15. Burnley, Tier 6
Burnley fans are used to this by now. Survive and live to fight another day.
Sean Dyche will count on Ben Mee, James Tarkowksi and Nick Pope to keep opposing attacks at bay. In midfield, Danny Drinkwater arrives on loan to add a splash of quality.
16. Newcastle United, Tier 6
Steve Bruce does just enough to survive in the Premier League. With a plethora of good centre-backs to choose from, Newcastle will grind out 1-1 draws to finish ahead of three other clubs.
Joelinton and Miguel Almirón offer a nice 1-2 punch in the attack.
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17. Sheffield United, Tier 6
Blades are the least-talented side on paper and they do just enough to stay up. Chris Wilder has a massive job ahead of him.
18. Brighton & Hove Albion, Tier 7
Brighton’s late signings of Neal Maupay and Aaron Mooy could be enough to push them over, but I couldn’t quite switch them with Sheffield United.
19. Norwich City, Tier 7
Why did Norwich barely improve their squad? Bizarre.
20. Crystal Palace, Tier 7
I think it’s going to be a rough season at Selhurst Park. The club sold its second-best player and the best trained by himself over several days in hopes of forcing a move. The only signings were James McCarthy, Jordan Ayew, Victor Camarasa on loan, and Gary Cahill on a free.
Not great, Roy.