Premier League 2018/19 Predictions

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Premier League 2018/19 Predictions

Another mouth-watering season of Premier League football kicks off on Friday night as Man Utd host Leicester City at Old Trafford.

Will Man City retain their Premier League title? Can all three promoted teams replicate last year’s trio in avoiding the drop? Which new signings will hit the ground running?

The team here at Marathonbet have gazed into the office crystal ball and unveiled their predictions on how this season could pan out…

 

Dan – Brand

Champions – Man City
Top 4 – Man City, Liverpool, Man Utd, Spurs
Relegation – Southampton, Cardiff, Huddersfield
Surprise Package – Wolves
Don’t write off – Brighton

Man City are still too good for other teams in the Premier League. Liverpool will still beat Man City home and away but lack consistency to be able to challenge for the title.

Southampton got out of jail last year and they could be in trouble again along with new boys Cardiff and Huddersfield who after an impressive start last year tailed away.

It might not be fair to call Wolves a surprise package, based on their bank balance, but they will be more than competitive.

On paper, Brighton have made some astute signings – if they improve away from home, they’ll reach the magical 40 points sooner rather than later.

 

 

Dean – UK team

Winner – Man City
Top 4 – Man City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea
Relegated – Cardiff, Huddersfield, Brighton
Surprise Package – Southampton
Don’t write off – West Ham
Best Signing – Lucas Torreira

Man City have had a quiet transfer window but their squad is so strong that no one will be able to stop them. I think Liverpool may well run them close this year but City will just have a bit too much firepower, but the top two speak for themselves.

Arsenal and Chelsea will have a new lease of life under Emery and Sarri respectively, Arsenal did a lot of their business in the transfer window early doors and have invested in roles that were desperately required. Chelsea on the other hand left their business until the last minute, but ultimately have saved themselves with the late signings of Kepa and Kovavic. The biggest thing for Chelsea this year was keeping hold of Hazard, Willian and Kante.

Spurs to miss out due to lack of signings – all it takes is one loss early in the season and fans will quickly turn on the team. United appears too toxic at the moment to mount any sort of title challenge.

Southampton could challenge for a Europa League spot. Everyone expects them to be around the bottom 5 but I think the Saints will be fine this year.

 

 

Dylan – Social

Champions – Man City
Top 4 – Man City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham
Relegation – Brighton, Cardiff, Newcastle
Surprise Package – West Ham
Don’t write off – Chelsea

City are the best team with the best manager and the deepest pockets. They proved last season that when they’re at their best they are unstoppable, and at their worst they’re good enough to get the job done. Expect lots of goals, lots of points and more silverware to the Etihad come May.

City win the league at a canter, with Liverpool the same old story – free-flowing, fun to watch and full of excitement, but falling short after throwing away points with unlikely draws against the likes of Watford, Huddersfield and Southampton.

Arsenal will be more solid than previous seasons, and remain true flat track bullies, but still lacking the grit and talent to get the job done where it matters. Tottenham have added nothing this summer, but haven’t lost any pieces either. They will remain good, better than good actually, but not good enough to mount a serious title challenge.

I see Brighton and Newcastle suffering from classic ‘second season syndrome’, and West Ham could surprise but not in the way you might think. Tons of signings, millions spent, optimism all over the shop and every man, woman and child backing the Irons to mount a decent challenge.

It can only mean one thing to a diehard West Ham like myself – a huge anti-climax and disappointment is coming. West Ham in a relegation scrap for a few months and ultimately finishing a grubby season between 15th and 17th.

Chelsea are interesting. A new manager, and a squad of players that get the job done most weeks. I’ve got them finishing fifth, but I wouldn’t be stunned if I’m completely wrong about that and they are City’s biggest challengers.

In summary: City dominant, same old Liverpool, Newcastle a dumpster fire and West Ham an abject disappointment. Brighton and Cardiff brave but not good enough, everyone else to finish where you’d expect.

 

 

Chip – UK team

Champions – Man City
Top 4 – Man City, Liverpool, Spurs, Chelsea
Relegation – Watford, Huddersfield, Cardiff
Surprise Package – Newcastle (if Rafa stays)
Don’t write off – Burnley

Man City only look stronger this season and should complete what has become a rare feat in the Premier League by winning back-to-back titles, but Liverpool will run them a lot closer this season.

Spurs will be steady again even with no signings and the dangers that come with moving into a new ground. Sarri could reinvigorate a Chelsea team that still has plenty of talent back into the Champions League places.

Watford will finally get caught out after so many years of chopping and changing managers, while Huddersfield and Cardiff’s squads look some way off the pace.

Newcastle have already been written off due to their lack of ambition, but if Rafa stays for at least this season they could push top 10 again. Burnley won’t replicate last year’s heroics but will remain hard to beat under Sean Dyche.

 

 

Carola – VIP team

Champions – Liverpool
Top 4 – Liverpool, Man City, Chelsea, Man Utd
Relegation – Wolves, Burnley, Cardiff
Surprise Package – West Ham
Don’t write off – Fulham

I think Liverpool could pip Man City to the title with the new signings they have made over the summer.

Fulham have spent a lot of money in this transfer window and should also be an interesting team to watch as the season develops.

 

 

Thomas – CRM team

Champions – Man City
Top 4 – Man City, Liverpool, Spurs, Chelsea
Relegation – Southampton, Huddersfield Town, Cardiff
Surprise Package – Fulham
Don’t write off – Chelsea

Man City have the best manager in the league and they were by a good distance the best team in the league. I don’t see that changing.

Liverpool now have an actual top six level keeper and now have strength in central midfield. The big question is if Salah can keep up his goal count from last year as Firmino is more of a creator than a finisher.

Spurs may have not strengthened but crucially they have kept hold of their best players, coupled with the fact that both Lucas and Aurier now have a full pre-season under Poch I suspect they will keep up their Top 4 form. Chelsea’s season all depends on the time it takes to get used to Sarri’s tactics and how quickly Kepa gets up to EPL standard.

Cardiff are the weakest of the new sides in the league and I can’t see Huddersfield keeping up the performances of last season. Southampton will be down if they don’t get rid of Mark Hughes.

For my surprise package I’m assuming a lot of people have gone with Wolves so I’ve decided to go a little different with Fulham. I’m not expecting them to make the top six but think they will be comfortably safe and pull off a few shock results.

I’m excited to see how Ryan Sessegnon gets on against EPL defences if he hits the ground running. What version of Schurrle will we see? Then we also have Jean Michaël Seri who most of my friends in the Tottenham blogosphere were crying out for us to sign.

 

Daryl –  Sponsorship

Champions – Man City
Top 4 – Man City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Spurs
Relegation – Southampton, Brighton, Cardiff
Surprise Package – Fulham
Don’t write off – Huddersfield

City remain by far the best team in terms of style of play and strength in depth. Liverpool will be closer but City will be the first team to claim successive titles since 2009.

Cardiff getting promotion was an achievement in itself – staying up will be one step too far this season. Brighton don’t score enough goals and second season syndrome may strike. Southampton haven’t added well and Mark Hughes’ record doesn’t inspire.

Fulham play great football and have a passionate manager, have strengthened well and could easily finish Top 10.

Keeping hold of Wagner was a massive plus for Huddersfield and with a supportive chairman and fanbase they could surprise again.

 

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