Top four: Liverpol, Man Utd, Man City, Chelsea
Relegated: West Ham, West Brom, Burnley
It’s hardly a hot take to say Liverpool will win the league, after all they dominated last season and looked like they were going to become the Premier League’s all-time greatest team. FYI, I fully believe they would have been if the coronavirus hadn’t halted the season.
So much of my top four prediction will be determined by the next few weeks and subsequent end of the transfer window. If Manchester United are able to get a new centre-back as well as Jadon Sancho, they’ll be in with a shout of challenging for second place in the table. Without? They’ll finish fourth at best with their rivals signing quality players.
Chelsea rolling back the years to 2004 and throwing money at their problems has been a fun narrative this summer, but in all seriousness they’ve signed some top-quality players. Timo Werner, in particular, is going to be a great signing.
The key to Chelsea’s success, however, will be Thiago Silva. If he can sort out that Chelsea defence – with or without Declan Rice – they’ll be in the best position to challenge Liverpool.
Manchester City adding Nathan Ake and Ferran Torres makes their squad even more frightening, but I can’t help but feel the Champions League will be their sole focus. This is Pep Guardiola’s final chance to win the competition before the inevitable “well, he needed Messi to bail him out in Europe” takes when they sign the Argentine on a free in 12 months’ time.
Arsenal keeping Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is huge for them, but they’ve been savvy in the transfer market at the same time. If they’re able to bring in one more creative player then they’re going to be looking strong. Mikel Arteta has started to find his feet in the role, and has already got his side playing in an exciting way.
West Ham are going to be there and thereabouts this season with regards to the bottom three, and I can see them slipping into the relegation zone come the end of the year.
West Brom have a solid core to them, but I think the yo-yo will drop again and they’ll find themselves celebrating promotion again in two years’ time. My final pick is Burnley, having flirted with the drop for what seems like an eternity now.
Published at Thu, 10 Sep 2020 12:31:00 +0000