As the Premier League kicks-off with some crazy score lines last weekend, I thought that now would be a good time to make some quick predictions for the league.
After Burnley shocked Chelsea with a 3-2 win at Stamford Bridge last Saturday and Huddersfield picked up a 3-0 win at Crystal Palace, it’s fair to say that there were quite a few unexpected score lines.
Arsenal beat Leicester 4-3 in a thrilling season opener on Friday. Liverpool drew 3-3 with Watford at Vicarage Road and Manchester United cruised to a 4-0 win over West Ham at Old Trafford. Goals flew in all over England.
I have a bit of a reputation amongst friends and family for getting these predictions terribly wrong but that won’t stop me trying (p.s. I did predict Arsenal to win the FA Cup and Real Madrid to win Champions League during 2016/17 so ha!).
I will be posting a more in-depth article on the 2017/18 Prem season soon, but for now, enjoy this quick-fire round of questions asked and answered by me …
Who’s going to win the league?
Manchester City for me. It would be an embarrassment for them if they didn’t win it with the amount of money they’ve spent during the summer transfer window.
Who’s going to make up the rest of the top four?
Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham. In that order.
Europa League spots?
Arsenal and Liverpool. Everton will fight them all the way though.
Who’s going to get relegated?
Tough one to call particularly after just one game. But I’ll go with Crystal Palace, Burnley and Huddersfield. I think Watford, Swansea, Brighton and Newcastle will all be fighting alongside them.
Who will be promoted to the Premier League?
Wolves and Middlesbrough followed by either Cardiff, Leeds or Fulham via the play-off’s.
Surprise package of the season?
Everton due to the impressive signings they’ve made. I’d also point out that West Ham might be a team to keep an eye on and Brighton might surprise a few.
Top five signings of the summer?
In no particular order; Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), Alvaro Morata (Chelsea), Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac (both Arsenal).
Top five dark horse signings who could turn out to be good?
Jose Izquierdo (Brighton), Javier Hernandez (West Ham), Roque Mesa (Swansea City), Davy Klaassen (Everton) and Steve Mounie (Huddersfield).
Who will be top scorer come the end of the season?
Romelu Lukaku (Man Utd) Closely contested by Sergio Aguero (Man. City) Harry Kane (Tottenham), Alvaro Morata (Chelsea) and Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) and Alexis Sanchez (if he stays at Arsenal, but it’s looking unlikely).
Top of the assists?
Between Kevin De Bruyne (Man. City) and Mesut Ozil (Arsenal). I’ll go with De Bruyne.
Who will win golden glove award? (most clean sheets).
David De Gea (Manchester United)
Who will be Player of the Year?
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
Who will be Young Player of the Year?
I’ll go for Dele Alli (Tottenham) to scoop the award again.
Team of the season?
De Gea (Man. Utd), Danilo (Man. City), Alderweireld (Spurs), Luiz (Chelsea), Mendy (Man. City), Hazard (Chelsea), De Bruyne (Man. City), Alli (Spurs), Pogba (Man. Utd), Lukaku (Man. Utd) and Aguero (Man. City).
Top youngster to make a breakthrough? (complete guess!)
Reiss Nelson (Arsenal) is just 17 years old but has rocked in pre-season so might get a chance in cup games/off the bench. You also have Phil Foden at Man City, another youngster who has starred during the summer. Axel Tuanzebe (Manchester United), Charly Musonda, Jeremie Boga (Both Chelsea) and Ademola Lookman (Everton) could all be ones to watch this year too.
First manager to be sacked?
Frank De Boer (Crystal Palace). Complete lack of experience at the level he’s at and I think that will tell in the end.
English team to go furthest in Europe?
I’d like to think that it will be Arsenal in the Europa League so that’s what I’m going for.
Finally, is it Liverpool’s year?
Extra points to me if this happens during 2017/18:
Jose Mourinho plays mind games with Arsene Wenger.
Crystal Palace are bottom at Christmas.
Diego Costa leaves Chelsea, Alexis Sanchez leaves Arsenal, Danny Rose leaves Tottenham and Coutinho leaves Liverpool.
Arsenal’s season ends before March (not including FA Cup run).
Jack Wilshere gets injured.
Daniel Sturridge gets injured.
Harry Kane dribbles (literal saliva not with the ball at his feet) during an interview.
David Wagner/Jurgen Klopp do something bizarre.
Sergio Aguero scores 15+ goals.
Granit Xhaka gets sent off.
Swansea are “in a crisis” but manage to stay up again.
Arsenal fans protest against Wenger.
Tottenham win nothing again.
It’ll be interesting to see how many of my predictions ring true come the end of the season. Last year I got it spectacularly wrong, but the year before that I did quite well. It’s one of the hardest league’s in the world to predict due to it’s competitive nature.
Make sure you keep an eye out for more Premier League related content on AFEFootballNews over the course of the 2017/18 season.