Premier League: Prem Preview

Well, here we go again. This rollercoaster just keeps on coming around, spinning us until we feel sick and then coaxing us back on board with candyfloss. At least for us, there is our first venture into Premier League prediction making. So long as its open, entertaining and full of as many surprises as a jumbo Christmas cracker, we should all be in for a treat. Disclaimer, Cameron is the sole writer who believes Arsenal to be top four worthy… cue incredulous laughter. But stranger things have happened.

By Rory Morrow & Cameron Jenkins

Arsenal
Key PlayerBukayo Saka
Best SigningBen White
League Prediction4th
A Successful Season Is…Qualifying for the Champions League! They have failed to do so since 2006. However, qualifying for the Europa League would be a tip in the right direction and a welcome return to form.
Biggest RivalsEverton
Aston Villa
Key PlayerDanny Ings
Best SigningAxel Tuanzebe
League Prediction9th
A Successful Season Is…Finishing in the top 10, and reaching the final of the FA Cup. They’re a solid club with the capability to improve on last season if they put the work in.
Biggest RivalsLeeds United
Brentford
Key PlayerIvan Toney
Best SigningFrank Onyeka
League Prediction15th
A Successful Season Is…Finishing in the top 10. As a newly promoted side, a top 10 finish would consolidate Brentford’s foothold within the Premier League.
Biggest RivalsSouthampton
Brighton & Hove Albion
Key PlayerLeondro Trossard
Best SigningEnock Mewpu
League Prediction18th
A Successful Season Is…Good campaigns in the Premier League and FA Cup. Two cups that show how well a team can perform across the domestic landscape of English Football.
Biggest RivalsCrystal Palace
BurnleyThe Deputy-Editor’s Team
Key PlayerChris Wood
Management PriorityKeeping Nick Pope at the team
League Prediction14th
A Successful Season Is…Staying in the League. With Dyche’s budget, he works wonders.
Biggest Rivals“Love to try and topple Newcastle, but really our six pointers will come against the promoted teams.” – Rory Morrow, Deputy & Sports Editor
Chelsea
Key PlayerKai Havertz
Management PriorityHaving not bought anyone new in a while, Robert Kenedy has returned to Chelsea from loan to Granada F.C. It will be interesting to see how he performs.
League Prediction2nd
A Successful Season Is…Winning at least two trophies. Matching last year’s successful campaigns, and with a win at the Super Cup over Villa-Real, as well as last year’s Champions League and FA Cup trophies, they’ll know they are more than capable team to dominate.
Biggest RivalsManchester City
Crystal Palace
Key PlayerWilfred Zaha
Best SigningJoachim Anderson
League Prediction16th
A Successful Season Is…If Crystal Palace want to prove themselves this season, a top 10 finish is where they should aim. Successful campaigns, like reaching the quarter finals of the League Cup and FA Cup, are great opportunities for Palace to show their true worth.
Biggest RivalsBrighton & Hove Albion
Everton
Key PlayerGylfi Sigurdsson
Best SigningDemarai Gray
League Prediction7th
A Successful Season Is…Qualifying for the Europa League! Everton have the talent to enter the top 5, as proven by their run of form at the start of the last season. Successful campaigns in other domestic competitions will able be a priority for Everton.
Biggest RivalsArsenal
Leeds United
Key PlayerStuart Dallas
Best SigningJack Harrison
League Prediction9th
A Successful Season Is…Maintaining their position amongst the top 10 in the Premier League. The League Cup and FA Cup should also be sought after.
Biggest RivalsWest Ham
Leicester City
Key PlayerKelechi Iheanacho
Best SigningPatson Daka
League Prediction6th
A Successful Season Is…Leicester City fans wouldn’t be disappointed with a Europa League place again this season. Additionally, they have the ability to reach the Champions League again.
Biggest RivalsTottenham Hotspur
Liverpool
Key PlayerMohamad Salah
Best SigningIbrahima Konaté
League Prediction3rd
A Successful Season Is…At least one trophy would be ideal for the team. Liverpool will be hoping to get their hands on either the Premier League or Champions League, but it will be a difficult challenge considering their competitors.
Biggest RivalsManchester United
Manchester CityCameron Jenkin’s Team
Key PlayerPhil Foden
Best SigningJack Grealish
League Prediction1st
A Successful Season Is…For City, the Champions League and another trophy are in the cross-hairs. After losing the FA Cup and the Champions League to Chelsea, City will be out for blood this season.
Biggest RivalsChelsea
Manchester United
Key PlayersBruno Fernandes and Luke Shaw
Best SigningsRaphael Varane and Jadon Sancho
League Prediction5th
A Successful Season Is…For United, winning any trophy is a good season. Additionally, holding their own against City, whilst also giving Donny van de Been a run of games are also pivotal to United’s success.
Biggest RivalsLiverpool
Newcastle United
Key PlayersAllan Saint-Maximin and Callum Wilson
Best SigningsJoe Willock
League Prediction15th
A Successful Season Is…Steve Bruce will be hoping to remove the Rafa shackles, and can realistically aspire to a top half finish.
Biggest RivalsA lot of clubs, but their biggest rivals Sunderland remain trapped in League One.
Norwich City
Key PlayersMax Aarons
Best SigningsEmi Buendia and Billy Gilmour
League Prediction19th
A Successful Season Is…Maintaining Premier League position. However, Daniel Farke’s philosophy should not be forgotten in the relegation battles.
Biggest RivalsAn outrageously difficult start means the Canaries will, in the middle of the season, need to convert creditable draws into crucial wins against those around them.
Southampton
Key PlayersJames Ward-Prowse
Best SigningsArmando Broja and Adam Armstrong
League Prediction12th
A Successful Season Is…Consistent results and a top 10 finish.
Biggest RivalsThe distinct south coast rivalry with Brighton will be carried on into the new season.
Tottenham Hotspur
Key PlayersHarry Kane and Son Heung-min
Best SigningsCristian Romero
League Prediction7th
A Successful Season Is…Like with unsuccessful previous seasons, Tottenham need a trophy… any trophy.
Biggest RivalsArsenal
Watford
Key PlayersTroy Deeney and Ismaila Sarr
Best SigningsJosh King
League Prediction17th
A Successful Season Is…Maintaining Premier League position, and of course sacking at least one manager.
Biggest RivalsPersonally, we’re eager to witness the Deeney-Arsenal-cojones debacle play out its next chapter.
West Ham United
Key PlayersVladimir Coufal and Aaron Cresswell
Best SigningsDeclan Rice and Alphonse Areola
League Prediction8th
A Successful Season Is…Reaching out for the Europa League, whilst challenging the top six.
Biggest RivalsAny London derby featuring West Ham are usually eventful.
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Key PlayersRuben Neves
Best SigningsRaul Jimenez
League Prediction14th
A Successful Season Is…If Bruno Lage starts well, Wanderers will hope to challenge for the Europa League again.
Biggest RivalsAston Villa

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