With the summer moves Leeds United have done plus the very recent signing of Joel Robles, I am very optimistic about the club’s performance. For this season’s prediction, I made my fixture calculations by using an excel sheet so I spent hours seeing the highs and lows Leeds United will have to endure this season.
20th – Bournemouth
I don’t see Bournemouth having what it takes to compete this season, and with that, I have them relegated back to the Championship.
19th – Fulham
Another club that lacks depth and made insufficient reinforcements coming into this season. Fulham will have a difficult time avoiding relegation and I don’t see them surviving at the end of the season.
18th – Brentford
Brentford lost the likes of Christian Eriksen this summer but made some transfers such as former Hull City left winger, Keane Lewis-Potter and former Bologna left-back, Aaron Hickey. The roster shake-up will hurt Brentford in the long run and I got them relegation zone through the end of the season.
17th – Nottingham Forest
Nottingham Forest will be the only promoted team to avoid relegation as their two promoted counterparts won’t be as lucky. The signing of Jesse Lingard for one season may well be the difference maker. We all know what he’s capable of having seen his performances at West Ham, though replicating those performances at Forest will be a different kettle of fish.
16th – Southampton
Southampton will be part of a triangle between Brentford and Forest on avoiding that third and final relegation spot. They’re another club that lacks depth in experience as they made some signings such as Gavin Bazunu, Sekou Mara, Romeo Lavia, and Armel Bella-Kotchap. All are 20 years old and younger and throughout the season, they will be in danger due to their lack of experience.
15th – Brighton
I don’t see Brighton having a good start to the season but as the season goes on, I see Brighton have enough to avoid being in the ‘third relegation spot triangle’. Their place as 15th sees a big drop from the previous season, having finished in ninth place last season.
14th – Everton
The departure of Richarlison hurts Everton in offensive depth and they will have a difficult time being inside the top 10. Last season they managed to avoid relegation and I don’t see that scenario happening again but they will be outside the top 10 all season long.
13th – Newcastle
Newcastle is all hype with the Saudi-led group. If they were serious about competing for the Premier League title and the domestic cups, they would’ve spent on most of the big-name players there were on the move this summer. The current depth they got is alright but not enough to be a top 10 club.
12th – Wolves
The early absence of Raul Jimenez will hurt the club but as the season goes on. They can recover but the end result won’t be enough to finish in the top 10.
11th – Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace has a similar squad from last season and made a couple of good pickups such as Cheick Doucouré and Chris Richards. I see them improving by one spot from last season.
10th – Leicester City
Leicester made no summer moves while veteran goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel departed to OGC Nice. Their recent summer friendlies show positive signs but I place them no higher than 10th place.
9th – Aston Villa
With the permanent signing of Phillipe Coutinho and Robin Olsen and the expensive signing of Diego Carlos, Aston Villa will be one of the surprising clubs to be in the top 10 after finishing 14th last season. A full pre-season with Steven Gerrard should do them the world of good and it wouldn’t be unreasonable to expect a strong improvement in the Villains.
8th – West Ham
Similar squad as last season plus the arrivals of Gianluca Scamacca and Nayef Aguerd bolster their lineup. I see them struggling against the top 5 clubs which might have them drop by one spot from last season.
7th – Leeds United (2023-24 UEFA Conference League)
This is the most optimistic prediction I have ever made because of many reasons. I’m always an optimistic person plus I know what Jesse Marsch is going to do. After losing our most important players, Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha, Leeds United made the right pickups to keep the offensive lineup strong. Not many people are fans of Marsch but I’ve seen him manage the New York Red Bulls, if he’s got the players to compete, positive results will happen. We got more offensive reinforcement than the past couple of seasons, now it’s up to Jesse Marsch. I got faith in him because he’s won 2 Supporter’s Shield (best record in the MLS) with the RBNY without having much offensive support like he’s got in Leeds United today.
Like Aston Villa, Leeds is one of the surprising clubs heading into the top 10. With 2 of the top 5 clubs, I predict to win the FA cup and EFL cup respectively, I got Leeds United securing a place in the 2023-24 UEFA Conference League.
6th – Manchester United (2023-24 UEFA Europa League)
I got Manchester United to fall short of the Champions League again. They cleaned house by getting rid of players that should’ve stayed like Edinson Cavani and Paul Pogba but Erik ten Hag has other plans.
5th – Arsenal (2023-24 UEFA Europa League)
Arsenal look very promising but I see them falling just short of the Champions League again and they remain 5thplace from last season.
4th – Tottenham (2023-24 UEFA Champions League)
Spurs will be neck and neck with Arsenal and Manchester United for the last Champions League spot. The additions of Richarlison, Ivan Perisic, and Yves Bissouma bolster their attack, and the already deadly combination of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min keeps them in Champions League contention.
3rd – Liverpool (2023-24 UEFA Champions League)
Losing Sadio Mane will show a negative effect on the reigning FA Cup and EFL Cup title holders. Darwin Nuñez is their biggest signing of the summer but it will be extremely hard for him to fill Mane’s shoes instantaneously.
2nd – Chelsea (2023-24 UEFA Champions League)
Chelsea looks better than last season thanks to the adjustments made by the new ownership. I see them winning the EFL Cup after falling short of the League & FA Cup double last season, both on penalties to Liverpool.
1st – Manchester City (2023-24 UEFA Champions League qual. & Premier League Champions)
This season won’t be like last year when Man City won the league on the final fixture. Their stacked squad has them winning the Premier League title with 3-4 fixtures to spare. The addition of Erling Haaland, Julian Alvarez, and our beloved Kalvin Phillips just put dominance in the City’s offensive lineup. I also predict them to win the FA Cup. Champions League? I don’t think so since they always disappoint but with this summer’s blockbuster additions, maybe this season could be it.
Many bold predictions and full of optimism for Leeds United. Do I expect Leeds to finish this high at 7th? No, but it never hurts to believe. Let me know what you think in the comments below or on Twitter @ThruItAllLUFC.