August 12, 2016
With the 2016/seventeen Premier League on the horizon, Lee Davy shares his views on the winners, Champions League qualifiers, and the a few teams that will tumble into the Championship.
The 2015/16 Premier League was a at the time in a life time season. Leicester Metropolis, the 5,000-one pictures, took the prize turning Jamie Vardy, N’Golo Kante, and Riyad Mahrez into stars of globe football more rapidly than lightning can strike.
Unfortunately, for Claudio Ranieri’s males, lightning doesn’t strike twice.
Alright, let us modify that to ‘not often’.
So, if not Leicester, who will win the league?
The Premier League Winners
Only a few teams have the resources to win it, and a coin toss concerning Manchester United and Chelsea will choose it.
Antonio Conte’s facet has aims all more than the park. Diego Costa returned to anything like his old form less than Guus Hiddink, and Eden Hazard showed glimpses of brilliance through the European Championships. Let us not fail to remember this very little magician was a globe beater two seasons in the past. If Cesc Fabregas and N’Golo Kante simply click in the middle of the park, and John Terry and co can get back to their strong wanting greatest, I believe that the Blues Premier League winning mentality will return to hand Conte the title in his initially season.
Manchester United will operate them near, and I wouldn’t be stunned if they won it. They have the world’s greatest goalkeeper in David De Gea, Luke Shaw is like a new signing at still left back, and Eric Bailly seems to be an attained participant in each sense of the word, adding to a defence that was the meaning in the Premier League very last time out.
Scoring aims will be the Achilles Heel for United, and that is why I believe that they will overlook out this season. Centre midfield has been a challenge for United due to the fact Paul Scholes and Roy Keane headed to the pundit’s box. Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini, Bastian Schweinsteiger, and Morgan Schneiderlin really do not know how to pass the ball forward. The globe report signing of Paul Pogba will make an influence in this place, but he will require time to adjust to getting kicked all more than the park.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be chosen to Marcus Rashford for the reason that Jose Mourinho has no enjoy for youth, and that will be a catastrophe for United. I really do not believe that the Swede has the legs for Premier League football. Guiding him, Wayne Rooney seems to be dropped. The at the time firebrand striker has turned tame due to the fact dropping back into a much more innovative placement, but who can blame him with the other 4 midfielders often looking for David De Gea.
More than in the other fifty percent of the city, Pep Guardiola is arguably the greatest supervisor in present day occasions. Though, there are some that believe that David Moyes would have won the ton had you put him in demand of Barcelona and Bayern Munich in those respective tin pot leagues.
Guardiola has had it easy till he joined a league the place Hull at property can be a tricky sport. Losing video games will be an unfamiliar emotion for the Spaniard. He has won 20 trophies in his past 6 seasons.
Manchester Metropolis won the Cash Cup and built the semi-finals of the Champions League at a canter very last season. But they were being abject in their pursuit of the Premier League crown. If Metropolis can retain Sergio Aguero match, then he will be the guy to find the aims. He is globe class and the favourite to win the Golden Boot at +350.
In distinction to neighbouring United, Metropolis struggled very last season due to calamitous defending and an ageing midfield. They will be hoping Ilkay Gundogan can provide some power in the middle of the park, and John Stones can incorporate some safety to the back. Guardiola has also signed a gazillion wingers and tiny very little forwards – I truthfully really do not know the place he is going to play them all?
Back to the heart of the defence and this is the critical place for me. John Stones is a infant. He is error inclined and is even now discovering his craft. The previous Evertonian wants a sensible old guy at his shoulder. Experienced he long gone to Chelsea then John Terry would have been the fantastic foil for him. At Metropolis, that guy has to be Vincent Kompany.
The Belgian star was plagued with muscle mass injuries very last season. If Kompany can retain match, and generate a bond with Stones then, Metropolis could win the league. If Kompany struggles and those other jokers have to play along with the previous Everton guy, then I really do not believe they have a chance. They will score a lot of aims, but they will also concede many. I also have fears about the guy concerning the sticks. I imagined Joe Hart was dreadful through the summer months. Like Stones, he can make too many issues.
The Champions League Areas
Arsenal completed next very last season but impressed couple of. The moment yet again, Arsene Wenger has retained his powder dry in the transfer industry signing only Granit Xhaka from the German workforce with the stupidly extended title.
Everybody is aware they require a striker.
And they never ever feel to land one.
They will cause teams issues: Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, and Aaron Ramsey often sparkle, and I believe Alex Iwobi can be anything particular, but Olivier Giroud is not going to get you the 20-aims you require to win the title. I really do not even believe they will qualify for the Champions League.
Spurs blew it very last season, but the encounter gained will position them in good stead. The one problem mark this yr remains the form of Harry Kane. He has strung alongside one another two back-to-back seasons of sublimity, but he appeared weary and jaded throughout the summer months. Spurs enthusiasts will be hoping his confidence is even now intact. If it is, they will have another fantastic season with Victor Wanyama furnishing some metal in midfield, whilst I would have liked them to have signed much more of a chief.
Liverpool has acquired well with Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum becoming a member of in the summer months. I imagined the pair were being fantastic very last season, but they are not Premier League winning catalysts. Jurgen Klopp’s facet will not make it into the prime 4, but they will just take points off the top contenders.
West Ham is coming off the back of their greatest-at any time Premier League season. Unfortunately, Slaven Bilic has not strengthened like I imagined he would. It’s good to see that Dimitri Payet remains in the squad for now. He has grow to be globe class, and he will not stay at West Ham for extended. If he leaves, West Ham will struggle this season. If he stays, they can force for a prime-4 position.
And that leaves very little the Hollywood Stars, Leicester.
The loss of Kante to Chelsea will be a blow, but they have performed well to retain keep of the relaxation of the squad. I believe that shows the energy and unity of Ranieri’s males, anything that was paramount to their accomplishment very last season.
Versus United, Leicester appeared like Leicester do. They conceded possession with out considerably of a fuss but attacked like whippets on the crack. I imagined the new signing Ahmed Musa appeared good from Barcelona and United, and I be expecting Demarai Gray to have a huge season.
I really do not believe Leicester will keep their title, but they will not give it up effortlessly. I presume the perception that was developed through that at the time in a life time season will reinforce the gamers. They will be tricky to conquer, and will be pushing for a prime 4 spot.
So it’s Chelsea for the title, with Man Utd, Man Metropolis, and Spurs producing up the prime 4 for, with Arsenal, Liverpool, West Ham and Leicester lacking out.
Premier League Winning Odds (Courtesy of Bodog)
Man Metropolis +250
Man Utd +300
Chelsea + 550
West Ham +6600
If you fancy carrying out ‘a Leicester’ then Bournemouth, Burnley, Hull, Middlesbrough, Sunderland and Watford are all +100,000.
The Battle For Relegation
It’s not only tricky to decide out a winner, but it’s also equally tricky to decide out the losers. I can not recall a Premier League lineup containing so many mediocre teams.
Hull, Burnley, and Middlesbrough could all promptly head straight back down from whence they came. None of them has signed anyone of be aware, and Hull is even now with out a supervisor, which have to make them one of the worst prepared teams in Premier League historical past.
I dislike seeing West Brom participating in less than Tony Pulis, and I really do not believe that they have a extended time period partnership with the Premier League whilst he is in demand. Watford deserves to go down soon after sacking Quique Sanchez Flores. Sunderland is often struggling, Swansea has dropped their major centre-fifty percent, their major centre forward, and have a guy in demand who barely speaks any English. And really do not get me started on the end of season form of Crystal Palace and Bournemouth who need to be grateful the Premier League ended when it did.
In the end, I believe that Hull, Middlesbrough and West Brom will go down. I believe the point that Sean Dyche has been in this article just before will be good enough or Burnley to obtain enough points, and West Brom’s dreary design and style of football will sooner or later send out them into a division the place they belong.
Premier League Relegation Odds (Courtesy of Bodog)
Hull Metropolis -one hundred sixty five
Burnley -a hundred and ten
Middlesbrough +two hundred
Watford +two hundred
Crystal Palace +300
So those or my views.
What about yours?
Who will win the league?
Who will qualify for the Champions League?
Who will go down?