We are only a week away from the start of the 2017-2018 English Premier League campaign after an extravagant summer. This summer saw Diego Costa hand in a transfer request, leading to ever-threatening legal action against Chelsea after manager Antonio Conte allegedly informed the Spaniard he was no longer a part of the club’s plans moving forward. The defending champs brought in fellow Spaniard and ex-Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata this summer to replace last year’s goal leader.
Elsewhere, Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney was transferred Everton after 13 seasons with the club. Rooney saw decreasing first team time last year under new manager Jose Mourinho. His arrival will surely boost Everton’s chance of competing with the top of the table this year. The Reds also added Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, Chelsea mid Nemanja Matic, and Benfica defender Victor Lindelof.
Elsewhere AFC Bournemouth added ex-Chelsea men Nathan Ake and Asmir Begovic along with Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe.
Liverpool added Mohamed Salah from Italy’s Roma.
Manchester City acquired Tottenham Hotspur right back Kyle Walker
And West Ham United added Mexican International Javier Hernandez and received Man. City goalkeeper Joe Hart on loan.
Now that we’ve covered the boring details, on to the predictions!
2. Manchester United
3. Manchester City
5. West Ham United
Okay, so there’s a few surprises here. Until Chelsea acquired Morata I thought they’d struggle to finish in the top four. They now have a legitimate replacement for Costa and I believe Conte will continue his tactical mastery in year two. Manchester United and City will make it an extremely tight race, and it could honestly go into the last weekend of the season.
I think with their strong additions, both Everton and West Ham can get over the hump and land in the top five when the campaign ends. With Arsenal struggling for success, Liverpool being inconsistent on the road, and a very formidable mid-table featuring strong Bournemouth, West Brom, and newly promoted New Castle United, I just don’t see Liverpool challenging the top of the table.
18. Stoke City
20. Brighton & Hove Albion