2015/16 English Premier League Preview

 

English Premier League 2015/16

English Premier League 2015/16

Chelsea

What can you say about the Jose-led men? They were simply brilliant last season and were ultimately crowned champions with three games to go. Some people say the Blues are a complete outfit from back to front, but being a defending champion is a different game.
Despite seemingly being linked to every superstar on the planet at times, the Blues have only acquired a backup keeper in Asmir Begovic and a lost soul, Falcao, to their already glittering line up this off season.
The main interest this window, however, has been the pursuit of Everton’s John Stones. The young Englishmen has been the number Mourinho’s number one target, but with Everton playing hard ball over the fee for Stones, they may very well fall into the “buying English trap”. Something tells me that £26million will come back to haunt Chelsea, just as Liverpool found out with Andy Carroll.
This year Chelsea has a different game to play, they have gone from being the hunter to the hunted. So let’s see what trick Jose has up his sleeve this season. We’re hoping for hilarious excuses and awesome press conferences!!
My players to watch: Asmir Begovic, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Willian.
Begovic is a wonderful acquisition for competition for Thibaut Courtois. He has been Stoke’s number one for what seems a lifetime now and will be sitting and waiting for the slightest slip up from the young Belgian.
Loftus-Cheek and Willian are just another two players who can hit the score sheet for an already potent scoring side. Let’s hope we see the best of these players this season as we know breaking into the starting 11 for Chelsea can be somewhat difficult.

Players Added: Begovic, Falcao
Players Lost: 28 players on loan, or so it seems.
Back of the nets predicted finish: Champions
Competition this season: EPL, UCL, FA Cup and League Cup.

Manchester City

The enigma of the Premier League, Manchester City, have again splashed the cash to try and buy back their Premier League crown. Known for spending beyond belief, City have again flexed their cash-filled biceps by outlaying a whopping £49 million for Liverpool’s English sensation Raheem Sterling and an additional £8million for Aston Villa’s midfield maestro Fabian Delph. And it doesn’t look to be the end of their wallet waving yet either.
City are desperate to add another Belgian in Kevin De Bruyne, but German club Wolfsburg have told City “thanks, but no thanks”, knocking back a £60million advance from the Manchester club. KDB is top shelf so we really hope City can bring him to England.
In Back of the Net’s opinion, maybe City should think about buying some defenders before they worry about spending on yet another attacker, with City’s defence getting a little long in the tooth. Gael Chichy, Martin Demichelis, Alexandar Kolarov, Bacary Sagna and captain Vincent Kompany are all over the age of 30 and to call them shaky would be putting it lightly.
City conceded far too many goals last season, so if they are going to be a threat to Chelsea this season they will have to tighten their defence up or Manuel Pellegrini will be standing in the unemployment line faster than you can say “Arab oil”!

 My players to watch: Raheem Sterling, Joe Hart and Wilfred Bony.
A Raheem Sterling with world class players around him could become anything, but we don’t think City should be putting all their eggs in the Raheem basket as, along with flashes of brilliance, he sometimes resembles a modern day Shawn Wright Phillips.
Joe Hart and Wilfred Bony are world class players who both had difficult seasons at City last campaign, if they can get back to their devastating best, City will improve dramatically. Bony is a goal scoring machine who can make defences look silly but will he get a fair go at City? As Jovetic and Dzeko have found, if you’re not scoring every week, you won’t last long in the City XI. As for Joe Hart, City and England will need him back to his brilliant best with a huge league and European campaign on the horizon.

Players Added: Sterling, Delph
Players Lost: Jovetic, Dzeko and Milner
Back of the nets predicted finish: 5th
Competition this season: EPL, UCL, FA Cup and League Cup.

Arsenal

Is this the season to be a Gooner? A lot of educated people are saying this could be the drought-breaker for Arsenal but we are not so sure.
Like always, Arsenal have been linked to a lot of superstars, and like always, they’ve bought none of them. All they do is buy 13 year old Frenchmen.
Once again, Karim Benzema seems to be headed for the Emirates, but as per usual the wallet seems tucked firmly in the pocket of the Gunners owners. The Frenchman would really lighten the load on players like Giroud, Sanchez and Theo Walcott, while getting some fans off the ever growing list of unhappy gunners!!
With 13 straight years in the Champions league, Arsenal fans want to see their optimism turn into results. With players like Sanchez, Wilshere, Ramsey and the addition of Petr Cech, Arsenal can be anything they want to be this season. They have a great mix of world class players and an even better mix of youth and experience. Arsenal fans, is this the promised land you have been waiting for?
My players to watch: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Petr Cech and Theo Walcott.
The Ox is going to be something out of the box this season. He is only 21 and he has more promise than a young Michael Owen. He loves to shoot from distance and the crowd loves him!! He is the future, I have no doubt about it.
Did somebody mention a fully fit Theo Walcott? This is my opinion is as good as a new signing. Theo is a gun and if he stays fit it will enable Giroud and co. to flourish. Arsenal fans, Theo is back!!!
Petr Cech. Enough said, 13 years as number one at Chelsea and now he’s joined London’s dark side. Premier League strikers be afraid.

Players Added: Cech
Players Lost: None that matter
Back of the nets predicted finish: 2nd
Competition this season: EPL, UCL, FA Cup and League Cup.

Manchester United

The most hated club in English football today. Let’s be honest, every team looks at the fixture at the start of the season and says “let’s go to old Trafford and get one over United”.
Unlike the Sir Alex days, in recent seasons teams like West Brom and Swansea have had breakthrough wins at what was once a fortress for united. In our humble opinion, United isn’t the team it used to be. A team full of overrated, arrogant, attitude-filled plebs now graces the hallowed turf at United.
It all starts from the top with the owners, the Glazers, who appointed the most arrogant and pig-headed bloke at the club, Louis van Gaal. Since LVG has taken over, his results have been barely better than David Moyes, the man he succeeded at United. In fact, had Moyes finished out the season at United in 2013/14, many believe his results would have been the same, if not better than LVG.
In the past three transfer windows, LVG has spent over £200million on players such as Di Maria (sold to PSG one season later) Marco Rojo (couldn’t defend a cookie from a blind man) Luke “the hair-do” Shaw and Memphis Depay, a player once regarded by an ex-teammate as the most selfish person on the planet. Wait, wait and Falcao!!! You know the guy who used to score for fun, went to united and now couldn’t hit the side of the Titanic?
Those maybe tough assessments, but United have fallen away from their once proud ways to become a team who now wants to buy immediate success, just like their cross-town rivaks. Again, like their neighbours City, Utd should really think about fixing their defensive leaks before adding to the ever revolving door of midfield and attacking rent boys.
Something tells us that players like Schniederlin, Fellaini and Schweinsteiger aren’t going to be the ones that get United back to their former glory.
My players to watch: Daley Blind, Ander Herrera and Tyler Blackett
Three “Blind” Mice will be the player United see shine this season. He is only 25, a regular for Holland’s international squad and has plenty to offer United though the guts of the midfield. Give this man the ball and good things will come.
Ander Herrera, the man from sunny Spain. Last season he was a scapegoat for a lot of United fans (God knows why?), yet he still managed to score 6 goals in 26 outings from midfield. We feel a 10+ goal season is well within the reach of this young man. Look out!!
Tyler Blackett: Young, quick, strong and wait for it….. Can defend!!!! Get him in and let him get a full season in the premier league, we guarantee a very strong showing.

Players Added: Depay, Schniederlin, Schweinsteiger
Players Lost: Falcao, Di Maria, Van Persie, (Valdes?)
Back of the nets predicted finish: 3rd
Competition this season: EPL, UCL, FA Cup and League Cup

Liverpool

One of the teams we could write a novel about and still not cover everything. Make no mistake this year will be a club-defining season for the Reds.
One thing we applaud Liverpool for is disposing a lot of the driftwood hanging round Melwood last season (Aspas, Lambert, Manquillo, Jones, hopefully Borini). Mario Ballotelli was really close to getting on this list but he’s just too much of a character to lose!!
On a more serious note, Liverpool have been highly active in the transfer market ever since the departure of the brilliant Luis Suarez. This season they have added Benteke, Firminio Ings, Origi and former Man City star James Milner. Add these names to Courtinho Lallana, Ibe, Sturridge and Can, and Liverpool suddenly look like a much classier outfit. Can they turn class into success? That’s the big question for reds fans.
For the first time in over fifteen years, Liverpool will not feature Steven Gerrard and as much as we like the work ethic of Jordan Henderson, we are unsure that they will get the same leadership from a guy that looks like a discarded one direction band member.
In a nutshell, if Benteke, Firminio and Coutinho score goals and create, Liverpool could be back to the team that scored over 100 goals just one season ago. You’ll Never Walk Alone (unless you are Mario Ballotelli who is currently training away from the group).

My players to watch: Adam Lallana, Christian Benteke and Daniel Sturridge
Lallana the forgotten man. Lallana has done his first full pre-season for Liverpool and looks in wonderful nick we must say! Smart, great on the ball, and a proven goal scorer, Lallana has importance written all over him.
At his best, Benteke has scored the 3rd most goals in the EPL in the last 3yrs, even though he has missed over eight months through injury. A fully fit beast could provide a lot of goals for the Merseyside club, justifying his 32million pound price tag.
Daniel Sturridge!! Yep he still plays for Liverpool. Shocking, we know. 20+ goals is not beyond him but is keeping his body fit beyond him? A fit Sturridge is a gun, so for the sake of the premier league, we hope we seem him fit and well soon.

Players Added: Benteke, Firminio, Ings, Milner, Gomez and Origi
Players Lost: Deadwood and Raheem Stirling
Back of the nets predicted finish: 4th
Competition this season: EPL, UEL, FA Cup and League Cup

Tottenham Hotspur

The team that once had Gareth Bale (still shocks us too). Spurs are one of the most annoying teams in the league. Why you ask? This is a team that was gifted £100million and spent it on what seemed to be the world’s biggest bag of dog crap!!
Now we all know that it’s hard for a club like Spurs to attract prime roast, but wise spending hasn’t been their strongest suit, Christian Eriksen excluded.
Year after year, Spurs trick everyone into thinking they’ve finally got their s#*t together, but year after year they only end up further away from achieving anything substantial. This year they have at least cleared some of those infuriating players they have carried for the last few years. Paulinho, Holtby, Capoue, and former captain Younes Kaboul.
The only way Spurs will get out of the hole they are currently in is with results. Plain and simple. No more 5-0 loses, no more buying players with false potential, and most importantly, listen to everything Mauricio Pochettino has to say. He is a stable figure that with his own list of players might actually achieve something. Oh and get rid of Daniel Levy!!!

My players to watch: Harry Kane and Hugo Lloris
Harry “Slick” Kane: The best thing Spurs have and they know it. Kane was 2nd in the golden boot last season, and if the young captain can repeat that, a Europa league spot is a realistic goal for Spurs. If not, another mediocre mid-table ending for spurs fans.
Hugo Hugo Hugo: It’s only a matter of time until a big club will come calling for him and we wonder how long he will settle for being a part of a mid-table team. We think another year of solid performances will see him ‘keeping at PSG in 2016/17.

Players Added: Toby Alderweireld and Kieran Trippier (celebrate good time come on!)
Players Lost: A fair bit of junk to be fair
Back of the nets predicted finish: 7th
Competition this season: EPL, UEL, FA Cup and League Cup

Southampton FC

Or Liverpool’s feeder team as many now refer to them, made a crazy impact last season, all things considered. They lost seven key players during the 2014 window and have again lost two more this transfer window, but like Rocky Balboa, they keep coming back for more.
With the formidabke Graziano Pelle leading the attack, Sadio Mané and Jordy Clasie behind him in midfield, and under the wise guidance of Ronald Koeman, we can see Southampton repeating their heroics of 2014/15. A lot of things are going to have to go right for them, but hey, if the Koe-man can bring in as much quality as he did last season, they will again but somewhere around the mark. And the recent signing of Jordy Clasie from Feyenoord is a great first step.
In a sentence, become 10% better than last season and they will finish in the European qualifying spots again and for a team that has undergone more change than Caitlin/Bruce Jenner, that would be nothing to be sneezed at.

My players to watch: Steven Caulker, Graziano Pelle and Shane Long
Stevie Caulker a great leader and will be a great addition to the defence of the Saints. If he can keep off the forbidden fruit aka party favours he will be very good in that defence.
Graziano Pelle: Gun for hire!!! A 20 goal season from the Giant Italian will see him join the league’s elite, but we all remember Dani Osvaldo the 2nd biggest flop since Michu. It’s sink or swim for a player in their 2nd season of English football.
Shane Long: His first full season with the Saints since joining in January from Hull. If he can be the rat that gets the scraps of Pelle, then maybe, just maybe, they both can propel the saints up the epl ladder.

Players Added: Clasie, Caulker, Stekelenburg, Juanmi and Cuco Martina
Players Lost: Clyne, Schneiderlin
Back of the nets predicted finish: 6th
Competition this season: EPL, UEL, FA Cup and League Cup

Stoke City

In past years, the Potters were one of our favourite teams, mainly due to Rory Delap and “The Magic Hat” Tony Pulis. But since “Mr Personality” Mark Hughes took over, Stoke City have maintained a reputation for being bloody hard to beat!!
Since Barcelona have, for some reason, turned into Stoke’s best buddy for loaning players, the potters have players capable of producing a nice brand of football.
This year will mark eight seasons strong in the top flight for Stoke and that is a wonderful achievement for this old English mob, and with the likes of Peter Crouch and Johnny Walters continuing to find the back of the net, we will be seeing them for a few more years to come in England’s top flight.
In a sentence, we will see an even better version of the potters this season with another top half finish.

My players to watch: Bojan Krcic, Ibrahim Afellay and Jack Butland
Bojan was prematurely cooked last season after beginning the year with a bang, so we are expecting huge things from the young Serbian this season.
Ibrahim Afellay. Yet another Barca buddy to grace the Britannia turf who could really bring some lovely polish to the steely Stoke midfield. I wonder if he has ever experienced a pitch covered in snow at -3 degrees. Hmm
Jack “I can’t believe it’s not” Butland is ready and raring to get out of the shadow of the departed Begovic. A great young keeper who we believe will be taking Joe Hart’s spot soon in the England goal.

Players Added: Glen Johnson, Ibrahim Afellay, Philipp Wollscheid and Marco van Ginkel (loan)
Players Lost: Nzonzi and Begovic
Back of the nets predicted finish: 9th
Competition this season: EPL, FA Cup and League Cup

Swansea City

From relegation threat to top half finishes, the Swans really had a year out of the blue last season. Our question to you is, can they do it again and back up the awesome 2014/15 they had? We think….. Ya damn right they can!!!
Yes they lost Wilfred to the bench at Manchester City but they did manage add the delightful to watch Andre Ayew (this bloke has the makings of a player that could be not only an awesome character, but a critically important factor in the Swans EPL campaign. This signing speaks volumes for how far the Swans have some in recent seasons.
If Swansea can repeat their efforts of beating both Arsenal and Man United at home and away, they will go a long way to improving on their 8th place finish from last season.
My players to watch: Jonjo Shelvey and Andre Ayew
Jonjo (Zoro): a great leader and will be a key part of the swans midfield again this season. The former Liverpool player has loads of skill and a funny looking head to go with it. In Jonjo we trust Swans fans.
Andre Ayew: this guy is just a gun!!! A huge hit in France last season, if he can replicate the form that saw him linked with Liverpool and Arsenal, league teams look out.
Players Added: Andre Ayew
Players Lost: None that anybody would even know…. Kenji Gorre??
Back of the nets predicted finish: 8th
Competition this season: EPL, FA Cup and League Cup

 

Crystal Palace

Yet another team who somehow had an amazing season last term, with somewhat of a lacklustre roster. Suddenly you add Yohan Cabaye (yep you didn’t mis-read that either) Connor Wickham and Patrick Bamford (loan) and that roster doesn’t look so bad now does it??
Now that Alan Pardew has now had the chance to put his stamp on this team, we might see the true potential of what has grown into a surprisingly deep squad, especially if they can keep Yannick Bolasie (if they don’t then we might have to change some of the things we just wrote).
If they can keep things from going pear shaped, we are talking up a possible consecutive top ten finish.

My players to watch: Yohan Cabaye, Yannick Bolasie and Alan Pardew
Cabayeeeeee!!! PSG to Palace, not quite what we thought would happen but hey, up, up and away right? He is a gun and will hopefully bring back the form of his last season in England. He can play football, that’s for sure.
Yannick Bolasie; keep him and you finish top ten, lose him and maybe its top thirteen. He is really good on the ball and can shoot like an arrow. But in all seriousness, nobody will pay the £70million fee Palace want, seriously 70mill? #pullingourlegs
Alan Pardew: No eight year deals here, but we hope to see the Pardew swagger back this season. As long as Mike Ashlee doesn’t buy Palace we should be fine.

Players Added: Cabaye, Wickham and Bamford
Players Lost: Stephen Dobbie
Back of the nets predicted finish: 11th
Competition this season: EPL, FA Cup and League Cup

West Ham United

The first 6 games is the most important for West ham, why you ask? Cos like most years they will fly out of the blocks and be in the top few spots on the table then….. Relegation scrap. So maybe this year under Slaven Bilic they will no jump out of the blocks and just get consistent results over the 38 matches.

Bilic has a weight of expectation to put with from the Hammers fans alone, they wont want to see another 18million pounds spent on the likes of Andy Carroll, they will want to see additions like Dimitri Payet aka the assist king!!! With Stewart Downing out the exit door, Payet has his work cut out for him to say the least. Oh and get Charlie Austin, that would really help the Hammers cause.

My players to watch:Dimitri Payet and Diafra Sakho

Payet: Give him the ball and he will assist you, we swear to you. Or so the stats say anyway. Payet can also score so as we assume Andy Carroll will be injured or just playing shite, his assists and goals will be vital to Hammers survival.

Diafra Sakho: A gun striker who has the curse of losing concentration and forgetting he’s a professional footballer. We want to see him score 15+ this season help keep the Hammers away from the sticky spots on the bottom of the table.

Players Added: Payet, Obiang and Ogbonna.

Players Lost: Downing and club legend Carlton Cole.

Back of the nets predicted finish: 13th

Competition this season: EPL, FA Cup and League Cup

 

Everton

Last season’s biggestdisappointment. A top 7 finish in the 13/14 season followed with an 11th place finish in 14/15. People had high hope for the Toffees last season, but as per usual at Everton the expectation was just too much. Even with the purchase of Romelu Lukaku Everton faltered and badly.

However this season is a new season and the wave of optimisum is back at Everton with the addition of young gun Gerard Deulofeu and Ex united midfielder Tom Cleverley. They will add some much needed spark and polish to the Everton squad, as both players are eager to show their previous teams what they are missing (it’s hard to impress from the bench though right?)

In a sentence if Everton ever plan on being anything like their Merseyside neighbours,

1: Sack Roberto Martinez and 2: Play like a team who wants to win something, not like a team who is the inbreed cousin of Liverpool.

My players to watch: Gerard Delulofeu and Ross Barkley

The Del: Was an awesome loan signing 2 years ago but can he get back to that form? If he does then Everton will improve, we have no doubt in that. He will have to help Lukaku with the goals cos we are unsure where else they will come from.

Ross Barkley: had a stinker of a 2014/15, so the only way for the young Englishman is up. We want that ball movement and those stinging shots back Ross, don’t make us ask again mate.Players Added: Cleverley and Deluofeu

Players Lost: Distin

Back of the nets predicted finish: 10th

Competition this season: EPL, FA Cup and League Cup

 

West Bromwich Albion

In their 6th consecutive season in the English top flight, West Brom will be hoping to avoid another relegation scrap. Tony “the hat” Pullis seems like the best man to keep them from relegation dog fight given his record of having never been relegated, but can he achieve a top 10 finish? No, but it was a nice thought for a second.

So far the Baggies have done a good job bolstering their squad with the likes of former Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert joining the club over the summer. However they face a tough task keeping hold of young hit man Saido Berahino with Spurs and Southampton looking to poach the player from the baggies. If they keep him then a top 12 finish is not out of the question.

Since Pullis took over this club is much improved and it will need to be if they are going to reach the magical 40 point mark. We think a tough start to the season with visits from Man City and champions Chelsea will be pivotal for the baggies. Get points in those games and who knows what might happen.

In a sentence Tony it’s up to you, keep the stellar reputation going and keep the Baggies up!

My players to watch: Saido Berahino

Little SB is a vital cog to the machine that is West Brom, if he’s scoring thye are generally winning. If he scores 20+ goals and can really hit it off with Rickie Lambert, they could be like a modern day Foghorn leghorn and Chicken hawk.Players Added: Rickie Lambert and James Chester

Players Lost: Mulumbu and Dorrans

Back of the nets predicted finish: 14th

Competition this season: EPL, FA Cup and League Cup

Leicester City

The foxes have been amazing to watch this summer. They have had a fiasco with players filming sexual acts, sacked their manager and lost the best payer they have had in the past 10yrs. So really this has been brilliant!!!!

On a football sense we love Leicester City. Last season they were 100% gone at Christmas and someway somehow they SURVIVED and finished 14th a few points clear to 15th!!! What the hell right!!! But as we have pointed out with other teams this season will be different. They can’t just reply on heart and a bit of balls, they need quality players. They will also need a lot of things to go their way. Jamie Vardy will be a huge player this season and will need to replicate his form that saw his achieve an England cap.

In a sentence win games at home and limit the damage early. 40 points this season will be the main goal, anything else is a bonus.

My players to watch: Leonard Ulloa and Rihad Mahrez

Ulloa sounds Hawaiian but he is so much more. A great campaign last season but the foxes will need more goals away from home this season. If he can provide that, then survival might just happen. Mahrez comes with huge credits, considering he only cost 500,000 pound. Scores goals and is considered to be the Algerian Messi…. Hmmm this can only be fun to watch. Players Added: Robert Huth and Shinji Okazaki

Players Lost: Cambiasso (shattering)

Back of the nets predicted finish: 16th

Competition this season: EPL, FA Cup and League Cup

Newcastle United

The biggest train wreck of English football this generation. Poor finishes, no goals, a disgraceful owner and bat s&*t crazy fans. A grim assessment yes but let’s be honest they have been rubbish for quite some time now.

Our view is that the Geordies have yet again made a grim managerial choice in Steve McClaren. This is the same manager that had Derby County all but promoted before a huge collapse and they finished outside even the playoff positions. That to us says he is not up to the rigors of the Premier League and once again Newcastle will crash and burn.

A few good additions in Georgino Wijnaldum from PSV and Aleksandar Mitrovic from Anderlecht will give Newcastle fans some cause for optimism but guys….. It doesn’t look good for the Geordies, not good at all.

In a sentence: Relegated, a step backwards to go forwards for this once proud club.

My players to watch: Pappis Cisse

Cisse, HE MUST PLAY EVERY WEEK, DO YOU HEAR ME STEVE?Players Added: Mitrovic and Wijnaldum

Players Lost: Gutierrez (yep the guy that overcame cancer and scored the goal to kept them in the Premier League)

Back of the nets predicted finish: 18h

Competition this season: EPL, FA Cup and League Cup

Sunderland

Sunderland was another team who pulled the rabbit out of the hat to survive last season. A 5 game unbeaten run saw them somehow avid the drop. Dick Advocat proved him immediate impact but now he has to sustain it over a whole season.

A full season with Jermain Defoe and new goal scoring prospect Jeremain Lens will encourage Sunderland supporters that last season’s lowest goal scorers can do rather better this time around.

One thing that the black cats need to address will be their discipline. Last term they were shown a record 94 yellow cards, yep 94!!! Lee Cattermole was shown 14 himself!!

Sunderland will really have their work cut out for them, they just avoided relegation last season and if pre season form is anything to go by guys, hold onto your hats it’s going to get a little bumpy.

My players to watch: Jermain Defoe

Jermain legitimately scores when we wants. He has done so at every club he has played at and if he’s up for the fight they are a slim chance of survival. Sunderland fans get behind him and do anything you can to get the ball in the back of the net.Players Added: Sebastian Coates and Jeremain Lens

Players Lost: Connor Wickham

Back of the nets predicted finish: 17th

Competition this season: EPL, FA Cup and League Cup

Aston Villa

A conundrum to say the least, Aston Villa is a crazy annoying team. The squad isn’t that bad but it manages just not to work, as Paul Lambert found out last year. If they could get some sort of continuity going they might be able to avoid the drop.

We’re going to be straight with you, losing Benteke and Delph is a huge hole to fill for the Villains. When your best two players leave it’s understandable to panic and if I was a villa fan I would be panicking too. They need to spend and spend wisely, sometimes buying 3 or 4 10million pound players is better than splashing all the cash on 1 signing.

We think that buying Premier League experienced players are vital, no airy fairy European wingers. You only buy them when you are flying and people, villa is not flying that’s for sure.

In a sentence: we are not sure Villa has the minerals to stay up for another year. We are more than a little worried for them.

My players to watch: Scott Sinclair and Micha Richards

Scott “man cities towel boy” Sinclair: Has a lot of people to prove wrong. After making a terrible decision to move to Man City from Swansea he now is the main man at Villa and he needs to make the most of it. Score goals and get the Villa fans something to scream about.

Micha Richards: The forgotten man of English football is back after a spell in Italian football. He is also keen to show City what they are missing and both he and Aston Villa will be hoping he can get back to the form that saw him capped by England. Players Added: Sinclair, Richards and Ayew

Players Lost: Benteke, Delph, Weimann and Vlaar

Back of the nets predicted finish: 20th

Competition this season: EPL, FA Cup and League Cup

 

This years promoted teams:

 

Bournemouth FC

Every year we adopt a promoted team and this year we have kindly taken in Bournemouth. They are the best success story in English football to date. 6 years ago they almost fell out of the football league totally, now they are in the top flight and they are lapping it up.

Bournemouth are known for playing slick, fun and attacking football, so we hope we get to see that from this newly promoted side. They have added gun striker Tyrone Mings to their ranks and we hope we can see a herculean style performance from hi to see the Cheery’s to safety this season.

Every year we see these type of teams play breathtaking football but we hope they can sustain that style and not get caught trying to do things they are not cut out for. Cherry’s score goals and make your home turf a fortress, this recipe will almost ensure survival.

My players to watch: Tyrone Mings and Callum Wilson

Tyrone Mings makes his bow in the English top flight and we personally can’t wait to see what he can do. He’s got swagger and loves to run at defences, so this ride might be fun to watch. Then there was Callum Wilson, this fella scored 20 goals last season in the champo and if he replicate that form, teams will be looking over their shoulders.

Players Added: Maxy Gradle, Mings, Wilson and Atsu (loan Chelsea)

Players Lost: None of any importance

Back of the nets predicted finish: 15th

Competition this season: EPL, FA Cup and League Cup

 

Norwich

Out 1 year and in the next, The Canaries are back!! But that’s about were the cheer ends as we feel a very bleak season is coming. Norwich have really struggled to add quality to their squad from last season and this is going to really affect their top flight status.

Unlike the other promoted sides Norwich don’t have the ability to make big money signings, so they are really going to have to pull the rabbit of out of the hat to stay afloat this season.

A damning stat for Norwich fans is that they have been relegated in 3 of their last 5 seasons in the Premier League and we are going out on a limb to say it will be 4 from 6.

My players to watch: Rickie Van Wolfswinkle

RVW was utter shite in his last season of English football, scoring only on the opening day of his last campaign. If he can get into any sort of form similar to his days at Sporting Lisbon, thye might give a yelp, but we are assuming he won’t and we will see him and Norwich crash and burn.

Players Added: Brady, Mulumbu and Wisdom

Players Lost: Mark Bunn

Back of the nets predicted finish: 19th

Competition this season: EPL, FA Cup and League Cup

Watford FC

Finally back after a rather long spell from the English top flight, Watford are keen to make up for lost time.

They have signed 11 players since the summer transfer window opened, and we applaud that. They have bought in some quality players and we think that will separate them from the other promoted teams and lower league rivals.

We love the thought of the new look Watford but there is one problem….. 5 managers in 12 months sends alarm bells ringing for fans and onlookers. Let’s hope they have made the right decision with Quique Sanchez Flores cos the last thing a relegation battling team needs is manger unrest.

My players to watch: Forget a select few, we think all 11 signings need watching and more importantly…… Troy Deeney, this bloke spent 8 months behind bars for aggravated assault where he kicks a man in the head!!! Then comes out the next year in the champo and scores 20 goals!!! The premier league needs you Troy!!!

For Watford to be able to attract players from AS Roma, Hamburg, Napoli and Werder Bremen they must be doing something right and we hope we see the best of it.

Players Added: Behrami, Capoue, Britos (our fav signing) and Holbas

Players Lost: Lewis McGugan

Back of the nets predicted finish: 12th

Competition this season: EPL, FA Cup and League Cup

 

Who will be lifting this?

Who will be lifting this?

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