Premier League Predictions 2018/19

Premier League Predictions 2018/19

As my first post on this blog, I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon and do my Premier League predictions. I have looked over the transfers of all the clubs and have watched, oh, five minutes of Premier League action from last season so obviously I consider myself an expert. On top of this, these are coming from a guy who predicted Germany to win the World Cup. So, now I’ve said that we might as well get it over with, shouldn’t we?

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20. Cardiff City
The team from Wales is going to struggle this season. They haven’t signed any Premier League proven players and didn’t have a very good squad to begin with but the main reason is they have Neil Warnock in charge. Neil Warnock! Enough said.

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19. Huddersfield Town
Huddersfield just don’t score enough it’s that simple. You can’t score 28 goals and get away with it two seasons in a row. And although I rate David Wagner as a manager even he can’t pull them out of this rut.

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18. Southampton F.C.
This is the season that their transfer policy comes back to bite them. Selling all your best players is a bad idea, who knew? In all seriousness though, the sale of Virgil van Dijk almost pushed them over the edge last season and with the loss of their creative force in Dusan Tadic and the failure to sign a striker who will be consistent all season, I think that they will be relegated this season.

17. Newcastle United
I really don’t like this prediction. Newcastle is a club with a massive fan base that should be much higher up the table. But Mike Ashley is running the club as marketing for Sports Direct and no matter how good Rafa is good as long as they don’t spend money they are not going to do anything in the Premier League. 17th.

16. Watford F.C.
Watford haven’t strengthened enough. It’s just that simple. With the loss of their best player Richarlison, I think that they will fall down the table but not far enough to be in a relegation battle.

15. Fulham F.C.
Fulham have spent a lot of money this transfer window and they have made good use of that money to get in players like Jean Michaël Seri but with so many players coming in I think that they will take a year to gel.

14. Brighton and Hove Albion
Although I rate the transfer business that the seagulls have done, particularly the signing of Alireza Jahanbakhsh for AZ, I don’t think that they have done enough to finish higher up in the table.

13. AFC Bournemouth
Bournemouth have stagnated. Eddie Howe is a good manager but they haven’t made any improvements and I think they have reached the limit with this squad.

12. Wolverhampton Wanderers
I think that the same thing can be said about Wolves as can be said about Fulham. The only difference is that they had a stronger squad at the beginning of the transfer window.

11. Leicester City
The foxes have lost their best player in Riyad Mahrez this summer and I think that will really hurt them. Sure they have tightened up their defence but Jamie Vardy can’t be relied on for all the goals.

10. Crystal Palace
I can’t wait to see Max Myer and Wilfried Zaha working together. I just can’t. This looks to me like one of the most exciting duos in the league this season and I think it will gain them a couple of places over last year.

9. Burnley F.C.
Burnley is a team that surprised many last season by getting 6th and, therefore, getting into the Europa League. But success will be their downfall and with the added game time of European football they won’t have the fitness to cope.

8. Everton F.C.
Everton have spent a lot of money in the transfer window for the second year in the row. Last year this was their downfall, bringing in too many players and having to bring big Sam in to stabilize them but this season feels different. They have made quality signings, especially in Yerry Mina who is a quality center back. But crucially they have not made too many.

7. West Ham United
Ok, I admit it. I’m a West Ham fan. But I think that we have made quality business this window. We have brought in quality attacking options in Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko, a good midfielder in Jack Wilshere, a good defender in Issa Diop and a half decent goalkeeper in Lukasz Fabianski. In short, we have vastly improved the spine of our team and with a Premier League winning manager in charge, I think we can do well.

6. Chelsea F.C.
Chelsea are in a state, aren’t they? With their new manager coming in more than halfway through the transfer window and Courtois leaving for Real Madrid they can’t expect to do very well this season. But Sarri is a good coach and with another summer he could make them into a very good side, provided the coffers to do it of course.

5. Arsenal F.C.
Arsenal finally added the aggression that they have needed for so long in Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Lucas Torreira, and Stephan Lichtsteiner. But with a new manager for the first time in 22 years, I think that they will struggle and only get Europa League football.

4. Manchester United
It’s Mourinho’s third season. Next!

3. Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham have reached their peak with their current squad, no matter how good it might be. And their failure to do any business in the transfer market means they will stagnate, but still get a very respectable third.

1. Manchester City and 2. Liverpool F.C
These two I expect to pull away from the pack. It was a very hard choice to make with both of them making very good business in the transfer market. Liverpool have tightened up their midfield and got a good goalkeeper, something they have desperately needed for years. Manchester City have added Riyad Mahrez to their star-studded squad. I think that the citizens (ugh) will win the title because if they are even three-quarters of what they were last year they will win it. Liverpool will push them close though.

 

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2018-19 Premier League predictions

2018-19 Premier League predictions

Oh hey, because we were dumb enough to create this blog right after the season started, my first post is my predictions! Welp.

  1. Cardiff City

They’re managed by Neil Warnock. Next.

  1. Watford.

They’ve lost their best star, Richarlison, and there has been a general lack of investment and stagnation in this Watford side. Don’t see them staying up.

 

  1. Huddersfield Town

They don’t score enough goals. 28 in 38 games last season will not enough to keep them up this time, with teams like Fulham and Wolves making great signings in the attack. Huddersfield will put up a good fight, but will ultimately go down.

 

  1. Newcastle United

This prediction annoys me so damn much. Rafa Benitez is a top-notch manager, who just hasn’t been given the funds for a decent campaign. Newcastle will struggle, but it won’t be the player’s fault. It won’t be Rafa’s fault. It will be Mike Ashley’s fault.

 

  1. Southampton

I don’t know a huge amount about Southampton, but they should have the quality to stay up.

 

  1. Wolves

When your squad has the same amount of Portuguese players as Porto, you know you are doing something very, very, wrong, or very, very, right. But for the Wolves, they’re doing this right. With top quality players like Rui Patricio and Ruben Neves, the Wolves should survive.

 

  1. Fulham

Quality players like Ryan Sessegnon and Alexander Mitrovic shows quality investment and should make sure Fulham stays up fairly comfortably  

 

  1. Brighton

Solid investment and a good team should ensure that the Seagulls have a good season.

 

  1. Bournemouth

Eddie Howe continues to do a good job as Bournemouth are transformed into a solid mid-table side, and that should continue this year.

 

  1. Leicester

Claude Puel is a reasonably good manager, and, despite the loss of Mahrez, Leicester still has a quality team, though perhaps not enough to snag a top ten spot.

 

  1. Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace look to have retained their key asset in Wilfred Zaha, and with the competent Roy Hodgson at the helm, Crystal Palace look safe from the relegation zone.

 

  1. Everton

Marco Silva is a quality coach and joins a quality Everton side. However, an aging defense and a lack of a proven goalscorer may hinder them from getting into Europe.

 

  1. Burnley

With a very solid side, things are looking rosy for Burnley at the moment. However, juggling a Europa League campaign with the premier league may prove just too much for them to stay in Europe.

 

  1. Chelsea

Too many things are working against Chelsea for me to properly back them this season. Conte’s drawn-out departure. Courtious’ departure. The lack of a real no.9. Sarri’s lack of time to prepare. I just can’t see Chelsea getting into the Champions League.

 

  1. West Ham

It’s impossible not to be excited about what is going on with the Hammers. A title-winning manager, huge investment, players like Felipe Anderson joining…. West Ham is a team on the up and have the quality, skill, and stamina, to break into the top six.

 

  1. Arsenal

We all know what happened to Moyes when he took over from Ferguson. Could history repeat itself? Possibly. Emery is a top class manager who has made some fairly good signings, but like Moyes, I think the mental pressure after taking charge from Wenger will be too much for him to secure top four.

 

  1. Manchester United

It’s been a depressing pre-season for the red devils, and, as a United fan, my patience with Mourinho is running paper thin. The lack of transfer activity, his moody demeanor, the fact he is willing to sell one of our best prospects, Anthony Martial, and his public feuds with literally everyone makes for a gloomy start to the season. And that’s not even mentioning how this is Mourinho’s dreaded third season. Despite this, United should have enough quality to snatch a top-four place. Should.

 

  1. Tottenham

Mauricio Pochettino is in an enviable position, a young squad available for him full of stars. However, with Tottenham becoming the first club to not sign anyone in the transfer window, a lack of improvements in the squad will see a lack of improvements in their league position.

  1. Manchester City

Despite a fantastic squad with good depth, I believe the curse of defending the premier league title will continue for Pep Guardiola’s men, who may just struggle against a new look Liverpool.

 

  1.  Liverpool

As a Manchester United fan, this prediction hurts so much. But, I have no choice. When I compare Manchester City and Liverpool, I have the controversial opinion of picking Liverpool. With the charismatic Klopp at the helm, and Salah leading the line, Liverpool, should finally, finally, get their first premier league trophy.

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