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Premier League #Top6Bottom3 Predictions

Thursday 10th August 2017
The Premier League starts on Friday and I, like many others, cannot wait. This is the time of the year when everyone makes wild predictions that friends remember 8 months later. Well, here are mine.

1st Manchester City

After spending £216.45million, Pep Guardiola is finally happy with his Manchester City squad. The Spaniard regularly complained last year that 1) the players hadn't acclimatised to his tactics yet and that 2) the squad was ageing.

Now he's shipped out the deadwood and replaced it with young world class talent. City's owners already joked that they expect a quadruple so the pressure truly is on for the Spaniard, because there's literally no excuse this time. It's title or bust.

2nd Chelsea

The defending champions simply blew everyone away last season with Conte's switch to a 3-4-3. The shape took everyone by surprise as nobody could figure out a way to defend against the overload down the flanks. Now Premier League clubs are used to the tactic and Antonio Conte will not have the element of surprise at hand.

On top of that, Chelsea haven't the made the sufficient signings to stake a claim to this year's title. Alvaro Morata is decent but he will not replicate or better Diego Costa's form, Antonio Rudiger is a good signing but if he's not replacing Cahill then there's no point. While Bakayoko is suited to the Premier League but his attributes suggest he won't dominate it. Whether Chelsea are able to sign Alex Sandro will be the difference maker in deciding how strong Chelsea's title challenge is.

3rd Arsenal

No don't blink your eyes, yes I am telling you that Arsenal will finish in 3rd place this season. For the first time in Premier League history, the Gunners will not have the burden of dealing with the Champions League. Instead, they will be able to focus solely on the league and doing what Arsène Wenger does best; qualifying for the Champions League.

The signing of Alexandre Lacazette gives Arsenal their first fox in the box since Ian Wright. This is an extra 20 goals to their tally as Mesut Özil now has a poacher to supply. Sead Kolašinac is also a good signing that provides cover in DM, CB & LWB, he's a player that will add power & strength to Arsenal's defensive resolution.

4th Manchester United

Everyone knows that José Mourinho always does bigger and better in his 2nd season at a club, rarely does he repeat the mistakes of the first. Last year they finished 6th but £147million later and it'll sure be enough to send the Red Devils into 4th place. This upcoming season will be the foundation for United to build on and then compete for titles in subsequent years.

5th Liverpool

Now Jürgen Klopp will finally understand what the true demand of the Premier League is, as he takes on the Champions League with Liverpool. Questions will arise about whether the Reds have enough squad depth in each department to compete on four fronts, something I don't believe they do. Add to that Coutinho's pending move to Barcelona and Liverpool are not finishing in this season's top 4.

6th Tottenham

For some strange reason, Mauricio Pochettino and his club have refused to make any big signings this summer. After finishing 2nd for two years straight, many felt Spurs had the best foundation to build a fresh title challenge on. However, the club have instead opted to stagnate and watch their rivals improve instead.

Let's also consider that Tottenham will be playing all their home games at Wembley Stadium this season, a stadium that they've won at twice in eleven attempts. This is due to the wide dimensions of the pitch not allowing Pochettino to implement his high pressing system that cuts off space for opponents.

18th Watford

Watford finished a measly 6 points above the relegated teams last year, they were a mess all season and just missed out on becoming a Championship side. Their fans were unhappy for the whole campaign and in response, Watford have signed a Championship player, a Brazilian youngster and two Premier League rejects. It doesn't say much for their survival hopes does it?

19th Brighton & Hove Albion

For the first time in 34 years, Brighton will be playing top tier football again. Though they played exhilarating football last year, their ageing squad will find it hard in the Premier League. A good proportion of the squad is over 32 years old and that won't suffice for the high octane nature of the Premier League. With Glen Murray leading the line, it's hard to envision anything but relegation for the Seagulls.

20th Huddersfield

Newly promoted sides rarely seem to fare well in the Premier League, just ask Middlesbrough and Hull City. Huddersfield are not likely to buck that trend as they're the first team in history to get promoted with a minus goal difference. They don't goal score goals and their defence is not up to the standard of the Premier League, this only spells a recipe for relegation.
Mathaeus Abuwa

Arsenal fan with ample amounts of passion for both Cristiano Ronaldo & Real Madrid. I'm one of those bandwagonist hipster fans that will claim to know everything about football, but only watches the El Clasico outside of the Premier League. Forgive me, I'm trying. Oh yeah, #WengerOut. 

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