Our Premier League predictions 2017/18
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As the new Premier League season gets under way we're stepping into the line of fire with our predictions for the how it'll all turn out. In this article three of our writers outline who they think will claim the league title, who will make the top four and who will be relegated...
Billy Brake: Edinburgh University undergraduate, studying English Literature and History.
League Winners: Manchester City
Attack won’t be City’s problem this year, as it never is. To fix their problematic back line they have spent more than the nations of Gabon, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Albania on defence and you have to imagine that the issue of leaking poor goals should be fixed. If they don’t win surely it will be down to Pep trying to play the same football as he did elsewhere, in Spain and Germany, and not adapting.
United have made some substantial summer signings, notably that of Lukaku who has the ability to score against teams outside the top six - something which United for some reason failed to do enough of last year.
Matic will give Pogba more chance to push forward, as will the erosion of his price tag’s pressure (thanks, PSG).
Chelsea have also signed a few class players, Bakayoko covering the loss of Matic, and both squads have had time to develop with excellent managers.
This year Spurs are, in a way, playing 38 away games, which is far from ideal. They’ve failed to sign anybody and lost Walker, (no disrespect to Trippier). Conversely Arsenal bought in Lacazette and Kolasinac, who exactly target the Gunners’ weakest areas. With a full-firing squad, Arsenal will be a force to be reckoned with. Sadly, they never seem to have everybody fully fit.
I find it hard to believe Liverpool will be the same force if Coutinho goes, which looks overwhelmingly likely. However it depends who takes his place.
It’s always tough for the new teams, but you can’t see Newcastle going back down again. They’re a Premier League team, and they’ll stay.
Sadly, I think the other two will be down. Burnley last year survived on the third-best home record in the Premier League, but a lack of serious quality signings will undo them. For Brighton and Huddersfield, I can’t see them competing in the away matches, and even the home games will be a challenge. The average squad quality just doesn’t quite seem to be there.
George Storr: I’m a History student at The University of Edinburgh, a Manchester United season ticket holder and the Sports Editor here at The National Student.
League Winners: Chelsea
Phil Neville told Sky Sports he’s “worried” about Chelsea. While Costa’s seemingly imminent departure is far from ideal, I’m not.
The squad is steeped in quality even without him, so many players chip in with goals, and Costa’s move has been eeked out for so long that he may even stay.
They have goalkeeping and defending superiority over City and experience on Spurs. It’s a tough call but I think they’ll cash that in and keep their title.
I see Chelsea triumphing again and Tottenham and City nipping at their heels. Those squads are definitely ahead of the rest on paper but picking fourth is a minefield.
As a United fan I’m hoping Jose finds a way but it seems likely that Arsenal will press home an advantage over Man United and Liverpool, especially if Sanchez stays.
Expect Everton to be closer than in recent season’s too as they’ve done some fantastic business in the transfer window. Lukaku’s departure will disappoint the Toffees but their other business has left them a more rounded team overall.
Anyone who thinks Huddersfield Town are going straight back down has under-estimated David Wagner, in my opinion, though of course it will be a big challenge for the Yorkshire club. Their new additions look promising too.
Burnley have, as always, failed to invest meaningfully in their squad. With Keane and Gray departing the Clarets have lost some of the key architects of their Premier League survival. While they fared well overall last year the lack of ambition and investment is catching up fast.
Brighton’s squad and budget may not take the strain and Chris Hughton’s record in the Premier League isn’t entirely desirable.
Meanwhile the Swans went through some really lean periods last year and if Gylfi Sigurdsson goes (as seems increasingly likely,) they could be in deep water.Adam Clancy: I'm an Arsenal fan, a journalism student at City, University of London, and have been covering the build up to the new season in detail...
League Winners: Manchester CityCity have addressed the key issues they had last season in the transfer market. They have bought Walker, Mendy and Danilo to cover the full back positions, a new goalkeeper in Ederson and a midfield player in Silva. Importantly they also have Guardiola, who will be desperate to prove doubters wrong in the wake of a disappointing season. Surely this time around he will deliver. Top Four: -Manchester City -Chelsea -Arsenal -Manchester United
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