It’s always something special when the English Premier League kicks off. In many people’s opinion, it’s the best and most entertaining league in the world, and the only known cure to the football deprivation caused by the long summer months. Now, the wait is finally over and we have 9 glorious months of football to look forward to. Keep reading for a closer look at what to expect from the 2019/20 edition of the Premier League, along with our take on what the table could look like at the end of the season!
Last season’s Premier League was a two-horse race really. Liverpool and Manchester City were miles ahead of the rest, and it took until the final matchday before the Citizens got their second consecutive title. For the sake of the league, one must hope that we will see a tighter affair with more clubs staying in the battle for longer this time.
Many expect Manchester City to be the strongest team in the league this year too, especially with their recent acquisition of midfielder Rodri from Atletico Madrid for the neat price of €68 million. But it’s impossible not to expect something extraordinary from Liverpool this year too. Their squad has settled fully, they got their hands on the Champions League trophy in May, and there can be no doubt about what the Anfield crowd wants in their trophy cabinet this year.
Meanwhile, other teams who are likely to be fighting for the top spots on the table are Manchester United and Chelsea. They are both being led by each their club legend in Ole Gunnar Solskjær and Frank Lampard respectively, and will meet at Old Trafford on the opening day. United have made some good signings this summer, including Harry Maguire, who is now the world’s most expensive defender. Solskjær is expected to bring home some good results this season, and will hope that Pogba will stay on to help him out. Meanwhile, Chelsea are suffering under a transfer ban and lost their superstar Eden Hazard earlier this summer. The Blues from West London will be looking to Christian Pulisic and various homegrown youngsters to make this season memorable.
In North London, two big rivals are planning for a huge season ahead. Arsenal just completed their most expensive signing in history by bringing in Nicolas Pepe from Lille OSC, and they can also count on Dani Ceballos, who has joined on loan from Real Madrid. Mix this with their already brilliant attacking duo of Aubameyang and Lacazette, and you have a really dangerous-looking Gunners side up front, although it seems their defence could fail them again this year. Tottenham have also broken their transfer record this summer by acquiring Tanguy Ndombele for their midfield, and as they prepare for their first full season at their magnificent new stadium, there is a feeling that this is the campaign the Spurs have been preparing for since Pochettino’s appointment in 2014.
The best of the rest
Right below the top 6 and the biggest and richest clubs in the league, we find another group of hard-hitting teams that will make life hard for any opponent this season. Teams like Leicester City, Wolverhampton, West Ham and Everton all have great squads and will be battling for, in the very least, the 7th place and a ticket to the Europa League playoffs. But they could also quickly mix themselves into the battle for the top 6 places if the top clubs start becoming complacent.
Last year, it was newcomers Wolverhampton who surprised the league and landed the 7th place, but this year they risk tiring Thursday-matches and long travels across Europe if they do come through the Europa League qualifiers. This had a terrible effect on Burnley last season, and could quickly see The Wanderers drop a few places in the league. Meanwhile, further east in the Midlands, Leicester City are really starting to get up to pace under Brendan Rodgers. The permanent signing of Youri Tielemans and the addition of Ayoze Perez from Newcastle mean the Foxes might have completed the recipe for another remarkable season. If they can manage without Man United-bound Maguire that is.
In the blue part of Liverpool, manager Marco Silva has been building his Everton for well over a year now, and things are starting to look good. Their 8th place finish last season was not bad at all, but this year they seem prepared to battle for even higher places, especially after securing the services of Moise Kean and Fabian Delph. Just 2 points below the Toffees last season, were West Ham. Manuel Pellegrini seems to finally have gotten the financial backing he has sought after, and several high-profile names have entered the London Stadium this summer as a consequence. Expect the Hammers high up on the table this season!
The fight against relegation
There is the glorious battle for the title and Champions League spots, then we have the aforementioned “best of the rest”-clubs, and in the middle of the table we find a series of clubs that are likely to stay exactly there, not really bothered by relegation nor top 6 spots. These clubs include Crystal Palace, Southampton, Bournemouth and others. But then there is the much-feared relegation battle going on at the bottom of the Premier League table. This is often where the newcomers find themselves, and where teams that can’t replace their lost stars or find the appropriate manager wind up. Let’s take a look at this year’s relegation candidates.
Newcastle United have had a rough summer. They have lost their saviour for the past years in Rafael Benitez and replaced him with Steve Bruce, a manager with little to show for. On top of that, several key members of the squad have moved on to new clubs and left big holes to fill. A couple of signings have been brought in, including striker Joelinton from Hoffenheim, but will it be enough to keep Premier League at Tyneside?
Newly promoted Sheffield United and Norwich City are also likely to have tough seasons ahead. Adjusting to the Premier League from the Championship is no easy task, and with limited resources compared to the more established clubs of the league, they will have to leave their everything on the pitch in every single game. Brighton did exactly that last season, and it was just about enough to give them another season in the league, but will anything change under new manager Graeme Potter?
Lastly, we have Aston Villa, who have finally brought Premier League football back to Birmingham. They are by far the biggest spenders in England this transfer window, having splashed out €157 million on various names. But it seems they have done so wisely, by securing several players permanently that were with them on loan last year. We see it as unlikely that they will fall back down to the Championship after the season, although Fulham have showed us that money certainly don’t fix everything.
ScandiBet’s prediction of the Premier League table 2019/20
- Manchester City
- Manchester United
- Leicester City
- West Ham
- Crystal Palace
- Aston Villa
- Newcastle United
- Norwich City
- Sheffield United
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