After being occupied by the Euros earlier this summer and currently being entertained by the ongoing Olympics, our wait for the Premier League is now over and there is a significant amount of optimism (more than usual) that is co-existing with the start of this season. With a host of high profile managers, along with a number charismatic and flamboyant transfer signings, this season is lining up to be one of the best.
It has been an expensive summer for most BPL clubs this year, we have seen a word record fee broken in the likes of Paul Pogba, £42.2 million on John Stones who has taken his services to Manchester City, Jesus also heading to City for a fee around 27 million, in addition to other expensive signings that have been completed. This just shows how much money has evolved within football, 10 million just seems worthless in this modern age. Yet, the players who have joined these clubs this season are making everything exciting. So with all this said, what are we to expect in the up coming seeing? Here are my views…
The Dab- a dance craze that is spreading through professional sports across the globe has become infectious throughout a number of social groups across many countries. With the inclusion of Pogba who is commonly known to ‘Dab’ among others such as Jesse Lingard, we are sure to see a whole lot more dabbing as this season progresses.
Who will be victorious?
After shocking the world last season, Leicester managed to defy the odds and be crowned Premier League Champions. Will this be the case this season…I don’t think so. No disrespect in regards to Leicester, but with the likes of Mourinho, Conte and Guardiola, the clubs who unexpectedly under-performed last season seem to be going in the right direction and losing to Hull this weekend, you can see the cracks already appearing in the Fox’s squad. Man United have boosted their squad quite considerably and Conte is quite the defensive tactician and we all know what Guardiola can bring to a squad. Let’s not forget Arsenal, Spurs and Liverpool are all worth a shout in gaining the glory. But if I were to predict the winner’s, I’d go with Chelsea, purely on the basis that they have no Champions League and Conte is a very good manager, who made an ageing Italian squad look like serious contenders in winning the Euros earlier this summer.
Who will face the drop
So from one end of the table to the other, there’s a lot of teams that I feel can face the drop this season, we have the new boys Hull, Middlesbrough and Burnley. Out of the three, I think that Borough are most likely to stay up due to their transfer activities and the stature of the club. Despite Hull’s win over the champions this weekend, I still think its a long road ahead of the club, especially with their problems on and off the field in regards to the lack of transfers and still not acquiring a new manager. Similar to Burnley, even though I think they have a decent manager, I don’t believe their squad is good enough to survive. For the third team, I think it can be out of a number of clubs such as West Brom, Sunderland, Swansea, Bournmouth just because, they have been flirting with the relegation zone for a while now and its only a matter of time that one of those teams slip up and face the consequences. So expect a dog battle with all these clubs this coming season.
With so many personalities standing in that dug out, there is sure to be some controversy between competing managers. We’ve seen it in the past with Mourinho, Wenger, Pep in the Spanish League and Conte whose a passionate individual. I am sure at one point this season, a pair of these managers will come face to face with one another or maybe other managers in the league, throwing their hand bags around and attempting to be that ‘alpha-male’
Prediction of the premier league standings come May
- Man United
- Man City
- West Ham
- Leicester City
- Crystal Palace
- Stoke City
- West Brom
It is sure to be a hell of a season, with already shock results in the opening weekend. Keep an eye out for all these new players and let’s see if my prediction table comes in.