The time has nearly arrived, and another exciting Premier League season is on the horizon. There’s question after question that you could ask about what’s going to happen over the next nine months. Last season saw Manchester City and Liverpool dominate the Premier League. City won a titanic battle clinching the title by a point on the final day of the season. Liverpool went on to win the Champions League (something City would love to do) but are still chasing that elusive first Premier League title. The top two drew 25 points clear of the rest of the league. That’s more than eight wins, so can that massive gap be bridged again this season, or are we going to have a two-horse race again?
Another title triumph this season will be the third in a row for Manchester City. Only Manchester United have achieved that feat in Premier League history. The past two league seasons have seen City produce a series of frightening statistics. 198 points, 195 goals, 64 wins, a goal difference of +145 and 104 points earned in home games. City haven’t been that busy in the transfer window. With the strength of their squad, they don’t really need to. They have spent £62m on signing Rodri from Atletico Madrid. He’s already being touted as a major addition to their midfield, especially when it comes to playing in Europe. Defender Joao Cancelo is also on his way to the Etihad in a swap deal that sees Danilo going to Juventus. It’s hard to look past Manchester City when asked who will win the Premier League. Perhaps only a congested fixture list and an appalling set of injuries could stop them. You can get odds of 8/15 at Betfair on them winning the Premier League.
That’s the big question that must be asked about Liverpool. Only one league defeat and the Champions league title but till second in the Premier League. Not since the 2013/14 season has the team finishing second in the table gone on to win the title the following season. Can Liverpool buck the trend? While those around them have been making major signings, that’s not been the case at Anfield. They have virtually the same squad as last season with the only major departure being that of Daniel Sturridge. Pre-season hasn’t gone too well for them. They were missing several key players due to their summer international duty. Sadio Mane only started training this week so won’t feature early on. In the Community Shield though, Liverpool showed they will again be a major force this season. Fixture congestion might be a problem though. The World Club Championship means they will be in Qatar four days before Christmas. Liverpool are 11/4 at Paddy Power to win the title.
Chelsea finished third last season and they won the Europa League. It’s been all change this summer with the arrival of Frank Lampard and departure of Eden Hazard. Normally, Chelsea would be out signing a major replacement for the Belgian. However, they are serving a transfer ban so that’s not been possible. The new season will see a reliance on youth, but they do have a highly talented squad. The likes of Tammy Abraham, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi will be given more opportunity this season. They won’t be challenging for the title but will hope for a top four finish, though that looks a tough target. It’s 5/4 at SkyBet that Frank Lampard keeps them in the Champions League places.
Tottenham finally have their new ground and have settled in well. They finished fourth last season but nearly lost out on that final Champions League place. For a change, they have been busy in the transfer market with £65m spent on acquiring Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon. It looks as if they will also be signing long-term target Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham. They have sold Kieran Trippier though. Spurs must cut the number of games they lose. 13 in the Premier League last season and inconsistent away form too. Cure those ills and they could finish in the top two. You can get odds of 7/2 at Coral that Spurs get a top two finish.
Arsenal fans probably nearly fainted when hearing their club had spent £72m on signing Nicholas Pepe from Lille. The Gunners narrowly missed out on a return to the Champions League but look to have an awesome attack this season. The problem is they still look shaky at the back. Laurent Kolscieny is on his way to Bordeaux but bids to sign new defenders hasn’t gone too well. William Saliba has been signed from St Etienne but immediately loaned back to them. Good for the future but it does nothing to solve their current problem. They will again be in the shake-up to get a top four finish but it’s not going to be easy for them. Defensive problems and a dodgy away record are the key problems. Cure those and the 5/4 at 888sport on them finishing in the top four looks good.
Manchester United have been the big spenders in the Premier League. A disappointing sixth was caused mainly by their woeful defending. Having spent £130m on Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire, that problem should be solved this season. It’s been a strange summer for United. They seem to have been linked with countless players, but negotiations have been a struggle It’s still not known if Paul Pogba and/or Romelu Lukaku will be playing for them in the 2019/20 season. They are trying to sign Christian Eriksen from Tottenham and that would be a great signing. A return to the top four is looking possible for United. BetVictor will give you 1/1 on that happening.
Everton have been spending millions in the transfer window. They are an ambitious club with a new ground on the way and don’t just want a top six finish. Their aim is to climb out of the shadows of their neighbours and be in contention to win the Premier League. That’s unlikely to happen this season but they could well finish in the top six. They have made some impressive signings and look to have a promising future. If they could sign Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace and their new-look team gels quickly, then Everton could have a good season. It’s 4/1 at William Hill that Everton finish in the top six.
Wolverhampton Wanderers were the only one of the three promoted teams last season not to make an immediate return. They finished in seventh place and that was enough to qualify them for the Europa League. That could well affect their Premier League season, especially if a few injuries came along. It was a strange season for Wolves on their return to the Premier League. Against the top six in the table, they earned 16 points last season. None of which explains why they then lost twice to bottom of the table Huddersfield Town, lost away to Cardiff, drew at Fulham and got one point from two games against Brighton. They really should have finished in the top six last season. More impressive signings have been made but the second season in the top flight is often harder than the first. The odds on a top six finish are 7/2 at Bet365.
Leicester City had an emotional rollercoaster of a season last year. The tragic death of their owner cast a shadow over the club. To their credit, they continued to win games on the pitch and weren’t far from qualifying for Europe. They have made some good signings this summer but on the flip side have lost the services of Harry Maguire. Signing a good replacement before the transfer window closes is a key target for them now. 4/1 is available at Unibet on City getting a top six finish.
West Ham United have again been busy in the transfer market. One time all the chopping and changing will result in a settled team that gets consistent results. They made a terrible start to last season, so that’s something they must avoid this term. Sebastian Haller and Pablo Fornals both look good signings. The Hammers finished 10th last season but a top six finish looks unlikely. 11/1 on a top six finish looks about right. Perhaps a good cup run is their best hope of success.
Of the sides that were promoted from the Championship last season, two look likely to struggle. While Aston Villa have spent over £130m on players, Norwich City and Sheffield United haven’t spent anywhere near as much.
Norwich City look in big danger of an immediate return to the Championship. You look at their squad and it just screams relegation. They are 11/10 at Betway to be relegated this season. The cash hasn’t been spent and they lack players with Premier League experience. Home form is going to be crucial for them this season.
Sheffield United have spent a fair bit but nearly all their signings are Championship players. Surely someone has told them they’re in the Premier League now. Sharp and McGoldrick have no top flight experience and their hope is that they and the other new signings will step up to the plate. Betfair will give you 4/5 on the Blades being relegated.
The last two Premier League seasons have seen Southampton finish 16th and 17th. They have signed Che Adams from Birmingham and Danny Ings is now a permanent signing from Liverpool. The Saints struggle on the road and have defensive problems. They could well end up in the bottom three this season. The odds of that happening are 11/2 at Paddy Power.
Brighton and Hove Albion flirted with relegation after an appalling second half of the season. It’s 15/8 at Betfred that they finish in the top three this season. They have made some decent signings including strikers Neal Maupay and Leandro Trossard. Adam Webster has joined from Bristol City so there is some hope of a better season. Home form must get better though as their away record is a major problem. Holding on to Lewis Dunk is a necessity.
Newcastle United start the season with a new manager that few of their fans actually want. Steve Bruce is in charge after Rafael Benitez headed to China. At least the fans can’t moan too much about Mike Ashley not authorising major transfer deals. They have signed Joelinton for £40m and Allan Saint-Maximin for £20m. The loss of Saloman Rondon and Ayoze Perez isn’t good news though and it’s only 9/4 at Boylesports that they will be relegated.
Crystal Palace are prone to making slow starts and can’t afford to be playing catch-up again this season. Having already lost Aaron Wan-Bissaka, they can’t afford to lose Wilfried Zaha but do they want an unsettled player at the club. New signings have been a struggle and a relegation battle could be on the cards, especially if their poor home form continues.5/1 at SportPesa on them going down looks worth a bet.