So the new season is quickly approaching, and it’s time for us all to start predicting which teams will float, and which teams will take a nose dive. With a few more weeks of the transfer market to go, predictions may change. However, this post will predict both the top 4 and the bottom 3 for the upcoming season, based on the condition of each team currently. Here goes….
Champions – Chelsea
Chelsea ran out easy winners last season, winning the league title by 7 points, scoring 85 goals and winning a record 30 games out of 38. Pretty impressive. My prediction is that they will perform in a similar manner next season. The gap back to second place may be smaller, but I think Chelsea’s signings of Alvaro Morata, Antonio Rudiger and Tiemoue Bakayoko will mean they will be just as strong if not stronger next season. Morato’s arrival will soften the blow of losing Diego Costa who looks to be moving back to Atletico Madrid. A tight season, but Chelsea to achieve back to back titles for me.
2nd Place – Liverpool
I think Liverpool will have another fantastic season next year. We’ve made some great signings so far. Mohamed Salah has arrived from Roma, Solanke has joined from Chelsea and Andy Robertson signed from Hull. With players like Jordan Henderson, Sadio Mane and Danny Ings coming back from injury, I expect a solid season again. A few more solid signings would be ideal, especially Virgil Van Dijk, who looks to be growing closer to signing for the Reds. Our defense is the one aspect that could cost us the top spot.
3rd Place – Manchester City
Manchester City finished in a disappointing third place last year, and I expect them to be at a similar standard next season. Although their attacking options are impressive with the likes of Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus, Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva, their defensive play will leave them exposed and vulnerable. At this current time, they are short of fullbacks after releasing Zabaletta, Clichy and Sagna, and selling Kolarov. They may have signed Kyle Walker but his attacking play is better than his defense ability. Another average season for City.
4th Place – Manchester United
It really pains me to say this, but I believe Manchester United could sneak into the top 4 next season. They’ve made some decent signings already, mainly the arrival of Lukaku from Everton. Lukaku banged goals in for fun last season and I expect the same again. They won’t be pretty to watch, as per these days, but they seem to avoid losing which is a decent way to go.
This means that both Arsenal and Tottenham miss out on my top 4. Arsenal lack the leadership in the heart of midfield to ever challenge for the top honours. Their spine is weak and there is a large possibility of them losing Alexis Sanchez to PSG this summer, which means they will need to rely on other players to get the goals. Tottenham will be playing their home games at Wembley next season, which means that they are essentially playing 38 away games next year. A tough ask for any team.
18th Place – Swansea
Swansea narrowly avoided the drop last season, finishing one place above the relegation zone. Next season I expect Swansea to struggle again and finish the wrong side of the line. They have a few talented players such as Fernando Llorente and Gylfi Sigurdsson, though the later may be persuaded away by Everton this summer. Their squad may not be big enough to save them next season and I expect them to be a Championship team this time next year.
19th Place – Brighton
Brighton were impressive in the Championship last season, finishing second behind Newcastle United. They missed out on top spot on the final day of the season. The step up to the Premier League may be a step too far for the Seagulls. The blues have a small squad and will need to make Falmer Stadium a fortress for them to have any chance at all. Personally, I expect them to struggle and finish the season in the bottom 3.
20th Place – Huddersfield
Huddersfield were promoted through the excitement of the Championship Play-Offs, beating Reading on penalties. It’s an amazing story for them to playing against the best teams in the country, but unfortunately I think it’ll be a one season experience. I would love for them to prove me wrong, but it’s a reasonable assumption they will go straight back down.
If you have any difference of opinion I would love to hear about it. Leave your comments below about which teams you would change.
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