The most wonderful time of the year is coming up. Like every year, there have been so many roster changes that end up being impactful down the stretch. There are some major jumps and some drops and with that being said here are my 1-20 (20-1) predictions for the 2020-21 season.
20th - West Bromwich Albion
There are always those promoted teams that last a year and then back to the Championship. Unfortunately, I see West Brom as one of those clubs. And the next team will suffer the same.
Just like West Brom and the rest of similar fated teams from the past, Fulham are back in the Premier League but ultimately will be relegated again. I just don’t see Fulham competing well this season.
18th- Aston Villa
This team barely survived last season but I say they will go this time. It will be close though, maybe on goal difference.
17th- West Ham United
I also see West Ham in the danger zone but they’ll get lucky with a higher goal difference than Aston Villa. That is how close these two spots will be for my money.
16th- Crystal Palace
With the big signing of Eberechi Eze and promising young defender Nathan Ferguson, The Eagles have a good start to building a strong lineup. This looks like a year by year project for the team.
15th- Newcastle United
I don’t think Newcastle will begin horribly like last season that’s for sure, and I say that because they cannot afford to lose many games in a row. They also are working on a project like Crystal Palace. The project is trying to get someone to buy the club from Mike Ashley.
14th- Sheffield United
Chris Wilder’s side lost five of their last ten games post lockdown and I don’t see them getting a point against the Premier League’s “Big Six” despite their good performances last season.
Similar to Sheffield Utd, post-pandemic made Burnley rocky and they only won against teams that were at the bottom of the table. I don’t see them winning against teams from the “Big Six” either.
12th- Brighton and Hove Albion
The return of Ben White from his successful loan at Leeds and the signing of Adam Lallana adds more strength to Brighton’s lineup that also includes Alexis Mac Allister and Leandro Trossard in attacking areas. They now have quality at both ends of the pitch.
Southampton finished well last season and there could be optisimism in the team with the signings of Kyle Walker-Peters and Mohammed Salisu. Who knows, they can be higher, especially if Ralph Hasenhuttl’s counterpressing style works out to it’s potential level.
10th- Leeds United
If I was biased, I would’ve put Leeds at the top of the table and Man United at the bottom for relegation. I see Leeds taking advantage of struggling clubs because of Marcelo Bielsa and his tactics. Better sides will give us more space so we should be able to produce some upsets. If we are doing so, I see us at ten.
9th- Wolverhampton Wanderers
I expected more from the Wolves when they competed in the Europa League. I would’ve placed them higher if they had a great finish but if they couldn’t go further in that tournament, I don’t see them being as strongly competitive in this league.
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8th- Leicester City
After a disappointing finish to last season, I see Leicester not being fully motivated heading to this season. This squad is unpredictable too so it is hard to judge.
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I see great improvement from Everton this season. The signings of James Rodriguez, Allan, and Abdoulaye Doucoure will add more strength to Carlo Ancelotti’s lineup.
6th- Manchester United
The Red Devils have not made bold signings to strengthen their squad. Yes, there is the signing of Donny van de Beek, but they still lack a solid winger or an attacking midfielder to compete at the top of the table. Although they may finish higher than this if they continue to get 25 penalties a season.
The Gunners are always an unpredictable squad. Willian adds more depth at the midfield/wing core to Mikel Arteta’s lineup and they have strengthened at centre-back so they could move up to the top four, but I think they will just miss out.
Very promising with so many new signings such as Timo Werner, Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech, Malang Sarr, and Kai Havertz. Worst nightmare scenario is that they’re out of the top four but this is the highest I can go with them. **I say nightmare, I mean hilarious if it happens**
3rd- Tottenham Hotspur
This would be a great improvement for the Spurs after coming from 6th last season. There is always an improved club every season and the Spurs will be one of them this year.
This is the same astonishingly talented Liverpool with an addition of defender Kostas Tsimikas to solidify their “steel-lock” defence. I just don’t see them winning the league this year due to the heavy competition but without a doubt, the race for the top of the table will be extremely close.
1st- Manchester City
Man City have all the tools to be at the top just as they did the past three seasons. Winning the Premier League will mean more to Man City following last season. If Man City win the Premier League, they could lure Lionel Messi to join and reunite with Pep Guardiola. Messi is keen to join a highly talented and winning club once his contract expires in June of 2021 and Man City will be first on his list if they win the league.
Do you agree with my predictions? Where do you think Leeds will finish in the 20/21 Premier League table? Let us know @ThruItAllLUFC