Bet UK Premier League Champions Predictions
The 2018/19 Premier League season kicks off on the 10th August, with Leicester travelling to Old Trafford for the opening game. Manchester United will be hoping to get an early 3 points on the board as they look to go one better than their 3rd place finish last year. Manchester City’s title defence begins with a tough away match at Arsenal, before returning home against Huddersfield the following week.
Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham can also all claim to be challenging for the title this season. With so many teams challenging for the title, let alone the top 4, the 2018/19 Premier League season looks to be one of the most exciting yet. As we get closer to the start date, Bet UK take a look at who we expect to be finishing at the top of the table come May 2019.
Manchester City in the 17/18 Premier League Season
It’s hard to look past last year’s champions, with Pep Guardiola’s men comfortably winning their first Premier League since 2014. At one point, the Citizens even looked like they could go the whole season unbeaten, winning a record 19 games in a row in all competitions. A front 3 of Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane scored 49 goals between them. Getting service from Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva undoubtedly helped the trio, as well as wing backs Kyle Walker and Fabian Delph. As far as Premier League campaigns go, Manchester City couldn’t have done much more last year, with the next step being a full unbeaten season to rival Arsenal’s Invincibles.
Manchester City Transfers
Manchester City have had a relatively quiet transfer window by their own high standards. They have only signed one player, although Riyad Mahrez did break their record transfer at £60m. The tricky Algerian has been close to joining Manchester City ever since Pep Guardiola took charge, seemingly handing in a transfer request at every opportunity. But, who can blame him? It’s not every day that you get the chance to join possible the greatest Premier League team of all time.
Manchester City 18/19 Premier League Prediction - 1st
Manchester City were head and shoulders above the rest of the Premier League last season, so it has hard to see anything different happening this year. No side has defended their Premier League trophy since Manchester United in 2009, but that hoodoo could be broken by Pep Guardiola and his team this year. The signing of Riyad Mahrez makes the team even stronger, and with a young front 3 now more experienced, the prospect of playing City is surely frightening to Premier League defences.
Liverpool in the 17/18 Premier League Season
Liverpool finished the 17/18 Premier League Season in 4th, but also managed to make the Champions League final. The Champions League campaign added extra games to Liverpool’s season that might have made the difference in the tail end of the Premier League season. Mo Salah turned out to be a bargain at £32m, scoring a record 32 goals throughout the season. Alongside Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, the front 3 became the most threatening and creative attacking force in Europe. Liverpool’s defence was their weak point, with centre-backs and goalkeepers causing Jurgen Klopp problems.
Learning from last season’s problems, Jurgen Klopp has brought in Allison from Roma for a world record fee for a goalkeeper. The Brazilian kept fellow Premier League star Ederson out of the team for Brazil and could have joined any team in Europe. Naby Keita has finally joined the Reds after agreeing a deal last summer, joining Fabinho in the middle of the park. Finally, Xherdan Shaqiri joins from relegated Stoke City for just £13m, which could prove to be a shrewd piece of business.
Liverpool 18/19 Premier League Prediction - 2nd
After a very strong transfer window, Liverpool will be hoping to push Manchester City much harder for the title. Last season’s troubles have now been ironed out and it’s hard to find a real weak point in Liverpool’s side. Jurgen Klopp will continue to play the fast, attacking football that brought success to Anfield last season, that can surely be more effective with a stronger back 5. Allison could prove to be the best Premier League signing of the summer, with Karius and Mignolet costing Liverpool points on more than one occasion last year.
Manchester United in the 17/18 Premier League Season
Manchester United had their best season since Sir Alex Ferguson left the club, finishing 2nd behind rivals Manchester City. Although they came second, in reality they were nowhere near winning the title, finishing 19 points behind their ‘noisy neighbours’. Even with the additions of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez, the Red Devils struggled to score goals compared to their title challengers. Only Chelsea scored less goals than Manchester United in the top 6. Shock defeats cost Manchester United a stronger title challenge, as they lost to all 3 promoted sides. If Jose Mourinho is to win his first title in Manchester, he will need to make sure his team perform against all opposition.
Manchester United Transfers
Manchester United aimed to get their business done early, completing a £50m deal for Fred before the World Cup began. Mourinho will hope that Fred’s addition to the midfield will free up Paul Pogba, who shined for France in the summer. Daley Blind is the only high profile departure from Old Trafford, but the Dutch international has rarely featured under Jose Mourinho.
Manchester United 18/19 Premier League Prediction - 3rd
Manchester United will be hoping that Jose Mourinho’s classic ‘3rd season syndrome’ doesn’t kick in and they can push on for a title. At both Chelsea and Real Madrid, Mourinho has lost control of his team and been sacked for poor performances. The main worry, however, will be how much Manchester United have actually strengthened this summer. Fred is a welcome addition in midfield, but United still have quite a poor defence that would be exposed more often if not for David de Gea in goal.
Chelsea in the 17/18 Premier League Season
The 17/18 Premier League season was a strange one for Chelsea. It was made clear quite early in the season that Antonio Conte wanted to leave and would be replaced at the end of the year. Conte struggled to get motivated going into matches and the extravagant figure that lead Chelsea to the title was nowhere to be seen. Big money signing Alvaro Morata struggled to replicate his early season form and spent most of the season on the bench. If not for Eden Hazard and Willian both having good seasons, Chelsea may have struggled to come as close to the top 4 as they did.
New boss Maurizio Sarri wasted no time in raiding his old club Napoli, bringing Jorginho across to London with him. The Italian seemed close to joining Manchester City at one point, but instead opted to follow Sarri to Stamford Bridge. Since the World Cup, much of the rumours surrounding Chelsea have been about players departing. Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois and Willian all seem keen to leave, which could change the complete face of Chelsea Football Club.
Chelsea 18/19 Premier League Prediction - 4th
Maurizio Sarri could be the man to get the best out of players at Chelsea. Sarri is known for players fast, attacking and exciting football and the players at Chelsea could perfectly suit his system. Morata may benefit from the new manager as well, with Sarri preferring a big target man as the focal point for his attacks. It remains to be seen whether Sarri will need to bring in a few more players to perfect his plans, but if everything clicks, then Chelsea can be expected to do well.
Tottenham Hotspur in the 17/18 Premier League Season
In recent years, Tottenham have become famous for almost challenging for the title, but without any real threat. Spurs possess real quality in all areas of the pitch, but for some reason can never mount a serious title challenge. Harry Kane had his best return of his career with 30 Premier League goals and still couldn’t take Tottenham past 3rd place. A disappointing exit to Juventus in the Champions League allowed Spurs to focus more on their Premier League campaign. But they still only managed to confirm Champions League status for the following year in the second last game of the season.
Tottenham Hotspur Transfers
As has become typical of Tottenham under Mauricio Pochettino, they still haven’t signed anyone, or sold anyone of any real note. Tottenham may have a very strong team, but even the best teams need to improve each year. Harry Kane has quickly become one of the best strikers in the world, but an injury to him could really scupper Spurs’ season.
Tottenham Hotspur 18/19 Premier League Prediction - 5th
Tottenham will be moving into their new ground in September 2018, which could provide an area of uncertainty around the club. Pochettino has been criticised for his lack of silverware as Tottenham manager, with many pundits suggesting he will try for an FA Cup or League Cup success this year. Harry Kane, Heung Min Son and Dele Alli can still star for Tottenham, but with essentially the same team as 2 years ago, teams will start to work Tottenham out.
Arsenal in the 17/18 Premier League Season
In Arsene Wenger’s final season in charge, Arsenal finished 6th, their lowest finish in over 20 years. For most of the season, Wenger’s future was always the main topic of discussion, which surely affected the players and Wenger. Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan both joined in January to give the club a boost, but Aubameyang was often pushed out wide and struggled to affect some games. Overall Arsenal fans were left disappointed, although now Wenger is gone, there is reason to be excited again.
New boss Unai Emery has wasted no time in bringing in reinforcements to the Emirates. It’s been clear for years that Arsenal needed to focus on their defence and midfield, with Arsene Wenger seemingly the only person who couldn’t spot the pattern. Sokratis was brought in from Dortmund, as well as Lichtsteiner from Juventus, both providing much needed experience across the back line. Bernd Leno has also been bought to replace Petr Cech who was poor in parts last season.
Arsenal 18/19 Premier League Prediction - 6th
This premier league season is bound to be a season of adjustment for the Gunners. Unai Emery will need a few months to completely rid the club of Arsene Wenger’s philosophies and implant his own ideas into the team. The sooner this can happen, the more successful Arsenal will be in the 18/19 Premier League season. But after 22 years, Wenger’s roots are bound to be deep and Emery might find the start to his tenure quite difficult.
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