The Premier League will be back on our screens very soon.
The season kicks off early this year due to the 2022 World Cup, which means we’ll see some action from the weekend from August 5.
With the start of a new season, of course, comes a whole host of predictions. Who will win the league? Who goes down? Who will earn that coveted Europa Conference League spot?
Now, 101 presented their predicted Premier League table for the upcoming season.
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Of the three newly promoted teams this season, it can be argued that Bournemouth have by far the weakest team.
The Cherries lack a quality goalscorer in the Premier League and have also had a very disappointing summer transfer to date, signing only Ryan Fredricks and Joe Rothwell at the time of writing.
This duo, in addition to their current squad, are unlikely to be enough to keep Bournemouth in place.
Fulham signed a few decent players after their last promotion to the Premier League.
However, they seem to do this every time they go up and always eventually come down. It may have something to do with their main source of goals, Aleksandr Mitrovic, being quite timid once he steps into the top flight.
18. Nottingham Forest
Forest are above the other two newly-promoted sides simply because of the number of players they signed this summer.
But while Forest have made several quality additions, including two Premier League first-half talents in Jesse Lingard and Dean Henderson, Forest’s downfall is likely to come as they try to house as many players – 12 at the moment. of writing – at a time.
We have already seen teams such as Fulham and Tottenham sign a large number of players in one window and for the most part it does not work.
Nottingham Forest are 6/5 to be relegated from the Premier League with bet365
Southampton brought in some promising young talent this summer. However, Saints still have one of the worst teams in the Premier League and will likely only survive the downside because Ralph Hasenhuttl is a good manager and the three teams below them are simply not good enough to compete.
Everton suffered one relegation drop in 2021/22 and another is expected this term, especially if the Toffees persist with Frank Lampard in the dugout.
Everton are a poorly run club with a less than impressive manager, but they should survive simply because of the quality of the club’s players.
Brentford have shown they can hang on to the Premier League’s best on their day in 2021/22, thanks in large part to the tactical prowess of Thomas Frank.
The Bees have since added a few decent players to their ranks this summer, which should help them retain their top-flight status for another campaign.
14. Leeds United
After their form fell off a cliff under Marcelo Bielsa, Jesse Marsch came to stabilize the ship at the end of last season.
Marsch has since put his stamp firmly on the team, with Leeds bringing in players from the Bundesliga and the Austrian Bundesliga.
These players should provide Marsch with the quality to avoid a relegation drop this season, although Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha will of course be big misses.
Brighton have one of the best managers in the Premier League in Graham Potter. However, the Seagulls sold one of their best players to Yves Bissouma this summer and have yet to replace him.
The rest of their limited activities in 2022 have also been pretty uninspiring.
12. Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace’s youth campaign continued from the summer of 2021, with Palace signing more young talents such as Chris Richards from Bayern Munich and Malcolm Ebiowei.
This should give Patrick Vieira a decent chance to compete for a top 10, although that may be out of reach due to the quality of the teams above them.
11. Newcastle United
Eddie Howe was able to come in and, thanks to a spendthrift January, guide Newcastle to 11th in the PL table.
The Magpies will now have Kieran Trippier fit for a full campaign and have signed a quality centre-back in Sven Botman.
The North East side are also expected to add some quality assets to their side this summer, making a top 11/10 finish very likely.
Wolves have been one of the quietest sides on the transfer front in 2022, signing only Nathan Colins from Burnley.
However, Bruno Lage was able to guide this side to 10th place last season and there’s no reason he can’t do it again in 2022/23.
9. Villa Aston
Aston Villa’s 2021/22 season ended quite uninspiringly, with the villains finishing 14th.
However, Steven Gerrard and co. did their business early in the summer and for the most part it was pretty smart.
Philippe Coutinho is now a starter at Villa Park while Boubacar Kamara – one of Ligue 1’s most effective defensive midfielders last season – and Diego Carlos have also joined their ranks.
8. Leicester City
Leicester City are yet to sign a player this summer so far and could lose James Maddison to Newcastle.
However, they climbed up this list because they have a decent squad that no longer has to deal with European football.
7. West Ham
West Ham have added a much-needed striker and centre-back to their ranks this summer.
They also managed to retain their two main assets – Jarrod Bowen and Declan Rice.
As a result, the Hammers should have little problem staying in and around European places in 2022/23.
Erik ten Hag has already given Manchester United some good football in pre-season and the Red Devils should be a much better team this season.
However, United lack real depth, particularly in their attacking line, and that could cost them a turbulent season that includes a World Cup.
Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea are also much further along in their protections, with Manchester United once again having to tear it all up and start again under Ten Hag.
Arsenal have been smart in their transfer business this summer while keeping hold of their best players.
Gabriel Jesus, in particular, looks like a real knockout for the Gunners. However, we expect another 5th place as the teams above them have even more quality/better managers.
Chelsea’s summer business has been decent so far, with Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly clearly top quality players.
However, Chelsea’s main problem remains, of course, they simply don’t score enough goals to compete at the highest level.
The performances of Edouard Mendy lately also worry the Blues.
Chelsea are 8/11 to finish in the top four with bet365
Antonio Conte did a great job of putting Tottenham into the top four last season after his horrific start under Nuno Espirito Santo.
And now Harry Kane is firing on all cylinders, Conte has had a pre-season to implement his style and Spurs have been smart in the market they should be able to compete more closely with Liverpool and Tottenham.
Liverpool are obviously a top team and have some of the best players in the world. However, they failed to catch Manchester City in 2021/22 and are now arguably a worse team after swapping Sadio Mane for Darwin Nunez.
Manchester City have sold a number of players from their squad this summer. However, they brought in Erling Haaland, who has the potential to be the best striker in the world, and Kalvin Phillips, who is a quality defensive midfielder.
A left-back signing would cap an excellent window for the Sky Blues, who should have more than enough to avoid another title challenge from a weaker Liverpool side.
Manchester City are 8/13 to win the Premier League with bet365