Premier League 2018/2019 Recap
The 2018/2019 season of the Premier League produced a lot of excitement throughout. It gave us one of the best title races we’ve seen in years.
The football fans were bestowed with plenty of quality matches, and even greater betting odds you were regularly presented with here at Football Predictions.
Premier League: Biggest Winners
Manchester City won the Premier League title for the second consecutive year. Citizens are the first team to do so in over 10 years, which makes their accomplishment even greater. This remarkable feat already has them installed as early odds-on favourites to do it three times on the trot with certain bookies offering 4/5 on the Citizens as the 2019/20 champions.
The title winner was decided in the last round when City triumphed over Brighton, thus totalling 98 points, just one more than Liverpool. Both teams had an amazing run and dominated the competition. It felt like either of the two sides deserved to win it, especially when you take into an account the fact Liverpool only suffered a single loss in the entire campaign. Manchester City ruled reign in all domestic competitions, thus compensating for another frustrating season in Europe.
However, Liverpool also deserve a tip of the hat for their achievements – especially on the international stage. Looking at the season behind us from the individual perspective, it’s fair to say it was one of the most interesting ones.
Liverpool superstar Mohamed Salah replicated his last season’s goal scoring form and provided a hefty 6/5 payout for all punters who decided to chose him ahead of Man City’s 2/1 Sergio Aguero at their favourite bookmakers.
Looking at the big picture here, it’s fair to say that the biggest winner of the Premier League season is the English football in general. Four Premier League teams reached the finals of European international competitions which is the greatest confirmation that the EPL is now both among the most entertaining and successful competitions in Europe.
Arsenal and Chelsea battling it out in the Europa League and Liverpool and Tottenham vying for the Champions League trophy was the biggest gift any fan of the Premier League could have dreamt of before the beginning of the campaign.
All of this shows just how competitive the Premier League is and why it is the most viewed football competition in the World.
Major Disappointments of the Premier League 2018/19 Season
There were quite a few teams who failed to meet the expectations this season. The two biggest losers in our eyes are Manchester United and Fulham.
The Cottagers ended the season in the nineteenth spot after having spent over a £100m on new signings. Everything about their run was chaotic and filled with agony. They are the first team to spend that amount of money after promotion, just to end up going straight back to the Championship. The board insisted that the players were not to blame and stuck to that decision religiously. In the end, they fired both Slavisa Jokanovic and Claudio Ranieri, just to end up at back at the drawing board ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.
The Red Devils made a lot of inadequate and overpriced signings and that seems to be at the core of their problems. None of them managed to deliver and help the team out. At first, it seemed as if Jose Mourinho’s defensive style of play was the problem.
The fans were furious and quick to put all the blame on him. Ole Gunnar Solskjær came in as his successor and was seen as Messiah himself. Under the club icon, the Red Devils initially enjoyed a marvellous honeymoon phase. Once the honeymoon ended, they went back to their losing ways. It seems as if Mourinho was not the problem after all. The real trouble lays in the players and the board that signed them. The profits and players marketability held a higher ground than the football history that the club posses.
At the start of the season, Mourinho went on to say that the biggest success of his career was finishing second with this Man United squad. People initially laughed at him, but now the majority of the fans agree.
A major overhaul is expected in the summer, but how they’ll manage to attract big players is beyond us. They already have large problems with salaries and marginalised as players like Sanchez earning £350K a week just for sitting on the bench. The fact that they failed to qualify for the next term of the Champions League doesn’t work in their favour as well. In that regard, it’s worth noting that Manchester United have already been given a price of 11/10 to push it through into the top four during the 2019/20 campaign.
Expectations for the New Season
Not a lot is expected to change from a wide point of view. The two most in-form teams, Liverpool and Man City, already have the majority of their rooster developed and prepared for the forthcoming competition. They are bound to make a few signings in order to strengthen the depth of their respective squads.
The Spurs are another team to keep an eye on. They got great results this year despite not making any signings. With their Stadium now finished, Mauricio Pochettino will hopefully have a lot more resources to make his ideal team. They will also be able to strengthen their roster as well as offer better contracts to their biggest stars.
One thing is certain, the Premier League is at an all-time high, both in terms of quality and popularity. We can look back to another amazing season. We would hereby thank our experts for analzying and writing about the latest football tips once again.