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Premier League 2019/20 Predictions

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Finally the International summer transfer window has come to an end and this season we’ve witnessed more big-name departures rather than incomings in the Premier League. This is mainly due to the early closure of the English transfer window which the majority of the managers had voted for, but they already regret this decision and are willing to withdraw the early closure of the summer transfer window.

While Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal and Man United had the chance to close the gap with Man City, only Arsenal can say they’ve made positive strides so far. Liverpool almost have the same squad as last season, their summer has been more about extending the contracts of their current set of players. Tottenham, on the other hand, have made some key signings but they’ve left it late till the deadline day and hence the ‘unsettled’ squad. Man United had the potential to have a big transfer window, but, once again they chose to spend big instead of spending smart. The signings of Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka were spot-on but not signing replacements for Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini leaves them vulnerable in midfield. Finally Chelsea, they have a transfer ban so not much has been expected from the Blues this season but they have a young squad, so you never know.

Here comes the interesting part, you might see opinions change already after just four games played. For example, Watford, who were predicted to be in the first half of the table are struggling in the relegation zone with just one point while Brighton who were expected to be relegated this season have been impressive in their opening fixtures. As we’re talking about predictions, in this article we’ll be predicting our 2019/20 Premier League table including the top 4 debate and our possible relegation candidates. So, let’s get started.

20. Norwich City

Norwich City’s offensive style of football has impressed a lot of people and Daniel Farke’s system has got the better out of players like Teemu Pukki, Max Aarons, Jamal Lewis and Todd Cantwell but the results have not been coming for the Canaries so far. Norwich City are the first promoted team in a while to actually play some good attacking football. That makes you ask, “Is parking the bus against top teams the only way to survive in the Premier League”? Obviously, Norwich probably have the youngest squad in the league right now and they have spent next to nothing in the transfer window this season, but the Canaries have stood up to the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea. When you see the defense, the Canaries have conceded a lot of goals in the Championship last season but they were able to outscore their opponents which is not the case here in the Premier League. I don’t see Norwich trying to park the bus just yet and unless they adapt or improve their defense it’s looking likely that they’re heading back to the Championship.

19. Southampton

Surprise? I don’t think so. Southampton, a couple of seasons ago finished 8th in the league. But since Liverpool have raided them for their top stars, the Saints have been finishing in the bottom half of the table. Ralph Hussenhüttl has implemented his philosophy and there’s been an improvement in Southampton’s transitioning and attacking but the defense remains a huge concern. The Saints find it hard to deal with aerial balls and they often have to rely on some last ditch defending. The opening game against Burnley exposed Southampton’s scrappy defense but since then the Saints have conceded only 3 goals in their next 3 games despite facing Liverpool and Man United. What I feel is Southampton have been very lucky so far but they need to get more organized in defense in order to improve.

18. Aston Villa

Aston Villa are arguably this season’s Fulham FC. The Villans have splashed over £100m, signing over 13 players in the process including Wesley Moraes and formers Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton. Under Dean Smith and former Chelsea defender John Terry’s guidance you know they’re good defensively and even better on the break. The Villans are capable of pulling upsets against big teams but they’re way too inconsistent and unless they perform more regularly it’s unlikely they’ll survive in the Premier League.

17. Newcastle United

Newcastle were favorites to be relegated when they let go Ayoze Perez and Rafa Benitez along with Salamon Rondon. We all know how Rafa Benitez saved the club from relegation last season and even finished in the top half of the table in the 2017-18 season but unfortunately he reached a breaking point with owner Mike Ashley which led to him moving to China. Mike Ashley’s antics are well known by the fans but this time, actually, Newcastle have spent a good amount of money to bring in players like Joelinton and Allan Saint-Maximin. The Magpies’ new manager Steve Bruce has started off better than expected. Although I have predicted them to finished 17th, there’s still a very good chance they can get relegated if they go easy. Teams like Aston Villa and Norwich City will do anything to survive and they must be aware of that.

16. Bournemouth

Another bottom half finish for the Cherries it seems. Bournemouth, who were promoted in 2015-16 season after 125 years of hardwork had the hunger in them to stay up. But since the Cherries have found it relatively easier to survive in the Premier League they’ve been happy with a bottom-half finish and their energy seems to fade away when they have ensured Premier League football for next season. Cherries’ manager Eddie Howe also hasn’t tried to evolve his tactics a lot more which says a lot about how they’re happy with a 16th place finish.

15. Brighton & Hove Albion

My initial impressions from Brighton that they were favorites ahead of Newcastle and Southampton to go down this term after a horrible last season. But the sacking of Chris Houghton and the appointment of former Swansea City manager Graham Potter has come at the right time. The Seagulls look revitalized under the new manager and some important signings have given a new look to this team.

14. Sheffield United

Not many will agree with me here but Sheffield United have turned out to be the best promoted team so far. Obviously, Norwich are better in attacking and Aston Villa are better defensively, but Sheffield have a system and an organized defense and midfield. Sheffield boss Chris Wilder is able to implement his philosophy among his players which is working out so far. The Blades are balanced from all sides and if they can be consistent then 14th place is very achievable.

13. Watford

When you thought things can’t get more worse at the Vicarage Road after Troy Deeney facing a lengthy spell out on the sidelines. The Hornets have managed only one point from their first four games and as a result Watford boss Javi Gracia has been sacked by the club and ex-manager Quique Sanchez has been appointed as the Hornets’ new manager. With this Watford side anything can happen but one thing’s for sure that Watford are not reaching the heights they achieved last season where they finished 11th, equal in points with 10th place West Ham.

12. Crystal Palace

Roy Hodgson has been working under the light as Crystal Palace are having a brilliant 2019. The Eagles have won 8 out of their last 12 away games which is an impressive record for any team. There were doubts that Palace would fade away after losing Aaron Wan-Bissaka but they have certainly kept the momentum going. Now, with the addition of veteran defender Gary Cahill, the defense only gets better. Crystal Palace have also shown that they’re not Zaha FC and they can play well even when Zaha’s having an off day.

11. Burnley

Burnley are back to fighting for a place in the top half of the table after a disappointing last season. The Clarets, one of the most defensive sides in the league went on from conceding 39 goals in the 2017/18 season to 68 goals in the 2018/19 season. The injury to Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope had a big part to play in this decline. Joe Hart conceded 41 goals in 19 games for Burnley last season while Nick Pope has conceded the same no. of goals in 39 appearances, that’s double the games played. With Pope now recovered from his shoulder injury and already you can see how good Burnley have been playing this season, 11th position seems to be just right for the Clarets.

10. West Ham

Another midtable finish for West Ham it seems. The Hammers have a great team and a good manager and despite that they seem to be a step behind the likes of Everton, Leicester and Wolves. West Ham do have some great individual players like Haller, Lanzini and Felipe Anderson but they’re not able to do the job as a team. West Ham’s style of play could be another reason why they’re not able to reach the levels of the higher clubs. The players can be more quicker while passing the ball and the off-the-ball movement is key to get behind opponents’ defense. We know about their defense, which can be certainly improved. If Manuel Pellegrini can make these changes, the Irons could be one to watch out for.

9. Wolves

Wolverhampton’s season began before any other side in the Premier League and while other sides have played only 4 games, Wolves have played 10 games in the same period. Due to the Europa League fixtures, fatigue has taken over the players and due to this the results have not been coming for them. Eventually, the Wolves side will adapt but like we saw Chelsea in the 2017/18 season, other clubs find a counter to the 3-5-2 formation and then you need to find a counter to the counter to cope up in the Premier League. It’ll be interesting to see how Wolves flex their system this season.

8. Everton

The comeback was real by Everton and Marco Silva in the 2nd half of last season after a disastrous 1st half. The Toffees have been active in the transfer market as usual but they seem to buy a lot of fringe players of top clubs, the players not wanted by top teams anymore and so on. That’s one of the main reasons why Everton have been consistently finishing in 6th-8th position in the league.

7. Manchester United

Man United had the potential to have a big transfer window this season but it seems that the Red Devils were affected most by the early closure of the summer transfer window. The Red Devils have stepped up their defense by signing Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka but the midfield and the right wing position remains weak. Man United arguably have the weakest midfield among the top 6 and they’re too light on squad depth. With them being in four competitions, fatigue is likely to catch up to the players soon and one might question the departures of Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez and Chris Smalling. I think the top 4 remains out of sight for Man United for now, but meanwhile they can push for the Europa League to book a Champions League place for next season.

6. Leicester City

The new-look of Leicester City under Brendan Rodgers has been talked about a lot this season. The Foxes have invested smartly in the transfer market and this time, actually, they can give the likes of Arsenal, Spurs, Chelsea and Man United some good competition for top 4. Leicester City are solid defensively and great in transition. In attack, they have the fox in the box Jamie Vardy who  just needs one sight of the ball to score. Leicester have a very young squad and there’s the hunger to achieve more than the top 8, which may or may not take them all the way.

5. Chelsea

The most unpredictable team this season, Chelsea, who have a very young squad and a young manager in Frank Lampard. This Chelsea squad can finish either as low as 10th or as high as 3rd place. The departure of Chelsea talisman Eden Hazard was expected but the transfer ban couldn’t have come at a better time than now. Chelsea could have filled the holes by signing players but the transfer ban gives the opportunity to the youth players who have been waiting for their opportunity since a long time. This restores the belief in Chelsea’s youth academy who have been producing great talents every year. Although Chelsea have been already called off by pundits to finish in the top 4 this season, they can surprise everyone.

4. Arsenal

The most interesting battle in the league is for the top 4. Arsenal, arguably, had the best transfer window this summer strengthening in key areas including centre-back and right wing. Early impressions from Arsenal have been promising with Unai Emery also mixing in the youth along with the new signings. Unless Arsenal don’t drop off in the 2nd half of the season, they’re strong contenders to seal a place in the Champions League next season.

3. Spurs

Mauricio Pochettino must be the happiest man this summer after finally seeing Spurs make some signings after almost an year of signing someone. The signings of Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon put them in pole place to finish in 3rd place but life isn’t that easy right? Tottenham have left it late until the deadline day to make their signings which gives them very less time to settle in with the squad. Hence, we have seen Spurs struggle in the opening games. Also, the stance of Christian Eriksen remains uncertain who has rejected any contract talks so far. Mauricio Pochettino has stated that Spurs have an unsettled squad right now, but eventually when the season goes on Spurs will find their rhythm.

2. Liverpool

Liverpool were very unlucky to not win the league even after scoring 97 points last season. Although the Reds overachieved last season, Jurgen Klopp might have got it wrong this season by not strengthening the squad. The Reds have to play in four competitions and squad depth plays an important part here. Last season, Liverpool were lucky to get away with playing James Milner at right-back and Fabinho at the back at times but this doesn’t work everytime and when you see your rivals Man City adding to an already strong squad, you need to add too to keep up with them.

1. Man City

No surprises here, Man City are favorites once again to lift the Premier League title. The Citizens have brought in signings to strengthen the weak positions which keeps them a step ahead of their rivals. Last season, Liverpool gave Man City the fight until the last day of the season but City managed to get away with the title by just one point. City boss Pep Guardiola is aware of last season’s mistakes and will not give away points easily this term.

This concludes our Premier League 2019/20 predictions. Do you think Man City will win the league once again? Reply in the comments below.

  

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