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Premier League table predictions

Friday 12th August 2016
The start of the Premier League is fast approaching; the first set of games will be played on Saturday 13th August. This season will be the most competitive we have ever witnessed, both at the top of the table, and at the bottom.

We try and predict where each of the clubs will finish this season.

Arsenal - 3rd

Arsene Wenger's side had a great opportunity to lift the Premier League trophy last season, but yet again they failed to get over the line. Arsenal have a strong squad this season, they will finish near the top of the table and claim a Champions League place, but third position is the best Arsenal will accomplish.

Bournemouth - 12th

Bournemouth performed brilliantly last season to avoid relegation. It will be just as difficult for the side this season, staying up would be a major success. Eddie Howe will ensure his side continues to improve, they will compete in mid-table this season, and avoid the drop for the second time.

Burnley - 18th

Sean Dyche has done an excellent job during his time at Burnley; they performed at their best last season to win the Championship, and the club deserves the chance to compete in the Premier League. However, it will be difficult for Burnley to stay up this season with the squad they possess.

Chelsea - 5th

Antonio Conte will be determined to succeed in his first season at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea had a disastrous campaign last time around and they will expect a big improvement this season. Chelsea will return to battling at the top end of the table, but they will just miss out on the top four.

Crystal Palace - 16th

Crystal Palace began last season in good form, Alan Pardew had a positive impact at the club - including the signing of Yohan Cabaye, but their performances in the Premier League trailed off. A top half finish would be a success this season, however, Palace will find themselves near the relegation zone once again.

Everton - 8th

There have been big changes at Everton this summer; Ronald Koeman has arrived at the club, and John Stones has left. Everton disappointed last season by finishing in mid-table, the club expects more, and with Koeman taking charge, Everton will perform slightly better this season.

Hull City - 20th

It wasn't long ago Hull City were celebrating promotion to the Premier League. However, things have changed dramatically in the last month: Steve Bruce resigned, Mohamed Diame left, and the club has failed to make any new signings. Hull are rightfully favourites for relegation this season.

Leicester City - 7th

Leicester City performed a miracle last season to win the Premier League title. This season will be more difficult for Claudio Ranieri's side, as they have Champions League football, which will affect their league campaign. However, the squad is strong enough to compete at the top end of the table.

Liverpool - 4th

Liverpool finished eighth last season; Jurgen Klopp has since had time to improve the squad and his side will finish higher this season. Liverpool performed well in pre-season, the club's signed some good players, and they are now in a position to claim a Champions League place this campaign.

Manchester City - 1st

Predicting a winner of this season's Premier League title is difficult, but Manchester City will start as favourites. The arrival of Pep Guardiola is a big boost, new players have also arrived at the Etihad, and the team is capable of overcoming their Premier League rivals to win the title.

Manchester United - 2nd

Manchester United are expected to fight for the title this season, the club's been busy in the transfer window, and the arrival of Paul Pogba has increased optimism around Old Trafford. Man United will come close to lifting the crown under Jose Mourinho, but they will narrowly miss out.

Middlesbrough - 15th

Out of the three newly promoted sides, Middlesbrough have the best chance of avoiding relegation. Aitor Karanka has made some important signings, which will help the club compete in the top flight, and Middlesbrough will have enough to stay clear of the bottom three this season.

Southampton - 11th

Ronald Koeman's departure was a big blow to Southampton, as he did a remarkable job last season to finish sixth. Claude Puel is the new manager at St Mary's, he faces a difficult task in his first season. But Southampton still have some good players, which will see them finish mid-table.

Stoke City - 10th

Stoke City have been a mid-table club for the past several seasons, they are too good to go down, but not yet good enough to challenge for European places. Mark Hughes will be desperate to improve on last season; however, it will be another season of finishing mid-table for Stoke.

Sunderland - 13th

Last season, Sunderland narrowly avoided relegation by finishing in 17th place. The club fails to make any real progress year-on-year, which leaves them in a precarious position. The arrival of David Moyes will change things at the club; Sunderland will comfortably avoid relegation.

Swansea City - 17th

Swansea City struggled last season, they were dragged into a relegation fight, and if it wasn't for the arrival of Francesco Guidolin, the club could have gone down. This season will be difficult again for Swansea, the squad lacks strength-in-depth, and they will finish close to the bottom.

Tottenham Hotspur - 6th

Tottenham had success last season under Mauricio Pochettino, the club finished the campaign in third position, which secured them a Champions League place. Tottenham will want to improve on last season, but with the high level of competition in the Premier League, it will be difficult to achieve.

Watford - 19th

Walter Mazzarri takes charge of Watford this season, it's his first managerial role in England, and he faces a difficult task trying to keep the club in the Premier League. Watford have overachieved recently, they will struggle to repeat last season's performances, and it will all end with relegation.

West Bromwich Albion - 14th

Tony Pulis is an expert at keeping his teams in the Premier League; he achieved it again last season with West Bromwich Albion. This season will be no different, as West Brom are solid at the back, which will see them earn enough points to stay clear of relegation.

West Ham United - 9th

West Ham United were revitalised last season: Slaven Bilic created an entertaining team, the arrival of Dimitri Payet was a huge boost to the side, and the club enjoyed success in the Premier League - finishing the campaign in 7th. West Ham will once again be exciting to watch, but it will be difficult to top last season.

Premier League predicted table

1st Manchester City

2nd Manchester United

3rd Arsenal

4th Liverpool

5th Chelsea

6th Tottenham Hotspur

7th Leicester City

8th Everton

9th West Ham United

10th Stoke City

11th Southampton

12th Bournemouth

13th Sunderland

14th West Bromwich Albion

15th Middlesbrough

16th Crystal Palace

17th Swansea City

18th Burnley

19th Watford

20th Hull City

Danny Glendenning

Passions include reading, sport, and nights out with friends. A football fanatic whose writing career began in May 2016. Now 30 years old, lives in South Yorkshire - local team is Doncaster Rovers, although heart lies with Arsenal. Contributing editor for It's Round And It's White. Current claim to fame is an interview with Ron Atkinson. Always looking for work, either editing or writing. Contact via email: Dannysg1988@outlook.com. Or Twitter: @DannySG1988.



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