Premier League Season Preview 2018/2019

Premier League Season Preview 2018/2019

We are right around the corner from the start of the new Premier League season. Top clubs’ owners were not too active in the summer transfer window, but, no doubt, yet another entertaining campaign in the English top flight is ahead of us.

Manchester City are on a quest to defend their Premier League trophy and signing of Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez could help the reigning champions meet the goal. The club chiefs did well to keep hold of key players Kevin De Bruyne and Kun Aguero and it is no surprise the Citizens are considered No. 1 favourites to win the Premier League title.

Their local rivals Manchester United, on the other hand, signed a contract with prolific midfielder Fred, with Michael Carrick retiring from professional football. Jose Mourinho obviously has faith in his players, who will square off against Leicester City at their Old Trafford in the opening game of the season. The Red Devils were having their ups and downs in pre-season, but given the quality of Mourinho’s squad, the English giants are definitely capable of playing an important role in the upcoming season.

Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp obviously doesn’t want to count on Loris Karius anymore as the German goalkeeper committed a couple of dreadful mistakes in the Champions League final. Karius continued to struggle in pre-season and, as a result, the club management decided to sign Brazilian shot-stopper Alisson. Mohamed Salah is still part of the team and seeing that Xherdan Shaqiri joined the club from Stoke City, the Reds could go all the way in each and every competition in the 2018/2019 season.

Chelsea failed to impress in the 2017/2018 Premier League campaign, with the team finishing the season in 5th place in the standings. The Blues did well to sign midfielder Jorginho from Napoli earlier this summer, but it has to be noted that first-choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is on the verge of leaving the Old Trafford outfit. Eden Hazard could leave the club as well, meaning that the Blues are unlikely to regain the domestic trophy. New coach Maurizio Sarri, though, could help the team regain a much-needed confidence.

Arsenal continue life without Arsene Wenger and it remains to be seen if Unai Emery is capable of helping the Gunners bring glory days back to Emirates Stadium. The capital club aim to regain their place in top 4, but that is easier said than done. The likes of Stephen Lichtsteiner, Bernd Leno, Soktratis Papastathopoulos, Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi joined the club earlier this summer, but Santi Cazorla (released), Per Mertesacker (retired) and Jack Wilshere (signed for West Ham) are no longer part of the team.

Tottenham Hotspur have yet to sign a player in the summer transfer window, but seeing that they managed to keep hold of star players Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen, Mauro Pochettino’s men are widely expected to secure yet another top 4 finish.

Wayne Rooney left Everton to try his luck in MLS, whereas Dusan Tadic joined Ajax from Southampton. Brighton chiefs were very active in the summer, with the likes of Florin Andone, Leon Balogun, Joseph Tomlinson, Jason Stele, Bernardo Fernandes da Silva Junior, Hugo Keto, David Button, Percy Tau, Yves Bissouma, Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Anders Dreyer signing for the Seagulls.

Speaking of the relegation battle, the likes of Huddersfield Town and newcomers Fulham and Cardiff City could fail to secure the top-flight survival.

The new Premier League campaign returns on August 10 and, as always, it is likely to bring football fans from all around the globe a lot of joy.

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