2017/18 Premier League Season Preview

The most popular football league in the world is finally back. City? Spurs? United? Chelsea? Gunners? Pool? Check out our league table prediction. You might be surprised.

The Premier League season kicks off next Friday! Chelsea are the reigning champions, but Manchester City are the odds favorite to win it. Huddersfield is the darkest horse for the PL title this year, according to the bookies. But as we all know… bookies can be wrong. This is our prediction of this years Premier League.

20. Huddersfield

Last year: No. 5, Championship.
Players in: Steve Mounié, Tom Ince, Aaron Mooy, Laurent Depoitre, Scott malone, Zanka, Elias Kachunga, Danny Williams, Kasey Palmer (loan) & Jonas Lössl (loan).
Players out: Joe Murphy, Kyle Dempsey, Tareiq Holmes-Dennis (loan), Jordi Hiwula (loan), Jack Payne (loan) & Flo Bojaj.

It’s always fun with Premier League debutants. Huddersfield Town has been messing around in League 1 and 2 for a long time, having a few visits to the Championship. The latest visit ended in success, and a 5th place was enough to secure promotion to the Prem. Huddersfield brings an exciting playing style, and could easily become a fan favorite like Blackpool was in 2011. However, we all know how that ended. They were only the fifth best team in the Championship last season, and shouldn’t stand a chance in Premier League.

19. Burnley

Last year: No. 16
Players in: Jack Cork, Jonathan Walters, Phil Bardsley, Charley Taylor.
Players out: Michael Keane, George Boyd, Michael Kightly, Rouwen Hennings & Joey Barton.

Burnley probably lost their best player this summer, with Michael Keane leaving for Everton. Jonathan Walters and Phil Bardsley is both a few miles over the top, even though Walters probably still has some goals in him. Burnley will need more than «some goals» though, and will Tom Heaton be able to save them from relegation once again? We doubt it.

 

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18. Watford

Last year: No. 17
Players in: Tom Cleverley, Will Hughes, Nathaniel Chalobah, Kiko Femenia, Daniel Bachmann.
Players out: Sven Kums, Steven Berghauis, Uche Agbo, Rene Gilmartin, Obbi Oulare (loan).

Tom Cleverley is now a permanent Hornet, and the former Manchester United and Everton player needs to get back to his prime form to keep this team relevant. Watford do have a few interesting players, with last years sensation Etienne Capoue, and the former Juventus player Roberto Pereyra. That being said, Watford struggled defensively last year, conceding 42 “open play” goals, and 68 in total. They also only scored 40 goals in the league. Only four teams scored less, and three of them were relegated. Their attack heavily relies on Troy Deeney, but you can’t ask him to score more than 10 goals a season. This smells relegation.

17. Brighton

Last year: No. 2, Championship.
Players in: Mathew Ryan, Markus Suttner, Pascal Gros, Mathias Normann, Ales Mateju, Steven Alzate, Isaiah Brown (loan).
Players out: David Stockdale, Vegard Forren, Elvis Manu, Chris O’Grady, Christian Walton (loan), Oliver Norwood (loan).

Every football fan smiled a little when Brighton got promoted. Weekend holiday! Brighton’s away matches will be the #1 on the “what away games should we go to” list, as Brighton actually is a pretty nice city (and you can’t say that for many English cities). That means a lot of away supporters in the stands, and an extra motivation for the away team. Brighton was just a overtime goal away from winning the Championship last season, and belongs in the top division. Glenn Murray scored 23 goals for the team, and Anthony Knockaert wasn’t far behind with 15. The Frenchman also had 8 assists. Those two will be very important for Brighton, and we think they stay for another season.

16. Swansea

Last year: No. 15
Players in: Roque Mesa, Eewin Mulder, Tammy Abraham (loan).
Players out: Jack Cork, Bafetimbi Gomis, Modou Barrow, Franck Tabanou, Liam Shepard, Jordi Amat (loan), Borja Baston (loan).

What’s happening with Gylfi Sigurdsson? He’s such a fantastic player that him leaving could mean Swansea going down. He scored nine goals, and had 13 assists in 2016/17. That means Sigurdsson was involved in 50 percent of Swanseas goals last season. Imagine what him leaving would mean. Fernando Llorente is OK, but he’s dependent on someone assisting him the ball. The squad is embarrassingly poor behind the Iceland star. No Gylfi, no party for Swansea.

 

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15. Stoke

Last year: No. 13
Players in: Josh Tymon, Darren Fletcher, Kurt Zouma (loan).
Players out: Marko Arnautovic, Jonathan Walters, Glenn Whelan, Phil Bardsley, Daniel Bachmann, Ryan Sweeney (loan), Shay Given, Charlie Adam, Bruno Martins Indi (end of loan).

Stoke got rid of a bunch of players this season. Arnautovic aka. the next Zlatan Ibrahimvic left for West Ham. Walters went to Burnley, and the old timers Whelan, Bardsley, Given and Adam also left. They did get Darren Fletcher on a free transfer, and he should still have som left in his tank. Kurt Zouma is also a nice addition on loan. Xherdan Shaqiri will be very important for this team, and we know how good he can be. It doesn’t scream top 10 though. Stoke will probably end up playing a lot of tight games, and finish somewhere around where they were last year.

14. Newcastle

Last year: No. 1, Championship.
Players in: Jacob Murphy, Florian Lejune, Christian Atsu, Javier Manquillo, Mikel Merino (loan).
Players out: Florian Thauvin, Daryl Murphy, Sammy Ameobi, Vurnun Anita, Haris Vuckic, Yoan Gouffran, Kevin Mbabu, Matz Sels (loan), Adam Armstrong (loan), Ivan Toney (loan).

They’re back! Newcastle was never staying down, and they are back in the Premier League with renewed motivation. A lot of “Newcastle names” left this summer (Anita, Gouffran, Ameobi), but that’s probably just a good thing. They bring in the quick Christian Atsu permanently, and Dwight Gayle suddenly found his place last season. Add Matt Ritchie to that mix, and you have a pretty dangerous attack. And hey, Jonjo Shelvey is back in the Premier League!

13. West Ham

Last year: No. 11
Players in: Marko Arnautovic, Chicharito, Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta.
Players out: Ashley Fletcher, Håvard Nordtveit, Darron Randolph, Stephen Hendrie, Raphael Spiegel, Josh Cullen (loan), Reece Oxford (loan), Enner Valencia, Reece Burke (loan), Alvaro Arbeloa.

vllkyt5m68dbl7q63.79ee5dacWhat a transfer window. Arnautovic, Chicharito, Hart and Zabaleta can all help this team out from the get-go. Chicharito and Arnautovic has combined for 59 Premier League goals, and joins an already juicy attack with Antonio, Carroll, Feghouli, Ayew and Lanzini. Pablo Zabaleta is one of the best fullbacks in the league at his best, and we all know what Joe Hart can do on a good day. They smartly got rid of players like Håvard Nordtveit and Enner Valencia, and are ready to fight for a top 10 finish. We question how Bilic will put together his team with all these attacking options, and they might need time to get to know each other on the field. This can either work really well or be the classic case of to many cooks in one kitchen.

12. West Bromwich

Last year: No. 10
Players in: Jay Rodriguez, Ahmed Hegazy.
Players out: Craig Gardner, Sebastien Pocognoli, Darren Fletcher.

Jay Rodriguez is a good striker, but hasn’t showed that since his injury. If he’s back to his old self, West Brom will have a good season. They still have Rondon, Chadli and Phillips – but West Brom’s best group is definitely defense. Craig Dawson, Jonny Evans, Allan Nyom, and Gareth McAuley. McAuley was awesome last season, but he’s 37 now. They won’t score a lot of goals, but they wont concede many either. An average season, as usual.

11. Bournemouth

Last year: No. 9
Players in: Nathan Ake, Asmir Begovic, Jermain Defoe, Donnor Mahoney.
Players out: Ryan Allsop (loan), Lewis Grabban (loan).

Josh King was a revelation last season. With Callum Wilson healthy again, and Jermain Defoe coming from Sunderland, Bournemouth will still be an exciting team to watch. They also did a smart move by getting Nathan Aké back, and also buying Asmi Begovic. That should mean a lot less conceded goals this season. We’re intrigued.

10. Leicester

Last year: No. 12
Players in: Kelechi Iheanacho, Vicente Iborra, Harry Maguire, Eldin Jakupovic.
Players out: Ron-Robert Zieler, Bartosz Kapustka.

Leicester did not (as expected) have anything close to their 2015/16 campaign last season. However, they didn’t fall totally apart, and Mahrez and Vardy is still on the team. Mahrez might find himself moving before the transfer deadline, but Vardy will most likely stay. With Kelechi Iheanacho coming to play besides him, Leicester has to very good strikers. We do question their defense, as Wes Morgan and Robert Huth wasn’t quite as impressive last season. It should be enough to end right at the middle of the table.

 

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9. Crystal Palace

Last year: No. 14
Players in: Jairo Riedewald, Ruben Loftus-Cheek (loan).
Players out: Steve Mandanda, Frazier Campbell, Luke Croll, Kwesi Appiah, Zeki Fryers.

Palace fans should be really happy Frank de Boer fucked up at Inter. The Dutch was a big reason for Ajax’ recent success, and he will get the best out of this Palace team. Wilfred Zaha and Christian Benteke should once again combine for a bunch of goals. Palace has a lot of creative playmakers, and also a solid defense. Van Aanholt and Jefferey Schlupp gives them speedy options at fullback. We can expect a lot of goals from Palace this season.

8. Southampton

Last year: No. 8
Players in: Jan Bednarek.
Players out: Jay Rodriguez, Lloyd Isgrove, Cuco Martina, Harrison Reed (loan).

Southampton hasn’t been very active on the transfer market so far, other than selling Rodriguez. Tadic, Boufal and Redmond is an exciting trio, and hopefully Manolo Gabbiadini can get back to where he was early in the season last year. They also have Charlie Austin on the team, who previously has had great success in the league. Shane Long, James Ward-Prowse. Southampton has a bunch of attacking options. We’re still waiting for what’s gonna happen with Virgil Van Dijk, as he is a very important player in that defense. Him gone might mean Southampton ends lower than 8th.

 

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7. Everton

Last year: No. 7
Players in: Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane, Davy Klaassen, Sandro Ramirez, Cuco Martina, Wayne Rooney.
Players out: Romelu Lukaku, Gerard Deulofeu, Tom Cleverley, Aiden McGeady, Conor McAleny, Arouna Kone, Tyias Browning (loan), Matthew Pennington (loan), Brendan Galloway (loan).

Everton spent some money this season. A new goalie, a new general in defense, and a new/old striker. Of course, Romelu Lukaku is gone, and he will leave a gaping whole in attack. Wayne Rooney is 31 years old, and hasn’t been good for a couple of seasons. He is set to play up front. Can he rediscover his goal scoring form? Barkley is on his way out. Gylfi is heavily linked in. Everton will need wingplay and creation from Ramirez and a fit Bolasie as soon as possible.

6. Tottenham

Last year: No. 2
Players in: 
Players out: Kyle Walker, Nabil Bentaleb, Clinton N’Jie, Josh Onomah (loan).

Zero players in. Zero. That simply doesn’t work if you want to fight in the top. Kyle Walker was a very important piece of the defense, and he’s gone. In addition to that, Tottenham will play 38 away matches this season. Wembley is no home for Spurs, and if their team wasn’t as great as it is, this could’ve been a very, very bad season.

5. Arsenal

Last year: No. 5
Players in: Alexandre Lacazette, Sead Kolasinac.
Players out: Wojciech Szczesny, Yaya Sanogo, Emiliano Martinez (loan).

It’s extremely hard to place the top six teams (as usual), and Arsenal is the odd team out this season (again). Alexandre Lacazette might be a fantastic striker, but will need time to adapt to the Premier League. Arsenal is a great team, we’re not saying anything else, but where the top four teams have brought in great players, Arsenal has been pretty silent. It also looks like Alexis Sanchez could be on his way out, and that would seal the deal for Arsenal outside of the top four.

4. Liverpool

Last year: No. 4
Players in: Mohamed Salah, Andrew Robertson, Dominik Solanke (loan).
Players out: Lucas Leiva, Kevin Stewart, Andre Wisdom, Connor Randall (loan).

Is Mohamed Salah the smartest Premier League transfer this summer? 15 goals in 31 games in Serie A for Roma. 71 chances created. He’s fast as fuck, and him next to Coutinho, Firmino and Mané? Holy smokes. Now, we are aware that Coutinho could be on his way to Spain, and that will most definitely hurt the team. He is – without doubt – the best player on Liverpool. Defensively, they should also look for another left back. Can they finally sign a centre back? There’s still a few pieces missing for Liverpool to fight for the Premier League title again.

 

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3. Manchester United

Last year: No. 6
Players in: Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic, Victor Lindelöf.
Players out: Adnan Januzaj, Wayne Rooney, Sam Johnstone (loan), Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Romelu Lukaku is in town, and will be Zlatan Ibrahimovic’ replacement. Nemanja Matic also gives United the opportunity of using Paul Pogba more offensively, and that can be the difference. Henrikh Mkhitaryan wasn’t great in the Premier League last season, but he always has a slow start at new clubs. He can be their best player this year. De Gea stays (for now), and the defense is actually pretty solid with the addition of Victor Lindelöf. Will it be enough to beat Chelsea and Manchester City? We don’t think so.

2. Chelsea

Last year: No. 1
Players in: Alvaro Morata, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Antonio Rudiger, Willy Caballero.
Players out: Nemanja Matic, Nathan Ake, Juan Cuadrado, Asmir Begotic, Bertrand Traore, Nathaniel Chalobah, Christian Atsu, John Terry, Todd Kane (loan), Kurt Zouma (loan).

Conte has been active this summer, and Costa is still believed to leave the club. Alvaro Morata is Chelsea’s new star striker, after they couldn’t get Romelu Lukaku. Morata will probably need time, just as Lacazette in Arsenal, but Chelsea has other good attacking options for the start of the season. Michy Batshuayi didn’t play much last season, but he is one of the most talented goal scorers out there. It will be interesting to see how Chelsea does without Matic, but Kanté and Fabregas make up a great midfield. We haven’t even mentioned Hazard, Pedro and Willian yet, but those three will obviously be important as well. But, there is one better team in the league.

 

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1. Manchester City

Last year: No. 2
Players in: Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker, Bernardo Silva, Ederson, Danilo.
Players out: Kelechi Iheanacho, Enes Unal, Aaron Mooy, Nolito, Fernando, Alekdandar Kolarov, Joe Hart (loan), Ruben Robrino, Jesus Navas, Gael Clichy, Pablo Zabaleta, Willy Caballero, Bacary Sagna.

Manchester City spent some CASH! Mendy, Walker and Danilo cost 116 million pounds, but they will fix Manchester City’s biggest (and only, really) problem: Defense. All three makes the unit better. Ederson (34 million pounds) is also a very good goal keeper. We expect Man City to concede considerable less goals this season, and with the attacking power of KdB, Silva x2, Sane, Sterling, Jesus and Aguero… Good luck stopping them from scoring.

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