Although the Copa America, the African Cup of Nations and the Women’s World Cup are in full swing, we just cannot wait for the new season of the Premier League to commence. This lull during summer can be painful which is why myself and my good friend Bogoljub Karic have already begun to look ahead to who may win the next installment of England’s top division. The choice will come down to the usual 6 and here is how we think each will fare.
The Champions will of course look set to make it 3 in a row this year and create the dynasty which they have been hoping for. Guardiola and City will of course once again be challenging for the title come April but there have been some changes which could affect that. David Silva and Vincent Company have called time at the club, two massive voices in the dressing room. With Leroy Sane looking to move as well, City will have to hope that their recruitment is on point to once again challenge. We predict the Citizens to finish 2nd.
Having lost talisman Eden Hazard to Real Madrid and with a transfer ban restricting them from buying, this will be a tough campaign for the Blues. Frank Lampard looks set to take over the managerial role and this too could prove very risky. Chelsea still ooze with quality but this year’s focus will have to be top 4 rather than anything else. Our prediction is 6th.
United had a torrid time last year and despite the fact that they are investing heavily this summer, it will be another testing campaign for them. Playing in the Europa League on a Thursday night will put pressure on the squad and their new signings will have to come up trumps straight away. No matter how much money is spent there is something not right at United and Solskjaer and his lack of ability will get found out, a 5th place finish for United is our prediction.
After losing the Champions League final Spurs will want to get close to the action again and this is why Levy has opened his chequebook for N’Dombele and Jack Clarke. Spurs will need to invest in wing backs to close the gap on Liverpool and City however. If Eriksen stays then we can see Spurs pushing right to the end of a title challenge, finishing up in 3rd spot.
Unai Emery will struggle again this year, there is no money for investment and they will be playing on a Thursday night again in the Europa League. We expect this Arsenal team to scrape 4th position, but they will be miles away from the top 3.
For us this will be Liverpool’s year to final get back to the top of the Premier League. This team is outstanding and they are also young and hungry. Amassing 97 points and not winning a title was too cruel and these players know that they have the ability to topple City and lift the trophy.