Now that the transfer window is over and the seasons starts today let’s preview the teams!
AFC Bournemouth – W(3) – D(1) – L(1) Last season (14th)
Lloyd Kelly (Bristol City/Defender), Jack Stacey (Luton Town/Midfielder), Philip Billing (Huddersfield/Midfielder), Arnaut Danjuma (Club Brugge/Forward), Harry Wilson (Liverpool/Midfielder) Loan
Marc Pugh (Released), Mikael Ndjoli (Gillingham) Loan, Emerson Hyndman (Atlanta United) Loan, Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Connor Mahoney (Millwall), Lys Mousset (Sheffield United), Brad Smith (Seattle Sounders) Loan, Sam Surridge (Swansea City) Loan, Harry Arter (Fulham) Loan
Bournemouth have had a good pre-season after having initially struggled they beat Lazio and Lyon comfortably and now go into the season with Callum Wilson and Danjuma in form. Harry Wilson is a good addition who impressed at Derby last season and should add creativity from the midfield. Bournemouth should be fighting for a top 10 position.
Arsenal – W(3) – D(3) – L(2) Last Season (5th)
Gabriel Martinelli (Ituano/Forward), Dani Ceballos (Real Madrid/Midfielder) Loan, Nicolas Pepe (Lille/Forward), Keiran Tierney (Celtic/Defender), David Luiz (Chelsea/Defender)
Aaron Ramsey (Juventus), Petr Cech (Retired), Danny Welbeck (Watford), Stephan Lichtsteiner (Released), David Ospina (Napoli), William Saliba (St.Etienne) Loan, Laurent Koscielny (Bordeaux), Carl Jenkinson (Nottingham Forest), Eddie Nketiah (Leeds United) Loan, Alex Iwobi (Everton)
Arsenal started the window poorly but picked up in the final few weeks getting in Ceballos, Pepe, Tierney, and Luiz. A lot of players have also left the club with Ramsey, and Koscielny probably being the ones fans might miss, although Koscielny burned any bridges he had at the club. Arsenal had a decent pre-season but lost their last few games. Arsenal finished 5th last season but I expect them to challenge for 3rd and 4th once again this season especially with a stronger forward line and a better defence.
Aston Villa – W(5) – D(0) – L(0) – Last Season (Playoff Champions)
Jota (Birmingham/Midfielder), Anwar El Ghazi (Lille/Forward), Wesley (Club Brugge/Forward), Kortney Hause (Wolves/Defender), Matt Targett (Southampton/Defender), Tyrone Mings (Bournemouth/Defender), Ezri Konsa (Brentford/Midfielder), Bjorn Engels (Stade Reims/Defender), Trezeguet (Kasimpasa/Midfielder), Douglas Luiz (Man City/Midfielder), Tom Heaton (Burnley/Goalkeeper), Marvelous Nakamba (Club Brugge/Midfielder)
Albert Adomah (Relseased), Mark Bunn (Released), Ritchie De Laet (Released), Tommy Elphick (Huddersfield), Alan Hutton (Released), Mile Jedinak (Released), Ross McCormack (Released), Micah Richards (Released), Glenn Whelan (Released), Scott Hogan (Stoke City/Loan)
Aston Villa qualified via winning the play-offs beating Derby County in the final. Villa are one of the classic Premier League teams and having them back in the league is great overall. Villa let go of a lot of deadwood and players they felt were not suitable for the Premier League and have brought in several players. Jota, El Ghazi, Trezeguet, Heaton, and Wesley all standout and have done well in pre season. Bringing wholesale changes to your squad after getting promoted doesn’t really go that well case in point Fulham last season but Villa could be different. Villa should be fighting for 10-15th. PS: John Terry is assistant manager.
Brighton and Hove Albion – W(4) – D(0) – L(1) – Last Season (17th)
Matt Clarke (Portsmouth/Midfielder), Leandro Trossard (Genk/Forward), Taylor Richards (Man City/Midfielder), Lewis Freestone (Free/Defender), Adam Webster (Bristol City/Defender), Neal Maupay (Brentford/Forward), Romaric Yapi (PSG/Forward), Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town/Midfielder)
Brighton finished 2 points above the relegation zone last season and will be hoping to do much better this time around. Decent signings have come in the most standout being Trossard. Brighton have a let a lot of players leave on loan and sold several fringe players as well. Bruno is the biggest departure who was an experienced captain for many years. Brighton should be fighting for survival in the 15-20th positions.
Burnley – W(5) – D(1) – L(2) – Last Season (15th)
Erik Pieters (Stoke City/Defender), Joel Senior (Curzon Ashton/Defender), Jay Rodriguez (West Brom/Forward), Ryan Cooney (Bury/Midfielder), Adam Phillips (Free/Midfielder), Bailey Peacock-Farrell (Leeds United/Goalkeeper), Danny Drinkwater (Chelsea/Midfielder) Loan
Jon Walters (Retired), Stephen Ward (Stoke City), Anders Lindegaard (Released), Peter Crouch (Retired), Tom Heaton (Aston Villa), Nahki Wells (QPR) Loan
Burnley have had a good pre-season so far and have made some known and unknown signings. Pieters, Rodriguez, and Drinkwater should bring plenty of experience while the rest should provide youth. Walters, Ward, Heaton, and Crouch will be huge misses in the dressing room but it’s a good chance for Burnley to progress further up the table. I expect Burnley to fight for 10-15th.
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Crystal Palace – W(1) – D(2) – L(5) – Last Season (12th)
Stephen Henderson (Free/Goalkeeper), Jordan Ayew (Swansea/Forward), Gary Cahill (Free/Defender), Victor Camarasa (Real Betis/Midfielder), James McCarthy (Everton/Midfielder)
Jason Puncheon (Released), Julian Speroni (Released), Bakary Sako (Denizlispor), Aaron Wan Bissaka (Man United/Defender), Alexander Sorloth (Trabzonspor) Loan, Pape Souare (Troyes)
Palace finished a decent 12th last season but haven’t had the greatest of pre-seasons. To be fair though most of their signings have come in the final few weeks and Puncheon, Sako, and Bissaka are decent departures. Ayew, Cahill, Camarasa, and McCarthy are decent signings to add to the squad. Palace also managed to keep hold of Zaha although what his attitude will be will depend on how he performs. It’s always hard to predict where Palace finish and so they could finish anywhere in the bottom 10.
Everton – W(1) – D(4) – L(2) – Last Season (8th)
Jonas Lossl (Huddersfield/Goalkeeper), Fabian Delph (Man City/Defender), Jean-Philippe Gbamin (Mainz/Midfielder), Moise Kean (Juventus/Forward), Djibril Sidibe (Monaco/Defender) Loan, Alex Iwobi (Arsenal/Forward)
Phil Jagielka (Sheffield), Ashley Williams (Released), Nikola Vlasic (CSKA Moskva), Sandro Ramirez (Real Valladolid) Loan, Ademola Lookman (RB Leipzig), Idrissa Gueye (PSG), James McCarthy (Crystal Palace)
Everton finished 8th last season in what was a decent end to a tough season. The summer has been ok as Everton haven’t won much but haven’t lost much either. Lossl is a good backup to Pickford while Kean, and Sidibe are probably the most important signings. Gueye will be the biggest miss while Jagielka leaving leaves a hole in leadership. Pre-season aside Everton have a strong squad and should be challenging for 6-10th in the table.
Leicester City – W(5) – D(1) – L(0) – Last Season (9th)
James Justin (Luton/Midfielder), Ayoze Perez (Newcastle/Forward), Vontae Daley-Campbell (Arsenal/Defender), George Hirst (OH Leuvens/Forward), Ali Reghba (Bohemians/Forward), Youri Tielemans (AS Monaco/Midfielder), Mitchell Clark (Free/Defender)
Shinji Okazaki (Malaga), Danny Simpson (Released), Harry Maguire (Man United)
Leicester did well last season but finished poorly and so ended 9th. They have had a good pre-season and brought in some good players mainly, Perez, and Tielemans. Maguire is a massive loss in defence and so it will be interesting to see who steps in. Leicester are a good team and going forward they have a lot of promise and experience and so one can expect them to challenge from 6-10th.
Liverpool – W(3) – D(2) – L(3) – Last Season (2nd)
Sepp van den Berg (PEC Zwolle/Defender), Harvey Elliott (Fulham/Forward), Adrian (Free/Goalkeeper)
Alberto Moreno (Villareal), Daniel Sturridge (Released), Danny Ings (Southampton), Simon Mignolet (Club Brugge)
Liverpool won the Champions League last season and finished a point behind City in the title race. Pre-season has not been great and they have already lost a trophy to City which was the Community Shield. Liverpool have made no real signings with Adrian being the only squad addition, Berg and Elliott would feature for u-18’s. No major departures for Liverpool either with mostly all of the mentioned being squad players. The teams around Liverpool have strengthened and while they still have a strong starting XI there is not great depth in the squad. Liverpool are still expected to challenge for the title.
Man City – W(3) – D(2) – L(0) – Last Season (Champions)
Angelino (PSV/Defender), Rodri (Atletico/Midfielder), Joao Cancelo (Juventus/Defender), Scott Carson (Derby County/Goalkeeper)
Vincent Kompany (Anderlecht), Fabian Delph (Everton), Danilo (Juventus)
City were rampant last season having won the league, FA Cup, League Cup and Community Shield. They have retained one of those already and look to retain the others as well but the main goal should be the Champions League. Pre-season was decent and Pep made his customary 1-2 signings which improve the squad. Rodri is a good midfielder and Cancelo should challenge Walker for the right back role. Expect City to fight for everything once again.
Man United – W(5) – D(1) – L(0) – Last Season (6th)
Daniel James (Swansea/Forward), Aaron Wan Bissaka (Crystal Palace/Defender), Harry Maguire (Leicester City/Defender)
Ander Herrera (PSG), Antonio Valencia (Released), Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan)
United and Mourinho imploded last season before Ole did well to get them to 6th. United could have finished higher but Ole was equally as poor in the final few weeks. Pre-season has been great and James is a good prospect. Wan Bissaka and Maguire slot straight into the defence making the back four and goalkeeper one of the strongest in the league. Herrera and Lukaku will be big misses and with Woodward failing to secure replacements the midfield and offence look weaker going into the season. One can still expect United to challenge for 4th but they could finish as low as 10th.
Newcastle United – W(3) – D(0) – L(2) – Last Season (13th)
Joelinton (Hoffenheim/Forward), Kyle Scott (Free/Midfielder), Jake Turner (Bolton/Goalkeeper), Jetro Willems (Frankfurt/Forward) Loan, Allan Saint-Maximin (Nice/Midfielder), Emil Krafth (Amiens/Defender), Andy Carroll (Free/Forward)
Mohamad Diame (Released), Ayoze Perez (Leicester City), Joselu (Alaves), Jacob Murphy (Sheffield Wednesday) Loan
Newcastle last season finished a decent 13th thanks in large part to Benitez. The summer started with a news of an arab takeover, Benitez staying and Mbappe coming. The summer ended with Mike Ashley still as the owner, Benitez gone, and Andy Carroll coming back. Steve Bruce has an uphill task of surviving this season although Joelinton, Scott, Willems, and Maximin are good signings. One can expect Newcastle to finish in the bottom 10 and possibly fight to survive.
Norwich City – W(3) – D(1) – L(2) – Last Season (Championship Champions)
Patrick Roberts (Man City/Midfielder) Loan, Daniel Adshead (Rochdale/Midfielder), Josip Drmic (Monchengladbach/Forward), Archie Mair (Aberdeen/Goalkeeper), Rob Nizet (Anderlecht/Defender), Rocky Bushiri (Oostende/Defender), Aidan Fitzpatrick (Patrick Thistle/Midfielder), Ralf Fahrmann (Schalke/Goalkeeper), Charlie Gilmour (Arsenal/Midfielder), Sam Byram (West Ham/Defender), Reece McAlear (Motherwell/Midfielder), Ibrahim Amadou (Sevilla/Midfielder)
Marcel Franke (Hannover/Defender), Nelson Oliveira (Aek Athens/Forward)
Norwich won the Championship last season and are hyped to be back in the Premier League. Their summer has been decent with a lot of the incoming players being youth products. Roberts, Drmic, Fahrmann, and Byram are the players that should be the ones most involved in the Premier League. Norwich have not changed much and so should find it easier to settle in. I expect Norwich to battle it out for the final 10 positions.
Sheffield United – W(5) – D(0) – L(2) – Last Season (Championship 2nd)
Luke Freeman (QPR/Forward), Phil Jagielka (Free/Defender), Callum Robinson (Preston/Forward), Ravel Morrison (Free/Midfielder), Lys Mousset (Bournemouth/Forwad), Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest/Midfielder), Dean Henderson (Man United/Goalkeeper) Loan, Oli McBurnie (Swansea/Forward), Michael Verrips (Free/Goalkeeper)
Several players released or loaned.
Sheffield finished 2nd last season in the Championship and have had an impressive pre-season although most people expect them to finish last this season. Their signings in the summer have been good and they add Premier League experience to the squad. Sheffield will most likely find it tough and I expect them to be fighting it out for survival.
Southampton – W(4) – D(1) – L(0) – Last Season (16th)
Moussa Djenepo (Standard Liege/Midfielder), Che Adams (Birmingham City/Midfielder), Danny Ings (Liverpool/Forward), Tommy Scott (Yeovil Town/Goalkeeper)
Steven Davis (Rangers), Matt Targett (Aston Villa), Jordy Clasie (AZ Alkmaar), Charlie Austin (West Brom)
Southampton struggled last season and have not made any massive signings this season to ensure that they won’t struggle again. Their pre-season has been good but I can see them struggling once again. A fight for survival awaits.
Tottenham – W(2) – D(2) – L(1) – Last Season (4th)
Kion Etete (Notts County/Forward), Jack Clarke (Leeds/Forward), Tanguy Ndombele (Lyon/Midfielder), Giovani Lo Celso (Real Betis/Midfielder), Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham/Defender)
Michael Vorm (Released), Keiran Tripper (Atletico), Vincent Janssen (Monterrey), Josh Onomah (Fulham)
Spurs reached the Champions League final last season but lost to Liverpool and slipped down to 4th behind Chelsea in the league. Spurs spent nothing last season but had their best window in a while this season as Ndombele, Lo Celso, and Sessegnon all strengthen the squad. Trippier is the only notable departure as Spurs finally look to challenge properly for the title. Spurs should theoretically be fighting Liverpool and City but they also might be fighting for a top four place.
Watford – W(3) – D(0) – L(1) – Last Season (11th)
Bayli Spencer Adams (Free/Defender), Craig Dawson (West Brom/Defender), Tom Dele Bashiru (Free/Midfielder), Mason Barrett (West Ham/Free), Callum Whelan (Free/Midfielder), Danny Welbeck (Free/Forward), Ismaila Sarr (Rennes/Forward)
Miguel Britos (Released)
Watford finished 11th last season and Garcia has managed to keep his squad intact while also adding Welbeck and Sarr. Sarr in particular should be an interesting addition as Watford look to challenge for a top 10 position.
West Ham – W(3) – D(1) – L(2) – Last Season (10th)
Roberto (Espanyol/Goalkeeper), David Martin (Milwall/Goalkeeper), Pablo Fornals (Villarreal/Midfielder), Sebastian Haller (Frankfurt/Forward), Goncalo Cardoso (Boavista/Defender), Albian Ajeti (Basel/Forward)
Adrian (Liverpool), Andy Caroll (Newcastle), Samir Nasri (Released), Lucas Perez (Alaves), Edmilson Fernandes (Mainz), Marko Arnautovic (Shanghai SIPG), Sam Byram (Norwich), Pedro Obiang (Sassuolo), Reece Oxford (Augsburg)
Pellegrini finished 10th with West Ham last season in what was a decent finish. Pre-season has been good and Pellegrini has shifted several of the deadwood out of the club although Obiang might be a miss. Fornals, Haller, and Cardoso are exciting additions as West Ham aim to finish higher up in the top 10 and a possible Europa League position.
Wolverhampton – W(3) – D(1) – L(0) – Last Season (7th)
Hong (Yeovil/Midfielder), Raphael Nya (PSG/Defender), Tsun Dai (Oxford United/Midfielder), Jesus Vallejo (Real Madrid/Defender) Loan, Patrick Cutrone (AC Milan/Striker), Flavio Cristovao (Free/Midfielder), Pedro Neto (Braga/Forward), Bruno Jordao (Braga/Midfielder), Renat Dadashov (Estoril/Forward)
Helder Costa (Leeds) Loan, Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham) Loan
Wolves blew away everyone last season as they dominated the top 6 to finish 7th in the table. Wolves’s record against the bottom 10 sides was worse and so they did not finish higher in the table. Several of Wolves signings our youth although Vallejo, and Cutrone might be important additions. Jimenez, and Dendoncker have been made permanent this summer as Wolves look to fight in the Europa League as well. Wolves should challenge for a 4-10th finish.