The Premier League is one of the most competitive and followed leagues in the world, so I thought it deserved it's own topic. I will start the discussion in an minute, but let me get a few other things set up first... Permalink
Now for a few predictions,
Man City is going to win the title
Kevin De Bruyne will be the Player of the Year
Top 4 teams (not really in order) will be
(Arsenal and Chelsea are big contenders though)
That's it for now, any thoughts? Permalink
City Creator mentioned in the Champions League topic Man City's mediocre results of late. Considering their performances recently, and how competitive the EPL is, do you think they should no longer be considered title favorites? Permalink
Alright, I'm going to try this segment out and see how it goes, maybe it will become a weekly segment if I can remember... Anyways, I'm going to give this week's PL matches, and you guys can try to predict the outcome, win, draw, or loss. If you want, you can also try to predict the score. You get one point for the correct result, and an extra for correctly predicting the score. I'll tally them up at the end of the weekend and announce the winner then (I really should have posted this yesterday...)
OK, here's this week's matchups:
(home team first)
Bournemouth vs. Southamton
Manchester City vs. Arsenal
Tottenham vs. Burnley
Everton vs. Liverpool
I think it's time I say that Arsenal are my favorite Premier League team. Aside from being sponsored by Emirates (the airline of my city and one of the best in the world), they are such a talented squad both on paper and on the field. Their goalkeeper is a beast (and the only thing his national team has), defense is decent enough, and they have some of the best goalscorers of the league. Permalink
I think it's time I say that Arsenal are my favorite Premier League team. Aside from being sponsored by Emirates (the airline of my city and one of the best in the world), they are such a talented squad both on paper and on the field. Their goalkeeper is a beast (and the only thing his national team has), defense is decent enough, and they have some of the best goalscorers of the league.
City have three tough fixtures in a row. First they host Liverpool, then they're off to the Emirates and Stamford Bridge. Not to mention that a repeat of one of those fixtures in the FA Cup is likely. Permalink
- Lots of people think Spurs can win the league within this decade. This looks like their time.
- I'm sure all the clubs want Kante. He won two titles for two teams in two successive years.
- Unless Arsenal does some major revitalizing this summer and United doesn't DRAW IN LITERALLY EVERY SINGLE HOME MATCH, the top four next year will be the same as the top four this year (not necessarily in the same order).
- If Leicester play like they did in the second half of this season, they could potentially push for a Europe place.
- Chelsea will do really well in the Champions League. I'm calling it right now, they will be the farthest going English team. Permalink
Let's see if we can get this group's activity back as we approach the start of the 17/18 season.
So, after one crazy transfer window (even though it's not over yet), what am I thinking about the top 6 teams ahead of the season?
You have to go back to 2009 for the last time a team won back-to-back Premier League titles, but Chelsea are more than capable this year. Morata and Hazard will get the goals, Kante will help control the midfield well, and Courtuois will be as good as ever. Terry's departure will surely be mourned though.
Manchester City were big spenders this summer, not to my surprise. For me at least, they are the favorites to win the title. They finally have a proper defense and a solid keeper. Combine that with Aguero and De Bruyne, not to mention a 4-1 wreckage of Real Madrid, and you basically have an unstoppable team. City fans, this is your year.
Liverpool and Tottenham have both been relatively quiet in this transfer window. Salah is a pretty strong signing for the Reds, however they could be on the verge of losing Coutinho to Barcelona. I'm sure Klopp will do everything he can to keep him at Anfield though. The Spurs squad is very similar to last season's that saw them cruise to second place in the league table, but they will be playing at Wembley this season, and we all know what happened there...
Arsenal will be interesting, especially with Lacazette. Now, Sanchez could very well be on his way, but the question is: where to? Bayern seemed to drop their interest in him, otherwise they would have signed him by now. PSG and Man City still seem to want him though, and there is a possibility that he may return to the Camp Nou. Mind you, if Sanchez does stay, then Arsenal will have the strongest attack in the league. No Champions League will be a big plus for them.
And finally, the good ol' Manchester United. It's Jose's second year at Old Trafford, hundreds of millions of pounds spent, and not much domestic success yet. Can Lukaku guide them to league glory? As long as they stop drawing at home, then they could push for the title. However, this squad doesn't seem to have the depth that they need to go all the way.
So, with that being said, here is my top 4 prediction:
1. Man City
Now, nobody say the word "Neymar" to me for at least the next 3 weeks. I'm fed up of this saga. Permalink
Thanks for writing something up City, I agree, more activity would be great, I've been thinking of having a survey to aid that.
Anyways, on to analysis.
Great stuff as usual in the write up, when it comes to top 4, I hate to say it, but I'm not the most optimistic on my Liverpool this year. They had a great start to the season last year, but struggled in the middle and later parts of the season, although they got things together a bit at the end. Unfortunately, while other teams have made some real signings, I don't think we've done close to enough, and if we loose Coutinho (try not to speak of such things) I don't quite see us getting over the line as things stand.
It's hard for me to pick against Chelsea this year, Conte has done such a great job with the squad, and they've made the necessary moves in the summer window. Meanwhile, City look good, but they always do coming out of the summer, what's going to push them over the line /this/ year more than another? If they get Sanchez, then we can talk, but I still see Chelsea as a more complete squad, and with a coach who has found the team's identity (unlike Pep)
I think Pogba will have a bounceback year this season, and I think Lukaku is better than many people cut him out to be, however, across the squad the still have issues... I think they could grab the 4th spot, but it's hard to call.
People doubt Tottenham every year, and every year, they preform. I don't think a stadium change will be enough to drag them down.
2. Manchester City
4 Liverpool (I still believe!!)
The thing for me about "N" is not the fact that he's leaving, it's just that this transfer story has been going on for a month and he only just confirmed it. I mean c'mon man, your team gets a new right-back, and instead of making him feel welcome, you fight with him? Just pack up your things and leave. Permalink