2018-19 Premier League Predictions

Well, folks. The 2018 FIFA World Cup fever has officially cooled down and while many players are still on their post-World Cup break, the transfer market rumors and pre-season results are heating up (If you were living under a rock for the tournament, you can recap every goal here.) As the English Premier League commences in just a couple days (believe me, we’re counting down the hours, too), 789 media representatives take a peak into some of the bigger clubs’ summer moves – friendly results, transfer news and speculation, and our thoughts on how well they’ll fair this season. Joining me for this piece is another guest contributor, Danny Lopez!

*We decided to go in alphabetical order. Danny’s thoughts are labeled DL and as for me, AM*

 

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Arsenal

Pre-Season Form:

DL – This preseason, as a true Arsenal fan, has been one of the most exciting. Beating a rival is always fun, whether it is a Premier League mid-season match up or a friendly for preseason, I will always have a smile on my face after beating Chelsea – especially after a last second 90th minute magical goal from Lacazette to send it to PK’s. Arsenal went on to win that and their last against Lazio pushing their preseason record to 4-1.

Unfortunately that is the kind of hype we as Arsenal fans endure every season, but get let down in the end. I feel like this season will be different. The young talent of Emile Smith-Rowe on the rise, mixed with the new signings like Lucas “The Terrier” Torreira, on top of the debut season of the new head coach, Unai Emery, brings new hope, new culture  and much needed excitement back to the fans. You know what they say “New Year, New Us!”

AM – Like Dan said, their preseason ended in being 4-1. I think that speaks volumes of where the club sees itself in the upcoming campaign. When a new coach comes in, it usually takes months for the players to learn his playing style. Going 4-1 means the team, coach, technical staff and board of directors are all on the same page. Finally, a light at the end of the very long tunnel.

Summer Transfers:

DL – Finally, I can say we had a positive transfer window and some much needed depth in most, if not all areas. From Bernd Leno in net, veterans Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Stephan Lichtsteiner leading the back line, to Matteo Guendouzi in the defensive midfield role. All led by the new head honcho, Unai Emery. I can confidently say we have had the best transfer window in the EPL and I hope it shows this season!

AM – I think they’ve done well this transfer window. I would probably rate them and Liverpool as “winning” this off-season, actually. From an outside perspective, the club has been in desperate need of fresh air and they were able to acquire that through the new coach. With a new coach, obviously comes with new players – they’ve created a lot of depth. It’s actually kind of exciting!

Result for the end of the season:

DL – 2nd

AM – 3rd

 

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Chelsea

Pre-Season Form:

DL – Other then the lost to Arsenal in the International Champions Cup and the Community Shield lose to Manchester City, the blues depth through their young talent could be something exciting to watch. I think the young talent really thrived in all of these top teams during preseason and it’s great to see!

AM – Chelsea lost 6-5 to Arsenal in the International Champions Cup. I won’t read too much into it, but there was a 17-year-old, Callum Hudson-Odoi, who did make a really great impression. Fast forward to this past weekend, they lost to City in the Community Shield. Sarri went on to say he was missing about “5 or 6 players” and I can’t really argue with the man. His best players are yet to arrive from the World Cup break.

Summer Transfers:

DL – It’s hard to comment on this but I actually like what Chelsea did this off-season. Sacking Conte was fun to watch because I never was a big fan of his. Forcing someone like Diego Costa out then signing Alvaro Morata was a huge mistake. Lastly,  it’s going to be sad not being able to enjoy seeing Hazard in the Premier League after the kind of World Cup he had if he leaves for Real Madrid. Excited to see what’s going to happen!

AM – Sarri has replaced Conte and Jorginho has been the only addition to the squad. I’m hoping we can at least hold onto Hazard and Cortouis (brb crying). Although, at this point and time, Cortouis is being a diva and is insisting on going to Real Madrid. Assuming he leaves, whether or not Chelsea can find a DECENT replacement will be hard to tell. I’m just really hoping the club gets something going. All I know is Willian is staying put and there hasn’t been any talk of Hazard leaving so I do have a little bit of hope…

Result for the end of the season:

DL – 4th

AM – 4th

 

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Liverpool

Pre-Season Form:

DL – I didn’t get a chance to follow too much of their preseason, the only game I got to watch was when Xherdan Shaqiri scored that bicycle kick on Manchester United in the 82nd minute as they went on to roll Manchester 4-1 that game. They were looking pretty good from what I saw.

AM –  Lots of positives. 5-0 vs Napoli and new keeper Allison had a clean sheet during that match. Keita also resumed training after missing two friendlies due to injury.

Summer Transfers:

DL – This will be a very dangerous team this season. They made some great signings, as mentioned, Shaqiri finally leaving a team that never had a chance of winning the Premier League, that being Stoke City, to coming to an in-form team with ridiculous amount of talent up top and outside. It will be interesting to see how he fits this side.

AM – I would never spend 75 mil on a goalkeeper. Ever. Other than Allisson, I really think Liverpool have prepared themselves to make a decent run this campaign. I just hope Salah isn’t a one season wonder. Notable additions aside from Allisson were Fabinho and Keita.

Result for the end of the season:

DL -3rd

AM – 2nd

 

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Manchester City

Pre-Season Form:

DL -Taking down Chelsea in the 2018 FA Community Shield was step one, but can the Citizens start off as hot as they did last season and go on to win back to back Premier Leagues?

AM – Pep Guardiola said Phil Foden is ready to play a role in the Premier League this season after the 18-year-old’s display during their match with Chelsea. That being said, a majority of City’s off-season was participating in the International Champions Cup, where Pep chose youth to pave way; the man is already thinking about the next generation.

Summer Transfers:

DL With “Super Star Joe Hart” off to Burnley and the addition of 2016 PFA Player of the Year Riyad Mahrez in the attack, it seems City will go with little to no changes in the starting line-up to begin the season, as they kick off their Premier League with an away game against The Gunners.

AM – The champions have added Riyad Mihraz to the party. A great addition – but how will City juggle its midfield? They only negative thing I can think of was City was looking to add depth for Fernandinho this summer with Jorginho ultimately going to Chelsea. Tough luck there. Nonetheless, they ARE the team to beat…again.

Result for the end of the season:

DL – 1st

AM – 1st

 

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Manchester United

Pre-Season Form:

DL – Getting stomped by Liverpool was the only Manchester game I watched and yes, I get it, they don’t have their top players playing but they did not look good on the ball, off the ball or around the ball. Who knows what Mourinho has up his sleeve this season.

AM – LOL

Summer Transfers:

DL – I will give them credit in the signing of Brazilian midfielder Fred but other then him and the excitement of Andreas Pereira, rejoining the club after a loan spell at Valencia, there hasn’t been much going on. I feel like there has been more talk about players leaving then joining. Will Paul Pogba actually leave?

AMThis has been a greaaaattttttt summer to watch Joselito really just “talk the talk.” I don’t miss him and I don’t miss his shenanigans (at Chelsea). There has been so much gossip about the turmoil throughout the club that one can really say Man U have not looked good enough for anything since Ferguson left. They are still looking for an identity and this season will be more of the same.

Result for the end of the season:

DL -5th

AM – 6th

 

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Tottenham

Pre-Season Form:

DL – I honestly didn’t follow a single game in their preseason, although Harry Kane coming off a tremendous World Cup of penalty kicks could give them a boost of confidence that he probably won’t miss one this season.

AM – Harry Kane won the golden boot at the World Cup, Alderweireld took part of a massive campaign on Belgium’s end and Hugo Lloris WON the World Cup. Tottenham, as a whole, was a great show on the biggest stage. Their academy players, awhile, contributed positively oversees during their U.S. tour.

Summer Transfers:

DL – The biggest news I heard about their transfer market was the possibility of Harry Kane leaving for Real Madrid and Manchester United agreeing a deal for Toby Alderweireld. Would that open the door for some cash to buy someone big? (Probably not).

AM – I don’t think they’ve signed anyone? Although Harry Kane, Son Heung-Min, Erik Lamela have all signed long-term contracts, which is great to see such a core group of players believe in each other and the club. A positive window for Tottenham.

Result for the end of the season:

DL -6th

AM – 5th

 

Do we suck at soccer? Should we be panelists on ESPNFC? No clue, but tweet us at @789MediaCo to discuss everything and anything!

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Andy Moran

One thought on “2018-19 Premier League Predictions

  1. I firmly believe that Chelsea fans should consider this seasons as a serious rebuilding phase. Sarri’s style of football takes time to implement, and this is something that is not readily available in a league as competitive as the Premier League. During the Community Shield game, I often found Jorginho to be the only one who knows what is going on (having played the style of football needed by his coach at Napoli). Defensively, I believe Chelsea will be extremely weak at the Center-Back position since, under Sarri, requires an extremely skilled passer. This is something that Chelsea does not currently have.

    It will be interesting to see where they end up.

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