My 2018/19 Premier League Prediction


After seeing the nation unite behind England at the World Cup in Russia it's that time again for us all to go back to our respective clubs and watch the sparks begin to fly.

Come May we will know who will be crowned champions, who will be jetting off on a European tour and which teams will be relegated to the Championship, here's what I think.

20. Cardiff City

Last seasons overachievers in the Championship saw Neil Warnock win a record eighth promotion, taking the bluebirds back to the top flight since 2013. Whilst they have't lost anyone of note in the transfer window and bringing in Harry Arter on loan from Bournemouth will bring some much needed experience into the dressing room. The other additions of Murphy and Reid aren't going to take the club to the next level.

19. Huddersfield Town

David Wagner completed mission impossible last season keeping Huddersfield up and I believe that one day we will see him as a regular in the Premier League. The players they have recruited over the summer in Sobhi, Durm and signing Lossl on a permanent basis are great additions to the team. However, like Cardiff I don't believe they have signed enough and, like last season, will struggle to score goals.

18. Brighton and Hove Albion

The term quality over quantity comes to mind when I think of Brighton this season and I hope Chris Houghton is good at remembering names as he has brought in a vast amount of players this summer, how many of them will go straight into the first team still remains to be seen. Glenn Murray's goals and the creativity of Pascal Groß were crucial in ensuring Brighton stayed up. However, I believe the curse of 'second season syndrome' will see Brighton struggle to hang onto their Premier League status.

17. Watford

Who would be the manager of Watford? Currently Javi Garcia occupies the dugout but for how long is anyone's guess with Gino Pozzo's gung-ho approach to hiring and firing managers left, right and centre to keep his team in the top flight. This kind of approach lacks longevity and stability and coupling that with the loss of Richarlison I think the hornets will struggle this season.

16. Southampton

Once seen as the place to be for young, up and coming academy talents to showcase their abilities. Much has changed at St. Mary's. Gone are the days of Bale & Lallana, now a team under-performing and seemingly plagued by injuries. The loss of Tadic to Ajax will be a huge blow to the saints. If Austin and Ings can stay fit I think their goals will be enough to ensure another season in the top flight.

15. Burnley

The European tour is well under way for the clarets and not even the most optimistic Burnley fan would've predicted how much they would overachieve last season. A like for like transfer bringing in Vydra for Arfield and the additions on Gibson and Hart will help to bolster and enable Sean Dyche to rotate his team with the hectic fixture list going into the season. I think Burnely will have a steady campaign and their fans will be happy to watch on with a pint in The Royal Dyche.

14. Crystal Palace

The saga of Zaha is over... for now. A younger Roy Hodgeson would've no doubt been jumping for joy as he has kept hold of his star man. I am looking forward to seeing how Meyer is integrated into the team and what level he brings in terms of quality. In addition, the pressure on Benteke will have been eased as Ayew comes in on loan and the addition of Kouyate will help in bringing some steel into their midfield. I expect this to be Zaha's last season with the eagles and he will be at a top six club next season.

13. Bournemouth

Dean Court is now part of the furniture in the Premier League. Credit must be given to Eddie Howe for the job he has done in being able to keep his team a float without a massive amount of money to spend to improve his team. This summer saw the signing of Lerma for a club record £25 million and he will suit the attacking style of the cherries and has the potential to have a breakout season the likes of we have previously seen with players such as Michu.

12. Newcastle United

This summer has been one to forget for my team. Mike Ashley has once again proven that he can't be trusted to deliver on his promises and the season which could've been the start of something special and perhaps seen Rafa Benitez sign a new long term contract has left a lot up in the air. Some positives to take going into the season are that the squad is better, Rondon is an improvement up front and I believe will score goals, we have got Kenedy for a full season and key personnel such as Lascelles and Shelvey have stayed. Support the team not the regime and lets hope by some miracle Rafa will stay with us.

11. Leicester City

The loss of Rihad Marez is one that I think most foxes fans knew was coming inevitably, when Manchester City come calling players tend to answer. Keeping hold of Gray, Vardey, Maguire and Schmiechel and with the addition of Johnny Evans to sure up the defence will see the foxes have a safe mid table finish.

Now we get to the teams that are the best of the rest and who will be pushing for the illusive European places and of course the illustrious Premier League crown.

10. Fulham

What a summer they have had down at Craven Cottage. Over £100 million spent is a new record for a promoted club and shows huge ambitions from the owners. With the additions of Seri, Schurlle, Mitrovic, Mawson, Chambers, Ryan and Fosu - Mensah on loan, with the experience of Tom Cairney and exuberance of Ryan Sessegnon. Fulham will hit the ground running and I expect them to have a fantastic season and just break into the top ten.

9. Wolves

The Championship super club last season Wolves look destined to do well in the Premier League under the ownership of Chinese conglomerate Fosun International. Already boasting the talents of Portuguese super star Rúben Neves, Wolves have added even more quality to their side with Patricio, Moutinho, Traore and Dendonker. Will they romp the Premier League as easily as they did the Championship? No, however, they have quality all over the pitch and I believe will have a really exciting campaign.

8. West Ham

Manuel Pelligrini is back, this time the charming man is 217 miles south of the Etihad and setting up camp at the Olympic Stadium. A huge upgrade on David Moyes from last season, West Ham with the players they have brought in this season look like a team which will easily break the top ten. The additions of Fredericks, Diop, Fabianski, Wilshire, Yarmolenko, Sanchez and Anderson to name a few I wouldn't be surprised to see the hammers go far in the cup competitions this season. The board look to have finally taken note at what the club needs, wants and deserves. Perhaps they should pay Mike Ashley a visit sometime.

7. Everton

Every season it seems that Everton are the team to prop up the top six. Mainly because they are the 'best of the rest' but this season with the likes of Fulham, Wolves & West Ham all having quality in their ranks I don't think it will be so straight forward. However, the confidence of Jordan Pickford will be on a another level after his performance at the World Cup and with the additions of Marco Silva at the helm, big money signing Richarlison, Lucas Digne, Bernard, Mina & Gomes. I anticipate Everton will be a tough team to beat this season and will just pip West Ham for seventh spot.

Now this is where it gets interesting. How will the top six line up this season? I think this season it has been the hardest to call, with new managers, a new stadium, big money transfers to boot, it really could be a free for all and I wouldn't be surprised if the January window has a bigger part to play this season.

6. Chelsea

Maurizio Sarri has arrived at Stamford Bridge and looks to implement the fast paced style of football synonymous with his time at Napoli. I admire how he has dealt with the Thibaut Courtois moving to Real Madrid gaining Kovačić on loan and replacing him with Kepa so quickly, the young keeping looks to be one of Europe's hottest prospects and now holds the title of being the worlds most expensive Kepa, sorry, keeper. I still think that Chelsea lack a clinical goalscorer and until they address this, its sixth for me.

5. Manchester United

I actually feel sorry for United fans. José Mourinho seems to have lost the charisma and confidence he had when he first burst onto the scene in 2013, seeing rivals Manchester City and Liverpool surpass them in the league and Europe it seems to be having a detrimental impact on his team. It will be interesting to see if Paul Pogba plays tonight against Leicester and how new signing Fred will fit into José's system. With the firepower of Lukaku and Rashford up front I think United will still have enough to push for a Champion's League place but will just fall short.

4. Spurs

A brand new White Hart Lane awaits Spurs this season. Whilst they haven't made any signings in this window what they have done which can't be overlooked is tying up a lot of their first team players to long term contracts. Providing they steer clear of any major injuries this season I think Spurs will have enough to finish fourth.

3. Arsenal

Arsène Wenger called time on his 22 year stay at Arsenal last season to the delight of most of their fans. Now that Uni Emery has had a full pre season with the majority of his first team players and with the signings of Lichtsteiner, Leno, Sokratis, Torreira and Guendouzi I'm expecting big things from Arsenal this season. Bottom line is that Emery is a winner, and if he can get Lacazette firing along side Aubameyang they will be very comfortably up there this season.

*drum roll please*

2. Manchester City

What Manchester City achieved last season was nothing short of incredible and we truly saw the genius of Pep Guradiola in action. With the addition of Mahrez from Leicester giving competition on the wings and through the middle he will no doubt be an exiting addition to an already star studded line up. Where I think City will fall short in the league I think they will thrive in Europe. The Champions League has eluded Pep for a few years now and has the team to go and bring the crown to Manchester. However, they could still take the title down to the last day of the season and I expect them to do so.

1. Liverpool

Where as the Champions League has eluded Pep for years, a trophy of any shape or size is the case for Klopp. The notorious Gerrard slip was the closest Liverpool have come in recent years to the Premier League and last season saw Liverpool inches away from a Champions League title. This summer has been critical for Liverpool, would they dwell on their past shortcomings or would they go and sign who they need and fix the problems every punter down the pub has been pointing out for years. The latter being the case, putting pen to paper with Alisson from Roma finally looks like the goalkeeper the fans have been craving since Reina. In addition, Shaqiri will be a dynamic addition off the bench and Keita and Fabinho will sure up their midfield. With Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana & Clyne to still come back from injury and Sturridge firing in pre season I think Klopp will just have enough to beat Pep and I for one can't wait to see the two teams go at it again this season. Unfortunately for City fans I expect to see more images like this of Klopp this season...

My 2018/19 Premier League Table

1. Liverpool

2. Manchester City

3. Arsenal

4. Spurs

5. Manchester United

6. Chelsea

7. Everton

8. West Ham

9. Wolves

10. Fulham

11. Leicester City

12. Newcastle United

13. Bournemouth

14. Crystal Palace

15. Burnley

16. Southampton

17. Watford

18. Brighton and Hove Albion

19. Huddersfield Town

20. Cardiff City

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