EPL 2016/2017 PREVIEW

image

Disclaimer : I will try so hard to be non-partisan in this preview but do not blame me if it’s wearing red-tinted spectacles. I’m a red devil 😊

What the EPL lacks in quality matches and/or star players, it tends to make up with pure unadulterated drama both on and off the pitch and this season won’t be any different (Mourinho already replying Wenger & Kopp). This season’s EPL seems more about managerial appointments than the players. It boggles the mind that one (or all) of Mourinho, Conte, Pep, Arsene, Claudio, Pocchetino, Klopp will end the season without the league title.

Without much ado,  here comes the teams;

ARSENAL
Arsenal perennially seems on the cusp of greatness before unravelling. They have the make of a good side and I think I’m speaking for all gunners in saying they need a striker to challenge Giroud and a commanding centre back especially with Per’s injury.

BOURNEMOUTH
Bournemouth defied the odds last season and now needs to consolidate or will they suffer the dreaded sophomore slump? The  defence should be the place to start after posting the division’s second worst defensive record last season.

BURNLEY
Burnley ended the championship on a 23 games unbeaten run that saw them finish as champions. Are they back to stay or will they continue to yo-yo? Sean Dyche will have to do this on the smallest budget in the division and hope the loss of Joey Barton is not being felt.

CHELSEA
The only way for Chelsea after last season’s disastrous campaign is up. Signs have been mixed so far and having no European commitment have to be a big plus. Defensive consistency needs to be found and a lot will depend on the forms of Hazard, Costa and Fabregas. Kante looks a useful addition.

CRYSTAL PALACE
Two wins from their final 21 games last season was atrocious form and Pardew will be hoping for a change. The signing of Townsend from Newcastle should help but a striker who can deliver should be a priority.

EVERTON
Which Everton will show up this season is the big question? And speculations over the futures of Lukaku & Stones need to be resolved sooner than later. Ronald Koeman should hopefully be an improvement on the headless direction the Toffees were under Martinez even if recruitment have been underwhelming thus far.

HULL
The exit of Steve Bruce should come as a shock to the Tigers faithfuls as he implied lack of transfer motivation from the club’s hierarchy. Attacking reinforcements are needed of they want to avoid a straight drop into the championship.

LEICESTER CITY
How will Leicester cope with the midweek champions league matches, heightened expectations and loss of some key players?Ahmed Musa looks a useful buy but can Nampalys Mendy fill Kante’s boots?

LIVERPOOL
A return to the champions league should be the minimum expectation from Klopp & his team. The signings have been underwhelming but there’s still time. Will Liverpool make the top four or continue to show moments of sporadic potential?

MANCHESTER CITY
Which EPL fan didn’t develop goose bumps on hearing about Pep’s appointment? Gundogan, Nolito, and Sane are exciting additions but a defensive signing should be the next target or the conversion of Fernandinho to a centre half.

MANCHESTER UNITED
Mourinho’s long flirtation with United finally bore dividends and he has wasted no time in bolstering the side with Zlatan, Bailly, Mkhitarian & Pogba . Now, it’s a question of whether he will make an immediate impact and, will it be done with a flash of excitement returning to Old Trafford after last season’s borefest? 

MIDDLESBROUGH
Aitor Karanka have wasted little time in recruiting Valdes, Negredo, Maarten de Roon, Gaston Ramirez. Middlesborough seem in a haste to make up for lost time after a seven year absence.

SOUTHAMPTON
Can the Saints continue defying the odds? Victor Wanyama, Graziano Pelle, Saido Mane, and boss Ronald Koeman have jumped ship but you’d be reluctant to back against them given their recent history. Or could that be one departure too many? Claude Puel is a nice addition to the premier league.

STOKE CITY
The acquisition of Joe Allen is a nice addition and will aid Hughes’ regeneration at the Britannia stadium. Can Stoke remain in the top half or bother the European places?

SUNDERLAND
After two managerial misadventures, Moyes returns to bolster his reputation. The loss of Allardyce to England and the lack of signings means Sunderland looks set for another flirtation with the drop.

SWANSEA
Safety seems the priority at the Liberty stadium than aiming for a Europa league or midtable position. Francesco Guidolin needs to bolster his attacking options.

TOTTENHAM
How can you have your best season in years and still end the season unsatisfied? Spurs need to put their damp end to last season behind them and gear up for a campaign that involves participation in the champions league. Wanyama & Vincent Janssen are decent additions but Spurs needs to start well this season.

WATFORD
Six home wins last season was very poor and Walter Mazzari can not expect to get through another EPL campaign on the back (or should that be boots) of Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney.

WEST HAM
How will West Ham cope in their new home? Will they hold on to Payet? Can they juggle European matches with domestic ones? Can they continue to thrive against the bigger clubs without undoing it against the lesser lights? If the above questions are answered in the affirmative, the hammers are in for a good season.

WEST BROM
Is there any chance we will see Tony Pulis break from type? Unlikely. Only Villa had a worse attack last term; no one had less ball. So, a midtable finish is in the offing for the baggies.

YUGO’S PREDICTIONS
TOP FOUR
1.) Manchester United 😊
2.) Manchester City
3.) Arsenal
4.) Tottenham

EUROPA LEAGUE
5.) Liverpool
6.) Chelsea
7.) Leicester City

RELEGATED
18.) Sunderland
19.) Burnley
20.) Hull

Advertisements

5 thoughts on “EPL 2016/2017 PREVIEW

  1. Stones already left Everton. Mendy seems a potential Kante replacement. Hull might just be the surprise package this season. Moyes is making Sunderland Man utd reserve team. They should do well. Klopp is a retard. 1 . Chelsea (due to no European commitment) 2. Man United. 3.Man City. 4. Liverpool. 5. Arsenal 6. Tottenham. 10. Leicester . Burnley West brom and palace will relegate

    • I’ll eat my hat if Chelsea wins the league. No way in he’ll is Wenger finishing outside the top 4. Pulis is too canny to be relegated. Moyes turning Sunderland to Man Utd reserve team is part of why they’ll be relegated. Piece came up before Stone’s move.

  2. Interesting read not really as biased as u tot u wud be tho. I get the fact that u had all 20 teams to preview but some clubs deserved more in-depth analysis than peripheral.

    If the Top 4 prediction is about those who have spent the most or made the most marque signings, then you are just abt right. But I personally don’t see Liverpool finishing ahead of Chelsea and Chelsea not making the Top 4 ahead of Tottenham this time around especially without European commitments considering, Dey hv the better players and know how.

    Tot u wud hv mentioned the arrival of Conte bringing consistency to Chelsea’s defence (which was d bedrock of his success at Juve) and the addition of Kante myt prove to be a huge plus in achieving that defensive stability Chelsea has been known for.

    Looks to be an interesting season regardless, the horses are outa the gates and the race to the title is well on the way.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s