Back underway! Daily Football Show’s Premier League 2018-19 ladder prediction

Back underway! Daily Football Show’s Premier League 2018-19 ladder prediction

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With Joel Fruci

The 2018-19 version of the English Premier League is set to be unlike any other – in this editorial, Bilal Ali and Joel Fruci will attempt to predict how one of the most unpredictable leagues in the world will unfold.

Bilal’s Verdict: Promoted teams are spending more money than ever before, bringing them right into the mix with clubs who have been in the league for years, and into the conversation for top half of the table finishes.

While Manchester City are favourites to retain their title, the successful transfer dealings of Liverpool have placed the Merseyside club as serious challengers to City’s crown.

The top six is expected to stay the same, but Arsenal’s adaptation to Unai Emery’s style of play will be crucial in that being the case.

The pack in the middle of the table will experience constant shuffling throughout the campaign, and the race for the third Europa League place, via a 7th placed finish, may turn into a tightly-contested race of its own.

The relegation battle will be interesting, especially considering now-established Premier League sides Huddersfield and Brighton did not strengthen as much as they would have liked in the transfer market.

Southampton, Watford and especially Newcastle also had disappointing transfer windows in comparison to teams like Fulham and Wolverhampton, but it’s important to remember that if league titles were decided on the market alone, sides like Burnley and Bournemouth would not have a prayer of avoiding season-long relegation battles.

Bilal’s Ladder Prediction

  1. Manchester City
  2. Liverpool
  3. Manchester United
  4. Tottenham Hotspur
  5. Chelsea
  6. Arsenal
  7. West Ham United
  8. Burnley
  9. Wolves
  10. Everton
  11. Fulham
  12. Leicester City
  13. Crystal Palace
  14. Bournemouth
  15. Newcastle
  16. Watford
  17. Southampton
  18. Brighton
  19. Huddersfield
  20. Cardiff City

Joel’s verdict: At both ends of the table – at least at the very top and the very bottom – the equation seems fairly simple, unlike in previous seasons.

Champions Manchester City have only strengthened again, bringing in the quality of Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City.

On the red half of town, United also strengthened but were not able to bring in the centre-half they were chasing.

Tottenham Hotspur could suffer the consequences of a fruitless transfer window having signed no new players over the summer.

Elsewhere in London, Arsenal and Chelsea are enigmas in their own right with new managers and new players. Whether Unai Emery and Maurizio Sarri have what it takes to reel in the meticulous Pep Guardiola remains to be seen.

Down the bottom, new boys Cardiff City did not inspire with their new recruits, and it promises to be another challenging season for the likes of Huddersfield Town, Southampton and Watford.

That said, Wolves and Fulham have spent a considerable amount, and have done so on quality. They will both remain in the top division beyond this campaign.

Joel’s Ladder Prediction

  1. Manchester City
  2. Manchester United
  3. Liverpool
  4. Arsenal
  5. Tottenham Hotspur
  6. Chelsea
  7. Everton
  8. Wolves
  9. Leicester City
  10. Fulham
  11. Burnley
  12. West Ham United
  13. Crystal Palace
  14. Newcastle United
  15. Brighton
  16. Southampton
  17. Huddersfield Town
  18. Bournemouth
  19. Watford
  20. Cardiff City

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