Hello lads and lasses, I’m back. It’s been a while since I did this but the season is back, and I am buzzed like crazy.Was off on a break because I had so much work to do I even considered throwing my laptop down the river.Anyway, the premier league has already started, and we have already had two games well done and dusted. Let’s take a look at my 19/20 Premier League predictions and see what happens.
- Sheffield United
Do not get me wrong, Sheffield United have gotten a fantastic start to the season, but like we will see for all other teams this season, game weeks are 38, not 2.Chris Wilder’s game is very entertaining, and I rate him.However, I do not think he has the personnel to survive the Premier League.Most of his players are Championship level players at best.When he faces the big guns, he will have to adjust his playing style at one point, and I don’t think the players will be able to adapt.20th Lads!Enjoy.
Brighton has started lively as well striking the net thrice against Watford and drawing 1-1 against West Ham, but this time, my money is on them to go down.Manager Graham Potter is quite inexperienced, and their squad is quite average, to be honest.Remember, they started lively last season before they ended up scrambling for relegation towards the end of last season.This time, I doubt they have that capability.
These promoted sides have started quite well. Norwich’s survival, in my opinion, will heavily depend on Pukki’s consistency.He has already struck the net four times this season, against Liverpool and a helpless Newcastle united.However, I doubt that they are going to survive the remaining 36-week intensity.The Championship is very different from the level of the Premier League.
I see Aston Villa doing another Fulham this year, buying so many players that fail to gel to how the manager wants to set up his team, making it end up in another scrap for survival.I think they will stay up, but only just.Would not be surprised if they went back down at the first time of asking.Remember they made the premier league through the promotion playoffs, having struggled to get into the top 6 in the Championship.
Remember during the start of June, when Newcastle United was said to be getting taken over by Sheikh Mansour’s cousin?Well, things happened the way they happened, and the fans found themselves continuing their toxic relationship with Mike Ashley.For Christ’s sake, it’s been 11 years and Newcastle are yet to find a buyer.They, however, signed Joelinton, a man who is far from proven after just one season in Hoffenheim and Saint-Maxim, a pacy dribbler but with no end product yet.Steve Bruce will get sacked before the season ends before they get themselves a manager that will end up keeping them up on the last day of the season.
Southampton has become a relegation battle side since Van Dijk left for Liverpool.They lack quality finishers in their squad to make them push for mid-table.However, they need to do something in January if they need the firepower to keep them up.Selling Charlie Austin to WestBrom makes no sense to me in any way considering Danny Ings is injury prone. Ralph Hussenhuttl has got the ability in him to pull strings to keep the team up, though.
Burnley, or as we would call it, Longball FC, are another team that as earned plaudits for always sticking to Sean Dyche since they got relegated in 2015 to earning promotion back to the league and becoming a mainstay.What happened in 2017/18 was a one-off wonder.They have got enough in them to stay in the league, especially given their physical presence.
Bournemouth has always been an exciting team since they earned promotion in 2015.I have, however, never been impressed with their defensive set up which always makes them avoid finishing in the top half, despite their squad’s potential.Their emphasis on raw talent always helps them survive the league, and I can see them doing it again for the fifth season and counting.13th place comfortable position for them.
Crystal Palace has had an abysmal window considering the guys they have brought in, including the horrendous Jordan Ayew.However, their survival always relies heavily on Wilfred Zaha.Be guaranteed that they are safe for now until January.If Zaha leaves then, their form may drop all of a sudden.But assuming Zaha stays for the season,12th is theirs for the taking.
Watford is a team I expect to maintain their status quo, just like last season, in 11th.They have not had the greatest of stars, but Deeny and his troops have got enough in them to finish in a respectable mid-table position.Javi Gracia has already shown that he can do it.He even guided them to an FA Cup final last season.We all know what happened to them, though.
West Ham never ceases to amaze me.They always sign players that can make them push for top six, but in never works, just like Everton.They started the season with a baptism of fire, with Manuel Pellegrini’s ex-wife coming to have sex with her new wife in the poor older man’s house.They will, however, finish in 10th place, this time around.
Wolves are a team that shocked us last season.Yes, I expected them to do well last season given their Portuguese National Team acquisition, but I did not expect them to do that well.This time, I think that the Europa league fatigue will bite them in the back and they will drop by two positions considering they do not have the depth to balance the Europa and Premier League campaign.This time, I think 9th will be a respectable finish for them.Furthermore, they always seem to finish off the top 6 sides but become complacent and lose to ‘small’ teams, like Huddersfield Town last year.
I fully expect Leicester City to challenge for the 6th place slot this year, but it will not come easy, considering the quality of their other top 6 rivals.Brendan Rodgers made them a force to be reckoned with towards the end of last season.I expect Jamie Vardy and James Maddison to continue lighting up the league this year as Leicester finish the league in 8th.Who knows, they may even end up finishing in 7th or 6th
I believe that 7th place will have been a good achievement for Everton.They have got the squad to challenge for top 6, but I do not think it is easy to dislodge any team in top 6, even Chelsea, despite their transfer ban.Marco Silva is in my eyes, similar to Roberto Martinez.His philosophy going forward is superb, but defensively, he still is not the cream of the top yet.Let me say that 7th is theirs for the taking.
Chelsea is a team that will have a difficult season this year.Frank Lampard plays exciting football, but I doubt he has the personnel he needs to play the way he wants.Eden Hazard’s departure will hit them hard this year.The transfer ban that was handled makes it even worse for them.I do not see them finishing any higher than 6th this time around.However, Chelsea fans should stick to Lampard and judge him next season after he has signed the players that he needs, especially a Hazard replacement, a competent centre back and a quality striker.
Listen!They are coming!They are coming!It is the sound of Man United fans coming to strangle me in my sleep! “Sport Maniac, how dare you to put us fifth?You know nothing about football!” Yep, that is what you guys said when I predicted you would finish third at best, would probably finish in 6th place and Jose Mourinho would get sacked last season.Look what happened?They lack the squad depth to be able to make it this year, in all honesty, they did well against a Chelsea side in transition and salvaged a draw at the Molineux stadium, but the fact remains, you ain’t finishing higher than fifth.By November, Pogba’s attitude will have hit a high point.
Arsenal was just unlucky last year, missing the fourth place by one point and conceding four goals in a lacklustre second-half performance in Baku.They have gone on to strengthen the departments they needed to to help challenge for the top four.I am going to say the fourth place is theirs for the taking this year, alongside a Europa League triumph.They have got the depth to do it this time around, and their blend of experience and Youth is just awesome.they may even finish 3rd if things go their favour.
Tottenham Hotspur has been tipped with a chance of going as far as challenging for the league title this season.They have beefed up their midfield with the additions of Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso and added exciting Ryan Sessegnon to their ranks.Kieran Trippier has moved on to Atletico Madrid which means their Vulnerability has gotten reduced at right-back with Kyle walker peters looking likely to carry the barton ahead of Serge Aurier.Harry Kane’s goals should to the job in ensuring they still finish in the top 4.
Yes, I know they are champions of Europe, but the fact they did not sign any players for depth has made me assume they will still not finish as champions.They have started playing this high line that will make them get away with it on numerous occasions.West Ham United’s bench warmer is now in between the sticks for them in the absence of Allison.In my opinion, they will be doing well just keeping City on their toes this year.
I do not want to be that boring guy that keeps predicting the same thing, but a majority of you guys will agree that Man City are just not at the level to be snatched off the trophy.They have acquired Rodri, the man to finally fill Fenandinho’s shoes and Joao Cancello, a player they do not even need at all.I even think they may go on to win the Champions League this year altogether.Liverpool fans will not like this, but it is true.
That’s all for this article lads. Let me know your predictions in the comments section below. Otherwise, give it a like, share and follow, and as always, I will write for you more in a while.