We’re now just weeks away from the start of the 2021/22 Premier League season.
It’s a landmark year for England’s top flight, as the competition heads into its 30th season. The action all kicks off under the floodlights at the Brentford Community Stadium as the EPL newboys entertain Arsenal on Friday 13th August.
Check this page throughout the season for all our weekly 2021/22 Premier League predictions. In the meantime, here’s our look at the early state of play…
2021/22 Premier League Fixtures | Opening Day Fixtures
The new season gets underway in mid-August, with the Premier League’s newest London derby opening the 2021/22 campaign.
Friday 13th August
- Brentford vs Arsenal (20:00)
Saturday 14th August (all 3pm unless stated)
- Manchester United vs Leeds United (12:30)
- Burnley vs Brighton
- Chelsea vs Crystal Palace
- Everton vs Southampton
- Leicester City vs Wolves
- Watford vs Aston Villa
- Norwich City vs Liverpool (17:30)
Sunday 15th August
- Newcastle United vs West Ham United (14:00)
- Tottenham vs Manchester City (16:30)
2021/22 Premier League Predictions | Summer Snap Verdicts
An encouraging late run to finish 8th can’t quite get Mikel Arteta off the hook for what was a largely underwhelming campaign for the Gunners.
Ironically, seeing rivals Spurs seal the final European spot on the final day might play in Arteta’s favour in 2021/22 given he’ll have no midweek distractions to contend with next season; on the flipside, he’ll have no excuses not to string some consistent form together next season either.
The Spaniard will need a strong start to silence the doubters, but he looks to still have the firm backing of his board with the mooted £50m move for Ben White a genuine statement of intent, while the capture of Albert Sambi Lokonga from Anderlecht also looks shrewd business.
11th place in 2019/20 felt about right for an enigmatic Villa side capable of mixing it with any side in this division if in the right mood, but Dean Smith may need to be wary of raised expectations next season after never seriously troubling the bottom six all campaign.
The Villains still have a Jack Grealish-shaped dilemma to solve even if their main man stays this summer, with their form notably tailing off during his absence in the final few weeks of the season, but the ambitious signing of Emi Buendia looks a real statement of intent. Another exciting summer awaits – but keeping Grealish would be the icing on the cake for Dean Smith’s men.
Finally in the top flight after several near misses, the Bees should be served well by the joined-up thinking that runs through all aspects of the club. Early momentum looks key to their survival hopes and if the fixture list gets them off to gentle start, they could surprise a few.
As with any newly promoted side, a smattering of fresh stardust will be required, but this is a club with the capacity to outsmart a few complacent EPL sides in the transfer market.
Whatever materialises, they look a worthy addition to the top flight, although the fact business hasn’t exactly been brisk at the Brentford Community Stadium this summer may leave a few Bees fans twitchy heading into to the final few weeks of pre-season.
BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION
Goals, goals, goals. Brighton look to have their goalkeeper and defence sorted for the long term, having conceded only 46 times last season (only two less than Man Utd), but their lack of a clinical cutting edge once again saw them draw too many games in a season that really should have been more comfortable for the Seagulls.
If they can upgrade on the likes of Neal Maupay and Aaron Connelly, it might be less of a nail-biter next year.
Albion may have some wriggle room to be a little more assertive in the transfer market if the rumoured £50m sale of Ben White comes off, with Marc Cucurella and Kaoru Mitoma among their targets. Enock Mwepu looks a smart buy in midfield having been labelled ‘The Computer’ at former club Red Bull Sazburg for his abilities at reading the game.
A 17th place finish doesn’t quite tell the full story, with Sean Dyche’s streetwise Clarets never seriously looking destined for a death spiral towards the bottom three.
With Dyche delivering his side of the bargain, it’s now time for Burnley’s new owners to deliver on theirs. The Clarets boss has been promised a decent war chest to work with this summer. He might need to use it, with midfield an area that looks in particular need of extra stardust.
The capture of £12m man Nathan Collins is an early indication the Burnley board aren’t bluffing this summer, although a more extensive trolley dash this summer might be needed to ensure the Clarets can edge closer back towards mid-table consolidation in 2021/22.
They made heavy work of the last few weeks of the season, but Chelsea’s nervy fight for a top four finish will be a distant memory after sealing a second Champions League title. Thomas Tuchel’s next task will be to transform the Blues back into full-blown title contenders, but to do that he’ll need to coax some more convincing finishing out of the likes of Timo Werner and Kai Harvertz.
With a year of Premier League football under their belts, that pair should only improve in 2021/22. That means Tuchel can probably afford to take his time in the transfer market this summer, and a few canny acquisitions could see his Blues challenging the Manchester clubs from the get-go next season.
Erling Haaland and Declan Rice are among the early stars to be linked, and it seems likely the Blues will make at least one major powerplay somewhere this summer.
Hospital pass or one hell of an opportunity?
One thing’s for sure: new Eagles boss Patrick VIera has a difficult summer on his hands as he looks to hit the ground running from the dugout for the first time in English football, with several Eagles stars out of contract and the powers-that-be reportedly key to lower the average age of the Premier League’s oldest squad.
His appointment looks a risk for the Eagles given his lack of EPL managerial experience and Palace’s lack of patience the last time they went for a leftfield hire. Frank De Boer arrived in 2017 promising to revolutionise the Eagles style of play.
The Dutchman lasted just 10 weeks before panic set in and the Eagles put the distress call out to Hodgson. His successor will need to get off to a convincing start, as it’s easy to see a scenario where Palace are looking for another firefighter by the autumn. Big Sam’s free again.
For now, the Eagles board look committed to a long-term project, with Viera picking up the highly-rated young duo of Marc Guehi and Michael Olise as his first signings after both impressed in the Championship for Swansea and Reading last season
It’s back to square one for the Toffees under Rafa Benitez. The departure of Carlo Ancelotti has scorched any hopes of a rapid-fire move into the transfer market this summer, but the new man at Goodison will have strong foundations to build on, if he can just improve on that atrocious home record.
The hiring of the Italian was meant to be a sign that Everton were aiming higher than perpetual upper mid-table finishes. Ancelotti didn’t manage to change that, and patience might be required for Benitez to make the changes required for Everton to ‘do a Leicester’.
That may be in short supply at Goodison following his controversial appointment, but the Spaniard isn’t a man likely to be phased by working in an uncomfortable environment, having delivered Europa League success for Chelsea against the odds, despite widespread discontent from Blues fans in the wake of his temporary appointment.
Wingers seem to be his weapon of choice this summer, with Andros Townsend and Demarai Gray reportedly on the verse of signing – which could spell good news for anyone putting Dominic Calvert-Lewin into their Fantasy Premier League sides this season.
Leeds were guaranteed to burn out. The Premier League would expose their naivety… They wouldn’t get anywhere by staying loyal to Championship players. How Marcelo Bielsa’s band of brothers proved most of their doubters wrong as they recorded a first top-half finish in the Premier League in 19 years.
Now it’s quashing the ‘second season syndrome’ malaise that must be the target for the Argentinean, although Leeds’ energetic style of play should ensure they have a better chance of avoiding the fate of Sheffield Utd, who fell the wrong side of fine margins in 2020/21 after mostly edging tight games in their first season back.
Bielsa is notoriously precise with his dabbling in the transfer market, preferring to bide his time to land players that fit with his ethos, but he’s made some encouraging progress this summer by bringing in Jack Harrison on a permanent deal and swooping for versatile Spanish defender Junior Firpo.
Some extra depth wouldn’t go amiss, but the future looks bright in West Yorkshire.
It was a season tinged with a sense of what might have been for Brendan Rodgers, but an FA Cup win and an improved points finish on 2019/20 suggests the Northern Irishman can be broadly happy with the steady strides his club have made since his arrival in 2019.
The aim going forward surely has to be improving squad depth after that second successive late-season slump, but given the managerial chaos surrounding many of their rivals this summer, Leicester look to be in a strong position in terms of summer planning as they gear up for another assault on the Europa League.
Rodgers has made a cracking start on that front, swooping early to secure RB Salzburg ace Patson Daka and plumping for tried-and-tested EPL experience with the capture of Ryan Bertrand.
It was ultimately the title defence that never was, but Reds fans will probably look at things in the round and bank a third-place finish after a season where everything seemed to conspire against them.
Liverpool’s injury woes did perhaps expose a level of complacency around squad depth and the need for invention from a position of strength, but a late run to secure Champions League football does mean Klopp has the platform to build his ‘Reds 2.0’ with several of his key stars now hurtling towards their 30s.
Fine-tuning looks necessary to pull them back closer to Man City next year, and the acquisition of 22-year-old Ibrahima Konaté is a promising start.
No treble or quadruple in the end, but it was still a wonderful season for Manchester City as they clicked into top gear after a relatively slow start to the campaign.
That fight for a first Champions League trophy remains the overriding goal for 2021/22 but their major rivals will have to work hard next year to match them over a 38-game season.
It could also be a busy summer in the transfer market as the club start life without the legendary Sergio Agüero.
Steady progress for Ole Gunnar Solksjaer, who can look to a strong 2nd place finish and a flawless away record as signs of genuine progress for the Red Devils after eight years without a league trophy.
However, Europa League and FA Cup misfires suggest the Norwegian still has a blind spot when it comes to transforming Utd into genuine elite-level players, and the pressure will be on him next season if his side show any signs of regressing in their push for Premier League silverware.
Another group stage exit in the Champions League would also place the Utd manager under pressure, but for now he looks to have enough credit in the bank to be given some serious funds for further strengthening this summer, with Jadon Sancho’s arrival an early warning shot for their title rivals.
12th place… what was all the fuss about? Steve Bruce is the Premier League’s born survivor, and the experienced EPL campaigner shut out the criticism to record an ultimately comfortable mid-table berth.
The calm around St James’ Park could only be temporary once fans return in full next season, given that final league position doesn’t exactly tell the full story of a campaign where the Magpies looked woeful at times.
Bruce may need to pull some rabbits out the transfer market given this squad leans so heavily on the talents of Allan Saint-Maximin and Callum Wilson. After a barnstorming end to last season, Joe Willock looks the Magpies’ top target, but Bruce might have to be patient to land his man with another loan deal looking their most viable means of landing the Arsenal midfield man.
The ultimate EPL/EFL yo-yo club are back for another bite at the top flight, and it doesn’t look like the prudent Canaries will be brandishing the chequebook too much this summer.
That said, Daniel Farke’s side should be stronger for their bruising 21-point campaign in 2019/20, provided they can hold on to ready-made top-flight talents in Max Aarons and Todd Cantwell after cashing in on Emi Buendia.
Firepower remains the major stumbling block to their hopes of avoiding another immediate drop, with a counterweight to 31-year-old Teemu Pukki surely required to keep the Canaries competitive.
They’ve already made an early splash, snapping up Werder Bremen winger Milot Rashica while Scotland ace Billy Gilmour has joined on loan from Chelsea. Those moves hint Farke may be contemplating a change in style of play as he looks to make the Canaries more streetwise after they limped to relegation two seasons ago.
After a damp squib second half of the campaign and uncertainty surrounding the ownership at St Mary’s, it could be a difficult summer for Ralph Hasenhüttl in the transfer market as he looks to embellish a Saints squad that looked desperately thin on the ground at times last season.
If the Austrian is showing any signs of frustration with life on the South Coast, he’s yet to truly show it, but 2021/22 has a sense of being make-or-break in the rosy relationship between club and manager.
Keeping Danny Ings sweet once again remains their key objective this summer, but this could be a team in trouble if they don’t end their overreliance on their target man – even if he stays at St Mary’s.
His ongoing refusal to sign a new deal suggests the Saints might be left sweating as the clock ticks down to 31st August.
The longest managerial hunt in history is finally over, but has Daniel Levy really got the man he wanted in Nuno Espírito Santo?
The former Wolves man may need a productive summer in the transfer market and a flying start to his tenure in North London to help the under-fire Daniel Levy patch up his uncomfortable relationship with the Spurs fanbase.
First up in Nuno and new MD Fabio Paratici’s intray will be allaying Harry Kane’s doubts over whether Spurs mean business moving forward. Keeping the England captain would be as good as any aggressive moves made in the transfer market this summer, but even if Kane stays, the new manager will be hoping the long-drawn saga surrounding his appointment will give him ample leverage to refresh a squad in need of plenty of surgery.
Given the snail’s pace of their managerial hunt, it’s probably no surprise Spurs are yet to bolster their ranks this summer. Nuno may need to act fast to restore the North Londoners back to the top table in this campaign, but the prospect of Europa Conference League football seems likely to put off top-class talent from a move to N17.
Watford are back at the first time of asking, but will the world’s most unconventional club finally plump for stability in their bid to re-establish themselves in the top flight?
Xisco Munoz successfully negotiated a rocky start at Vicarage Road to help power the Hornets to a relatively hassle-free automatic promotion bid, but the Spaniard will need to carry out some strengthening up top with only Ismaila Sarr hitting double figures in the EFL Championship last season.
They haven’t wasted much time, with Danny Rose, Josh King, Imran Louza and Emmanuel Dennis among the intriguing early arrivals through the door at Vicarage Road.
WEST HAM UNITED
The rehabilitation of David Moyes in complete, but could the Scotsman come to rue a season of overachievement that may well lead to raised expectation in East London?
The Hammers will be enjoying a full-fat European adventure for the first time since 2007 next year, but to fight credibly on two fronts, the Moyes will need reinforcements to inject extra energy into a squad that looked to be running on empty towards the end of the last campaign.
The Scotland is seemingly playing a waiting game, with the Hammers yet to make any significant in-roads in the transfer market this summer. His main headache could be keeping hold of England man Declan Rice as Chelsea look to lure him across London.
Wolves are at an interesting crossroads, with the decision to dispense with Nuno’s services after his first rocky season at Molineux certainly catching most neutrals unawares.
The Portuguese model looks to be remaining in place, however, with former Benfica boss Bruno Lage the man Wolves believe can help the club push back closer to the Premier League elite.
The loss of Raúl Jiménez last season exposed Wanderers’ major weak point last season. Adding extra creativity in midfield and attack looks a must if Lage is to stand any chance of building successfully on Nuno’s fine legacy, while José Sá will be under immediate pressure to adequately fill the gloves of the reliable Rui Patricio with the Portuguese keeper replacing his compatriot for the 2021/22 campaign.
Information correct as of 20/07/2021
PREDICTED PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE | 2021/22 SEASON
Here is our predicted Premier League table ahead of the 2021/22 campaign…
- MAN CITY
- MAN UTD
- LEICESTER CITY
- WEST HAM
- ASTON VILLA
- LEEDS UTD
- CRYSTAL PALACE
- NEWCASTLE UTD
- NORWICH CITY
Prediction: 29th July 2021
2021/22 Premier League Outrights | EPL Outrights
Reigning champions Man City lead the way in the early outright betting, with the Cityzens 71/100 to retain their crown.
Chelsea’s success in the Champions League early in Thomas Tuchel’s reign sees them installed as 5/1 second-favourites to deliver a first EPL trophy for the German, while Liverpool are 103/20 to make a better fist of things this time around after their title defence faltered early last season.
Man Utd are now a 15/2 shot after making the first major transfer move of the summer in agreeing terms with England ace Jadon Sancho.
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