Every year I debate amongst friends who will win the the Premier League, who will be the team and player to watch. Problem is, none of us ever write down our predictions as concrete proof of what we forecasted at the very start of the season.
This season is different, I’ve asked my footballing friends to offer their thoughts on who will be the winners, the team and player to watch. Now, usually I would have posted this before the season started, but work decided to give me the busiest shifts the past two weeks so I didn’t have the time. But fear not, predictions have not changed, I wouldn’t allow this, and my own prediction was made before this weekend.
Alban de Germany. Team he supports – Arsenal.
The Aristocrat is first up again, no qualms there.
Winner of the Premier League: Arsenal. They have a stronger squad than ever. Lacazette can hopefully supply goals. Only has one competition to play for so hopefully Injuries will be minor! I actually believe for the first time in 4 years we can win. Hopefully arsenal keep Sanchez, add Thomas Lemar and Cazorla comes back from injury. I believe Arsène Wenger will want to prove his critics wrong after the season he had and tactically I hope he improves.
Team to watch: Everton. Will be really interesting to see how they do and I think they can cause a few upsets in big games.
Player to watch: Bernardo silva. Can be the new David silva for City for many years to come. Him and Kevin De Bruyne can can create a mad understanding to supply up front.
My turn, Yani Ourad. Team I support – Manchester United.
Lingard needs to break his leg. START MARTIAL MOURINHO!
Winner of the Premier League: Manchester City. I would love to say United given Mourinho’s record in second seasons and hopefully I’m proved wrong. Nevertheless, United’s team is not ready, it still needs more strengthening in all areas of the pitch and if the manager keeps starting Lingard then United can forget the title. City, by far the best attack and midfield, defence is slightly better (although Mendy is a sick signing) but still new and needs time. My only worry for them is their defence, but definitely favour them for the title.
Team to watch: Everton. Everyone raving about A.C. Milan making all these signings, Everton did exactly the same, and bought well. Under an impressive manager in Ronald Koeman, I expect them to make a statement this season, I just hope Europa League doesn’t hinder them too much.
Player to watch: Saido Mané. Man United should have signed him when they had the chance to, fuck’s sake. Love this player! African cup of Nations stopped him from having a full season with Liverpool, he will shine this year.
Alexi Guedroitz. Team he supports – Roma
Winner of the Premier League: Liverpool. Best manager in the league
Team to watch: Chelsea. Good manager, experience with morata whom I highly rate, and a very solid team with the best player in the league – Hazard
Player to watch: Dele Alli. Turning into a world class player.
Abe Saadi. Team he supports – Manchester United.
Player to watch: Gareth Barry.
Winner of the Premier League: Man city. Best squad by a distance for me and under a very good manager
Team to watch: Crystal palace. New coach who knows his football, loans of Ruben Loftus Cheek and Fosu Mensah while Zaha has been so good in pre season, I think this will be his year.
Player to watch: Bernardo Silva. He is an insanely talented player under a manager who loves his type and has worked with plenty that are similar to him. Will have a David Silva esque impact on this team
Cyrus Izibili. Team he supports – Manchester United.
Before I get to Cyrus’ predictions, I’ve been told to give his Instagram a shoutout, so people do oblige and please follow cyizgq!
Hahahaha yes with his 22 followers – Abe Saadi
Winner of the Premier League: Manchester City. City is a team that have already adapted sufficiently well with Pep’s style of football in the EPL, as according to last season’s table. I believe with the addition to his defenders and his keepers to his star studded forwards City are the team to beat.
Team to watch: Manchester United. Three years too long but three years of development for Man Utd. Mourinho has purchased the necessary pieces to his jigsaw puzzle. The addition of Lindelof, Lukaku and two possible transfers (hopefully Perisic and Aurier) will play very well to Mourinho’s versatile tactics. United may just give Manchester City a run for their money.
Player to watch: Paul Pogba. With the addition of Matic and the removal of Rooney at Manchester we will finally see a more flexible Mourinho side. This may be the first opportunity for Pogboom to come out express his full potential. We may finally see the Pogba of Juventus, which is now a bargain in comparison to Neymar Jr’s price tag that eclipsed his transfer fee.
Bosco olalquiaga cubillo. Team he supports – Real Madrid.
Winner of the Premier League: Manchester United. Mourinho’s second season is like The Godfather 2, better than the first.
Team to watch: Everton. After knocking on heavens door for the past few seasons, Rooney may bring the PL experience as a “manager-on the-field role” beside a young Sandro ready to impress everyone.
Player to watch: Sandro. 20+ goals no problem.
Bastien Domercq. Team he supports – Arsenal.
Winner of the Premier League: Manchester City. De Bruyne, Sane, Sterling, Bernardo Silva, Aguero, Gabriel Jesus. This attacking force is above any other in the league, and Pep has shown that he can get his team to play scintillating football at times. I still firmly believe that he is going to show everyone why he is the best tactician in the sport. I think a massive boost will be the signings of Walker/Danilo and Benjamin Mendy, which will give Pep that top quality at full back that is essential to his style of play and that he simply couldn’t get from the aging Sagna, Zabaleta, Clichy and Kolarov. This, plus the return to fitness of captain Vincent Kompany, will make them a more sound and secured unit, and I still expect them to sign a quality centre back before the window closes.
Team to watch: Watford. They have a new young manager in Marcos Silva who impressed everyone at Hull and they have so far made some pretty decent signings; adding Nathaniel Chalobah and Will Hughes (great player) to an already solid midfield with the likes of Etienne Capoue and Roberto Pereyra. They have invested in a mix of experience and youth in attack, signing proven goal scorer Andre Gray from Burnley, while also bringing the unproven but extremely talented 20-year-old Richarlison from Fluminense in Brazil. It will be interesting to keep an eye on them this season.
Player to watch: Granit Xhaka. Since Arsenal’s change to three at the back, Xhaka has been a joy to watch, with the system suiting him perfectly, giving him less defensive responsibilities and more time to focus on what he excels in; distribution. Granit Xhaka’s range of passing and execution is honestly incredible, but often goes unnoticed. His consistency with passes through the lines to attacking players like Ozil and Sanchez, and the accuracy of his long passes are reminiscent of a prime Xabi Alonso. I think this season, with Arsenal pursuing with their 3-4-3 system and Xhaka being a nailed-on starter, we will get to see the best of him.
Ramez Ayad. Team he supports – Arsenal.
Winner of the Premier League: Manchester City. City will win but United not far off.
Team to watch: Southampton. I received no reasoning from Ramez as to why he chose Southampton…
Player to watch: Alexis Sanchez. If he stays but probably won’t fml, so let’s go with Kevin de Bruyne, we’ll mix it up a bit.
I told Ramez after he gave me his predictions that someone has predicted Arsenal to win the League this year. This was his response.
Wtf hahahaha. Bro give me these people I would fucking ruin them, I can’t, I can’t.
Mani Poggi. Team he supports – Manchester United
Winner of the Premier League: Tottenham. Spurs look good this year, they don’t really need to sign any first team players and I think Trippier will fill Walker’s boots nicely. However their squad still lacks a bit of depth, so if they commit to doing well in the Champions League it could be a strain on their premier league performances. They also need to get used to playing at Wembley, which has been a bit of “cursed” stadium for them in the past.
Team to watch: Manchester United. Mourinho has spent wisely this summer, I think Matic was an excellent signing and was our best player in the super cup loss to Real. Lukaku will get us goals, especially against the smaller teams at home against whom we struggled last season. I can also see Martial and Mkhitaryan having excellent seasons and keeping De Gea was also key. Mourinho (unsurprisingly) has moulded us into a team that is frustratingly difficult to beat with an element of flair in the counter attack.
Player to watch: Paul Pogba. He needs to step us this season, he needs to deliver and win games for the team. Last season he was OK but was frustrating at times as he did the hard things well and the simple things badly. If he can start producing assists and goals in the key stages of games while providing leadership and charisma on and off the field he will be a massive success. I’m expecting at least 10 goals and a similar amount of assists from him this season.
Alexander Silk. Team he supports – Aston Villa. LOOL, how are they doing in the Championship fella?!
Winner of the Premier League: Liverpool. Very impressive season last year and have brought in a very good player in Salah.
Team to watch: It’s Liverpool you fuck. When asked why? Alex’s response was tasty…“cause they play delicious football”.
Player to watch: Bernardo Silva. Hopefully he can emulate the performances he produced at Monaco.
Michael Ayad. Team he supports – Chelsea.
Winner of the Premier League: Manchester United. Mourinho usually wins the league in his 2nd season after analyzing the team and building a spine. He’s done just that and the team looks exactly like Mou’s Chelsea during his first spell: Big centre backs in Bailly, Lindelof and Smalling, solidity in midfield with Matic, fluidity and finesse with Pogba and Mkhitaryan, a target man in Lukaku and small and pacey wingers in Rashford, Martial and Lingard.
Rashford and Martial are 6ft tall and Lingard is a prick. Had enough of this paragraph get it out of my face!!! At Chelsea nobody as weak and average as Lingard played week in week out in the forward positions. How are Rashford and Martial small ffs – Abe Saadi.
Team to watch: Bournemouth. Based on the signings they’ve made and keeping important players. They will be the underdogs and a team to keep an eye on.
Player to watch: Chelsea loanees/sales. Tammy Abraham with Swansea will score a lot of goals if he starts and gets the minutes he deserves. Ruben Loftus-Cheek will be a big and creative presence in midfield if he learns to work harder for the team – that was his issue whenever he played for Chelsea in the cup games – he looked lackluster and tired. Nathan Ake, Nathan Chalobah and Kurt Zouma are also players to keep your eyes on. Also watch Izzy Brown at Brighton and Hove Albion.
Hari Jaswal. Team he supports – Liverpool.
Up the reds m8!!!!!
Winner of the Premier League: Manchester City. They have strengthened in key areas, criticised for not having many defensive minded midfielders but personally feel the idea is to overhwhelm opponents with their high pressure and movement. So many technically gifted players with so much energy, and teams will struggle to get the ball off them, if it all works they’ll be extremely dangerous.
Team to watch: Manchester City. For reasons stated above.
Player to watch: Salah. As for player it’s difficult to say, so many players with potential to set the league alight, personally looking forward to watching Salah/Mane, so quick but surprisingly technical, smart players with good work ethic. Liverpool’s playing style is well suited to them. Hopefully they show it this season!!!
Hari was pushed to choose either Salah or Mane as he was not allowed two, before finally opting for the Egyptian (FFS!).
Kamil Hijaz. Team he supports – Liverpool.
Winner of the Premier League: Manchester United. Dark horses this year. The spine is insane and physically dominant. With Matic we can now see Pogba more free. This is a pure Mourinho team. He should be ready to compete now.
Team to watch: Huddersfield. Wagner has the same style and values as Klopp. Its going to be the same story as Mainz, his system will be effective against the big clubs. It’s already a huge achievement that Huddersfield is in the premier league, they are the next Bournemouth.
Player to watch: Salah. He wants to redeem himself. He’s been very impressive in pre season and I think he will hit the ground running.
Peter Lewis. Team he supports – West Brom.
I think the top 6 will move away from the rest of the league even more so than ever.
Winner of the Premier League: Manchester City. They will win it this year but it will go to the final week or two.
Team to watch: Huddersfield. I’m interested to seeing the promoted teams, especially Huddersfield.
Player to watch: Salah. He looked good in pre season and interested how he does after he was at Chelsea.
Harvey Logue. Team he supports – Birmingham City. I like Birmingham, so I won’t comment on them being in the Championship.
Eddie Howe is a g tbf
Winner of the Premier League: Manchester City. Guardiola knows his career is in tatters if City don’t lift a big trophy this season and it’s not going to be the Champions League. So the Premier League for them.
Team to watch: Bournemouth. They have made some decent signings for not a lot of ££. Defoe is a good signing for goals and they’ve strengthened well at the back with Nathan Ake and Asmir Begovic – a sick upgrade.
Player to watch: Gabriel Jesus. He did pretty well in his half a season so if he can stay fit he will probably be one of their main men along with Aguero and Bernardo.
I’ll come back to this at the end of the season, and see who has the best footballing knowledge! Till then, let it be a quality season this year! Thanks for reading!