Twenty Premier League Teams, Three to be relegated, Three of them to earn Europa League Spots, Four of the best clubs to earn Champions League spots and the Winner.
The league where everyone can beat anyone, the league that always suffuses with surprises, the oldest soccer league in the world and of course the best league in the Universe. Put your hands together for the English Premier League 2017-18 season as it might just be the biggest season in Decades for the English clubs as five teams are up for the Champions League fight. Don’t dream, but believe.
Defending Champions Chelsea will be hosting Burnley as Antonio Conte will be in a big dilemma whether to start Morata or Batshuyi after both of their disappointing performances in the Community Shield last weekend. In the Post-match conference, he said, “Alvaro is a really good player, he’s still young despite having a lot of experience. He needs to play regularly, he’s a player I trust a lot. I think he has good prospects for Chelsea – for now and the future.” On the contrary, Burnley are set to lose their star striker Gray as Watford are closing in on a deal to make them their biggest transfer in the club’s history.
Spurs will be playing at the St. James Park as Rafa Benitez will be welcomed back to the Premier League helping Newcastle United achieve this feat within a season. Pochettino will be in high spirit as they recently beat Juventus where they could have scored more in a 2-0 win at Wembley. Both the managers are in search of some top quality signings and might end up with nothing as the transfer window converges. People from the Tyne believe that Rafa is very disappointed with the management as they have been lackluster financially as he had been promised earlier. On the other hand, Pochettino reassured the fans that Spurs will pounce into the transfer market at the end of the window.
Manchester City, the highest spenders in the market will be facing newly promoted Brighton and Hove Albion who are arguably the lowest valued team in the league. Statistically speaking this could well be a whitewash but then again this is the Premier League and won’t be surprised if City finds it hard to gather all three points. Chris Hughton said in his interview right after going down to Athletico Madrid in the final pre-season game that, “I’m really pleased Atletico Madrid agreed to come. I’d like to think they got some good value from coming as well. Overall I was happy with what I saw but what Atletico showed was the quality they have got on the ball right throughout the pitch. We experienced a lot. We had to defend very well and use our shape very well at times. And I was delighted to get the two goals.”
Liverpool will be away to Watford as they are the only side in the Premier League to have to play two more games as Champions League qualifiers as they will face German side Hoffenheim FC in a two-legged encounter. Jurgen Klopp recently mentioned that he is quite happy with his squad and four games in 12 days might need some extended squad depth already. The sad news is that Lallana is already injured for a couple of months as central options become a problem for the German. On the contrary, Marco Silva has a lot of reasons to smile as Gray will be hopefully signing up for Watford in time to face the Merseysiders. They have also signed Brazil U-20 attacker Richarlison as Silva is expected to field an attacking side for this campaign.
Manchester United will be hosting West Ham United as Chicharito will be beckoning for an emotional return to Old Trafford. The prolific goal scorer signed up for West Ham from Bayer Leverkusen in a €16 million deal to boost Slaven Bilic’s attacking options as they look to qualify for European football next season. On the other hand, Jose Mourinho will look to gather some European success this season itslef as they garnered a Wildcard entry into the Champions League by winning the Europa League last season. Although the Red Devils lost 2-1 to Real Madrid in the Super Cup final, United fans have a lot of positives to take from the game and might just be hopeful for the next season amassing success.
The Emirates Stadium will be witnessing no Champions League football this season as Arsenal failed to qualify for the Champions League in Wenger’s reign for the first time in 21 years. A bit of a broken desire and mixed emotions amongst the Arsenal fraternity as half of the fans want Wenger to leave and the rest emotionally can’t deny the fact that Wenger helped Arsenal dream big even during their financial crisis. Maybe they have already got a tank in Kolasinac, and a prolific striker in Lacazatte. Sanchez and Ozil might just stay with Arsenal this season but then again the repeated results with extemporised charisma and miscommunications make it more vulnerable for Wenger to continue. They will be hosting Leicester City in the first game this weekend as Leicester will try to finish as high as possible after a mixed transfer window for the Foxes.
Predicted Scoreline for Premier League Game-week 1:
Arsenal 3-0 Leicester City
Watford 1-2 Liverpool
Chelsea 3-2 Burnley
Crystal Palace 1-1 Huddlesfield
Everton 1-0 Stoke City
Southampton 1-2 Swansea City
West Brom 0-0 Bournemouth
Brighton 2-3 Manchester City
Newcastle 0-1 Spurs
Man Utd 1-1 West Ham
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