Premier League 2015-16 Prediction August 8, 2015Posted by AaronPorter in Uncategorized.
Tags: Football; Premier League; 2015-16; Crystal Palace; predictions; Chelsea; Sunderland; Leicester City; Norwich City
- Chelsea – although they haven’t strengthened the squad (as yet), surely the team to beat.
- Arsenal – matched Chelsea from January onwards last season. Cech also improves the team, but still look like a world class centre forward and centre back away from the title.
- Manchester City – like Chelsea they haven’t appeared to improve their squad as yet. And some key players may be past their best (Toure, Kompany). But any team with the likes of Aguero and Silva will still grind out results.
- Manchester United – LVG has overhauled the squad again, and more business likely. Their success will depend on how quickly some of the new signings can bed in.
- Liverpool – Rodgers has made a raft of signings, but tactically he is often outsmarted. The pressure could mount if they make a sluggish start.
- Stoke City – my prediction for the surprise package this season. Under both Pulis and now Hughes, Stoke have steadily improved. This summer some exciting additions could take them to the next level.
- Tottenham Hotspur – Spurs are building a team of young, homegrown talent many of whom have promise for the future. But this is a long term project and some of the signings might not come off just yet, also Kane will under pressure to replicate his goals from last year.
- Southampton – Koeman managed to confound critics with another stunning season last campaign, now with added Europa league commitments the top 6 might be beyond them. But 8th will still be a good return.
- Crystal Palace – the transformation under Alan Pardew has been sensational. Cabaye is a quality addition, and if one of Connor Wickham or Patrick Bamford hit a rich vein of form the Eagles could improve on their excellent 10th placed finish.
- Swansea City – Gary Monk has continued to get the best out of a good squad, playing great football. Expect another solid season.
- Everton – last season was a little underwhelming for the Toffees. But as yet, Martinez has not really been given the funds to strengthen the team. May be another slightly under par season ahead.
- Newcastle United – Steve McLaren is a good manager, and perhaps he will bring some much needed stability to a club who seem in constant self inflicted turmoil.
- West Bromwich Albion – Pulis will surely deliver comfortable mid table safety. Well organised and disciplined, expect them to pull off some outstanding results against some of the ‘bigger teams’ and maybe be a Cup run too.
- West Ham United – being unceremoniously dumped out of the Europa League by Romania’s Astra Giurgiu might be their salvation. Bilic is obviously unproven at Premier League level as a manager, a crucial season ahead for the Hammers before the (tax payer funded) move to the Olympic Stadium.
- Aston Villa – the loss of Delph and Benteke will be significant. Sherwood has brought in reinforcements, and despite a decent run under him last season I remain unconvinced that a manager who appears built on bravado alone will really set the world alight this season.
- Bournemouth – the rise and rise of The Cherries has been formidable. Eddie Howe has developed a philosophy and approach which might even prove successful in the top tier. They will surely be everyone’s second team this season.
- Watford – able to draw on a quite sublime scouting network, they have made some impressive acquisitions. Survival will surely depend on bedding in the new players quickly, and Deeney being able to step up a division.
- Sunderland – Dick Advocaat pulled off a great escape last year, but I can see some of the luck they had last season running out this campaign.
- Leicester City – the appointment of Claudio Ranieri is a gamble for me. Although Nigel Pearson appeared at times to be mentally unstable, the unity and performance he got from the Foxes last season was incredible. I can’t see that the Tinkerman is the right man for Leicester. I hope to be proved wrong. Somehow I can imagine Sam Alladyce in the dugout at the King Power before the end of the season.
- Norwich City – the progress under Alex Neil was sensational last season. Some experience in the squad, but currently Cameron Jerome will be relied upon to score the goals to keep them up. I’m not sure that will be enough.