Published by: Prakhar Pant / Date: 04 July, 2016
English Premier League 2016-17 (Part 1)
Hi Friends, this is my preview to the upcoming Premier League season which kicks off on August 13. In this competition, last season’s top 17 teams and 3 teams promoted from the second tier participate in a round robin fashion. So, here I am sharing some best predictions on each EPL team for next Season.
1. AFC Bournemouth
This is Bournemouth’s only second year in the top flight and they would like to do better than last year’s finish in 16th position. They did pull out some great results mid-way through the 2015-2016 season but during the business end fell out of order. This year probably won’t be their year as they could fall back to the championship.
Key Player: Callum Wilson
2. Arsenal FC
Last season was a great one for the Gunners as they continued their supremacy over north London rivals Spurs. It was Arsenal’s best finish in the last decade. But they still have the striker issue and are unable to cope with the Christmas schedule time. Granit Xhaka’s signing is a huge boost for the creative Arsenal midfield. Maybe this year could be the one where Arsenal win the Premier League, finally.
Key Player: Mesut Özil
3. Burnley FC
With only one year of absence, the minnows are back in style after winning the Football Championship. Burnley finished second last 2 seasons back but was a great team under Sean Dyche and that showed up their spirit to come back to where they belong. Burnley will finish in the bottom half of the table still but won’t go down this time.
Key Player: Tom Heaton
4. Chelsea FC
With Antonio Conte holding the reigns of this London club, Chelsea would put a behind a disastrous season behind them and fight as title favourites. With the signing of Michy Batshuayi, Chelsea, now have a great attacking trio in Hazard, Michy and Willian with Oscar behind the striker. A top four finish would be a great start for Conte’s first season.
Key Player: Eden Hazard
5. Crystal Palace FC
Just like Wales this Euro, the Eagles are a dark horse in England’s top flight. Since the arrival of Alan Pardew, this team has grown into a powerhouse and are still building on that foundation. Palace’s signings of Steve Mandanda and Andros Townsend shows that the team wants to fight for the Europa League spot but will probably end in the top half of the table only.
Key Player: Yannick Bolasie
It was the worst season for the Toffees in the top flight and one they surely must build on. But with new manager Ronald Koeman coming in fans can expect Everton back to its prime form. The Goodison Park wasn’t their forte last season but this season probably they could muster their defence a lot which was very poor last time out. If they could finish somewhere near 8th in the table, it must build their confidence a lot.
Key Player: Ross Barkley
7. Hull City
Just like Burnley, after a year in the second tier, Hull City are back in the Premier League after they won the Championship Play-off final against Sheffield Wednesday. Steve Bruce’s side are another powerhouse team with many experienced players that could help them slipping away again this season. But probably they would end up again in the Championship anyway.
Key Player: Tom Huddlestone
8. Leicester City
This “underdog” labelled team wrote the greatest story in the football history. This year the Foxes will be participating in their first ever Champions League. This team did pull out some unbelievable results on the way to their first Premier League title. But they could probably end up in the middle of the table this year since this side doesn’t have much squad depth
Key Player: Jamie Vardy
9. Liverpool FC
Jurgen Klopp will have his first full season in charge in the Premier League. The German is a shrewd tactician and has shown his team reshaping idea with the new signings. If he could do what he did with Dortmund this season, Liverpool could pull a great season and finish in the Champions League spot. A Europa League place seems very likely but they are “the underdogs” of this season.
Key Player: Jordon Henderson
10. Manchester City FC
Pep Guardiola’s first season in England is the most anticipated and talked about among the fans in the England. His tenure with FC Barcelona and FC Bayern Munich has already shown what the Premier League must expect from his team. FC Bayern Munich had an average possession of 66.4% last season, which is Pep’s style of football and he has achieved great laurels by sticking to it always. Manchester City could finish second this season with a great squad and a great manager at their disposal.
Key Player: Kevin de Bruyne
So these are my predictions on the 10 teams out of 20 of the English Premier League for the next season. For next 10 wait for the second part. Do comment below your views and your predictions for the next season.
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