The first few weeks of the 2016/17 Premier League season have come to a close with the international teams taking the stage for two weeks. This is the perfect time then to predict who will finish where at the end of the season.
20th-Hull City 19th-Watford 18th-Stoke City
My three relegation candidates may come as a surprise but I think that Hull’s squad size will affect them come Christmas despite their excellent start. Both Stoke and Watford have had very poor starts and I don’t think Bony will gel with the Stoke players around him. Watford looked better in the second half against Arsenal but I don’t think they have the quality to stay up.
17th-Burnley 16th- AFC Bournemouth 15th-Sunderland 14th-West Bromwich Albion 13th-Crystal Palace 12th-Middlesborough 11th-Swansea City
I predict that this season Burnley, Bournemouth and Sunderland will just stay up as although their squads are not very strong, they all have goal scorers who will keep them up. Burnley have Sam Vokes and Andre Gray who are both very clinical while Sunderland have Jermain Defoe. Bournemouth don’t have one player as such but all their frontline can chip in with goals at any time. West Brom, Crystal Palace and Swansea will all have average seasons once again but if all their new signings gel early then Palace could make a challenge for the Europa League spots. I predict Middlesborough will have a great season as they have brought in some great additions and Alvaro Negredo will score them lots of goals.
10th-Southampton 9th-Everton 8th-Leicester
I think that due to the loss of their three best players from last season (Mane, Wanyama and Pelle) Southampton will be unable to climb the league and need to hang on to their stars in the future to make progress. Everton have had an encouraging start but I don’t think the quality and team spirit is there so the Toffees will end up 9th. I predict the champions from last year Leicester will finish outside the European spots as they have lost Kante, one of their best players last season. They may surprise everyone once again but I think they’ll only be good enough for 8th.
7th-West Ham 6th-Tottenham Hotspur 5th-Arsenal
Despite their shaky start I think West Ham will find their form soon and will finish a solid 7th this season. I predict Spurs will feel the effects of the Champions League and will only finish 6th. However if Alli and Kane can find form then they will challenge for the top four. And yes, for the first time in 20 years I think Arsenal will finish outside the top four. Once again Wenger has failed to buy a top quality striker and this time I predict Arsenal will feel the effects of that as their rivals have strengthened massively.
4th-Liverpool 3rd-Chelsea 2nd-Manchester City 1st-Manchester United
I predict that this season Jurgen Klopp will make his mark on Liverpool and with Firmino and Coutinho flourishing the Reds will finish in the Champions League spots. However they will not catch Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United who have had incredible transfer windows and all have a 100% record so far. Their squads are so much better than everyone elses but I think Chelsea’s squad is marginally worse than the Manchester clubs and they will finish 3rd. I predict it will be incredibly close between Man United and Man City but United will edge it to finish as champions because Jose Mourinho has experience in the Premwhereas Pep Guardiola doesn’t. However, it’s very hard to call…