With the start of the Premier League just hours away, Daily Football Show’s Brayden May has to covered for all you need to know ahead of the new season.
Notable outs: Keanan Bennetts (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Last season: 3rd
Predicted starting XI: Lloris; Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Rose; Dembele, Dier; Alli, Eriksen, Son; Kane
Key player: Harry Kane
Prediction – 6th
No signings from Spurs in the summer window may have some worried, but that is a sign of faith in the squad they have already put together. They will need to improve from within the squad or they could fall behind the other top six who have all made notable signings in the window. But Mauricio Pochettino is a top manager and could easily have this team challenging for the title.
Ins: Ben Wilmot (Stevenage), Marc Navarro (Espanyol), Gerard Deulofeu (Barcelona), Ben Foster (West Brom), Ken Sema (Ostersunds), Adam Masina (Bologna), Domingos Quina (West Ham)
Notable outs: Richarlison (Everton), Costel Pantilimon (Nottingham Forest), Mauro Zarate (Boca Juniors), Nordin Amrabat (Al-Nassr)
Last season: 14th
Predicted starting XI: Foster; Janmaat, Kabasele, Britos, Holebas; Doucoure, Capoue; Pereyra, Cleverley, Deulofeu; Gray
Key player: Abdoulaye Doucoure
Prediction – 11th
If Watford can find their early form of last season they have proven time and time again they can trouble the league’s best teams. While they don’t have genuine superstars of the league, they do possess players who can do more than a decent job and that in itself should push them towards the top half.
Ins: Felipe Anderson (Lazio), Andriy Yarmolenko (Borussia Dortmund), Jack Wilshere (free), Ryan Fredericks (Fulham), Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea City), Fabian Balbeuna (Corinthians), Issa Diop (Toulouse), Lucas Perez (Arsenal), Carlos Sanchez (Fiorentina)
Notable outs: James Collins (released), Patrice Evra (released), Cheikh Kouyate (Crystal Palace), Domingos Quina (Watford)
Last season: 13th
Predicted starting XI: Fabianski, Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Masuaku; Rice, Wilshere, Obiang; Anderson, Arnautovic, Yarmolenko
Key player: Marko Arnautovic
Prediction – 7th
Manuel Pellegrini knows what it takes to perform in this league and with the quality at his disposal he should do a decent enough job for the Hammers. Their summer business is among the best in Europe and if it all pays off we shouldn’t be surprised if they launch an assault on the European radars. Hammers fans will be hoping last season was just a blip on the radar.
Ins: Rui Patricio (Sporting Lisbon), Benik Afobe (Bournemouth – loaned to Stoke), Wily Boly (FC Porto – permanent deal), Raul Jimenez (Benfica – loan), Diogo Jota (Atletico Madrid – permanent deal), Leo Bonatini (Al-Hilal), Ruben Vinagre (Monaco), Joao Moutinho (Monaco), Jonny Castro (Atletico Madrid – loan), Adama Traore (Aston Villa), Leander Dendoncker (Anderlecht)
Notable outs: Ben Marshall (Norwich City), Barry Douglas (Leeds United)
Last season: Championship winners
Predicted starting XI: Patricio; Jonny, Saiss, Boly, Vingare; Neves, Moutinho, Cavaliero, Costa, Jota; Jimenez
Key player: Ruben Neves
Prediction – 9th
If Wolves wanted to make a statement prior to the start of the season they have certainly done that with some big money signings. Whether it works remains to be seen. While they were a class above in the second tier last season, they should have enough quality to match it with the best. It wouldn’t be a surprise if they did finish inside the top 10.