I’m a week late, but I still like to do my premier league predictions for the year.
Before a ball was kicked I was stupidly confident with what the top four would be. Chelsea, city, United, Liverpool. Simple. Initially I said it would be a three horse race, until I forgot to write this in time meaning I got to watch United vs Leeds.
If you know me, I’m rather pragmatic and hate to jump the gun. However, United looked awesome and if pogba contributes like he did that game; it’ll be for them equal as a rival singing £100m players…
Let’s get into my predictions
I’ve been saying Chelsea for a while but the lack of pressure on the Kopites coupled with their best players back from injury – I think they’ll just about win it.
Man City 2nd
It city sign Kane I’ll bump us up into first. I’m just very unsure about us this year, after the Spurs game it still feels like it Kev doesn’t play, we’re shit.
Could easily win the league, I called Chelsea as potential winners before they signings Lukaku. The Belgian will be amazing and perhaps will improve Werner as he now has to fight for his place. Tuchel’s tactics appear phenomenal defensive wise. Yet, they still appear to have a true leader – it’ll be intriguing to see how much of a part that plays.
Man United 4th
Probably the placement I’m most concerned about. As early doors as it is; I’ve constantly said this top four is almost set in stone, albeit with United being the only side what I’ve said “a close to an assured top four finish “ yet I never thought they might have a title push. After the Leeds game and the Varane singing, their first title win since Fergie left now seems a realistic possibility. Also; if Pogba continues to play to his best ability like he did against Leeds, it’d be no different to United singing a new £100m player – but will he consistent? If he isn’t they still have Fernandes, who is the exceptional – but every game I saw last season where Pogba and Bruno played in seamless tandem, was terrifying. If both replicate that performance and chemistry in abundance, all top clubs should be terrified.
Very nearly put them much lower down purely because of the amount of europa leagues games they’ll have to play. I’m still backing them to do well. Weirdly, everyone’s kind of second favourite team. Not sure on this one tbh, we’ll see.
Similarly arduous to predict, it’s all about the elephant in the room as previously mentioned. Does Kane go? If he doesn’t will he sulk meaning a low goal tally but also a negative infectious team spirit?
Awful start yes. Arguably a good thing for them. They’ll now be determined to rectify their opening day.
Being a city fan I love Arteta, but something is clearly wrong. Not sure what, but they’re average right now. 8th for the gunners.
Will start well, then go through a bad run or form. Same old for the toffees. Yet, I still reckon they’ll improve on last year.
West Ham 10th
Lead by a criminally underrated manager, the hammers will have another solid season for me.
A bit out there even after today, but I tip them to have a semi decent season – avoiding the relegation scrap.
I genuinely think Graham Potter might be a future manager superstar. With this Brighton side though, he’ll keep them up with a severe lack of excitement.
Another I could be well out on; but from what I’ve seen, lead by Xisco – they could easily beat enough teams to survive.
Before they embarrassed Arsenal on Friday, they preciously always made me think they might do a Leeds now they’re back in the top flight. Decent football coupled with an almost unpredictability – who knows?
Only one thing to say; whilst Dyche is there they may be boring, but they won’t go down.
Crystal Palace 16th
Very tough side to place, very similar to the aforementioned Burnley. When under Hodgson they never seriously flirted with relegation. Now Viera I’d at the helm, who knows?
As you can see from my comments I’m far less informed about promoted championship teams than I used to be, I just have this feeling Watford will stay up…
If I’ll be further away on anything, it’ll be this one. Their gaffer has shown signs of proving himself already, but can him and the saints side perform consistently?
They overachieved last season and now they’ve lost Grealish, I can see them imploding. Whilst I rate Dean Smith rather highly, I’m feeling that the Holte End will be very upset come may.
These lot have usually have a good knack for staying up, eventually being a yo-yo side but still. I just feel this season they don’t suit the current prem play style . This and the palace prediction are my two unsure ones, but again – we’ll see.