After a seemingly never ending summer of boring pre-season games, the Premier League has returned! As every summer there have been exciting transfers which give us a lot to look forward to. And thanks to the financial might of English football, we have seen great players arrive to big teams as well as lesser sides.
I’ve meant to write up my predictions sooner. But since so much has changed in terms of squads up until transfer deadline day, I preferred to wait to judge. Anyway, here are my predictions:
I was very excited when we signed missing link Petr Cech early on this summer. Unfortunately, the lack of activity and signings afterwards has been hugely disappointed.
We’re clearly missing another recognized central forward and a strong midfielder for when Coquelin will be suspended/injured – which he definitely will.
The money’s there to be spent now, Wenger’s got no excuse really. I think we’ll have great runs throughout the season and come close, but will fall short as often. Prediction: 2nd 🙁
Last season was definitely an anomaly, and I think they’ll finish higher up this year. Keeping hold of Coleman and Stones were real coups and show their ambition to compete. If Lukaku and Barkley stay fit, they’ll do well. Prediction: 8th.
Lost some valuable players in the summer including Clyne and Schneiderlin, but they’ve certainly dealt with worse before. Still a solid side with plenty of quality, although less so than last season.
For that reason and because the surprise element is long gone, I think they’ll do slightly worse. Prediction: 10th.
With the loss of eccentric yet successful manager Nigel Pearson and club hero Esteban Cambiasso, I really fancied them to go down.
They’ve started really well though, and the new coach has wisely preserved the squad’s core to keep last season’s positive momentum going. Prediction: involved in relegation fight, but staying up.
Fantastic start to the season. They’ve invested heavily and recruited where needed: Sterling will provide some width and pace up front which will help free David Silva, and Otamendi could finally be a decent partner for Kompany at the back. Toure will be better than last year, and De Bruyne hasn’t even kicked a ball yet! Solid contenders. Prediction: Champions.
They certainly look a little rusty, but one always expects Mourinho to turn things around. They just have too much quality not to. Great signing in Pedro as well. Prediction: third, because I think City look good and retaining the PL is extremely tricky. They’ll be up there though.
Didn’t really strengthen in the summer, which given the standard of top teams is basically a step back. Teams will now mark Harry Kane closely, and he’s the only one who looks likely to bring in the goals. Prediction: Poor season, no Europe.
I really like this team. They have genuine quality as well as the physical impact lesser sides tend to rely on. And Cabaye was a brilliant piece of business. A Good season for them to look forward to. Prediction: first half finish, 9th.
A couple of decent recruits like Mulumbu and Jarvis, but nothing spectacular. They play decent football though, and most of their squad have played together in the PL before. Don’t know why, I fancy them to stay up. Prediction: 15th.
What the hell’s all that about? Trolling De Gea out of a transfer to Real, pissing millions on unknown value and just generally letting all their players go. What’s the plan, where’s the vision, where’s the traditionally exciting football?
Who knows. They have a few world class players though, so even LVG can’t fuck it up that much. Prediction: Will fight for the last 2 Champions League spots, eventually finishing 4th.
Despite having Tony Pullis in charge and a couple of interesting recruits (Rondon, Gnabry, Evans) I can see them get dragged into the lower end of the table. Prediction: Got a bad feeling about them, relegation.
Losing Delph, Benteke and Vlaar screamed relegation struggle before the season even kicked off. They’ve made a couple of clever signings in the likes of Richards, Amavi and Gueye though. They might lack goals at times after losing the Belgian, but I do think they will stay up. Prediction: around 14th place.
Brought a lot of players in, and it might take time for the team to fully gel. They’ve had an okay start though. Good team, but not good enough to challenge the big boys. Prediction: in the race for 4th, but will finish in the ‘Liverpool position’: 5th.
They’ve come a long say with the Delap days. Made some outstanding signings for a club of their caliber, with Shaqiri a notable highlight. A tricky start to the league, but I think they will come good. Prediction: 11th.
Played superb football last year in the Championship, but I suspect the step up in quality might just be too high a jump. I think they’ll continue to play well but lose to teams with superior quality in the final third. Prediction: relegation.
Made a lot of changes over the summer including their standard managerial switch. I think they’ll struggle with the step up too, although I could see them stay up. Prediction: up, but by the skin of their teeth.
Great start to the season with 8 points in 4, including a glorious win over United. They play great football as always, and have possibly made the signing of the season in Andre Ayew.
Added to the likes of Shelvey, Gomis and Montero, they have some real quality. I back them to be the surprise team this year. Prediction: 6th.
They’ve invested heavily on forward players like Thauvin and Wijnaldum which they needed. The squad still looks pretty weak though, and the defense looks shaky.
I think they’ll end up being one of the teams with nothing to play for by February. Prediction: boring lower mid-table finish, and plenty of angry geordie fans wondering why the greatest club in the world has failed yet again.
Another terrible start for Sunderland. The team looks weak particularly at the back, and seems to lack quality in depth. Will they be able to pull off an unlikely great escape for the third year running?
I doubt it. Prediction: definitely a change of manager, and relegation.
Really odd early season form with unlikely away wins and terrible home performances. I think they have enough quality not to be dragged into a relegation struggle, and they’ve done great business on deadline day.
However, I reckon they’ll have a tough season given the fans’ expectations. Prediction: can’t see them finish top half, 11th-15th.