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Premier League 2019/20: Fans Preview & Predictions

- Created: 09:20, 8th August 2019 | Last updated: 12:27, 8th August 2019

We are just hours away from the start of the new Premier League season. Expectations will be high (for most) as fans across the country anticapte their opening fixture of the season.

We asked 20 different fans for all 20 Premier League clubs - from Manchester City to Norwich City to Manchester United to Sheffield United - their expectations for the season, the key players, and their top four and relegation predictions. 

Take it away...

Premier League Fans Predictions

AFC Bournemouth - @CherryChimes

Outright odds - 1000/1

Expectations for the season?

The aim will be to have a more comfortable season than the previous one. We always have a period when the team isn't picking up points but it's trying to minimise the length of that period and to try and stay in the top 10 that should be the team's aim. 

The Cup competitions have also been a disappointment. The fans would like to see the team get beyond a quarter-final and reach their first semi-final in domestic cup competition.

Can Bournemouth make a push for Europe this season?

We are a few players short of making a sustained challenge for the European places. The defence is not yet at a level where I see them getting enough clean sheets to be a big threat to those after the seventh spot or better. 

There is time yet before AFC Bournemouth can make that step up and if the young players do well, it will put the club in a good position to have that as an aim in future years.

Who does Eddie Howe need to bring in to take the squad to the next level?

I'd like to see a goalkeeper that is a clear number one for the team. It might be that Mark Travers can step into the role sooner than expected. A scoring central midfielder is something that the team has missed since Harry Arter has fallen out of favour, so I'd also like to see an improvement in that area. 

The team also has to do better against the top six sides and make itself harder to beat even if it doesn't win games.

Can the Cherries keep hold of the likes of [Callum] Wilson, [Ryan] Fraser and [David] Brooks for much longer?

I can't see any of AFC Bournemouth's star players leaving this summer. The club isn't in a position where it can say no to silly money but the aim is to build a team around the young players so it's unlikely that anyone would be able to get hold of these players without smashing AFC Bournemouth's record transfer fee which did go this year with the sale of Tyrone Mings to Aston Villa.

Which player should we be keeping an eye out for?

David Brooks in his second season should be even more exciting now that he is familiar with the Premier League. The pressure will be on Ryan Fraser though who has been the subject of much transfer talk. 

Can he put it all behind him and play as well as last season, when he had the second most number of assists in the league?

Position at the end of the season?

It's always a tough call to get this one right. I expect a slight improvement but a difficult season. I'll say 12th.

Who will get top 4 and who will get relegated?

Liverpool champions, 2 Man City, 3 Tottenham, 4 Arsenal

18 Sheffield Utd, 19 Brighton 20 Aston Villa

Arsenal - @cdavison_afc

Outright odds - 55/1

Expectations for the season? Top 4 finish or trophies?

Well I am certainly hoping for an improvement from last season, that’s for sure. Considering it was Unai Emery’s first season in charge, I felt he done okay with the squad he had at his disposal. 

The performances towards the end of the season were very disappointing, especially the Europa League Final. We looked completely lost and it was totally unacceptable. 

However, now Emery has had time to settle in and with the team adapting to the Spaniards philosophy, I expect better things...but I’m also realistic and understand that positive results don’t instantly appear. 

I think we will give the top 4 another go and fight for a Champions League spot but it will be difficult. 

Of course, silverware would be lovely, another long run in the EL or even in the FA Cup would be good. I feel as if we might just be able to nick 4th spot in the league next season.

Is Unai Emery the man to take Arsenal forward?

For me, Unai is a top coach who has great experience within the game and he’s been a big success at previous clubs. His first year at the club hasn’t been easy and there’s certainly been plenty of questions asked, but that’s part of football. 

Emery was always going to and will continue to be under pressure, after Arsene Wenger was at the club for over 20 years, Unai has big shoes to fill. I am fully behind the Head Coach and I will at least give him another season or two before that changes. One thing that has been clear to see is Emery’s passion and hard work that he puts in, it’s been refreshing to see. I really hope it works out for him.

Position at the end of the season?

As I mentioned above, I think we will finish 4th… just!

Which player should we be keeping an eye out for?

For me, Eddie Nketiah is a player I’m very keen to see get minutes next season. He has been on fire for us so far in Pre-Season, scoring three times whilst looking very sharp and confident. 

Eddie made a total of 20 appearances in all competitions last season, he scored 11 times and provided 4 assists. At the age of 20, he could be the next big thing at Arsenal FC. 

Who will get top 4 and who will be relegated?

I believe I got my predictions spot on last season, so no pressure! It’s always a tough one to call, football can be ridiculously unpredictable.

I will go for: Liverpool, Manchester City, Tottenham, Arsenal

I think Newcastle, Brighton and Sheffield United will be relegated.

Aston Villa - A Villa Fan

Outright odds - 1000/1

Expectations for the season?

We must be realistic so survival is the aim. Anything more than that is a bonus. The last thing we want to do is undo all the work since our new owners have come in and go back down. There is a real good vibe around Villa Park at the moment so hopefully that will help things.

Are you worried about the lack of goals in the side now that Tammy Abraham has returned to Chelsea?

Not really. Abraham scored a lot of goals last season but also missed as many sitters as he scored.  I generally hope he goes on to be a success at Chelsea but he has the Darren Bent feel about him. 

Wesley has come in and I expect another striker to follow. I’m confident we will score goals. The way we play may just see us be involved in a few high scoring games.

What do you make of the comparison to Fulham due to your big spending in the transfer market thus far?

Laughable and lazy journalism. At the time of writing, Villa have signed 9 players.* 3 of those were at the club last season and 2 of those have worked with the manager so know his style and what is expected. We also signed 8 of those before a ball was kicked in pre-season giving us plenty of time to settle. 12 players left the club this summer and it was clear that there was always going to be a rebuild regardless of what league we were in. 

Wolves signed 7 players last season and clubs before last season have spent big money on lots of players. Why are we not compared to them?

* Aston Villa have signed 12 players this transfer window.

Which player should we be keeping an eye out for?

Jack Grealish - self explanatory. A lot of championship fans said he was a cheat last season but if they had the choice they would take him in a heartbeat. He was too good for the Championship but has everything to prove in the Premiership. 

I am confident that Grealish will be in the England squad this season. He has returned to pre-season fitter and more focused than I have ever seen before.

Position at the end of the season?

I would happily take 17th if it was offered now but I believe we are better than a few in the Premiership. I will go with a 14th place finish.

Who will get top 4 and who will get relegated

Top 4: City, Liverpool, Tottenham, United

Relegation: Norwich, Brighton and Sheffield United.

Brighton - We Are Brighton

Outright odds - 1500/1

Expectations for the season?

It's hard to tell really. Like every other club outside the top six, the main aim of the game has to be survival. If we were to be relegated, then there would be a lot of egg on a lot of faces at boardroom level after sacking Chris Hughton. 

The hope has to be that Graham Potter keeps us up far more comfortably than last season, can get some sort of improvement out of the likes of Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Jurgen Locadia and that we play a brand of football, especially away from home, that doesn't bore even an insomniac to sleep. It isn't an easy job, that's for sure.

Is Graham Potter the man to take Brighton from relegation scrappers to a solid midtable side?

On paper, he looks like a good long term appointment. His record at Ostersunds and Swansea City suggests we've got a bloke who wants to go on the attack, has methods that tend to improve underperforming players and isn't afraid to give youth a chance. 

Our development squad came third in Premier League 2 last season, so clearly there is some talent there but Hughton didn't give one youth team product a full league debut in his four-and-a-half years in charge.

Where on the pitch needs strengthening before the season starts?

We desperately need a right back to replace the retired Bruno, a central midfielder and a striker to ease the burden on Glenn Murray. He'll turn 36 this year and it's astonishing how reliant we still are on a bloke we originally signed from Rochdale for £300,000 12 years ago. 

(Editor note: Since then Brighton have signed Neal Maupay from Brentford)

Which player should we be keeping an eye out for?

We've got a young Irish striker called Aaron Connolly who looks very promising. He scored 17 goals in 20 games for the Under 23s last year and was named Premier League 2 Player of the Season. 

Obviously the step up in class is massive, but if Potter does put his faith in some of the kids then he could be the one to keep an eye on.

Position at the end of the season?

I genuinely have no idea. That's what makes this season so exciting from a Brighton supporter's point of view. 

With Hughton, we knew we'd defend our way to safety, it would be predictable but just enough to get over the line. With Potter, nobody knows what is going to happen. We could play free flowing attacking football and end up 10th or end up losing every game and finishing bottom of the table. If I had to guess, I'll say 15th.

Who will get top 4 and who will get relegated?

Manchester City, Liverpool, Spurs and probably United for the top four seeing as they seem to be spending. Everyone is talking about Norwich and the pretty attacking football they are going to bring the party which didn't exactly work out well for Fulham last year, so I think it could be them, Newcastle and the Blades for the drop. 

Burnley - @TurfCastPodcast

Outright odds - 2000/1

Expectations for the season?

It will be another relegation battle but that’s hardly a revelation. I do feel we will have enough to beat the drop though as it stands. There has been a sniff of interest surrounding Tarkowski though, and if he goes with no replacement I might rethink that but as for now, even with the loss of captain Tom Heaton, we’ll be fine. 

Is there a worry that Sean Dyche has taken the club as far as he can?

Not really. Worth remembering we finished 7th a couple of seasons ago. Without Dyche we would go down, so worrying about him and what he can do for the club is never something that would worry me. If anything the club is holding him back. 

Where on the field does there need to be improvement before the start of the season?

Definitely central midfield. We’re incredibly threadbare in that position but now we’re desperate. We need a central midfielder in and fast, but in truth we’ve been saying this for literally 2/3 years. Camarasa or Mooy would be perfect but not holding my breath.

Which player should we be keeping an eye out for?

Definitely Dwight McNeil. He burst on to the scene last season after getting a chance due to injuries and he grabbed it both hands. Played a blinder and scored against West Ham and has been getting better ever since, to the point where he was out most influential player in some of our games towards the end of the season. He’s still a teenager - this will be his coming of age season and he will eventually play for England and a top 6 club.

Position at the end of the season?

Going to to go for 16th. As said earlier it will be a slog but we’ll end up surviving. 

Who will get top 4 and who will get relegated?

Top four will be City, Liverpool, Chelsea, and Spurs. 

Down for me has got to be Sheffield United, Brighton, and Norwich City. 

Chelsea - @SiPhillipsSport

Outright odds - 50/1

Expectations for the season?

My expectations aren’t massive, Lampard needs time to bed in. Would be great to bring in a domestic trophy and have a good run in Europe. 

What would be classed as a successful first season for Frank Lampard?

Under the circumstances with the transfer ban, as long as he maintains CL football for the following year, that would be successful. 

Which player are you most excited to see break into the Chelsea XI this season?

Kurt Zouma. He’s twice the player he was when last at Chelsea and has turned into a real beast. The kind of physicality and mentality we sorely missed last season. 

Position at the end of the season?

3rd place.

Who will get top 4 and who will get relegated?

Top 4 - Man City, Liverpool, Spurs, Chelsea. 

Relegated - Brighton, Sheffield Utd, Norwich. 

Crystal Palace - The Eagles Beak

Outright odds - 1000/1

Expectations for the season?

The hope is that we can progress and achieve a top ten finish, maybe even a European spot but we are not alone in looking at survival first and foremost. 

You would hope that in our seventh successive season in the top division we would be more established than we currently are but you have to be careful what you wish for in this game.

With Wan Bissaka gone and Zaha possibly on his way out of the club, how can Roy Hodgson plug the gaps by those two men?

We were going to lose one of them this summer and if I had to choose one it would have been Aaron. He has been a blessing since breaking through into the first team and he is a special talent, we wish him well at United. 

Wilf though is a game changer and he is in the best form of his life which is why teams are trying to tempt him away. With just a week before the window, it is looking like we are almost there in terms of retaining his services for another season. We still have to fill that right back slot though and that has proved difficult, particularly as clubs know we have money in the back pocket. Hopefully, a right back position is easier to fill than an attacking player.

Are you worried that if Zaha goes that goals will lacking?

It's not just the goals, it is that creativity. He is involved in most good things we do as a team and we must start to learn to play without him. There were wins in his absence last season which is a start but a Palace team without him is hard to imagine.

Which player should we be keeping an eye out for this season?

There is a feeling that Max Meyer is looking good in pre-season and while there were glimpses last season, he did not really have an opportunity to shine as much as he and us would have liked.

Position at the end of the season?

14th

Who will get top 4 and who will get relegated?

City, Liverpool, Spurs, Arsenal for the top four.

Sheffield United, Norwich City and Brighton to go down. 

Everton - The Toffee Blues

Outright odds - 250/1

Expectations for the season

I would say that our expectations this season is a Europa League spot and hopefully a really good cup run or actually winning something. A trophy is certainly needed

What would be successful season for the Toffees?

A successful season for Everton would be like I’ve said a Europa League spot and possibly winning a cup. We had an alright first season with Marco Silva so we’re hoping for more of the same as we were playing towards the end of last season 

Which player should we be keeping an eye out for this season?

A lot of Everton fans are excited to see how Bernard will do this season after a full pre-season with the club as he missed out last time because he joined us so late on. It will be interesting to see how Dominic Calvert-Lewin does this season and if he manages to finally start putting the ball in the back of the net more often

Position at the end of the season?

I will say 6th, but I really think we could even have a good go at the top 4. I reckon United, Arsenal and Chelsea are all for the taking as their squads are lacking and if any of them hit a bad run I don’t see the togetherness in their squads to help them out of it.

Who will get top 4 and will get relegated?

Fingers crossed City can remain as champions, Liverpool 2nd, Spurs 3rd, and 4th is a real difficult one to call. 

Like I’ve mentioned I really reckon we could make a push for the Champions League place but I wouldn’t be surprised to see either Arsenal or United claim 4th

Leicester City - @FIRST4LCFC

Outright odds - 300/1

How would you assess your transfer business so far this summer?

The acquisition of Youri Tielemans was the one signing I think the majority of Foxes fans were holding out for. Welcoming Perez from Newcastle was certainly unexpected and came out of nowhere but in pre-season he has impressed and looks eager to get going this season. If he chips in with goals and Vardy keeps up his record, a lot of games we previously drew could turn into victories.  

These arrivals, plus the fact we have (so far) held onto all of our key players makes it a good window for Leicester. IF I was to be picky, I would like to see the arrival of a tricky winger. Since Mahrez left there has been a void of a real game-changer like him. Big boots to fill, I know... 

A lot of people are hyping up this squad, is it possible that they could break the top 6 this year?

This is as honest and neutral as I can be. In one of our podcasts towards the end of last season I called that we would finish above Arsenal this coming season. However, now I'm going to be even more bold and say that Leicester City will finish above two of the traditional top 6 clubs. 

With Lampard at the helm at Chelsea and their transfer ban, OGS looking uncertain at Utd and Arsenal, well, being Arsenal I see the traditional Top 6 being shaken up this campaign. 

Wolves really impressed, but have the Europa League and a relatively small squad. Everton ended last season well but have just lost a key man in Idrissa Gueye.

Who would you like to see replace Harry Maguire?

We have been linked with a Lewis Dunk and James Tarkowski who would partner with Jonny Evans. Internally, we potentially have aplayer ready to step up to the first team proper this year in Turkey international Ça?lar Söyüncü or Filip Benkovic who spent last year at Celtic but doesn't quite seem ready yet. 

Which player should we keep an eye out for this season?

A player who went massively under the radar last season, and who I predict to have another massive season is our right wing-back Ricardo Pereira. 

The way the modern game is played suits this lad town to a tee. Bombing forward wave after wave he will be creating multiple chances for us. He's got a thronker in the locker too. Fantasy Football players get him in your squad. 

Position at the end of the season?

Big season ahead, call me mad but I'm going to say 4th. 

Who will get top 4 and who will be relegated?

1. Man City, 2. Liverpool, 3. Spurs, 4. Leicester City 

18. Crystal Palace, 19. Brighton, 20. Norwich City

Liverpool - @LFCRoundUp

Outright odds - 3/1

Expectations for the season?

After winning the Champions League and taking the Title Race to the wire in 18/19, many Reds will be eager to see the team replicate that form. Realistically, I think the team have set exceptionally high standards for themselves and it’s going to be very difficult to maintain those levels. There was an element of luck with key players staying fit (bar Joe Gomez) last season and big moments going our way. 

Klopp has made a point of highlighting the fixture congestion the club faces in 19/20 and I would expect him to prioritise the Premier League this season over other competitions.

Liverpool came so close to Premier League glory last season but have had very little action in the transfer market thus far. Is this squad capable of winning the league when Man City are so strong?

My heart says yes and my head says no. City had a handful of key players missing last season and still managed to finish on top.

Having said that, there is a burning desire in our players, matched by that of our fans, to see the Premier League trophy wrapped in red. This current group of players have proven that they’re a serious force to be reckoned with.

Do you reckon any signings will be made and if so who would you like to see come in?

The consensus seems to be that Klopp is happy with what he has and our business has been focused around tying down key players to long-term contracts. It feels like Klopp and the recruitment team probably have a couple of names on their wish-list, but those names will not be considered unless a key player is sold, a key player is injured or a special player becomes available.

Which player should we be keeping an eye on for this season?

Rhian Brewster. Klopp seems to have opted against splashing the cash on a back-up striker, and instead has placed his trust in 19-year-old Brewster. 

He was part of the England U17 team who won the World Cup and he won the Golden Boot at the tournament as well as scoring in the final. He’s a gifted boy and the club think a lot of him.

Position at the end of the season?

1st. I think the players recognise that opportunities to play in teams like this don’t come around very often. They’ve had a taste of silverware now and hopefully they can lift the trophy we’ve all been dreaming of.

Who will get top 4 and who will get relegated?

Liverpool, Manchester City, Tottenham, Arsenal.

Newcastle, Norwich, Sheffield United.

Manchester City - @IanCheeseman

Outright odds - 1/2

Expectations for the season?

Having watching City achieve such amazing things during the last two season ie back to back titles, 198 points and 3 other trophies including an unprecedented domestic treble my expectations are understandably high.

The last time a side won three consecutive Premier League titles was over eleven years ago. Can City emulate their cross town rivals Manchester United and win it again?

Can they win the title again? Of course they can but saying they will depends on so many factors like injuries, luck (everyone needs some luck), the effects of VAR which will affect City’s fluidity, the qualities of Liverpool, United, Chelsea Spurs etc and whether they’ve improved.

I also wonder how big an impact losing key defender, skipper and dressing room leader Vincent Kompany will have.

I’d probably say Pep’s City will do it again but we all know how unpredictable sport can be, so what do I know? 

Where does the squad need to improve to continue domestic dominance and go further in the Champions League?

The squad needs a strong defensive leader like Kompany and a quality striker to back up Aguero. Jesus is very good, but if Sergio got a long term injury I’d be worried.

Which player should we be keeping an eye out for this season?

I guess Rodri is the one to watch but Eric Garcia could be a surprise young player to make an impact at centre back 

Who will get top 4 and who will be relegated?

Top 4 - Manchester City, Liverpool, Spurs, Chelsea

Relegated - Newcastle, Sheffield United, Norwich 

Manchester United - United In Focus

Outright odds - 40/1

Expectations for the season?

There are many United fans who will say this is the most pessimistic they have been for years heading into a season. 

For the first time since the aftermath of David Moyes, we go in targeting a top four place, which isn't really good enough. We want to see progress, shake off the terrible end to last season and get back to how we started under OIe. We need to see something new.

Is Ole treading on thin ice? How does he get the fans onside again?

Ole is rightly regarded as a legend but objectively, the jury is out on whether he is the right man long-term. He needs to show he can stand up to the board and get rid of the unwanted players and bring in more transfer targets. A lot depends on how the season starts. We kick off with two tricky games against Chelsea and Wolves. Lose both of those and the pressure ramps up. Win and everybody feels positive.

So far Man Utd have recruited young, do you feel that the likes of Dan James and AWB are the men to bring the glory days back to United?

Wan-Bissaka was our top choice right-back target so we have done well to get him in. The price is fair, Palace valued him highly and he could be our right-back for the next decade.  Nobody could face another year of Ashley Young at right-back. 

Dan James is a bit of a punt, a long term project. Fans have to be patient, but he brings the speed we've lacked badly in recent years and will create space for other players. 

Can the gap realistically be closed between Man City/Liverpool and the rest of the top 4 this season?

Liverpool and City set such a high standard last season points-wise, as tough as that is to say. But there wasn't much difference between us and the rest of the top four. The gap can certainly be closed, but we require more major investment if we are going to challenge for the title. 

Which player should we be keeping an eye out for this season?

You may have heard some hype already about Mason Greenwood. He was prolific for the academy last season and there is real hope he can be even better than Marcus Rashford. He is just 17, but I'd not be surprised at all if he scores into double figures.

Position at the end of the season?

Let's be positive and say fourth, which in itself is a low standard to be setting for United. If we can get into the Champions League then it becomes easier to sign players like Jadon Sancho next summer and take the next leap forward.

Who will get top 4 and who will get relegated?

Top four - City, Liverpool, Tottenham and United. 

This summer hasn't been ideal, but Chelsea and Arsenal have both had it tough too. If they'd been spending then I'd be more worried. The real challenge will come from teams like Wolves and Leicester threatening to crash the top six. 

At the bottom I would say it will be Brighton, Sheffield United and Norwich, but none of them will be as bad as Huddersfield last season.

Newcastle United - NUFC360

Outright odds - 1000/1

Expectations for the season?

I expect to be battling relegation. We have a much smaller squad than last season and the premier league’s history second worst coach. We’ll be in and around the bottom three constantly. 

Was Rafa leaving the final straw for many Newcastle Fans?

Absolutely, Rafa was the glue that held it all together and did so on a shoestring. The fact that he chose not to extend speaks volume of our owner and shows that he will never learn, no matter how much time passes by. 

Are you fearful of playing Championship football again next season?

I’d place a bet on us being relegated, I’d say we’re one of the favorites unless we bring in some big guns to help keep us up. 

What is your opinion of Steve Bruce joining his boyhood club after managing Sunderland?

I don’t care that he’s been at Sunderland, it has no bearing on my opinion of him. Neither does the fact that he’s a geordie. Newcastle fans love to see one of their own coming through and doing well, and we’d be happy for that to happen with Bruce too. But what matters is his 20+ years history of managing teams in the PL, and that history is atrocious. That’s what I base my opinion on. So I guess we just have to see how he gets on.

Which player should we be keeping an eye out for this season?

Sean Longstaff I’m sure will keep rising in popularity. I’m not sure how much more he could have done last season. Every time he played, he was close to perfect. He already looks a finished article, but there’s always things to learn. I definitely think he’ll score some good goals this season.

Postition at the end of the season?

I’m hoping we can manage 17th, but I’m expecting 18th as things stand. I think atmosphere will take a turn for the worse this season, and seeing as supporters can so often be the 12th man here, I think that’ll be a major miss in a relegation battle. 

Who will get top 4 and who will be relegated?

Man City, Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal - in that order. Newcastle, Norwich and Brighton to go down, I’m sad to say.

Norwich City - Along Come Norwich

Outright odds - 2000/1

Expectations for the season?

We will pass the ball 5 yards to each other a lot, we will have more possession and be easier on the eye than those who pay no attention to The Championship may suspect. Farke's team did have something of Keegan's Newcastle approach to games, which was ironed out impressively in the latter stages of our league-winning campaign. 

But part of me wouldn't be surprised if there wasn't a clean sheet for either team in any of our games all season. We carry a better goal threat than our previous 3 promotions due to the sheer volume of chances we create. 

The Canaries played some sublime possession football last season, but they won’t always have the ball in the Premier League. Do Norwich have the tactical flexibility to stay up this season?

Leeds away last year suggests that Farke has the smarts and the players have the patience to sit in and wait for their opportunity to pounce. 

Evening game, on Sky, Marching On Together ringing round Elland Road as the top 2 faced off; Leeds were at that time still expecting to win the league, but we were 3-0 up a little after the hour, having soaked up the pressure and picked them off delightfully on the break. 

Likewise the teams in and around us that will aim to kill the game at Carrow Road and make it stodgy going, we've basically prepared for that with every team we played from 8th downwards in the championship last season. We'll go side to side until your eyes go wobbly like Mowgli, entranced by Kaa, then suddenly play through the thirds, a reverse ball the one time you don't track Pukki and oh dear, you've conceded out of nothing.

Teemu Pukki was a sensation in the Championship last season, is this just a purple patch or does he have the capabilities to score 10 – 15 goals in the Premier League?

He added more goals in the summer for Finland and is off the mark with a trademark run and first time finish in pre-season. If Teemu can get one early - Liverpool, Man City & Chelsea in the first 5, easy - and end the "Can he do it on a globally available stream from Turf Moor" narrative then I'm sure he'll kick on. 

His game isn't based on pace, height, strength, anything that you could point to being less available to him in the Premier League, it's the turn and one shot, in-stride finishing, and a lot of his goals are made by the way we create space for him via our fast interchange passing in front of the back 4. I guess the one argument you could make against him is that the back 4s will be better drilled against his runs off the shoulder in behind as the ball arrives at Emi/Onel/Mario's feet - that's when he sets off.

Norwich look to have recruited smart so far, but the lack of top flight experience is evident. Do you see this as a positive or negative?

Well we had a fair bit of Premier League experience the last few times we've partied there but bounced up and down like Bez's maracas. Players that have something to prove and will revel in being written off is more in the Lambert model (where we stayed up 3 years, added prem experience and went down) than the last single serving visit. The committing to long term contracts of practically the whole squad that delivered a champagne championship season is just as canny as the slow and steady approach to additions. In Godfrey, Lewis & Arrons in particular, we stand a fantastic chance of ending the season with at least one young British player who will command a James Maddison level fee after shining on the global EPL stage.

Which player should we be keeping an eye out for this season?

Emi Buendia is worth the £30 fixed price for all adult matchday tickets alone (well played there NCFC by the way). We didn't win a league game last season when he wasn't in the team. And we won a fair few. He's an illogically skilful diminutive Argentine, 5 foot 7 of football heaven. 

Plays in from the left of our attacking 3 (he'll be opposite impressive looking loan signing Patrick Roberts) and expect tricks and turns aplenty. If he's fit for the whole season, we will stay up. He's too good to play in a team that will go down, he created 91 (NINETY ONE!) chances last season in 38 games. Even adjusting that kind of production for the higher standard of opposition, he's the one I have the least qualms about making the step up. 

Position at the end of the season?

14th.

Who will get top 4 and who will get relegated?

Man City, Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea (Boring, isn't it, The Championship is way more exciting).

Brighton, Villa, Watford (I have no idea it's any one from 12, really)

Sheffield United - @BladesPod

Outright odds - 2500/1

Expectations for the season?

We're not deluding ourselves; we know it'll be tough and that survival is the goal. We're three years removed from League One so while this season isn't a "free hit", the fact that we're there at all is such a massive bonus for the whole club on and off the pitch. That said, we have a brilliant management team, a strong core of players, and a unique way of playing - I'll stick my neck out and say we'll surprise just about everyone and stay up.

Much has been made of Sheffield United’s innovative style of play. Do you expect the Blades to catch a few sides off guard or struggle to implement their playing style at a higher level?

I think we'll absolutely catch a few teams out. It's a style that's come with us from League One; we made adjustments for the step-up to the Championship, and we'll do the same again in the Premier League. Don't expect to see our centre-halves bombing into Man City's box too often but I think we'll go for the throat in a lot of games and shock some teams.

Billy Sharp scored 24 goal last season and finally gets his chance in the top flight, at 33 years old can he make the step up or will smarter defenders be able to suss out his game?

You'd get long odds on Sharp scoring 20+ goals this season but I do think he'll be effective. Our whole game is about creating high-quality chances and he's the perfect striker for our system - if you look at a montage of his goals last season, almost all of them are inside the 6 yard box. He is the perfect "right place right time" forward, and while his chances will naturally be more limited in the Premier League, I think he'll still end up on the scoresheet a fair few times.

Many make Sheffield United relegation favourites, is this fair or a case whereby people don’t see ‘names’ and assume a lack of quality?

I think the "lack of names" is a part of it, and it's fair - we are, to an extent, a team of cast-offs: players deemed not good enough by Brentford, Ipswich, Fulham, Coventry.... But Wilder has moulded them into something truly special and that's why I'm quietly confident of our chances. That said, the Premier League looks a lot tougher to survive this season than last - there's no obvious Huddersfield or Cardiff, even with Newcastle's apparently self-destructive streak - so I won't argue too much with the odds.

Which player should we be keeping an eye out for this season?

David McGoldrick was released by Ipswich in 2018 and a lot of our fans didn't even want him on a free transfer. Fast forward 9 months and he's won our Player of the Season award for his goals and inspirational play. He's an absolute class act on the ball, an incredibly clever player and I'm excited to see how he does at the top level.

Position at the end of the season?

16th and safe with a game to spare.

Who will get top 4 and who will get relegated?

1) Man City 2) Liverpool 3) Spurs 4) Arsenal

Southampton - @TotalSaintsPod

Outright odds - 1000/1

Expectations for the season?

Optimistic, with a sense of caution, I think. It’ll be Ralph Hasenhüttl’s first full season as Southampton manager, and I get the feeling he is focussed on impressing as much as he can personally – which should therefore mean a far more enjoyable season than we’ve had the last 2-3 years!

The bookies appear to be tipping Southampton to be in a relegation scrap? Is this fair?

Having finished 17th and then 16th the last two seasons, it would be hard to argue against the bookies at this moment in time. That said, I think there are probably 6-8 teams that will be fighting relegation throughout 2019/20, so we need to make sure we consistently pick up points against those in and around that area. Something we didn’t really do last season.

What do you make of the job Ralph Hassenhutl has done since he arrived at the club?

He’s been a breath of fresh air since the moment he arrived. He’s shown charisma and intelligence off the pitch, got excellent results on the pitch and has man-managed the players fantastically well. If you ask many Saints fans, they’d agree that he’s both reinvigorated and unified the Club, top to bottom. Not an easy task for any manager, however experienced.

Che Adams looks to be a smart piece of business, is he the striker you need to take the Saints up to the next level?

He’s a player that Saints indicated they’d had on their radar for a while, and it was good to get the deal wrapped up early, so he could be fully involved in pre-season. In Saints opening friendly, it took him just 1 minute 56 seconds to score his first goal for the Club. Hopefully that’s a good omen! Adams is definitely a player who will offer us power and pace, as well as having a strong motivation to prove himself at Premier League level.

Which player should we be keeping an eye out for this season?

I’d have to say Moussa Djenepo, the Malian who has also signed for Saints this summer. Djenepo is only 21 years old, is well known for his pace, and therefore should bring a bit of a sparkle to Saints attacking play. He’s had a very good African Nations Cup, so will arrive at St. Mary’s with plenty of confidence.

Position at the end of the season?

I think the Saints will have a more productive season than last year, but the fixture list certainly has patches of tough looking matches, not least the first 8-10 games. If we can get through that, and get some points on the board early, then I think we’ll finish 12th this season. After the relegation rollercoasters we’ve had the past two years, a season of mid-table obscurity is more than fine with me!

Who will get relegated and who will get top 4?

Norwich, Brighton and Newcastle United will get relegated!

Top 4 is more of a challenge to predict. Manchester City and Liverpool are now in a league of their own. Spurs should make it, but Manchester United and Arsenal look distinctly average, while there’ll be a lot of pressure on Frank Lampard at Chelsea – who have of course lost the wonderful Eden Hazard. I’ll say Chelsea to just grab forth, with Leicester as the dark horses to push all them for that last spot!

Tottenham Hotspur - @Daily_Hotspur

Outright odds - 20/1

Expectations for the season?

Following an incredible Champions League campaign last season, Tottenham’s focus must be on using the defeat in the final as motivation to bounce back, similar to Liverpool. Our Premier League form last season was very disappointing - so the focus has to be on reducing the gap to Manchester City and Liverpool. It also feels like a chance to move away from the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United who have all had difficult summers. Top four is the priority and a good run in Europe, but winning a trophy would be nice given Mauricio Pochettino is heading into his sixth season in charge.

Spurs have finally signed someone! What do you make of your first signings in over 18 months?

Tanguy Ndombele is the perfect fit for Tottenham and the one name all the supporters wanted. His signing certainly was worth the 510+ day wait for a new addition to the squad! Heading into the summer, central midfield was the priority, with Moussa Sissoko, Harry Winks, Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama all missing games last season due to injury. Taking the pressure off of Winks and Sissoko, and adding Ndombele alongside them will hopefully bring out of the best of the trio. The Frenchman proved himself to be one of the most exciting players in Europe under the age of 23 last season, he's the complete midfielder and his style can be compared to Mousa Dembele. Hopefully under Pochettino, he will flourish. 

After last season's Champions League final defeat, is the league still a priority or do Spurs aim for Champions League victory this season?

Pochettino’s comments on the FA Cup and Carabao Cup show his focus is only on winning the Premier League or the Champions League. Last year’s run to the final, although the defeat was so tough to take, will have been an invaluable learning curb for the club, manager and the players - so hopefully we can use last season’s experience to go deep into the competition again this term, and maybe even one further!

Much has been made about how Pochettino has never won anything with Spurs – does he need to win something this season to be seen as a success or is continual progression enough?

Before the final, I said I felt very disappointed that both Klopp and Pochettino’s work at Liverpool and Tottenham respectively was looked down upon just because they hadn’t won anything. I'm pleased for Klopp he now has something to show for his work and I hope it’s about time for Poch to win something this season. 

But looking at the bigger picture, the fact Spurs can now sign players like Ndombele, reach a Champions League final and continuously make the top four, is beyond anything Spurs supporters could ever have dreamt of when he took charge five years ago. His success shouldn’t be measured by silverware because of the sheer progress we have made as a club under him, although as Poch even admitted himself, he couldn’t have left after the final, like speculation suggested, with a major trophy needed to make his project here feel like a success.

Which player should we be keeping an eye out for this season?

Dele Alli - This is my tip for Spurs’ player of the season. He had a very difficult time last season and hopefully having had a full summer to recover he will be back to his best. Following the World Cup, he picked up a number of injuries throughout the season, he was over-relied upon at times when other players weren’t around and didn’t have Harry Kane to link up with.

Dele is at his best when he’s running off Kane and playing in an advanced role. Hopefully with new additions in central midfield and a fully refreshed Kane, we will see the best of Dele next season!

Position at the end of the season?

3rd - Liverpool and Manchester City will probably be too strong for us next season but I hope to reduce the gap on them as much as possible. I suspect we’ll still have a few issues in our side so catching either will be tough, but otherwise I feel next season should be fun for Spurs fans.

Who will get top 4 and who will get relegated?

Top four: Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United 

Relegated: Norwich City, Sheffield United, Newcastle United 

Watford - The Hornets' Nest

Outright odds - 1000/1

Expectations for the season? 

It’ll no doubt be another season of twists and turns at Vicarage Road. I’m expecting an incredibly tight race for Europe and it wouldn’t surprise me if a club outside the ‘Big Six’ break into the top six this season.

Javi Gracia bucked the trend of Watford managers lasting no more than a season – do you see the Hornets progressing even further this season and challenging for Europe or a trophy? 

I would love to say that we’ll do better than we did last season, which consisted of our highest ever Premier League points total and of course that forgettable FA Cup Final. However I think the likes of Leicester, Everton and West Ham have strengthened more than we have, so I would be more than happy with a top half finish, but I can’t see us challenging for Europe this time round.

Which player should we be looking out for this season? 

You’ll have to wait until January for him, but Joao Pedro’s arrival from Fluminense should hopefully be worth the wait!

Position at the end of the season ?

A solid 10th

Who will get top 4 and who will get relegated?

Top four: Man City, Spurs, Liverpool, Arsenal. 

Relegated: Sheffield United, Norwich City, Newcastle United

West Ham United - West Ham World

Outright odds - 500/1

Expectations for the season?

I don't think we're expecting to start putting up a strong challenge for the top six but I think we should be looking to be in those conversations throughout the campaign, we need to be there or thereabouts in the league table. Finishing 10th last season was seen as progress compared to the last few years and we need to continue that. We're certainly good enough and if we can improve consistency then a top 10 finish should be the expectation at the very least.

Pablo Fornals is highly rated and looks to be a strong signing – can we expect him to be the man to take the Hammers to the next level?

I think we need to be patient with Fornals, but he certainly has the potential to be a very important player. He's still very young and may need time to settle in a new country, new city and new league, but footage of him in his first few training sessions suggest he's already settling in well. I don't think we expect him to hit the ground running but I am very excited to see what he can do in a West Ham shirt in the future.

Are you glad to see the back of Marko Arnautovic?

In short - yes. He disrespected the club, the fans and the squad with the way he behaved and that is unacceptable. We don't need players like that. If he'd have just kept his head down and carried on playing despite wanting a move then there wouldn't have been a problem. Good riddance - we've got a far better striker in Sebastien Haller now anyway.

Which player should we be keeping our eyes on this season?

Sebastien Haller is the one everyone's excited to see next season given his pedigree and the £45m fee we paid for him, but I think this is the season Manuel Lanzini comes into his own after spending almost an entire season out injured last year. He has the potential to one of the best players in the squad.

Position at the end of the season?

I'm going to predict we'll finish 8th or 9th. As I said before, that would represent progress and would suggest we've been in the mix for a Europa League spot at some point. I think that as long as we're in the mix with the likes of Wolves, Leicester and Everton, I'll be happy.

Who will get the top 4 and who will get relegated?

This is the season the top four could be broken, with Chelsea, Arsenal and Man United all showing signs of potentially going backwards this term. The top four will be Liverpool, Man City, Spurs (unfortunately) and Leicester. The three to go down will be Newcastle, Brighton and Sheffield United.

Wolves - Wolves Fancast

Outright odds - 250/1

Expectations for the season?

After last season's meteoric rise, fan expectations are high, we can tell you that! There is a lot of talk of not only breaking into the top 6, but becoming part of the furniture.

You have to balance that expectation but once you remind yourself of our style of play and the talent we have on the pitch, it's hard to argue with raising your hopes. Top 6 will be the hopes of the owners and they will want to show their intent on the league going forward. 

Last season, there appeared to be a problem with beating teams in the bottom half of the table – do any of the signings so far hint to improving when in possession for large parts of the match?

Well as of writing we haven't brought anyone in yet!  We have signed Raul Jimenez and Leander Dendonker on permanent deals.

Working to iron out this kink will be a must for Wolves for the coming season. One of the reasons why we failed to pick up many points against teams in the lower half last season, and it is quite flattering to say, is because teams defended deep to try and nullify our attack, rather than take us on at our own game. Wolves will need to find a system and players who can unlock these defences in these types of games. 

Which player should we be keeping our eyes on this season?

You all know the regulars. Your Neves, Jota and and the goat, Joao Moutinho. So instead I'm going to suggest Adama Traore. He had a quiet season last time out. Mainly featuring from the bench, the Spaniard furious pace had no guidance system, much to the frustration of fans. Bare in mind Adama also joined Wolves last summer with an injury. With Nuno looking like he is converting him to a wing-back role, expect a revitalised Traore to run defences ragged this coming season. 

Position at the end of the season

Time to break the top 6 - 5th.

Who will get top 4 and who will get relegated?

Think this will finally be Liverpool's time to win the league. Expect another battle with City but to finish 2nd. Spurs 3rd and Arsenal re-claiming their precious 4th placed trophy. 

At the bottom, Newcastle, Norwich and Sheffield United go back to the Championship.

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