Paul Robinson’s 2019/20 Premier League season preview
After the brilliant warm up this weekend just gone with the opening games of the Championship season and the Community Shield at Wembley, this is what football fans around the world have been waiting for.
Friday sees the return of the most exciting, and in my opinion, best league in the world – The English Premier League.
Defending champions Manchester City are going for a third consecutive title, but Champions of Europe Liverpool will be desperate to go one step further than last season’s incredible title race.
My old team Tottenham have spent big this summer while Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United have endured turbulent weeks since the 2018/19 campaign ended.
I have had a look at incomings and outgoings from each of the 20 teams, and how I think the top and bottom will shape up and where the value in your bets may well lie.
The race for the title
The title race we saw last season was nothing short of brilliant, for two teams to achieve the points tally they did and for one not to win the title with that amount of points is a rarity, so Liverpool can count themselves extremely unlucky.
But they will have to produce the same level of performance again this season to stay with a Manchester City machine that has strengthened again with the signing of Rodri from Athletico Madrid.
The usual suspects will be up there I think the top 3 will consist of the top two from last year with Tottenham staying on longer this season and mounting a serious challenge.
Arsenal to win the 2019/20 Premier League title at 51.00*
Saying that, the recent unrest and comments from the manager haven’t been the most reassuring that all is well in the Spurs camp at the moment.
It will be very interesting to see how my old international teammate Frank Lampard does at Chelsea as it’s a huge job for him and one that he’s proved he is capable of doing last season at Derby, but the lack of a transfer window could hamper his immediate progress.
Top six challengers
I think Chelsea will finish in the top six as I believe will Arsenal and maybe Manchester United.
Arsenal, apparently running on a limited budget, are doing everything to prove they have money to burn by picking up the pace in the transfer market once again; especially with the capture of Nicolas Pepe for a club record fee of £72 million, not to mention William Saliba for a £27million and the loan signing of Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos.
I think there will be one team this season that puts one of these teams under real pressure for their place in the top six.
The team I can see at risk of finishing outside the elite is Manchester United as I think they were railroaded into appointing a manager who wasn’t necessarily their first choice and with still so much doubt surrounding incomings and outgoings at Old Trafford they don’t look the finished article by a long way.
The potential swap deal involving Lukaku and Dybala could prove to be a brilliant piece of business and just give them that edge back.
Wolves to finish in the Premier League top six at 4.50*
The teams looking to mount a real challenge on the top six I think are Everton, Leicester and a reinforced Wolves side after a brilliant Premier League season last year.
They surprised many with their quality and became difficult to beat at the same time turning Molineux into a very difficult place for away teams to visit while also beating Chelsea and a high flying Liverpool in the cups.
Wolves could be a really good bet to break into this strong top six and I really do think they can do it, though a lot hinges on how Man Utd finish the transfer window and how the players perform for the manager when the league starts.
I found it very hard to leave United out of my top six but if they don’t hit the ground running the likes of the above could cause them a real problem.
My top 6
- Man City
- Man Utd
The relegation battle
Predicting the relegation battle this season is harder than previous years as I think this is the strongest Premier League we have seen for a couple of seasons.
Norwich, Sheffield United and Aston Villa have all stepped up from the Championship and will be desperate to survive in the richest league in the world.
Brighton & Hove Albion to finish bottom at 7.50*
I think Villa have spent heavily and wisely and look like a Premier League outfit already and out of the three promoted teams are the best equipped to stay up, which I think they will comfortably.
The teams that stand out for me due to their squad strength and transfer dealings compared to others in the Premier League are Brighton Norwich, Sheff United, Southampton who narrowly escaped again last season and surprisingly for some Bournemouth.
If it wasn’t for Bournemouth’s brilliant start to last season they could have found themselves in a relegation fight.
My bottom 5
- Sheffield Utd
Golden boot chances
As for the top goal scoring markets, they will no doubt be dominated by the usual suspects.
I think Harry Kane is an obvious bet when you look at his tally for last season and then take into account the amount of games he missed through injury, being side-lined twice during the campaign at different times.
Meanwhile, Raheem Sterling’s constant improvement and goal scoring I think gives him a great opportunity to challenge the obvious favourites in Kane, Salah and Arguero.
Depending how the team performs you can’t ever rule Jamie Vardy out of a top goal scorer list but for me Kane is the banker with a little side bet on Raheem Sterling.
Harry Kane to be Premier League top goalscorer at 5.00*
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Have a great season, and if you are having a bet please do it in an enjoyable and responsible way.
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