Football fans across the land are back in good spirits as the Premier league has finally returned for another season of end to end action. With the season just recently kicking off, we look at what’s in store for the next 9 months in the Premier League. As we know, last season provided a whole hatful of surprises with Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City breaking all kinds of records to secure the title very comfortably. We saw Swansea, Stoke and West Brom all relegated meaning that all three of the promoted sides in Newcastle, Brighton and Huddersfield all secured survival at the first time of asking. So, we’re going to make our predictions for this seasons outcome and you can let us know what you think in the comments!
20. Cardiff City
Never a nice one to talk about and it can always be a tough one as there’s usually a surprise drop in the Premier League year after year. But here at Viral World, we’ve gone for Cardiff City to finish at the bottom of the pile. Newly promoted for this season, many would say that Cardiff have the weakest squad in the division on paper however they have a manager in Neil Warnock who certainly knows his football and has been around the block when it comes to success in the Championship. Their strong campaign last year is something that he was clearly influential in, guiding them to a second-place finish and automatic promotion. They’ve made a few decent acquisitions such as the talented Bobby Reid who flourished at Bristol City and likewise with Josh Murphy at Norwich, you’d think these types of players would need to have big seasons for Cardiff to get the goals for them to stay up and paper over the lack of Premier League experience that the squad has.
Huddersfield tasted Premier League life for the first ever time in their history last season and it was certainly one for them to remember as they finished in 16th, narrowly scraping safety by 4 points. It was a mixed season for the newcomers, but they picked up big points when it mattered, they even gave their fans a night to remember with a historic win against none other than Manchester United at the John Smith’s Stadium. Picking up 22 points in the first half of the season was crucial to Huddersfield’s survival, players such as Aaron Mooy and Steve Mounie did enough in terms of goals and assists to drag a side who had very little Premier League experience from the ruins. This season may be different, teams around them including the newly promoted teams have spent a lot of money in strengthening their squads and on paper, it certainly looks like those around Huddersfield will have more options for places. Though the difference could lie in one player, Huddersfield broke their transfer record for Terence Kongolo. The centre-back has plenty of experience playing for a top-quality side in Monaco, perhaps that may be the answer to the potential defensive woes that lie ahead?
18. Newcastle United
As a Geordie myself, this is painful to admit. But, I think the thought process behind this justifies why Newcastle are going in at 18th. There’s no doubt Rafael Benitez has done an incredible job on Tyneside, to get the side promoted at the first time of asking back into the Premier League and then go on to guide them to a 10th placed finish, it’s been a fantastic couple of seasons for the Toon. The real problem lies in the lack of investment from the club, it’s quite clearly documented the kind of relationship owner Mike Ashely and Rafa Benítez have and it’s no real surprise that it’s the latter who is consistently been left frustrated. Newcastle fans have made their feelings well known to Mike Ashley for a number of years now and we think this season may be the final nail in the coffin, with huge investment coming from newly promoted sides like Wolves and Fulham, the money game may have finally caught up with Newcastle and that would see them drop to the second tier of English football for the 3rd time under Ashley’s reign. Signings like Kenedy who also spent the second half of last season on loan from Chelsea are the calibre of player that Newcastle needs to kick on and produce that bit of magic this season to keep the points on the board. Rafa Benitez may be the only thing standing in the way of relegation this season for the Magpies.
Champions League places
Chelsea narrowly missed out on a Champions League spot last season under Antonio Conte, 5 points adrift from Liverpool who finished in 4th. Now they have a new Italian at the helm in Mauricio Sarri, a manager who has a wealth of experience in managing the top talent at Napoli, he pulled together a side that would challenge for the Serie A title. Though Sarri has never won a major trophy as a coach there is no doubt he can get points from big games and improve teams, Roman Abramovich’s decision making when it comes to new coaches is also something that shouldn’t be ridiculed. Sarri has brought in some real quality signings such as Jorginho who followed in his footsteps from Naples, a big admirer of Pep Guardiola as he was snatched right from beneath City’s noses. Chelsea did lose Thibault Courtois to Real Madrid but got Mateo Kovacic on loan as part of the deal, Sarri wasn’t afraid to spend big either as Chelsea broke the transfer record for a goalkeeper to sign Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao in a £71.6m deal. Chelsea will be hoping their new major signings can have a positive impact on the squad and push them into the Champions League places and perhaps even further?
It was a bit of an unusual season for Spurs last campaign as they played their home games at Wembley while their new stadium was being built for this season. Now with the move to the new stadium being delayed by a couple of months at least, some are questioning if this will potentially damage Spurs’ preparations for this season, having to go back to Wembley for a chunk of their home games. But, if last season is anything to go by Spurs shouldn’t have too much trouble when playing matches at the home of football, losing only 2 of their 19 premier league games at Wembley last season. Spurs failed to make any transfer dealings in the summer window as they saw multiple bids turned down for Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish, but Mauricio Pochettino appears satisfied with his current squad as they managed to fend off interest for the likes of Toby Alderweireld, who has been crucial in defence for the past couple of years. You’d expect with the attacking flair that Spurs have that it would be a no-brainer to shoe them in for a top 4 finish, Harry Kane came back from the World Cup with the golden boot and after missing out on the Premier league one last season to Mohammed Salah, you’d think he’d be eager to win it back!
Many are tipping Liverpool to win the league this season and there’s no real surprise why. Last season they enjoyed a fantastic campaign under Jurgen Klopp which saw new signing Mohammed Salah fire Liverpool into a Champions League spot by breaking the record for the most goals scored in a single premier league season with 32. The new signing also helped Liverpool reach their first champions league final in 11 years but failed to bring home the iconic trophy as Real Madrid ran out 3-1 winners. There is plenty of positives for Liverpool to take from last season though and a lot of experienced gained too, Jurgen Klopp has managed to strengthen the squad significantly and spent over £160 million in bringing in Alisson, Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri. A range of top quality signings that you could argue are the missing parts of the jigsaw for Liverpool, who were crying out for a new goalkeeper and a pair of solid defensive midfielders as going forward was never the problem for Liverpool but keeping the goals out at the other end. We have put Liverpool in at second but it sure wouldn’t come as a surprise if Liverpool’s long wait for another Premier League title may finally be nearly over.
1. Manchester City
Well, where do we start? Manchester City’s second season under Pep Guardiola will go down in history as they strolled to the Premier League title, breaking all kinds of records along the way. After a bit of a frustrating first season for Guardiola at City, he went into last season with his own squad as he made a whole host of signings that fitted his philosophy and boy did it pay off. City had secured the league with 5 games to spare and hit a record-breaking 100 points on the final game of the season which saw them finish a staggering 19 points ahead of Manchester United. Manchester City’s style of football under Pep Guardiola has been nothing short of remarkable, an absolute joy to watch, and with many football experts and pundits claiming that this may be the greatest team to ever grace the Premier League, it’s difficult not to back them to win the title again. The Citizens just seem to keep strengthening while retaining all their top players, in the summer transfer window City splashed out a club record £60 million on Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez, another player to add to their attacking ranks. The difference in setting City apart from the others is that they seem to have a world class squad rather than just a world-class starting 11 and rotation is key in the Premier League. It’ll take some doing to stop this team!
Viral World Predicted Premier League Table 2019/19
- Manchester City
- Manchester United
- Leicester City
- Wolverhampton Wanderers
- West Ham
- Crystal Palace
- Newcastle United
- Huddersfield Town
- Cardiff City
Let us know yours in the comments!