Premier League Preview – Part 1: The Cellar Dwellers

Hi guys, this is @KedgeOnline and I would like to welcome you to my 2017/18 Premier League Preview Extravaganza Thing. It’s going to be a four-part deal, starting today with the bottom five teams. Tuesday I’ll do teams 15-11, Wednesday will be the light-heavyweights and Thursday will be the top 6, all leading up to the first game of the new season on Friday. Anyway, let’s get started with the clubs that will be fighting to stay in the Premiership.

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20 – Huddersfield Town: Huddersfield remind me a lot of Blackpool the year they were in the Premier League. Huddersfield will play attacking football, really go for it and, unlike Sunderland and Hull City a year ago, won’t go down without a fight. However, the issue for Huddersfield isn’t desire or coaching, it is simply down to a lack of talent. Their best player is new signing, Tom Ince, who joined from Derby County for £6.3 million. Ince is unproven in the Premier League after lighting up the Championship but he isn’t the sort of player you want to have as your flag bearer in your first season in the big time.

19 – Swansea City: It will be tough to say goodbye to Swansea if they do go down but I have the feeling this is the year the bell tolls for the Swans. They have a weak defensive line and are in serious danger of losing their talisman, Gylfi Sigurdsson, to Everton. Going forward isn’t particularly great either, especially if they lose their aforementioned Icelandic demi-god. They are banking on 19-year old loan signing, Tammy Abraham, to make the same kind of impact he did at Bristol City a year ago.

18 – Burnley: Burnley put in a good performance, particularly at home, a season ago to stay up. However, this year I don’t think it will be enough. Jack Cork and Jonathan Walters are decent bottom half players but don’t think either of their new signings will be enough to keep them up.

17 – Brighton: New boys Brighton will barely have enough to stave off relegation in what will be a very tense end of the season for the Seagulls. Brighton’s strength is in their central midfield, where new signings Davy Propper and Pascal Gross join Dale Stephens and veteran Steve Sidwell. Goals will be hard to come by, but belief in ex-Newcastle and Norwich manager, Chris Hughton, makes me think Brighton have enough to get to 37ish points and avoid the drop.

16 – Watford: Watford are once again starting the season with a new manager. This time it’s Portuguese, Marco Silva. Despite the uncertainty that surrounds their managerial role, Watford have a good enough team on paper to stay up. They’re Premier League experienced squad added another veteran in Manchester United washout but still serviceable player, Tom Cleverly. Most excitingly though is the addition of Derby County’s Will Hughes, who has long been seen as one of the Championship’s best players. We shall see if he can replicate his form on the big stage.

Coming tomorrow: 11-15, avoiding relegation and little else.

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