The top 4 at the end of this new Premier League season looks set to be a battle between Spurs, Chelsea, City and Liverpool and to us that seems a little boring. Instead of focusing on which of these teams will finish where, myself and industry expert Bogoljub Karic today are going to look at the best of the rest and who will finish in the 5th -9th positions. This will be one of the most exciting battles of the season and here is how we see it playing out.
Fifth – Manchester United
For years United have been throwing money at transfers and hoping something sticks, which it hasn’t, and the result is a mish-mash of players which various managers have purchased. Once again United have back their manager in the transfer market and Solskjaer looks to have pulled off some good moves. Shoring up the defense with Maguire and Wan Bissaka, as well as bringing in the existing Daniel James from Swansea. United won’t pull up any trees this season but they will improve and they will make a challenge for a CL place, Thursday night football the Europa League however will stifle their chances.
Sixth – Leicester City
We have a lot of hope for the Foxes this year and believe that they have enough to finish in 6th place. The permanent signing of Tielemanns is a great coup and this young and hungry team will be drilled very well ahead of the season thanks to the work which Rodgers will have done with them. Harvey Barnes and Madison can expect to have a great season and with Vardy still in top form, they could very well have enough to push into the top 6.
Seventh – Arsenal
The attacking threat of Aubameyang, Lacazette and record signing Pepe looks incredibly scary and one of the best front 3s in the league. Unfortunately for Arsenal they have one of the worst backlines in the league and a severe lack of leadership in the ranks. Unless they are able to address either of these issues by the end of the transfer window we expect them to fall short and finish 7th.
Eighth – Watford
The battle for 8th and 9th will come down to Watford and Wolves and we expect the Hornets just to snatch that place ahead of Wolves. Watford have a solid defense, they’re central midfielders like Doucoure are ball winners and smart players, and with the likes of Deolufeu and Deeney they pose attacking threat and experience in this league. The battle will be tight, but it will be the Hornets who will edge Wolves.
Ninth – Wolves
Wolves were brilliant last year and the only thing which we think will hold them back this year is that teams will have learned how they play, and the lovely of Premier League football will have worn off. Wolves have made some smart acquisitions in the transfer window, notably securing the services of last year’s loanees Jimenez and Dendoncker. Wolves will be an exciting team to watch but may just come a little unstuck this year.
How do you think it will play out?