Premier League Preview Part 3 – The Bottom Half Of The Top Half

Hi guys welcome to part 3 of our Premier League preview. Today we’re doing teams 10-7, which technically makes my title a lie but I want to keep the top 6 together so whatever sue me. These four teams are interesting, because I’m pretty sure they will all finish in places 10-7 but the order of which is up for serious debate and you could probably convince me of any order if you argued hard enough. That being said here are my predictions for the teams that will be hot on the tails of the top 6, but just won’t enough to break in there.

If you missed Part 1 on teams 16-20, here you go.

If you missed Part 2 on teams 11-15, give us a click here.

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10 – Southampton: The Saints are a strong enough side to finish 7th but what they have in squad strength, they lack in stability. Southampton are embattled with a seemingly never ending transfer saga with best player Virgil van Dijk. Combine that with a third manager in three years in Maurico Pellegrino (it’s going to be hard to not say Pochetino), the south coast outfit are sitting on a rocky foundation. If they do lose van Dijk, their defense would be one of the weakest in the league but their strong central midfield and wing play through players like James Ward-Prowse, Oriel Romeu, Nathan Redmond and Sofiane Boufal would be good enough to lead them to a top half finish.

9 – West Ham United:  West Ham will likely find life in the Olympic Stadium easier after having a year to figure out their new home and putting the cancerous Dimitri Payet behind them. Manager, Slaven Bilic, hasn’t been shy about spending this summer, boosting his attack with Mexican striker, Javier Hernandez, and Austrian, Marko Arnautovic, playing the opposite side of last year’s surprise story, Michail Antonio. They boosted their defense as well, adding both Pablo Zabaleta and Joe Hart from Manchester City. The only reason I don’t have West Ham higher is weakness in the middle of the park. The Hammers go into the year with just Cheikhou Kouyaté, Edmilson Fernandes and, an out of his natural position, Manuel Lanzini, as their only healthy central midfielders.

8 – Leicester City: Leicester find themselves in a difficult spot, their heroes that won the league two seasons ago are quickly aging and the team has begun the difficult rebuilding process. Their plans have so far gone extremely well. Harry Maguire, signed from Hull City, looks to be the club’s center back of the future and Kelechi Iheanacho, who was signed with a looming buy-back clause from Manchester City, and, youth product, Demarai Gray, are the future of the club’s attack. Leicester have done well putting emotion and nostalgia aside and simply making the right decisions for the club in the present and future.

7 – Everton: Everyone has Everton coming in seventh for good reason. They’re in a kind of football limbo, where they aren’t bad but aren’t great and they are both a buying and selling club simultaneously. I don’t even know what to say about them, analysis wise. They’re fine. The attack is fine, they’ve done their best to replace Romelu Lukaku with Sandro Ramirez and re-acquiring Wayne Rooney. The defense is fine, Michael Keane will probably find himself on the England World Cup plane if he does well. The only interesting thing is central midfield, if Ross Barkley improves and sticks around for another year and Tom Davies can take significant steps forward, Everton could find themselves in the top 6.

Speaking of the top 6, that’s what tomorrow’s preview is! It’s the main event and final chapter in our preview series, so please check it out and follow me @KedgeOnline on Twitter.com so you can remind me how wrong I was by the time the season ends.

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