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Premier League 2017/2018 Prediction

Premier League Season Predictions

As football fans start to get excited and won’t be able to sleep the night before the kick off to this season’s Premier League title, I am reviewing who I think will take the crown - Champions League places, Europa League spots and the three relegated teams.

Top 4 as follows:

1. Man City

Pep Guardiola has made some good early signings this summer, which will allow them to settle in during pre-season. Before the Neymar deal was completed it did seem as though City were overpaying for players but in hindsight, the prices paid are market rate e.g. Walker for £50m. The front 4-6 players of Jesus, Aguero, Sterling, De Bruyne, Silva & Yaya Toure have amazing talent. Defensively, Pep has brought in some good players too. I fancy them for the title but they must be a lot more consistent than last season.

2. Man Utd

There is an element of me being bias here, but Mourinho has signed some really good players too, keeping De Gea and has the team looking very organised. Goals scored were an issue last season, but I think that will be fixed this season with Lukaku, Pogba with more experience and Rashford with another season under his belt. I’m excited to see how United play this year and Mourinho’s second season syndrome is about the winning the league title, but I see the blue half of Manchester pipping them to the title. It would be seen as good progress from 6th to 2nd.

3. Chelsea

Antonio Conte’s overseen the departure of more than 20 players either through loan’s or transfer to other clubs. The Pensioners have only brought in four players and you would say they are arguably going to lose one of their best players of last season, Diego Costa. Morata will be a great buy, however it may take some time to find his feet in the Premier League. Last season, Conte didn’t have to contend with UCL, but the club would be expected to make last 8 as a minimum.

4. Liverpool

The hopes and dreams of Liverpool fans will be ‘this is our year’. I’m not so sure, Coutinho looks certain to leave and I am sad to see that. As a fan of the Premier League, it’s more important to keep world class players in our league. However, every rival club will know the Reds are damaged if he leaves. They have struggled in the transfer window to get their number 1 targets. I thought they would have finished higher last season, due to the fact they were playing in less competitions. If Liverpool fail to beat Hoffenheim, I don’t think they will finish in the top 4.

Europa League Places:

5. Tottenham

Every top club knows they can’t stand still. To be fair to Tottenham, they are not off the field. A new stadium is getting built on the grounds of White Hart Lane and they are well resourced financially due to the TV package. However, they have not made one incoming transfer this summer, as yet. That worries me! Sir Alex used to always buy players if he won/lost the league, it provides a freshness to the team and increases the quality of the team. I’m sure Pochettino wants summer signings but Spurs are finding it hard balancing the transfer fee’s wanted by clubs and just buying players for the sake of buying. The move to Wembley cannot be underestimated as a barrier to them competing for the top 4 this season.

6. Arsenal

I like Wenger and I’m happy he’s staying at Arsenal. For the fact he deserves to pull the plug on his time at the Emirates due to his length of service. When you’re at a club for so long, it’s the minimum he deserves. I think he’s made two great signings (Kolasinac & Lacazette) however with Thursday night football on its way to the Emirates and still a lack of mental toughness to dig out results when they matter, they will find it too tough to balance everything this season.

Bottom 3:

Watford – They were really poor last season and were lucky that Sunderland and other teams were worse than them. However, I think their time will be up this season.

Huddersfield & Brighton – It’s great to have two new clubs in the Premier League, but I fear they won’t be able to attract the quality of players they need to stay in the Premier League. Both clubs are run like a business, so they won’t be engaged in any silly spending which unfortunately is needed in today’s transfer market!

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