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Premier League Predictions - Terrible prizes to be won


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Predict the full Premier League table final positions for 2018/2019.

 

Each correctly placed team gets you 1 point.

 

Person with the most points wins a terrible prize, up to the value of TEN ENGLISH POUNDS.

 

Deadline for entries: 1st Sept 2018

 

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1. Man City

2. Liverpool

3. Spurs

4. Chelsea

5. Man Utd

6. Arsenal

7. Everton

8. Burnley

9. Wolves

10. Newcastle

11. Leicester City

12. Watford

13. West Ham

14. Fulham

15. Bournemouth

16. Cardiff City

17. Crystal Palace

18. Southampton

19. Brighton

20. Huddersfield Town

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1. Man City

2. Man Utd

3. Chelsea

4. Liverpool

5. Tottenham

6. Everton

7. Arsenal

8. Leicester

9. Watford

10. Wolves

11. West Ham

12. Burnley

13.? Crystal Palace

14. Brighton

15. Fulham

16. Bournemouth

17. Southampton

18. Newcastle

19. Huddersfield

20. Cardiff

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1. Man City

2. Chelsea

3. Liverpool

4. Arsenal

5. Spurs

6. Man Utd

7. West Ham

8. Wolves

9. Fulham

10. Leicester City

11. Newcastle

12. Everton

13. Crystal Palace

14.Bournemouth

15. Burnley

16. Brighton

17. Watford

18. Southampton

19. Cardiff City

20. Huddersfield Town

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1. City (should retain the title comfortably)

2. Liverpool (they are looking annoyingly good, right now im glad City are as good as they are, they may just pass Klopp's prime time without winning it, fingers crossed)

3. Chelsea (we will settle under Sarri and finish a solid 3rd and set ourselves up nicely to challenge the following season)

4. Spurs (risk of stagnating with no new arrivals)

5. Arsenal (still so many gaping holes in the side)

6. United (could be worse with a Jose season three, but unlike our 15/16 they can defend somewhat)

7. Wolves (excellent midfield which puts them in good stead)

8. Leicester (low key building a very solid squad)

9. Fulham (dark horses, were unlucky to lose vs Palace and will play some of the best football in the prem)

10. Everton (will take a bit of time under Silva but will get there eventually)

11. West Ham (good football, few hammerings, mid table finish under Pellegrini)

12. Newcastle (rubbish side but Rafa assuming he stays will keep their head above water)

13. Burnley (Europe will disrupt them but will survive comfortably) 

14. Crystal Palace (typical Roy season, exactly what it says on the tin)

15. Bournemouth (standard)

16. Watford (as above)

17. Brighton (just)

18. Southampton (no goals in the side)

19. Huddersfield (them staying up last season was a statistical anomaly, down with points in the 20's)

20. Cardiff (how the hell has Warnock wormed his way back into the PL again? Can see them troubling Derby's record points low)

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1. Citeh

2. Slum dwellers.

3. CHELSEA

4. Manyoo

5. Spuds

6. Arse

7. Everton

8. Leicester

9. Newcastle

10. Bournemouth

11. Fulham

12. Wolves

13. West Ham

14. Burnley

15. Palace

16. Southampton

17. Watford

18. Brighton

19. Cardiff

20. Huddersfield

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1. Man City

2. Liverpool

3. Man U

4.Chelsea

5. Spurs

6. Arsenal

7. Everton

8. Wolves

9. Palace

10. Leicester City

11. Newcastle

12. Burnley

13. West Ham

14.Bournemouth

15. Fulham

16. Brighton

17. Watford

18. Southampton

19. Cardiff City

20. Huddersfield Town

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1. Man City

2. Spurs

3. Liverpool

4. Chelsea

5. Arsenal

6. Man Utd

7. West Ham

8. Everton

9. Crystal Palace

10. Leicester City

11. Newcastle

12. Wolves

13. Fulham

14.Bournemouth

15. Burnley

16. Brighton

17. Watford

18. Southampton

19. Cardiff City

20. Huddersfield Town

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Preliminary thoughts:

I must say that predicting 2-5 and 8-19 is very difficult. Don't blame yourselves if your predictions are awry - mine probably will be!

1) Man City - Have the strongest squad on paper by a distance and are firmly inculcated into Guardiola's philosophy, although de Bruyne's injury may hurt a little over the short-term.

2) LiverpoolHave bought well this summer IMO. I do think they still have issues in the midfield RE creativity and may still struggle to break down deep-lying defences as a result, but they are again fully versed in Klopp's ways and so are IMO just about the safest bet for 2nd. Wouldn't surprise me if I turned out to be wrong though.

3) ChelseaIMO we are not ready to seriously compete for the PL, but the fact that we have looked so dangerous going forward despite not being fully acquainted with Sarri's system will seriously worry opponents. I expect us to annihilate many of the lower sides and so be relatively high in the table but also to give away a few stupid goals, especially against stronger opposition.

4) TottenhamThey have done well to keep a fairly strong side together but their 2017/18 was not nearly as impressive as their 2016/17 and the lack of new arrivals (which would allow Pochettino to change things up some if necessary) means that teams may yet suss them out as the season progresses.

5) Man UtdThe notorious 3rd season syndrome is upon Mourinho and it has shown with a general lack of transfer success, possible discord between Mourinho, star players (specifically Pogba) and their board. Mourinho's second season was only good at best and so that doesn't bode well, either, given the typical drop-off between his second and third seasons. If Pogba leaves 5th becomes ever more likely.

6) ArsenalIMO clearly the weakest of the Big 6. Emery is more of a cup manager than a league manager, their transfers generally haven't impressed me (Torreira/Guendouzi aside) and some of Emery's tactics have been questionable (high-line against Willian/Pedro/Morata?). Even beyond that, they still look seriously vulnerable at the back. 

7) Everton - I like Marco Silva as a manager and their transfers have been on the whole fairly intelligent (Richarlison/Digne/Bernard/Mina/Gomes). Even early doors they have looked fairly good in both matches. For mine the strongest side outside the Big 6. No Europa League will help them.

8) LeicesterTough call. On the one hand they've sold one of their match-winners while their other match-winner has suspended himself for the next few matches. On the other hand, I've been impressed with most of their transfers and Puel has proven adept in the past with counter-attacking sides. Could be lower.

9) Wolves - On paper, a strong Championship squad has been further strengthened by Patricio/Moutinho and maybe even Jimenez/Traore. I'm not as impressed by Dendoncker as many people - he had a poor season for Anderlecht and doesn't play particularly well at CB. Additionally, they might take a little while to adapt to PL football as a squad. When they do... 

10) BurnleyEuropa League will hurt them somewhat (maybe not so much if they get eliminated early), but this is a very well-drilled side which has added some useful players (Gibson/Vydra). 

11) West HamPellegrini is a superior manager to Moyes and many of the players brought in are coming off good seasons or are otherwise quite talented. It will really be a matter of how well they adapt and how well Pellegrini adapts to them. Pellegrini has shown an ability to adapt in the past - he went from his renowned 4-2-2-2 'magic box' to a 4-2-3-1 with Manchester City. He has also adapted players to his formations fairly effectively in the past. 

12) Crystal Palace - Ever since Roy was appointed, they've been a deceptively effective PL side. They've kept hold of Zaha but RLC is no longer with them, which might hurt. 

13) Bournemouth - A more effective side than many give them credit for, plus Rico/Lerma are good signings. 

14) NewcastleThey have the best manager outside of the Big 6, plus Muto/Rondon/Dubravka/Ki are solid players. Even Kenedy performed well for them last season. However, their current striker (Joselu) is not prolific, their best CB is injured, they lack depth at LB and while Schar/Fernandez represent decent business, neither are IMO great defenders. There is also a poisonous atmosphere at Newcastle, caused by the battle between Benitez and Mike Ashley, with the fans obviously favouring Benitez. Such an atmosphere does adversely affect performances. Should still stay up with some comfort though.

15) Fulham - Many PL-standard signings to a reasonably strong Championship squad, but some appear to be out-of-form players like Schurrle/Vietto. Their dartboard approach to transfers evokes QPR's, but at least they've not made the mistake of signing complete has-beens with no upside (unlike QPR). If both fire, then expect Fulham to be higher. If they don't, they might finish even lower. Also have to acclimatise to the PL, while Jokanovic is untested. 

16) Brighton & Hove Albion - Bissouma/Tau/Jahanbkhsh/Montoya are all talented, but maybe (Montoya aside) not as accomplished as the below four in Europe. Hughton is more experienced in fighting PL relegation battles than Gracia however. Additionally, Ryan at worst holds his own with Foster and Gross is a very competent player. Should relegation occur, Ryan should move to a mid-table PL side at least. 

17) Watford - Richarlison leaving is a big blow, but Deulofeu/Foster/Masina/Navarro are talented. However, Gracia is just an OK manager and had it not been for our capitulation against them, they would not have finished above 40 points. Richarlison leaving influences this rating - it still could go either way.

18) Southampton - Defensively they're fine, but going forward they're toothless. They'll draw a lot of games, but if they stay up it will be due to the poor performances of those around them. 

19) HuddersfieldScrappy, combative, well-led squad - but again lacking the attacking firepower to survive. Mooy should move to a mid-table PL side should they get relegated.

20) Cardiff - Championship-level manager + Championship-level squad = Championship place for 2019/20. 

 

 

 

 

  

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