I think the Premier League is very difficult to call next season. Bookies have made Man City favourites, probably due to the Pep Guardiola factor, and although I think Gundogan and Nolito are good signings, I still feel their squad is short. Man Utd are 2nd favourites...again, signings like Ibra and Mkhitaryan are good, but they finished a long way off last season. I think it's Chelsea who have done the best business so far, signing Batshuayi and Kante, and appointing Conte as manager. They need to improve hugely on the 10th placed finish last season, and they surely will.
I'd be surprised if those 3 sides don't finish as the top 3, and if I had to plump for a winner, I'd probably go for Man City, although not with a great deal of confidence.
As for the remaining spot in the top 4? Arsenal always finish up there, Tottenham are off the back of their highest League finish in ages, and Liverpool have Jurgen Klopp. It's another that you can't really call with certainty.
Towards the bottom, unfortunately I think Hull and Burnley are definitely going down, standard yo-yo clubs between the top 2 tiers. The last relegation spot is interesing; the other promoted side, Middlesbrough, have strengthened well. Sunderland have lost Sam Allardyce to England but replaced him with David Moyes, which is a decent deal imo. Watford and Bournemouth, two other sides expected to struggle, have spent big. There will also be question marks over West Brom and Swansea, both of whom will probably finish in the bottom half.
The other big talking point this season will be the performance of champions Leicester. Kante has gone, Mahrez may be off, Vardy is staying put (for now). They haven't really spent money to improve the squad either. I think they'll be mid-table, and sadly will drift into being a Stoke/West Brom side over the next couple of season.
1. Man City
3. Man Utd
18. West Brom
In the Football League, I think we'll see Newcastle bounce back up with ease, and probably Norwich too. The other side who went down last season, Aston Villa, will find things a bit tougher, imo. The 3rd promotion spot is well up for grabs. I'll be keen to see whether Leeds actually make a go of things this season and try and get promotion, but sadly we're not quite there yet. At the moment I'll call it as Derby, purely for lack of other alternatives.
Play-off winners: Derby.
Of course, football does exist outside of England but I don't really know too much about the other Leagues, apart from the Real Madrids and Barcelonas of the World. However, La Liga and Serie A start a week after the Premier League, with the Bundesliga a further week behind. World Cup qualifiers then begin in early September, and a week later, the Champions League group stages begin!
Let me know what you think to my predictions, give me some insight into the other European Leagues and offer me your owns thoughts and views.
-- August 2nd, 2016, 4:12 am --
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