Top Premier League Predictions for 2021/22 Season
The Premier League season is just 1 day away and I personally can't wait for the new season to start. So let's take look at the Premier League predictions for the season.
The Premier League has really increased in quality and is cementing itself as the best league in Europe and this means that the title race will hopefully be tighter than ever.
Premier League Predictions 2021/22 Season
I will be predicting who I think will win the title, who makes the top 6 and unfortunately who will be relegated. Let's get into the Premier League predictions.
Premier League Champions: Manchester City
I think Manchester City will repeat last season's success and win the league once again.
They have made one marquee signing in Jack Grealish and could still potentially get Harry Kane as well which makes them the clear favourites.
This season I think they will win it again BUT it won’t be as easy in my opinion.
More teams will put pressure on them and the race will be tighter compared to last season when it was just them.
The likes of Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United have all improved and will put greater pressure on them but I think City still have the best depth and this will allow them just to nick it.
TOP 5 (IN NO ORDER): Manchester United, Leicester, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur
The top 4 for me would be Man United, Liverpool, Chelsea and obviously Man City.
The other 3 teams I have mentioned have all improved their teams in one way or another.
Liverpool have gone very minimal and only added Konate to their squad and Klopp has come out and said this week that “You can't buy our togetherness” and that “You can’t buy Anfield”.
He does have a point, Liverpool this season will have a fully fit Van Dijk which is almost like a new signing and a big help for them is the fact that fans will be back and a packed out Anfield will help drive the team on but I don't think it'll be enough to reclaim the title.
Chelsea also haven't bought that heavy, only buying one star to improve their team, a new striker in the form of Romelu Lukaku for €115m.
If you had one criticism of Chelsea last season with Tuchel, it was that they lacked goals and Werner wasn’t the finisher they thought he was, but they have definitely got a proper striker now.
Lukaku is one of the world class strikers and I think his price tag will be justified especially because Chelsea were in the market for an elite striker and Lukaku was one of the easier ones to obtain.
Other than that fault, Chelsea were pretty faultless but I think their problem is their squad depth. I think it’s just a tad too light and one or two injuries to key players and I think they will fall apart.
Manchester United have gone big this summer.
The Glazers have finally put their finger in their pockets and paid big money for elite players.
The acquisition of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane puts out a statement to the whole league saying “We aren't here to mess around” and United fans haven't been this excited for signings since Pogba arrived in 2016.
Their starting eleven now competes with the best in Europe but I think their problem will be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and their consistency.
In my opinion I don’t think Ole is a “league” manager, I think he's more of a “cup” manager.
I feel he’s more suited to a knockout competition, not a league season over 38 games. United will still challenge but I feel there will be a period where they lose a bit of form and ultimately this will cost them.
Tottenham have quietly had a good window and gone about their business very very well.
Pierluigi Gollini on loan is a very good backup or even starter for Lloris this season, Cristian Romero for 50m was needed and he improves the defence and finally Bryan Gil, a young pacy quick footed Spanish from Sevilla for 25m was another bit of smart business.
Their window has gone under the radar due to all the speculation surrounding Harry Kane.
If Spurs want a chance at top 4 then they need to keep Kane because I do think they secure 5th with Kane but even without him I think they’ll still get Europa League.
They still have some good players the likes of Heung Min Son, Tanguy Ndombele, Hojbjerg and Reguilon.
All of this makes for an okay team and I think they’ll secure Europa League.
Leicester are another team that have had a good window, Patson Daka from Salzburg for 30m, Boubakary Soumare from Lille for 20m, Jannik Vestergaard has apparently been agreed today (fee unknown) and Ryan Bertrand on a free, both from Southampton.
They have reinforced their squad and they just missed out on top 4 last season due to the final game and unfortunately I think they will have the same fate as the other teams have strengthened so much that it’s unlikely that they’ll be ahead of Chelsea, Liverpool, Man United or Man City but if they do manage to do it then it’ll be a good achievement by Rodgers and his team.
RELEGATION: Norwich, Southampton, Watford
Norwich I don’t think are good enough once again.
Losing someone like Buendia, yes when the money comes for him you sell him but when someone like that and that influential on your creativity leaves then as a team you go backwards and almost regress and I don’t think they have plugged that gap.
Gilmour will definitely help but he’s deeper than Buendia, Cantwell is good and will only get better but Pukki isn’t good enough for the Premier League and we saw that the first time around.
Josh Sargent and Milot Rashica, I don’t think they’ll be that much of a help towards their survival and ultimately I think they will be relegated.
A bold shout some may say and I could look like a fool for saying this but I think Southampton will go down.
They concede a lot of goals and selling Vestergaard certainly won’t help that problem. Getting rid of Ings and replacing him with Adam Armstrong from Blackburn puts massive pressure on him to carry the load Ings was carrying and also the Saints squad is very light.
Livramento is an interesting signing from Chelsea’s u-23s but I don’t know how much he’ll help them and if he can make that much of an impact.
The main issue is how shallow their squad is and the fact they get so many injuries each season for some reason I think this looks it will be their downfall and they will go down.
The final team is always the hardest to choose between but the 3 candidates I’d say that could all go down are Brentford, Crystal Palace and Watford.
It’s very very close but my gut feeling is telling me Watford. They were very solid defensively last year in the Championship, keeping 23 clean sheets but sometimes they struggled for goals and that’s my worry with them.
Sarr was their top scorer last year and at a push I can see him reach 15 goals but I’d say realistically he’ll get about 10.
I know it’s preseason but they did play Crystal Palace in a friendly and they lost 3-1 and that doesn’t fill me with confidence so for that reason I’m picking Watford.
Now let’s take a look at the individual awards and try to predict who will win golden boot, golden glove, top assister and young player of the year.
GOLDEN BOOT: Romelu Lukaku
I’m backing Romelu Lukaku to win the golden boot first season back in the Premier League after a while.
He’s been on fire for Inter ever since joining and even broke some of Ronaldo’s records while playing there which shows how reliable he’s been.
He’s joining a Chelsea team which is crying out for a finisher as they create quite a few chances and that’s just what they got in Lukaku.
I think it’ll be close between Lukaku and Kane but I feel Kane will get an injury and that’s when Lukaku will go in front.
GOLDEN GLOVE: Alisson Becker
Last season wasn’t his best season as Alisson was quite shaky and made a few catastrophic errors but this season I expect him to be more himself, especially with his full defence in front of him.
The reintroduction of Van Dijk back into the starting eleven should help Allison keep some more clean sheets and I do think he will beat Ederson to the golden glove.
TOP ASSISTER: Bruno Fernandes
This one won’t be going to De Bruyne this year.
With no striker bought before the start of the season, I can’t see De Bruyne dropping another 15+ assists this season but I can see Bruno doing it.
Fernandes does have the likes of Cavani, Rashford, Greenwood, Martial, Sancho, all these people around him who can finish and do score goals and Bruno is heavily involved in the creative side of United so I do expect him to be heavily involved in the goals, just like he already was.
YOUNG PLAYER OF THE SEASON: Mason Greenwood
It’s Greenwoods time to shine once again and this time I expect him to have a stellar season.
The arrival of Sancho means that he can play in his natural position, as a striker, and with all the creativity like I mentioned earlier and add in Greenwood’s two footedness, it’s a dangerous combo and one that is bound to produce goals and which will in my opinion make him the best youngster in the Premier League.
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