Arsenal could surprise a few people this season, with the 3-4-3 system working wonders at the back end of the last one. Kolasinac, who’s been good in pre-season, and Lacazette, are smart additions.
Bournemouth impressed many neutrals with their gung-ho style of football last season. Asmir Begovic and Jermain Defoe are smart signings, but they must keep hold of top marksman Josh King.
There’s a huge buzz around Brighton and Hove Albion at the moment. The fans are fully behind the board, plus the squad looks capable enough of staying in Englands top tier. To do this the Seagulls must make the Amex a fortress.
Fans of Burnley will be hoping that they don’t encounter the dreaded second season syndrome. The clarets have bought experience in Phil Bardsley and Jon Walters, but will need to fix that dreaded away form. Andre Gray will be missed.
Although Morata is a different type of striker to Costa, Chelsea‘s new talisman should be good for 20 plus goals this season. Nevertheless, it’ll be interesting to see if Conte is tempted to move away from his 3-4-3 at any point in the season.
Most Crystal Palace fans believe they should’ve finished higher than fourteenth last season, considering the quality of their starting eleven. Frank De Boer is a shrewd appointment and could turn them into the leagues surprise package.
Everton were always going to sell Lukaku, but it was just a case of when. However, the Toffee’s have a strong squad and should finish in a similar position to last season.
Huddersfield Town must make the most of their first six games, where they don’t face any of last seasons top seven. New strikers Laurent Depoitre and Steven Mounie will have to adapt quickly to Englands top tier.
Although Craig Shakespeare managed turn things round for Leicester City last season, the squad still needs improvement, especially in defence. Without doubt, Shakespeare’s tactical flexibility will come in question at some point this season.
Bearing in mind the high intensity football they play, Liverpool still need strength in depth in order to challenge domestically and in Europe. Keeping Coutinho is a must.
Man City shouldn’t be happy with anything other than a first placed finish this term considering the amount of money they’ve spent. Gabriel Jesus could really kick on in his first full season.
Man United need Lukaku to make an instant impact. However, with Lindelof and Baily at the back, the Premier Leagues most successful side will boast a solid defence to call upon.
After one season in the Championship, Newcastle United should aim for more than just survival. A lot will depend on whether Dwight Gayle can bring last seasons strike rate into England’s top tier.
Although Southampton finished a respectable 8th last term, fans and board alike weren’t happy with Claude Puel’s football. Thus, Mauricio Pellegrino must one up his predecessor stylistically.
Stoke City couldn’t build on previous seasons last time out, finishing a lowly 13th. The Potters really need to get their strikers firing again, or maybe find a new one, with Peter Crouch being their top scorer last season with a measly seven.
It looked like curtains for Swansea City last season, that was until Paul Clement took over the reigns. As of now, it looks like star man Gylfi Sigurdsson is leaving, so the Welsh side will need to be quick in replacing the Icelandic midfielder.
Tottenham Hotspur were once again the leagues nearly men in 2017-18. Don’t be surprised to see the likes Kyle Walker-Peters and Harry Winks getting more game time this time out, as Spurs embark on a new era away from White Hart Lane.
Watford continue to strive for a squad made up of all 196 nations. This will be a challenge for Marco Silva, as well keeping his job for more than a year job under the trigger happy Gino Pozzo.
The 2017-18 West Brom side did as many a Tony Pulis team have done in the past. After reaching 40 points, the Baggies took their foot of the gas. Do the same again while playing agricultural football, and murmurs of discontent will get louder.
West Ham may have fixed their goal scoring problems, with Javier Hernandez coming in from Bayer Leverkusen for 16 million, but they must fix their home form too. In 2017-18, the Hammers lost more than they won at the London Stadium.
MY 2017-18 PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE
- Man City
- Man United
- Crystal Palace
- West Ham
- Leicester City
- West Brom
- Swansea City
- Stoke City