Mid-Season Premier League Predictions

So far this premier league season has provided us with no shortage of surprises, from Chelsea’s resurgence under Conte, to Leicester City’s fall from grace, and even the disaster that Swansea City has become. All of these elements make the EPL so intriguing to try to predict. So, without further ado, here are our mid-season premier league predictions.

Kieran

  1. Chelsea
  2. Liverpool
  3. Tottenham
  4. Arsenal
  5. Manchester United
  6. Manchester City
  7. Everton
  8. Stoke City
  9. AFC Bournemouth
  10. Watford
  11. West Brom
  12. Burnley
  13. Southampton
  14. West Ham
  15. Leicester City
  16. Middlesbrough
  17. Hull City
  18. Swansea City
  19. Crystal Palace
  20. Sunderland

Explanation:

Sunderland haven’t been doing well lately, with a  4-0 loss to Burnley and getting knocked out of the FA cup showing disaster to come. Crystal palace have failed to do well all of 2016. Big Sam has been appointed but things still look the same at Crystal Palace and it might take too much time for Big Sam’s tactics to take effect on the Crystal Palace team.

Although Swansea have appointed Paul Clement and Swansea looked promising against Arsenal for 20-30 minutes, I don’t think Swansea have the legs or the ability to do what Paul Clement is asking them.

Hull City have recently appointed Marco Silva and they already have a win under his name. Under Mike Phelan Hull lost 6-0 to Bournemouth, in Marco Silvia’s first game vs Bournemouth Hull came from 0-1 down to win 3-1. This prediction is based solely on whether or not Hull can keep hold of Robert Snodgrass. If not, Hull will go down in place of Swansea.  

As of now West Ham look they will not keep hold of Dmitri Payet. This will have a major impact on the second half of their season. Although they have other important players such as Manuel Lanzini and Michael Antonio I don’t think it will be enough to stop West Ham start slipping down the table in the tail end of the season. 

Chelsea have had an incredible Season so far going 13 unbeaten in the Premier League before losing to Spurs. But they sit 7 points clear at the top of the table. At the beginning of the year people were already writing Chelsea off as they had consecutive losses to Liverpool and Arsenal, but they earned their way to the top of the table and I don’t see them going anywhere.

Liverpool had a tremendous first half if the year with everyone bagging goals left, right, and center. The only thing keeping me from putting Liverpool at the top of the table is Sadio Mané leaving for AFCON. His 9 goals this season have boosted and kept Liverpool near the top of the table and I can only see Liverpool flying high when their main man returns.

Spurs started the season decently, while going undefeated for a large part of the season they picked up too many draws against teams such as Leicester and West Brom. Recently though players like Dele Ali and Harry Kane have seemed to have found their feet and Spurs without a doubt will finish in the top four.

Arsenal this year were on great form before the Holiday Period in which they Lost 2-1 to Everton and Man City and drew 3-3 with Bournemouth. Furthermore, Arsenal have definitely had more than their fair share of goals past the 88th minute this season and I’m not sure if they will be able to scrap goals in the last minute as consistently as they’ve been doing for the rest of the season, which could put them out of the title race.

Manchester United are on an impressive 12 match unbeaten run in all competitions but I don’t really think they’ve played any quality teams. An out of form Tottenham side and a majority of teams from the lower half of the table made up the majority of their opponents. If United play the way they did against Liverpool and if Pogba keeps playing the same way he has the fast few matches, United will slip even farther down the table. Although it may seem like a crazy thing to say with all the money they spent over the summer, the top 4 may be out of reach this season but don’t count them out in the coming years as it seems Jose Mourinho’s tactics seem to finally be setting in on the team.

Manchester City started the season 6 games unbeaten and were destined for success with new manager Pep Guardiola, but it seems as though his true color have finally been revealed as city were thrashed 4-0 by Everton. Man city’s goalkeeper Claudio Bravo had been anything but spectacular this season and I don’t see him finding form any time soon. It feels like this has been the worst City team in years and I don’t see them recovering back to top 4.


Nik

  1. Tottenham
  2. Liverpool
  3. Chelsea
  4. Arsenal
  5. Manchester United
  6. Manchester City
  7. West Brom
  8. Everton
  9. Bournemouth
  10. Stoke City
  11. Southampton
  12. West Ham
  13. Burnley
  14. Watford
  15. Hull City
  16. Leicester City
  17. Middlesbrough
  18. Crystal Palace
  19. Sunderland
  20. Swansea City

Explanation:

Hull City looked inspired in their first game under their new manager, kind of reminding me of their bright start to the season. I think if Hull can hang on to Robert Snodgrass, who is receiving many transfer bids, they will climb into safety and not look back after that.

As for Crystal Palace, I think their inability to score will ultimately lead to their fall to the championship. After a bright start to the season from new signing Christian Benteke, their attack has looked stumped in the attacking third.

Sunderland has a history of surviving relegation, but I think this time they will finally go down. They have not looked sharp in any way and their 3-1 loss to Stoke is the perfect example of this. Jermaine Defoe is aging, and it is unlikely he will be able to carry his team to safety.

Swansea City have been nothing short of terrible this season. Their problems stem much deeper than just tactics and ability; they lack the fundamentals of a premier league side. No matter what manager they bring in, their side continues to make sloppy mistakes over and over again, and I don’t see any way for them to avoid relegation.

As for the top of the table, I think Diego Costa’s rift with his manager, Conte, is the beginning of Chelsea’s slump. The reason Chelsea had been so productive this season had to do with Costa’s ability to keep his composure. Lately, we have been seeing shades of the old Costa (ex: his altercation with Pedro during the Tottenham game). I can’t see Chelsea keeping first place without their disciplined striker.

Tottenham, on the other hand, have never looked better. They have a young and bright squad, and there is not a single player in bad form. Their switch to a 3-4-3 has proved to be a turning point for them, and even though Jan Vertonghen is missing time with an ankle injury, Ben Davies is already familiar with the system from his time with Wales. I think that Tottenham’s front three will carry them all the way to the title.

With Coutinho returning, Liverpool could turn into the most dangerous attacking team in the league. I think the firepower that he, along with Firmino, brings will take them all the way to the end. However, I think their defensive issues will keep them out of the #1 spot.

Arsenal have looked unstoppable at times. However, they have also played sloppily recently, including the 3-3 draw with Bournemouth. They really rely on late goals to save them, and I don’t know if they will be able to keep that up. However, I think that Alexis Sanchez’s stellar play will be enough to secure a Champions League spot.

Manchester United have looked bright as of late, but unless Paul Pogba becomes the great player that we all know he can be, I don’t see them being able to crack into the top four. Zlatan has been inconsistent this season, and it remains to be seen if he can maintain his incredible form for the remainder of the season.

While Man U are on the rise, Manchester City are headed in the opposite direction. Pep Guardiola’s attempts to play out of the back have led to sloppy mistakes, which have not been helped by Claudio Bravo’s horrendous goalkeeping. I truly believe that there will be no European competitions for City next season.


Kevin

  1. Chelsea
  2. Tottenham
  3. Liverpool
  4. Arsenal
  5. Manchester United
  6. Manchester City
  7. Everton
  8. Southampton
  9. West Brom
  10. Stoke City
  11. West Ham
  12. Burnley
  13. Watford
  14. Leicester City
  15. Bournemouth
  16. Crystal Palace
  17. Middlesbrough
  18. Hull City
  19. Swansea City
  20. Sunderland

Explanation:

Chelsea seem to be the undisputed no.1 title chasers at this point, with Antonio Conte’s impressive 3-4-3 formation pressing out good performances week in, week out.

Pochettino’s Spurs are not far behind, with good performances from Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli leading their attacking line. The impressive defensive performances from Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen (though currently injured) will make Spurs one of the best defensive teams in the league.

Liverpool’s formidable attack with Firmino and Mane will land them in a champions league spot this season, but with various injuries at key positions the title will seem a little out of reach for Klopp and his men this season.

Arsenal, again, will be a far shot from the title- but will manage to find a champions league place with solid performances coming from the likes of Giroud, Ozil and Alexis. With Walcott back in the lineup, they should be a force to be reckoned with in the near future.

Pep Guardiola and Manchester City will fall short of a Champions league place, with defensive errors and an unreliable goalkeeper proving to be costly towards the crucial final games of the season.

Burnley will have a satisfactory mid-table season, with heroics coming from goalkeeper Tom Heaton. West Ham will have a disappointing year in their first season at London Stadium, their European hopes marred by the exit of their star man, Dimitri Payet.

The defending champions will see no miracle this season- with the absence of N’Golo Kante, and quiet performances of Jamie Vardy, the Foxes will have a hard time finding European football in the near future.

Hull, Swansea, and Sunderland players will be plying their trade in the Championship next season- while the likes of Snodgrass of Hull, Sigurdsson of Swansea and Defoe or van Aanholt of Sunderland will likely be snapped up by Premier League clubs.

Boro, with the signing of Patrick Bamford and important performances by Negredo and Traore, will just survive the cut. Their survival in the following seasons, however, is all but guaranteed.

This is shaping up to be another typical premier league season- unlike the fairy tale season that Leicester experienced last year, bigger clubs once again dominate the top six while smaller clubs are doomed to go back down. This season will remind fans of a cold reality; while money can’t buy you everything, it sure can buy you success.


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Image Citation:  “All-New Premier League Logo Unveiled – Sleeve Patch Revealed.” Footy Headlines. N.p., 10 Feb. 2016. Web. 19 Jan. 2017.

 Authors: Nik, Kevin, Kieran

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