Yesterday saw my predictions for the first 10 teams. I have forecast Guardiola to win the league in his first season but who is going to join Hull and Burnley in the drop? Find out the final doomed team in this preview of the last ten sides. So here you go, Manchester United to West Ham United. Enjoy.
Key Signing – Paul Pogba (Juventus)
Main Man – Wayne Rooney
Surprise Star – Timothy Fosu-Mensah
There has not been a lack of drama at Old Trafford this window. First Jose arrived. Zlatan soon followed. However, the return of Pogba has been the story of the summer and was finally completed for a world record fee. Whilst the Frenchman is fantastic player he is not worth anywhere near £89m. Another problem is where to fit him in, it looks like he will play as a holding midfielder, rather a waste of his talents. It is an exciting time for the Red Devils, although they must bid farewell to those youth products such as Rashford as long as Mourinho is at the helm.
Prediction – 2nd
Key Signing – Marten de Roon (Atlanta)
Main Man – Stewart Downing
Surprise Star – Gaston Ramirez
The Championship runners up are returning to the top flight for the first time in 7 years. They were led magnificently by a returning son in the form of Downing, who started his career at Boro. Manager Marnaka has built a solid foundation over the past 3 years and the North East club should go into the season with a positive outlook. They have signed a dependable midfielder in de Roon and if Ramirez can re-discover his 2012 Olympics form then Middlesborough can be a force in the league.
Prediction – 15th
Key Signing – Nathan Redmond (Norwich City)
Main Man – Steven Davis
Surprise Star – Harrison Reed
Another summer. Another re-build. It’s becoming too familiar a routine for the Saints. Koeman, Mane, Wanyama and Pelle have all left. In Puel they have signed a manager with a great record at Nice having guided them into the Europa League places last season. Redmond is also a top acquisition and an underrated player who can become one of the top wingers in the league. I think it will be a similar season as last on the south coast.
Prediction – 10th
Key Signing – Joe Allen (Liverpool)
Main Man – Ryan Shawcross
Surprise Star – Giannelli Imbula
The revolution continues under Mark Hughes who has successfully transformed the style of the Potters. Shaqiri and Arnautović hold the key to taking Stoke to the next level. The signing of Allen provides some class and composure in midfield which will secure Stoke’s mid-table spot. Any improvement on their 9th finish last time is a fantastic result.
Prediction – 9th
Key Signing -Papy Djilobodji (Chelsea)
Main Man – Jermain Defoe
Surprise Star – Duncan Watmore
The Black Cats narrowly avoided relegation once again. The footballing gods have been looking down of them in recent years. This year will be another struggle, especially after losing “Big Sam” to the national team. Only time will tell whether 33 year old Defoe can carry the team. Watmore is an extremely direct and exciting young winger who will have a breakthrough season this year.
Prediction – 18th
Key Signing – Leroy Fer (QPR)
Main Man – Gylfi Sigurðsson
Surprise Star – Nathan Dyer
Once seen as one of the most promising young managers in the game, Garry Monk was sacked as the Swans took a turn for the worse in December last year. Guidolin came in and steadied the ship, finishing a respectable 12th. They have lost one of their star players, Andre Ayew, and their lack of reinforcement may worry fans. I can easily see them being dragged into a relegation battle but feel they’ve got enough to repeat last year’s exploits.
Prediction – 13th
Key Signing – Victor Wanyama (Southampton)
Main Man – Christian Eriksen
Surprise Star – Josh Onomah
A season of near misses for Spurs, epitomised by their lack-lustre end of the season and subsequent finish behind Arsenal. However, despite a disappointing culmination to the campaign there were plenty of promises. In Alli and Kane they have the most potent, young partnership in European football. This is supported by an able cast with Pochettino strengthening well. The lilywhites have to challenge for the title otherwise the club will be moving backwards.
Prediction – 5th
Key Signing – Juan Camilo Zuniga (Napoli)
Main Man – Troy Deeney
Surprise Star – Jerome Sinclair
The bizarre decision to sack Quique Flores after a fantastic season was followed by a questionable appointment in Walter Mazzarri who has been out of the game for 3 years. In fairness, I was unconvinced by Ranieri’s appointment last year and then look what happened. However, I am not convinced by the Pozzo family’s strategy and am worried for the Hornets. If they give Sinclair game time he will prove to be a fantastic striker although he has the formidable Deeney and Ighalo in front of him.
Prediction – 17th
West Bromwich Albion
Key Signing – Matt Phillips (QPR)
Main Man – Darren Fletcher
Surprise Star – Callum McManaman
Last season was another solid one for the Baggies, they flirted with relegation but were never really in danger. One significant worry is the lack of firepower in the team, Berahino seems to have completely gone off the rails while Rondon only scored 9 league goals last year. Phillips will provide some much-needed pace and could add that extra flair West Brom are missing. This season could be a nervy one.
Prediction – 14th
West Ham United
Key Signing – Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia)
Main Man – Dimitri Payet
Surprise Star – Reece Oxford
Billic was a revelation last year, as was his unorthodox punditry during the Euros. The Hammers have moved into the old Olympic Stadium (now London Stadium) and will look to build some history at their new home. Feghouli will provide some support for the world-class Payet whilst Ayew is a decent signing. I also expect Carroll to play a significant role in the team having performed well during pre-season. Oxford will step up this term.
Prediction – 7th
So here is my final table prediction…
|14th||West Bromwich Albion|
So there it is. The 20 teams have been analysed, criticised and, using my crystal football, predicted. Plenty of fresh faces and rugged old ones will battle for our entertainment over the next nine months, may the best team win. Thanks for reading and enjoy the season ahead!
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