The Premier League Table, ranked 1-20. Who are this season’s surprises, and who is at risk of the drop?
Here I am to prognosticate the upcoming Premier League season in its entirety.
Feel free to yell at me in the replies on how/why I disrespected your favorite club.
For each team, I highlight a few points worth discussing.
1. Manchester City, Tier 1
City will win the league again, and I think it’s going to be by a more sizable margin than last season. The ACL injury to Leroy Sané in the Community Shield hurts, but it doesn’t move the needle too much. Pep Guardiola’s second team would finish runners-up in the Premier League.
The additions of Rodri and Joao Cancelo are more than enough to earn the 3-peat in my opinion.
2. Liverpool, Tier 1
This is a historic run for Jürgen Klopp at Liverpool. Unfortunately, the Citizens are still around to deny Premier League titles.
Liverpool made very few signings, but Naby Keita and Joe Gomez are coming off injury-riddled seasons and will contribute much more this time around. The Reds are title contenders who could suffer from fatigue after competing in seven competitions.
3. Tottenham Hotspur, Tier 2
Tottenham are in a tier of their own. They’ll be a good 5-7 points off second, and a good 5-7 points away from fourth. For the first time in years, Spurs invested heavily in the transfer market. Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon is a Player of the Year candidate. However, Daniel Levy’s outgoings made little sense.
A buyer for Danny Rose – the club’s best left-back – was never found, Christian Eriksen might leave by month’s end, and right-back is a massive hole.
4. Chelsea, Tier 3
If Frank Lampard achieves 75% of what Maurizio Sarri did, he’ll be hailed as the savior at Chelsea.
Lampard did well at Derby, but this is a huge jump for the club legend. To say he may be a little in over his head might be accurate. No matter. This team is talented, deep and balanced. I think Chelsea will surprise some people this season.
5. Arsenal, Tier 3
Arsenal will be must-watch TV every time they are on. Every match is going to end 5-5. The Gunners made some shrewd signings in installments, but will the public be as enamored with said moves when they affect next season’s transfer budget? And the year after that, and the year after that…
6. Leicester City, Tier 3
I am a bit hesitant to put Leicester this high after selling Harry Maguire to Manchester United. That being said, the midfield is so deep and so talented; this is the perfect club for Brendan Rodgers. The Foxes squeak past United for 6th-place.