Premier League Predictions: 5-1
Finally we’ve reached the Premier League Top 5. For the pre-season predictions to compare, you can find them here.
Pre-season prediction: 6th
Current position: 5th
It’s clear the board wants to keep Arsene. Fallout from fans or players isn’t going to sway Arsene from resigning or being fired at this point. It’s then to assume a fifth place finish is acceptable to Arsenal. Despite bringing in big time players to shore up the defense and attack, it’s not enough for what Arsenal really wants. Trophies are one thing, they have great opportunities in lower cup competitions and the Europa League. The Premier League title is what the fans seek most after and it doesn’t feel this squad Wenger assembled can do it despite the great names on the team sheet.
4. Tottenham Hotspur
Pre-season prediction: 5th
Current position: 3rd
The Spurs aren’t a second place team. But they’re sure not a Europa League team as previously predicted. They can get a top 4 finish and remain in Champions League should they not win it all. As far as a Premier League title goes, the same squad is participating with additions here and there to strengthen the team. With the competition ahead of them, finishing higher than 4th is unlikely.
Pre-season prediction: 2nd
Current position: 4th
The defending champions look under par to repeat as champions. No doubt Chelsea will be in contention all season and will be back in Champions League, but as stated before the PL title is the prize. Manager Antonio Conte has made changes to the lineup to try to improve but it’s just keeping Chelsea a tad under where they need to be. Perhaps in 20 games into the season we will see Chelsea hitting for the title but for now, third is what this team looks like.
2. Manchester United
Pre-season prediction: 3rd
Current position: 2nd
This is where the separation begins in the Top 5. Manchester United have been magnificent, despite losing their first game against Huddersfield. The transfers manager Jose Mourinho brought in have been very successful with Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic filling in nicely into the team. They have a team to continue contending for the title, along with any other trophy they want. However, United haven’t won the Premier League title since Sir Alex Ferguson’s last season in 2012. They’re hungry, but their noisy neighbors are in the way once again.
1. Manchester City
Pre-season prediction: 4th
Current position: 1st
Pep Guardiola has a stronger hold on this team than last season. His front three of attackers are one of the best in the Premier League with their depth so abound, the raw talent potential is alone to be feared. Their defense has become solid with the additions of Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy. There’s plenty in the midfield for City to be one of the most dominating teams in Europe let alone the Premier League. They’re the favorite so far this season unless injuries or poor play wrestle their way into the team’s chemistry.
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