With the season all wrapped up and the final table established, the champions Manchester City have successfully defended their title in an astonishing two-horse race with Liverpool. Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur round out the top four and have earned the privilege of Champions League football for next season. Right behind them however, are Manchester United and Arsenal who have earned the lesser privilege of Europa League football for next season. Newly promoted Wolverhampton Wolves finish seventh, an absolutely fantastic achievement for the club. Unfortunately for clubs Fulham, Huddersfield Town, and Cardiff City, they’ve been relegated to the Championship. Norwich City and Sheffield United have garnered automatic promotion to the great Premier League with their efforts in the Championship this season. Aston Villa are also back in the Premier League after a 2-1 victory over Derby County in the Championship Playoff Final, their first time since being relegated in 2016.
Now for the part you’ve been waiting for, the preview.
I have Liverpool winning the league this season, in what would be their first triumph in 30 years. Close behind them I have champions Manchester City coming in second and unsuccessfully defending their title despite no signs of slowing down. Rounding out the top six I have Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, and Tottenham Hotspur, in that order.
Although Manchester City have earned a record 198 total points over the last two seasons, I believe Pep and his men will be focusing heavily on the Champions League, because that’s the only trophy that they have failed to win in Guardiola’s reign with the club. For Liverpool however, I believe that they will be focusing more on the Premier League because they’ve just gone on and won the Champions League, and have been longing for a domestic trophy. Although Man United have just had a very disappointing season, I believe they have potential to be a solid side this season with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the helm. They won’t have the burden of Champions League on their chest so they can get it done in the premiership. With young guns Rashford, Lingard, Pogba, Lukaku, and Martial only getting better, I believe with some purchases in the transfer window to improve their defense will give their formidable attack a great foundation to have a good season. Arsenal, the club known famously for finishing fourth, I’m sure will do that again. Just like rivals Man United, they won’t have Champions League football next season. And after a heartbreaking 4-1 defeat to Chelsea in the Europa League final, they’ll out for revenge. Golden boot holder Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will have another great season and along with strike partner Alexandre Lazazette, they’ll fire Arsenal into the top four. I have Chelsea finishing fifth due to the fact that they are most likely going to lose their best player Eden Hazard. He’s been their main man for years now and losing him will be another addition to the growing pile of problems with the team. Manager Maurizio Sarri has fallen out with the fans after a disappointing season. These troubles with undoubtedly lead to another one. In sixth, I have Tottenham Hotspur. They also ended their season in heartbreak after a 2-0 loss in their only time making it to the Champions League final. With some parts of their main core set to leave and a front office unwilling to buy replacements, it’s not looking good for them.
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