Premier League opinion: Predicting the top-4 for the 2019/20 season
One of the major draws for the Premier League is the fact that it is the most competitive league in Europe but there’s always room for a few surprises as we saw with Leicester City a couple of seasons ago, and Chelsea making just as impressive a run after finishing 10th the season before.
Nothing is ever set in stone in the Premier League. Last season, Manchester City became the first team since Manchester United in 2007/08 to defend their Premier League title and we had one of the best title races since the 2011/12 season as it went to the last day.
Liverpool and Manchester City were two of the most dominant teams in Europe and only a point separated them last season. Not to mention, both hit a gargantuan amount of points with 97 and 98 respectively. Let’s now predict what the top four might look like. Potential transfers are not indulged.
This might be a controversial take but the current European Champions have various factors in their favour. They haven’t made too many signings but they have the likes of Rhian Brewster and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain to look forward to this season.
Their motivation to win that elusive Premier League is also far greater than any other club. They have kept hold of their best players and have the easier fixtures to begin the season as well.
2) Manchester City
It cannot be emphasized enough as to how much City are going to miss Vincent Kompany. Titles are won by small margins and for years, their captain has been at the helm when it has mattered the most.
City look invincible at times but the likes of David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho are in their last legs. Their priorities will also be the elusive Champions League title and for this reason, City might not make it three on the trot.
They also have a tougher fixture list to begin with, and one tiny wrong step could prove to be costly.
3) Tottenham Hotspur
Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs have consistently been in the top-4 for the last couple of seasons. With a very important addition in Tanguy Ndombele, Spurs should have just enough to do more than their competitors.
All of their top-4 rivals in a period of transition and aren’t as stable as Spurs. The new stadium will also be a massive burden off their shoulder, which could boost the club overall.
4) Manchester United
Manchester United are under high pressure to make it into the top-4 because of their history. Another season like the last one is not going to be acceptable.
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There were many reasons for their terrible start last season. United at their best are still capable of doing what they did last season, where they went on a magnificent run under Ole Gunnar Solksjaer. With a clean slate, they should do enough to make it to the top-4.