As the premier League seasons hovers into view, our man Nelson gazes into his crystal ball, (It’s the left one apparently), and tries to figure out who’ll finish where.
A Season like no other has only just wrapped up, and we’re only 5 days from the 2020/21 Premier League season kicking off. We’re going to have a calculated, unbiased prediction as to how the Premier League Table will look come the end of the season.
With a month still to go in the transfer window, it’s hard to get a clear image as to how each team will line out, with Premier League Champions Liverpool holding their cash tight to their chests, while Roman Abramovich’s Chelsea are playing FIFA Career Mode. Wolves, Everton and newly promoted Leeds have spent large sums of cash as well.
LIVERPOOL – 1st – Reigning Premier League champions haven’t bolstered their squad bar signing Tsimikas a backup left-back from the Greek League. With the likes of City and Chelsea splashing the cash they’ll be looking to close the gap on Liverpool who ran away with last seasons league by Christmas. I think they’ll still have enough to see off the other challengers once they keep their starting XI fit – they’re machines…
CHELSEA – 2nd – Chelsea has whipped out their wallet and splashed the cash like there’s no tomorrow this transfer window. They pipped Liverpool to the signing of striker Striker Timo Werner, and have brought in Ziyech, Chilwell, Havertz and Thiago Silva to name just a few. You can’t spend this much money and not compete at the top, so Frank Lampard will be under pressure to sort out his defence which I think he will and push on from the scrappy 4th place fight and join Liverpool & City at the perch of the table.
MAN CITY – 3rd – City has brought in the likes of Nathan Aké and Ferran Torres, players who will not get into their starting XI’s and will likely be used for cup games and as backups. They’ll be eager to win back the premier league title but I can’t see them getting near Liverpool currently, perhaps they’ll battle for 2nd with Chelsea.
SPURS – 4th – Serial winner José Mourinho will have settled in at Spurs and will hope to get some more consistent results this season. Spurs have a well-balanced, talented squad. Their problem last year was injuries around the Christmas period with Harry Kane out for 12 weeks. Matt Doherty and Emile Hojbjerg are smart signings that will strengthen this side and push for a 4th place finish. Will be interesting to see how Mourinho transforms this team.
MAN UNITED – 5th – United qualified for Champions League football this season and I think this may be an issue with the lack of squad depth currently. Donny van de Beek is a fantastic signing, but will he work in midfield with Fernandes and Pogba? United need another winger and some centre halves but their current squad is not enough to compete in Europe and domestically.
EVERTON – 6th – Ancelotti has been able to attract some big names to Goodison Park this summer, with Allan, Doucoure and James (Bond) Rodriguez moving to Merseyside. This midfield 3 is combative and will work well in my opinion. Their defence is a bit shaky, but Ancelotti will really push this squad on and I think a European finish is not out of the question.
WOLVES – 7th – Wolves have managed to hold onto most of their big players so far, only losing Matt Doherty to Spurs. If they can retain players like Jimenez, Traore and Neves then I think they’ll push for Europe again under Nuno, with new striker Fabio Silva pushing Jimenez for the #9 role, the record breaking 18 years old will look to make his mark on the Premier League.
ARSENAL – 8th – Where do we even start, 32-year-old Willian is a decent signing on a free. They’ve managed to get Ceballos on loan for another year. Aside from that, not a whole lot going on here for the Gunners, who I think will struggle with their current squad to compete for European places.
SOUTHAMPTON – 9th – Expect an improvement from Southampton who finished the season strong after they rightly stuck with Hasenhuttl. Ings will bang the goals in and their academy will bring a few more into the fray. Should see a good top half finish.
SHEFFIELD UNITED – 10th – another side who performed really well last year and have managed to hold onto most of their big-name players, Henderson will be a loss to them, however. I think they’ll still have enough to finish in the top half but just about.
LEICESTER CITY – 11th – Chilwell will be a big loss to Brendan Rodgers’ side. I think we’ll see this Leicester side capitulate away from the European places and become a mid-table side as they haven’t strengthened. I’d have my money on Rodgers to be the first manager to be sacked.
LEEDS UNITED – 12th – The long-awaited return to the topflight for Leeds. Marco Bielsa has turned this side into a team nobody wants to play against, having walked the Championship. Rodrigo is a massive improvement on Bamford and will get them 15+ goals in the league and get them out of trouble. Will be good to have them back for sure.
BRIGHTON – 13th – Brighton is a tidy team and play nice football. They caused the Big 6 big problems last season and should be comfortably outside the relegation zone this season.
BURNLEY – 14th – Burnley are a solid outfit. Their attack should keep them safe. Not much more to say on them. Sean Dyche will do his thing.
NEWCASTLE – 15th – Newcastle have actually spent money, 2020 has been a strange year. Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser have joined from Bournemouth and will link up well. Newcastle will be looking to kick on this year under Steve Bruce but I can’t see it happening on Tyneside.
CRYSTAL PALACE – 16th – Not many in’s and out’s for Palace, but they held their own last season. I think they have a good player on their hands in Eberechi Eze signed from QPR and Hodgson will be up to his usual wizardry. Should be safe.
FULHAM – 17th – Fulham will be looking to continue their form from the Championship and I think they should be safe – just about.
WEST BROM – 18th – Have made some tasty signings like Diangana and Pereira, they should be looking to survive, but I can’t see it happening with the teams around them.
ASTON VILLA – 19th – Survived by the skin of their teeth last season. Haven’t strengthened at all bar bringing in Matty Cash from Forest. Will be doomed if they don’t get off to a good start this season.
WEST HAM – 20th – West Ham are in a real bit of bother. Their defence is a shambles and has been leaking goals ever since they moved to their new stadium. Wouldn’t be surprised to see a few managers in the hot seat this season and the Hammers relegated.