Yesterday saw my predictions for the first 10 teams. I have forecast Chelsea to win the league again but who is going to go down? Find out the three doomed teams in this preview of the last ten sides. So here you go, Newcastle United to West Ham United. Enjoy.
Key Signing – Aleksandar Mitrović (Anderlecht)
Main Man – Moussa Sissoko
Surprise Star – Jamaal Lascelles
It all started so well for the Magpies. Then Pardew went “back to where he came from”, heeding the advice of a significant selection of Geordies, and it all went a bit pear-shaped. Those who called for the Cockney’s departure soon lived to regret their wish. Coach Carver was hapless and Newcastle fell drastically down the table, scrabbling frantically for points and only just managing to survive for another year. The future is bright with the superb recruitment of McClaren whilst new signing Mitrović has the ability to score 15 plus goals. A steadier season ahead.
Prediction – 12th
Key Signing – Robbie Brady (Hull City)
Main Man – Bradley Johnson
Surprise Star – Jamar Loza
First things first, what is going on with their kits? Whilst the third kit has to be the hipster’s choice, all three they are green, nullifying the purpose of multiple kits…anyway, back to the football. The Canaries’ convincing win over Middlesbrough in the playoff final is less than three months ago and it is time for them to reap their rewards. The bulk of the squad remains for their relegation two years ago which is both positive and negative. They possess experience but were not good enough to stay up, a tough season ahead.
Prediction – 19th
Key Signing – Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord)
Main Man – Sadio Mané
Surprise Star – Harrison Reed
Koeman defied the predictions of many (not all) that the Saints would struggle last season. Once again they have lost two major performers, Clyne and Schneiderlin, but also replaced well with Soares and Clasie. They possess the most prolific academy in the country and have yet more prospects coming through. Ward-Prowse will kick on from last year, as will Reed, who showed glimpses of his capabilities in the season’s end. The Saints have looked great in preseason and Europa League qualifying; this should be a repeat of last season.
Prediction – 7th
Key Signing – Joselu (Hannover 96)
Main Man – Ryan Shawcross
Surprise Star – Marco Van Ginkel
Mark Hughes is transforming Staffordshire into a multi-cultural, eclectic centre of excellence. The additions of Afellay, Joselu and Molina provide even more exotic spice to the Potters’ playing contingent. Afellay, in particular, has a lot to prove after a disappointing period with Barcelona. Johnson signing from Liverpool on a free is also a great capture. These are exciting times for Stoke City, Hughes is doing a fantastic job and should continue to do so this year.
Prediction – 8th
Key Signing – Jeremain Lens (Dynamo Kyiv)
Main Man – Jermain Defoe
Surprise Star – Will Buckley
A new year, a new manager. Deja vu does not do the situation on Wearside justice. Advocat came in to rescue Sunderland from relegation and after consulting with his wife decided to stay for another year. I do not hold out much hope for the Black Cats and feel it is only a matter of time before they make the inevitable plunge. Defoe returned from exile in Canada and scored four vital goals, but at 32 he is well past his best and may not have enough to carry the team. The Championship is closing in on Wearside.
Prediction – 18th
Key Signing – Andre Ayew (Marseille)
Main Man – Gylfi Sigurðsson
Surprise Star – Matt Grimes
Monk performed miracles finishing an astonishing 8th in the league. The loss of top striker Bony to Man City was dampened by the work of Gomis. Having scored only one goal in the league in 2014 he smashed six goals after Bony’s departure. The arrival of Ayew and Eder should lighten his burden and add some real quality to the Swans. If Sigurðsson can reproduce his form of recent years then Swansea will be an exciting, attacking team. Consolidation is the name of the game and an 8th place finish would be another incredible result.
Prediction – 11th
Key Signing – Toby Alderweireld (Atletico Madrid)
Main Man – Christian Eriksen
Surprise Star – Dele Alli
The first season under Pochettino went as well as could be expected. A 5th place finish is notable but the promised land of the Champions League seems far away yet. Movement in the transfer market has not been inspiring despite three solid defenders arriving at White Hart Lane. This should provide a great foundation on which to build but underpins their reliance on Kane to score the goals. I am not convinced he will be able to repeat his incredible goal tally again. Alli has looked unbelievable in preseason and is destined for great things.
Prediction – 6th
Key Signing -Matěj Vydra (Udinese)
Main Man – Troy Deeney
Surprise Star – Jose Holebas
The Hornets came up just one point off Bournemouth and are looking forward to their first season back in the Premier League since 2007. This ended in misery, rock bottom and with only five wins. Since then the Pozzo family has taken over the club and implemented countless managerial changes. Last year Watford had three managers and have already lost the man who took them up, Slaviša Jokanović, who has been replaced by Quique Flores. The Hornets are an unknown but have invested wisely this summer.
Prediction – 20th
West Bromwich Albion
Key Signing – Rickie Lambert (Liverpool)
Main Man – Chris Brunt
Surprise Star – Callum McManaman
Tony Pulis to the rescue. Once again the Welshman proved he has the magic to save teams from plummeting towards the second division. He knows how to right a ship and secure the basics. However, spending £3m on a 33-year-old striker who scored 3 goals in 36 appearances for Liverpool (albeit predominately from the bench) seems naive. I would be foolish though, to dismiss the wisdom of Pulis and I have faith that he will steer the Baggies towards mid table.
Prediction – 15th
West Ham United
Key Signing – Dimitri Payet (Marseille)
Main Man – Andy Carroll
Surprise Star – Reece Burke
Finally after months and years of hounding, the Upton Park faithful have had their wish granted, Big Sam has waved, a not so fond, goodbye. Billic has taken his place and will bring a vivacity and enthusiasm lacking in the Premier League at the moment. The loss of Valencia to injury only highlights the importance of Carroll’s fitness, although Sakho has proved a decent replacement up front. Mid table mediocrity awaits.
Prediction – 13th
So here is my final table prediction…
|13th||West Ham United|
|15th||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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