The new season is off and running and it hasn’t disappointed thus far. The opening weekend shocked us with 31 goals as champions Chelsea crumbled at home to Burnley in their opening game of their title defence.
Three match-days have passed already now and Huddersfield sit in the top 4 unbeaten, United have 3 out of 3 wins, top of the table without even conceding a league goal yet while Crystal Palace struggle at the bottom with 3 straight defeats.
From the action so far however, we at Football Today have come up with our evaluation for each of the top 6 and who we think will win the 2017/18 Premier League.
The Gunners have had a difficult start to the new season, losing 2 out of their first 3 games to Stoke City and Liverpool respectively. The north London side have lacked creativity so far and look like a disjointed team who don’t want to play with one another. Speculation has persisted about Ozil, Sanchez & Oxlade-Chamberlain, with the latter leaving for Liverpool in the summer transfer window and this wouldn’t have helped the team. Arsenal do look short of match winners still and keeping Sanchez and Ozil for another season will be a huge boost but it looks like the Gunners will fall short of the league again.
Predicted finish: 6th
Chelsea didn’t start the season well, loosing at home to Burnley. The first half looked abysmal for the blues as they were 3-0 down but fought hard to get back into the game. Since the opening weekend, Chelsea have redeemed themselves with wins over Spurs and Everton, respectively. While Chelsea will have another strong season, the lack of squad depth in the team and the fact that Chelsea have European commitments to attend to, it does look as if they may fall short. The late deadline day signing of Danny Drinkwater, from Leicester, highlights a panic buy and a squad lacking back-up players.
Predicted finish: 5th
Liverpool finally look to have strong squad capable of winning trophies again. While their defence may be lacking still, their forwards are at the peak of their powers and are outscoring oppositions so far. Salah looks an incredible signing thus far and already has 2 goals in 3 games for the reds. Mane still looks easily, Liverpool’s best player while Henderson, Can & Wijnaldum continue to control things superbly, in midfield. If the scousers can get themselves a new defender or two in January, they may be able to go all the way, soon enough.
Predicted finish: 4th
The sky Blues have been favourites for the last few years now after their 2014 league title but keep falling short. Pep Guardiola has done well to fix his defensive problems this summer bringing in Kyle Walker, Danilo, Mendy & Goalkeeper Ederson. City haven’t had as glamourous start as they would have liked with 2 wins and a draw from the first 3 games. City arguably have the best squad in the league and have enough talent to win the league and be successful in this season’s Champions League. After Pep’s poor, first season in English football, can he steer Manchester City to their first title in 4 years.
Predicted finish: 2nd
The red devils will be looking to win their first title since 2012/13 and since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson. Jose always delivers the title in his second season with a club so this will bode well with the United fans and their faultless start to the season does have smiles on faces already. From their first 3 games, they have scored 10 goals and are yet to concede a goal in the league. Signing Matic from Chelsea looks to be one of the best signings of the window, while re-signing Ibrahimovic helps for solid back-up for other new signing Romelu Lukaku. If United keep their early season form up, they should breeze to the league title this season.
Predicted finish: 1st (Winners)
Spurs have missed out on the league for the last 2 seasons now, finishing 3rd and 2nd, respectively. While many were thinking third time lucky, it looks as if Spurs may struggle with the Wembley curse while they wait for their new stadium to be completed. Perhaps it looks still too early to say Tottenham are title candidates and keeping their best players such as Kane, Dele & Eriksen will be crucial. However, they will be there and around the top this season but will miss out due to not really being at home this season. If Pochettino can keep hold of his players for next season then there’s no reason why the Lily-Whites can’t finally win the league.
Predicted finish: 3rd
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