The 2022/23 Premier League season is simply days away as soccer followers the world over rejoice that the motion us lastly upon us.
There’s already loads of storylines forward of this season.
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Liverpool and Manchester Metropolis spent some severe coin on a famous person striker to guide their respective ahead strains and is bound to arrange an enthralling battle for the golden boot award.
Manchester United additionally has a brand new supervisor and Crimson Devils followers might be anxious to see how he has the workforce taking part in as soon as the season will get underway.
Shifting down the ladder and the mid-table battle appears to be like stronger than it ever has earlier than.
Whereas two groups are already heavy favourites to be relegated, does a newly-promoted workforce stand an opportunity of inflicting a serious shock and staying afloat for an additional season?
Two of Fox Sports activities’ resident soccer reporters gazed into their crystal ball for the 2022/23 season and revealed their predictions for the upcoming marketing campaign!
Champions: Manchester Metropolis
Zac Rayson: They could miss out on signing Brighton’s defensive star Marc Cucurella, however will it actually matter? They’ve mounted their greatest squad weak point by signing a famous person quantity 9, and Kalvin Phillips would possibly show to be an much more vital arrival. In the meantime, Liverpool has misplaced Sadio Mane, and I feel he’ll merely be too laborious to interchange for the Reds to overhaul Metropolis.
As for the remainder of the chasing pack?
New striker Gabriel Jesus has settled very properly at big-spending Arsenal and might be essential for his or her hopes … however prime 4 remains to be a much more life like aim than the title.
Chelsea have added a famous person defender in Kalidou Koulibaly and a persistently elite performer in attacker Raheem Sterling, however will their ahead line actually produce sufficient objectives to overhaul Metropolis, who scored 23 extra instances final season than the Blues? Uncertain.
I feel Spurs now have the standard to launch one other severe assault on Champions League qualification – however profitable would take one thing really particular from coach Antonio Conte.
As for Manchester United? Properly. Christian Eriksen is an excellent free signing, Lisandro Martinez is a MUCH-needed centre-back reinforcement, however I’m simply not satisfied Erik ten Hag can flip round their woes shortly sufficient to problem this yr. Will they enhance on final yr’s dismal sixth… my wager isn’t any.
It may be nearer this time round, however the prime two have such a head begin on their rivals – and I don’t see them giving up the highest two spots.
That leaves me with this for the Prime Six: Metropolis, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Spurs, Man Utd.
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Alex Conrad: Manchester Metropolis. The larger query is, how slim will the hole be between Pep Guardiola’s facet and the chasing pack?
Regardless of Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling and Oleksandr Zinchenko heading out the exit door, the arrivals of Erling Haaland and Kalvin Philipps serves as a stark reminder that Metropolis are nonetheless the highest canine of the league.
Something lower than the Premier League trophy remaining on the Etihad can be the largest shock of the season.
Onto the highest six:Manchester Metropolis, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United. In that order.
A full pre-season below the watchful eye of Antonio Conte, coupled with some important additions to the squad, as Tottenham primed for his or her greatest season in a while.
You solely have to have a look at the blistering method during which they completed the 2021/22 season to know what this facet is able to.
Conte is a serial winner and he seems to be the person to raise Spurs to a brand new degree.
Liverpool will end behind Spurs, however not by a lot. Plenty of the Reds’ success will hinge on how shortly new striker Darwin Nunez hits the bottom working. He might take like a duck to water and break this prediction completely.
Snapping up the ultimate Champions League spot might be Chelsea. It’s not going to be a reasonably season at Stamford Bridge and Thomas Tuchel is already below stress earlier than the primary sport.
Huge-money arrival Raheem Sterling will add loads of objectives to Chelsea, however is it sufficient to remain within the prime three? I’ve my doubts.
Though Chelsea could also be barely off the boil, they’ll pip Arsenal to a spot within the prime 4.
Granted, Gabriel Jesus has been in scintillating pre-season kind for the Gunners however as we all know, the league isn’t received primarily based off just a few friendlies.
However he represents an astute piece of enterprise, as does Oleksandr Zinchenko who can slot in at a number of positions.
A season the place Arsenal finishes fifth shouldn’t be seen as a failure, however slightly an indication of progress as Mikel Arteta continues to strengthen his managerial credentials.
That leaves us with the ultimate workforce within the prime six: Manchester United.
It’s yet one more season of transition at Previous Trafford (a penny for each time we’ve heard that since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013) however admittedly there does appear to be a unique scent across the membership this time.
Erik ten Hag’s no-nonsense character is precisely what this membership wants, however it won’t precisely rub properly with a few of United’s larger stars. You realize precisely who I imply.
The Dutchman will navigate some treacherous waters all through his first yr on the membership, however foundations might be put in place for the long run.
Relegated: Fulham, Bournemouth, Leeds
ZR: Fulham is the definition of a yoyo membership: they’ve been relegated twice and promoted thrice in 5 seasons. So will they bounce proper again down? The indicators level to sure. Coach Marco Silva is raging on the homeowners for a scarcity of switch motion – and truthful sufficient too – with a scarcity of defensive depth more likely to depart them in dire straits in the event that they cop too many first-team accidents. Of their favour is Aleksandar Mitrovic and his record-breaking scoring feats within the Championship final season. Ought to he rating even half as many objectives as final yr, they’ll survive.
Bournemouth are the polar reverse to Forest, stylistically. They favour a well-organised strategy. It’s backs-to-the-wall, gritty and sometimes ugly. It was ok to get them again into the Prem … however I fear that resilience might fade away when confronted with the brutal actuality of life within the prime flight.
Leeds have misplaced two of their greatest gamers in Raphinha (Barcelona) and Kalvin Phillips (Man Metropolis). It might show deadly. Coach Jesse Marsch did properly to maintain his facet within the prime flight final yr with a final-day reprieve. They’ve stored the mad Marcelo Bielsa urgent strategy, however there’s slightly extra steadiness now.
So who survives? Properly, the shock can be Nottingham Forest. They play such a pleasant model of soccer, however will it maintain up within the prime flight? I’m not satisfied. It’s nice to have the historic membership again in the end, they usually’ve made some nice signings in Jesse Lingard, Dean Henderson, and Taiwo Awoniyi to call just a few. £70 million on 12 new signings is a hell of lots for a promoted membership, and hopefully cash can purchase happiness – or security on this occasion.
AC: Bournemouth, Fulham and Leeds go down.
If Scott Parker retains Bournemouth up, give him all the managerial awards there are in soccer.
The Cherries have misplaced greater than they gained forward of the brand new season and, to place it bluntly, they merely aren’t ok to compete. They’ll come useless final.
As a lot as Fulham want to shake the tag of being a yoyo membership between the Premier League and the Championship, that fame is simply enhanced much more.
All it takes is for Aleksandr Mitrovic to get irritated simply as soon as and every part will spiral uncontrolled.
If the Serbian striker can’t discover his goalscoring boots, the Cottagers are headed for a fast return.
The Premier League is undeniably higher with Leeds in it, I’ll fortunately concede that.
However dropping their two greatest gamers in Raphinha and Kalvin Philipps who, let’s face it, had been neck and shoulders above the remainder of the squad by way of high quality, might be detrimental to their hopes.
Jesse Marsch carried out a minor miracle to maintain Leeds up final season, however the American doesn’t have sufficient fairy mud to sprinkle for extra magic this time round.
Golden boot: Mohamed Salah
ZR: All of the speak is about Erling Haaland, and truthful sufficient too – I feel he’ll bag a hatful. However Salah wants to fireplace for Liverpool to have any title hope, and his new contract exhibits he’s totally dedicated. His new teammate Darwin Nunez might take a while to hit the bottom working, however Harry Kane ought to definitely characteristic within the scoring race once more.
AC: Since arriving at Liverpool in 2017, Mohamed Salah has ended the season with lower than 20 objectives simply as soon as.
Even then, he was one aim shy of cracking that quantity within the 2019/20 season.
That’s why it’s nearly inconceivable to miss him once more for the golden boot gong this season.
The Reds have a new-look frontline for the primary time in fairly some time, however it would do little to cease Salah from discovering the again of the online time and time once more.
Salah might be pushed tougher than ever on this yr’s golden boot race, however the Egyptian will go back-to-back.
Which workforce will impress essentially the most:
Final yr, they completed in twelfth place with 48 factors. If that sounds stable sufficient, think about this: primarily based on anticipated factors (a statistical metric derived from each groups’ anticipated objectives in each sport), the Eagles ought to have completed SIXTH. They’ve misplaced Conor Gallagher, however they’ve stored nearly everybody. I’m predicting a prime eight end.
AC: I by no means thought I’d see the day after I’d write Crystal Palace and attractive soccer in the identical sentence.
Rattling you, Patrick Vieira.
The Arsenal legend took over at Selhurst Park final season and never solely slashed the membership’s common age, however he revolutionised the workforce’s model of play from the eyesore model of soccer below predecessor Roy Hodgson.
The Eagles finally completed twelfth final season, however maybe extra importantly Vieira oversaw talismanic winger Wilfried Zaha’s greatest aim return thus far, bagging 14 objectives thus far.
If Zaha maintains that degree of efficiency this season, coupled with star midfielder Eberechi Eze hitting the bottom working after a closely disrupted marketing campaign final yr attributable to harm, Palace have an actual likelihood to shock just a few individuals.
I may be biased towards them, however Manchester United.
Until they’ll remedy the Cristiano Ronaldo conundrum – and shortly – his remaining at Previous Trafford might show a lethal blow to the workforce’s hopes. Having an sad participant round is all the time unhealthy. It’s a lot, a lot worse when that participant is among the two biggest stars of all time. He was introduced in to be a frontrunner and to set the requirements for the following era of rising Utd stars. Proper now, he’s demonstrating a really unhealthy instance. Erik ten Hag is an efficient coach with a really gifted squad, with a prime 4 end not only a hope however an expectation. I’m anticipating them to fail dismally … once more.
AC: It’s Leicester Metropolis’s flip to hitch the midtable peloton. After years of punching above their weight after that Premier League title win together with quite a few European excursions, that is the season the Foxes lastly lose a little bit of steam.
On the time of writing, Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has basically a full deck of playing cards to work with by way of participant health and I might simply be confirmed fallacious.
However as final season confirmed, it takes just some accidents to a lot of key gamers to derail issues.
A run of three wins within the last 4 video games helped the Foxes to an Eighth-placed end on the ladder final season, however all of these wins got here towards groups fifteenth or beneath.
There’s been an alarming lack of signings arriving on the King Energy Stadium.
Every little thing simply appears nearly too completely arrange for the wheels to not essentially fall off utterly, however with considerably extra wobbles than ordinary.
Who would be the first supervisor sacked?: Marco Silva of Fulham
ZR: One other one we agree on! His relationship with proprietor Shahid Khan and his son, Tony Khan, the director of soccer operations, is already on skinny ice. Some poor outcomes early on, or god forbid a Mitrovic harm, and Silva may very well be first out the door.
AC: Properly, with Watford now again within the Championship, I really now have to provide this reply slightly little bit of thought.
After all, any reply supplied for this query goes to be harsh and maybe unfair, however somebody goes to have the unlucky honour whether or not we prefer it or not.
It’s laborious to see anybody else aside from Fulham boss Marco Silva being that man.
Silva is already on the report as saying that his total squad is “not prepared” for the upcoming season, particularly within the centre-back division the place he has simply two senior gamers accessible.
With fixtures towards Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea of their first seven video games of the season, the preliminary outlook couldn’t be bleaker for Silva.
Predicted Premier League Desk:
1: Manchester Metropolis
2: Tottenham Hotspur
6: Manchester United
7: West Ham United
8: Aston Villa
9: Crystal Palace
10: Newcastle United
12: Wolverhampton Wanderers
13: Leicester Metropolis
17: Nottingham Forest
18: Leeds United