down to the final day.
- Tottenham Hotspur
I expect Mauricio Pochettino’s side to be more in touch with the top two this season. Ndombele is a great signing in midfield and if they can hang on to Eriksen and perhaps bring in another quality player, then I can see them being close to the top two and well clear of the team in fourth.
With a new manager in Frank Lampard offering youngsters a chance, but no Eden Hazard, I think Chelsea will find this season a tough one, but I fancy them to just about land a Champions League spot. However, I think they will be well off the pace set by the top three.
Having lost Aaron Ramsey in the summer, I haven’t seen the signings Arsenal would need to make to break into the top four as yet. Defensively, this team worries me especially against the top sides and I think the Gunners will have to settle for a battling fifth spot finish.
- Manchester United
I’m adding a caveat here, if United keep hold of Pogba and Lukaku, they should finish 6th. If they let the two men go, then I think they could drop down as low as 8th in the table. With both players seemingly intent on leaving and no sign, at the time of writing, of any replacements coming in, this is a worrying time for United fans.
- Leicester City
Brendan Rodgers has made, for me, the best signing of the summer in Youri Tielemans and I think he will prove to be a very shrewd acquisition for the Foxes. If they can hold onto Harry Maguire, then I think a real push for the top six is not beyond them.
Nuno Santo’s team played very well last season to finish in the Europa League places and I think they will be challenging for that once again this season too. Wolves play lovely football and make it very difficult for teams, especially the top sides, against whom they have a fine record in general.
Marco Silva’s team have snapped up Andre Gomes on a permanent transfer from Barcelona and another big name is reportedly set to sign but I still think the Toffees are too inconsistent and are still some way off challenging the top sides for a place in the top six this year.
- Crystal Palace
Palace’s inconsistency has been their problem for some time now, as on their day they are a match for anyone. If they can hold onto Wilf Zaha, then I think Palace could well enjoy a much better season and I do see them finally breaking into the top half of the division.
I was very impressed with how well Ralph Hassenhuttl did with this team when he took over from Mark Hughes and he has since made several astute signings for the team. Even if they do lose Lemina, I still fancy Southampton to have a much better season this time around.
- West Ham United
Having seen a lot of striking talent leave the club in the summer, West Ham must surely be looking at bringing someone in to replace Carroll, Perez and Arnautovic. Who that is will likely decide how their season goes, but in truth, I think they are going to find it a struggle to break into the top half this season.
Javi Gracia is a very talented manager and has done exceptionally well with a collection of less than stellar names at Watford. They are found out by the big boys in this division at times, but against other sides pose a real threat and should pick up enough points to be safe.
Sean Dyche will know that last season was a disappointment after the season before when they qualified for the Europa League. I can’t see Burnley quite achieving that this season with the steps other teams have made, but they should do enough to ensure safety once again this season.
- Norwich City
Daniel Farke’s exciting Norwich side scored plenty of goals, and conceded a fair few, in winning the Championship last season. They will be entertaining to watch, especially at home but I think the amount of goals they concede will be a problem for them. Even so, I do expect them to do just enough to stay up.
The last few seasons have seen Bournemouth start very well and then fade as the season progresses and it is this fast start which has saved Eddie Howe’s team from becoming embroiled in a relegation battle. I can’t see that happening this season and while I think the Cherries will be safe, I do feel it will be a tough year for them.
- Aston Villa
Championship Playoff winners Aston Villa will be desperate to hang on to Premier League status this season and Dean Smith will find out how much more difficult this league is compared to the Championship. It will be a tough season for Villa, but I think they will just about hang on in the top flight for at least another season.
- Newcastle United
I really fear for Newcastle this season with manager Rafa Benitez having left the club and no sign of any top quality signings coming in. With the supporter base unhappy with owner Mike Ashley, I can’t see a positive outcome to the season for the Toon Army this year unfortunately.
After sacking Chris Hughton and appointing Graham Potter, Brighton have taken a gamble and I think it is one that will backfire. Potter is a good manager but has not managed at this level before and Brighton were the poorest team in the Premier League after Xmas last year. I think those struggles are set to continue.
- Sheffield United
After earning promotion last season, I think the Blades time in the Premier League may just be one season as this is a squad which I feel lacks the quality to make a serious impression even against the middle of the road teams at this level, let alone the cream of the crop.