Liverpool is going to be in for a big season, in a great way. Being a Manchester City fan, I don’t really l like Liverpool but even I know how good it is for the club that they have Virgil Van Dijk back. Towards the middle of last season, he suffered a torn ACL but now he is back. His leadership on and off the field will help them a lot and starting fresh for the season will also help Sadio Mane who didn’t have the best season last year. With the likes of Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold as their outside backs, they should be able to get many contributions. They will sit in 3rd place.
My favorite team, Manchester City! There is so much depth in the squad that all the bench players could probably be the top half of the table. In the transfer market, they signed Jack Grealish for 100 pounds. While many fans were exacted about this news, I was not. I didn’t see the point in getting him considering their midfield is the best part of their team with De Bryune, Gundogan, and Rodri. I think instead of Grealish, they should have used the money to try and push harder for Harry Kane. I think Man City will end up number 1.
Manchester United is next, and with their new signings — Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho — they could have a really good year. They have the players and some depth but in my eyes, they still need a striker. Last year, they had Edison Cavani but I’m not sure if he will play as big a role this year, and if he doesn’t they need somebody to step up. In addition, if Paul Pogba played the way he did with France in the Euros it could be dangerous for other clubs. I have them in 4th place.
Newcastle is going to place around the same as last year. I think they will start off good since they will have Joe Wilcock, who they just purchased, and also Callum Wilson and Allen Saint-Maxiam who was fantastic at the end of last season. They all should have a good link-up play with each other and if they can finish their chances it will be even better for them. That being said, I don’t think they have enough depth to finish top of the table this season. I place them in 12th place.
Norwich City is a team I haven’t seen a lot of. I didn’t get a chance to see their preseason games so I’m not sure how good or bad this team will be. One of their stars, Emiliano Buendia left them which means they will be losing a lot of creativity in the midfield however they did bring in Billy Gilmour from Chelsea who won’t have as much creativity but will be able to thread the needle for passes in behind. Todd Cantwell is another player who is fantastic going forward but will need to track back a lot in the first few games. I have them sitting just above relegation in 17th place.
Southampton has fallen off towards the end of last season and through the transfer window. They haven’t made any big transfers, and have actually lost two of their better players in Danny Ings and Jannik Vestergaard. On top of that, there are many clubs reaching out to them for James Worde-Prowse who is an excellent freekick taker and can hold down the midfield very well. In my opinion, they should buy some people with the money that they got by selling the 2 players and let Worde-Prowse know that they are trying to rise up in the standings in order to keep him at Southampton. For me, I think this will be a developing year for them and hence I have them sitting at 15th place.
Tottenham could be real contenders for the Europa League. Last year, they didn’t have the best season which led them to get a new manager (from Wolverhampton Wanders). Throughout the transfer window, there was some buzz which is still ongoing that Harry Kane might move to Machester City which has caused quite the discussion. However, in the early weeks, they need to keep their focus on their upcoming games rather than worrying about Harry Kane. The good thing for them is that they did a contract extension with Heung-Min Son which keeps in at the club till 2025. I see them getting 6th place.
Watford is next, and they have some solid players. They have Troy Denney for one, who can score lots of goals and they also have Ismalia Sarr. The thing that will help Watford is the experience they will have since they were in the Premier League around 2 years ago. However, I don’t see them continuing in the Premier League this season with them ending up in 19th place.
2 more teams left! Next up is West Ham and this is a team that was extremely exciting to watch last year. After they picked up Jesse Lingard on loan from Manchester United they just kept getting better. He got goals for them and with the creativity already in the midfield with Declan Rice and Thomas Soucek they needed somebody to finish the goals, with Antonio their top goal-scorer out injured. This year, Jesse Lingard went back to Manchester United but there are reports that he is trying to go back to West Ham which I think is the best thing for his career. WIth Antonio back as well, they will be a big threat. I see them getting 9th place but could push higher if they get Lingard.
Last but certainly not least, is Wolverhampton Wanderers. They had a tough season last year, with Raul Jimenez their top goalscorer getting injured pretty early on in the season. In addition, Pedro Neto also got injured which decreased the creativity in the team. With those two back, and Ruben Neves who can hold down the midfield they could be very good this season. The reason they aren’t higher up is their defense. It is a decent defense but there is nothing exceptional, and on setpieces, they don’t have much of an impact. I have them in 11th place.
This concludes the Premier League Predictions for the 202–221 season. This was very fun to write and I hope I gave you an insight into what I think will happen. I will write another article at the end of the season reacting to my predictions! I can’t wait to see how many I got right or wrong :)