Day: August 8, 2017

Premier League Season Preview 2017/2018

Premier League Season Preview 2017/2018

Arsenal and Leicester City, who face each other at Emirates Stadium on Friday August 11, will raise curtain on the new Premier League season. Chelsea are on a quest to defend their title, but Jose Mourinho is determined to bring glory days back to Old Trafford. Manchester City reinforced the squad in the summer transfer window, whilst Liverpool and Tottenham have big ambitions for the upcoming season as well.

Despite the fact that Arsenal failed to impress in the 2016/2017 Premier League campaign, Arsene Wenger is still in charge of the capital club. The Gunners will represent England in the Europa League for the first time after 20 years, meaning that they will be fully focused on the national championship this season. Lyon top scorer Alexandre Lacazette joined the club earlier this summer and the prolific attacker is widely expected to shine in the 2017/2018 Premier League campaign. However, seeing that Alexis Sanchez is on the verge of leaving Emirates Stadium, I do not believe that Arsenal are capable of winning their first domestic trophy since 2004.

Chelsea were producing terrific performances under Antonio Conte last season and, as a result, they clinched the Premier League trophy in style. The Blues are determined to defend their title, but seeing that key attacker Diego Costa will hand in a formal transfer request at Chelsea and considering that important midfielder Nemanja Matic signed for Manchester United, the reigning champions are on a very difficult quest. Alvaro Morata will lead the line for Antonio Conte’s team in the 2017/2018 season and it remains to be seen if he is going to prove to be an adequate substitute for Costa, who was scoring goals for fun last term.

Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho is well known for enjoying success in his second season at clubs and he has already brought two top-class footballer at Old Trafford. Aforementioned Serbia international Nemanja Matic is likely to play a very important role in Jose’s team next term, whilst Romelu Lukaku is expected to help the Red Devils improve offensively. Manchester United chiefs obviously have the highest possible ambitions for the 2017/2018 Premier League campaign and it remains to be seen if the English giants are going to win the national championship for the first time since 2013.

Manchester City management did well to sign the likes of Kyle Walker, Danilo, Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva earlier this summer and it is more than obvious that coach Pep Guardiola is focused on strengthening Man City’s defence. The former Barcelona tactician is eager to make amends for the unsuccessful 2016/2017 season, but it is more than obvious that Guardiola’s methods and style of play can’t work in English football. However, seeing that the club chiefs managed to keep hold of first-team regulars in the summer transfer window, the Citizens should not be written off just yet, speaking of the title race.

Over the years Tottenham Hotspur have established themselves as one of the best sides in the Premier League. Kyle Walker is the only first-team regular that left the club in the summer transfer window and, no doubt, Harry Kane and Dele Alli will be the men to watch in Mauro Pochettino’s team in the 2017/2018 season. Spurs, though, will represent England in the Champions League in the upcoming season and that is the main reason why we do not believe the capital club are going to win the Premier League trophy.

Liverpool finished the 2016/2017 Premier League campaign in fourth place in the standings and they are widely expected to book their place in the Champions League group stages. The Reds impressed in pre-season and the fact that they rolled over Bayern Munich at Allianz Arena in the Audi Cup semis is certainly giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the start of the new Premier League campaign. Jurgen Klopp is doing a great job with Liverpool and his men are definitely capable of securing yet another top-four finish.

Speaking of mid-table sides, Everton chiefs were very active in the summer transfer window as they sign the likes of Davy Klaassen, Cuco Martina, Jordan Pickford, Wayne Rooney, Sandro Ramirez, Michael Keane and Henry Onyekuru. The Toffees are regarded as one of main favourites to win the Europa League and, no doubt, they are capable of recording a good result in the English elite division as well.

Leicester City are no longer considered contenders for the title and despite the fact that the Foxes were producing scintillating displays under Craig Shakespeare in the second half of the 2016/2017 season, I do not believe that they are capable of winning their second domestic trophy in three years.

Newcomers Huddersfield Town, Brighton and Newcastle United are likely to fight tooth and nail in order to secure the top flight survival and, taking everything into account, yet another entertaining Premier League campaign is on the cards.

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