The Premier League Season is just under a month away and teams are still looking for additions to their squad. Today I will be providing my opinion on where each of the top seven teams will finish this season.
1st: Manchester City
Manchester City are spending big this summer, Walker, Ederson and Bernardo Silva are three signings over £30 million and it is only the middle of July.
There are more potential defensive signings for Manchester City this summer and if they are signed then City are looking the favourites for the title.
Not having European football last season most certainly helped Chelsea to the title. This season however is a different story, I think that Champions League football will hinder their chances of the title this season.
Conte will need to bring in more players with quality to fill positions when key players, such as wing backs, are fatigued or injured, which is something they hardly experienced last season.
Also should they not bring in a suitable replacement for Diego Costa then that could be the key factor to why Chelsea do not win the title this season.
3rd: Manchester United
Manchester United have signed over £100 million on two players already this summer, Romelu Lukaku and Victor Lindelof.
Jose Mourinho is now perhaps in a comfortable position in terms of players and quality in every position.
There are reports that Jose is looking for another wide-man but in actual fact United do have enough players and have a healthy squad.
If United eradicate the home draws from last season then there can be doubt that United could be title challengers. However I think this season may just be too early for Jose’s men and may lose some of the key matches at the top of the league which is why I have placed the Red Devils in third position.
4th, 5th and 6th could be argued in any order but I have gone for Liverpool in 4th because I feel that both Tottenham and Arsenal have factors that will ultimately cost them their top four finish.
Liverpool do not have Europa League football (baring if they are eliminated in the final Champions League Qualifying round) and do not have to move to a new stadium like Tottenham.
I also think with a few key additions in defence and another play-maker in midfield then Liverpool will be able to sustain a top four finish and perhaps a domestic trophy.
The signing of Mo Salah fits the bill as a Liverpool player and I think he will provide a handful of goals and assists for Liverpool this season.
Moving to Wembley will, in my option, hinder Spurs’ top four and title hopes, the adaption of playing at Wembley is something Spurs have not dealt with in the past.
Last season they could not adapt to playing in the Champions League at Wembley and I do not think it will be any different this season.
The fear also creeps into the players’ minds as well, with some may think the stadium is a curse to them when they play.
Also a bad injury to Harry Kane this season and I think Spurs will not be able to cope with that as well due to the fact they have not got a goalscorer like him in their squad.
Europa League football is the main factor to why I think that Arsenal will finish outside the top four for the second year running.
Although the signing of Lacazette is a statement of intent by Arsenal I still feel that the Europa League schedule will affect their top four hopes.
In addition, Arsenal could do what Manchester Untied did last season and focus solely on the Europa League but I doubt some Arsenal fans will accept that as they believe that they should be challenging for the title.
The signings that Everton have made so far this summer is showing their statement that they want to be a part of Europe’s elite. However I feel that Everton are not going to be moving any places upwards from last season.
One factor again remains with Europa League football, the constant schedule of the matches can be too much for teams and if the squad is not filled with quality then it is very hard to compete on both League and European fronts.
The other factor is the quality within Everton’s squad, I think that they do not have the squad good enough to be challenging for the top four.
I do however think Everton could look to win their first trophy since 1995 this season. I good, solid cup win in either the EFL or FA Cup can be enough to please the Everton fans for this season at least.