Published by: Prakhar Pant
/ Date: 07 July, 2016
English Premier League 2016-17 (Part 2)
Hello everyone, I am Prakhar Pant
and here is the PART 2
of the EPL predictions for the next season that is for 2016-17. Before reading this, I would request you all to read the PART 1
of this article. Again, do comment in the box below about what you feel about this article or what are your expectations for the next season EPL
11. Manchester United
In the past decade. the Red Devils
have the best record in the Premier League by winning the title 5 times. But that includes the golden era of Alex Fergusson. Since his departure, the team, its results and football
style has deteriorated. The much anticipated Van Gaal era ended this summer when Man United brought in “The Special One”
aka Jose Mourinho
. Also with the signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic
, Man Utd have made it clear that they will try to pose as title challengers, but anything more than a Europa League spot is highly unlikely.
Key Player: Zlatan Ibrahimovic
After spending 7 years
in the Football Championship, the Boro are back once again in the top flight. They confirmed their Premier League status by playing a draw against Brighton & Hove Albion
on the final day. Their last taste of success
was the Capital One Cup
in the 2003-04 season where they won against Bolton Wanderers with Steve McClaren
as their gaffer. This year I can’t see them survive at all, probably might end up last because they look the weakest of all the top flight teams.
Key Player: Stewart Downing
The Saints had a great first season under Ronald Koeman and sealed a Europa spot but couldn’t build on that performance in the following season. They have already lost their manager to Everton and their star attacker Saido Mane to Liverpool. Southampton has been known for producing great young talents or developing new signings but can’t keep hold of them for long enough. This season could be a rough one for them and a middle of the pack finish should be satisfactory.
Key Player: Nathan Redmond
14. Stoke City
The Bet365 Stadium
(changed this season only), has become a successful siege for the Stoke City. They have caused great upsets to the bigger teams in the Premier League
and it has become a difficult task to get away with points at Stoke’s home ground. This rejuvenated side under Mark Hughes
is very much capable to turn around the top
of the table standings. Another finish in the top half of the table is more than enough for this still developing club.
Key Player: Bojan Krkić
Now there’s this problem with this team that I just can’t get to know or find. From the last two seasons, this team has been playing hide & seek with the relegation zone and just before the end of the season somehow just scrape through with big results. Now that Sam Allardyce has taken charge, he probably won’t repeat the same mistake because third time lucky is a rare one. They have the experience and the players to easily survive the season, but I can’t see them rising more than 14th in the table.
Key Player: Wahbi Khazri
16. Swansea City
The Welsh side has maintained a good opening weekend record in the past two seasons but after a good start to the season, the Swans
fall down the pecking order quite easily with a series of poor results. In their five
years of Premier League status, they have best finished in 8th position
when they can easily compete for the Europa League
spot with such an exciting side at their disposal. I can’t expect big of them this time around but anything between 7th to10th
will be great.
Key Player: Gylfi Sigurðsson
17. Tottenham Hotspur
The Spurs are back in their fine form just like in the days of Gareth Bale. Mauricio Pochettino is worthy of every credit in transforming a top-half table team into finishing third in the Premier League. They are back in the Champions League this season, all courtesy of their star-man Harry Kane. The top four race will be very tough for them but no doubt they are in serious contention for back-to-back Champions League spots. Pochettino’s belief in young talents gave rise to another gem in Dele Alli. They’ll probably finish fourth this time but could prove serious trouble to the title contenders.
Key Player: Dele Alli
After a great start to the season, Watford kept on building on their performances until the business end of the season where they failed bizarrely to gather enough points to seal a then likely Europa League spot. Quique Sanchez Flores got replaced by Walter Mazzarri after a very disappointing end to the season where they finished in the bottom half. Their strikers, Troy Deeney and Odin Ighalo were fine form and hope to continue the same but I hardly see them anymore in the Premier League in the 17/18 season.
Key Player: Odin Ighalo
19. West Bromwich Albion
Since Tony Pulis was handed over the charge, the fans expected some great results and big improvements in the club and team. But West Bromwich Albion has restricted themselves to the second-half of the table for three consecutive years now. The signings haven’t clicked much and the tactics seem to fail almost every time. Maybe a change of manager or some really good signings might change the course of the team. Another disappointing season is on their cards at the moment.
Key Player: Darren Fletcher
20. West Ham United
The Hammers will play the coming season in their new Olympic Stadium and will surely want to start on a positive note in the 80,000 capacity stadium. Since the appointment of Slaven Bilic, the team has grown into a real strong competitor and their attacking style of football is appreciated by the fans around the globe. Unfortunately, they missed out on a deserved Europa League spot but this time sure they could grab one of them. Their big signing, Dmitri Payet, could steer their season with his current form in the Euro 2016.
Key Player: Dmitri Payet
So these are my predictions for the next season of the Premier League. Please read the PART 1, if you haven’t. Comment below your predictions or questions. Keep reading SAIKISITE for more interesting blogs.
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