By Niall Clarke
- Our chief football writer gives his predictions for the forthcoming Premier League season
- Who will win the title, finish in the top four, get relegated, win the golden boot and who will be the biggest disappointment.
The new Premier League season is fast approaching, and amidst the excitement, the Britwatch Football team has submitted their predictions for the upcoming campaign.
Chelsea- With Antonio Conte now at the helm, Chelsea will be exceedingly difficult to beat. The Italian showed how difficult it was to break his side’s down as manager of Juventus and Italy, so expect the Blues to be rock steady in defence. Eden Hazard had a poor season last year, but he should be revitalised this campaign under his new boss. The Belgian will be key to Chelsea’s title chances. The Stamford Bridge club do not have to worry about European football this year either, and that could also work t their advantage.
Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal- Manchester City will be back fighting for the title under new manager Pep Guardiola. The Spaniard has had success with Barcelona and Bayern Munich, where he and his team mastered the ‘Tiki Taka’ style of Football. Expect City to start playing a similar style this season and to score plenty of goals. However, adapting to a completely new tactic might take time, so expect the Citizens to drop points in matches you would expect them to win.
Jose Mourinho has been set the task of bringing back the glory to Manchester United. The Red Devils have not won a league title since Sir Alex Ferguson retired- quite frankly they have not even been close. With some big money signings, including Paul Pogba in a World record transfer, United will be back competing for the Premier League title, but they will ultimately fall short of a more steady Chelsea.
Arsenal have been top four mainstays for over a decade now, but with Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool looking to challenge for that Champions League spot, their top four status might be under pressure. Having said that, Arsene Wenger always seems to find a way to qualify for the Champions League. Expect it to be close, but Arsenal will sneak fourth place.
Burnley, Hull City, Bournemouth – Burnley have failed to really add to their squad during the transfer window, and that will cost them. This is practically the same side that secured promotion from the Championship, and that will not cut it in the top flight.
Hull City are currently manager-less and directionless and that does not bode well. They have had a poor summer where they failed to make significant changes to their squad. It will be a difficult season for The Tigers.
Bournemouth were one of the many surprise packages last season. They entertained many with their style of football last year but were beginning to be figured out towards the end of the season. They have made some good additions to the squad, but they will struggle to keep teams out.
Sergio Aguero – The Argentinian always seems to be in the discussion for the Golden boot come the end of the season. With plenty of creativity in the side, Aguero will see plenty of chances, and providing he stays fit, he will also take plenty of them.
Riyad Mahrez – The player of the year last season will struggle to replicate that level with his title winning side. The Algerian dazzled defences will his dribbling, but he tailed off towards the end of the season. With the Champions League also being a factor this season, a burn out might happen quicker this time around.
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