Welcome to the second year of the Top-6 era. Season predictions can be seen on every sports website right about now and one thing remains constant, these 6 teams are going to finish 1-6. Here’s ours, and this one will be quick, I’m hungover, if you couldn’t tell by my tweets last night.
If you missed Part 1 on teams 20-16, here you go.
If you missed Part 2 on teams 15-11, here you go.
And if you missed Part 3 on teams 10-7, here you go.
6 – Liverpool: If you asked me to do these predictions a month ago I probably would have had Liverpool in the top 4. Now, I think it’s safe to say they haven’t had the transfer window their fans have wanted, only singing Mohamed Salah (good signing) and Andrew Robertson (probably not the guy they wanted at left back but still an improvement over Moreno). Liverpool also enter the year with serious injury concerns and rumors abound about their best player, Philippe Coutinho, being Neymar’s replacement in Barcelona. They have also failed to upgrade their central midfield, as their pursuit of Keita from RB Leipzig appears to be unsuccessful. Combine that with a serious injury to star midfielder, Adam Lallana, I think Liverpool are in trouble of finishing outside the top 4.
5 – Manchester United: Man United have done a lot to boost their attack by signing Romelu Lukaku from Everton but I still have concerns about their back line. Their still rolling with Mateo Darmian and Antonio Valencia at right back and left back, Luke Shaw, has zero knee ligaments. Their biggest strength is in central midfield where Paul Pogba roams in a creative and intelligent capacity and Ander Herrera does the tough tackling. Marouane Fellaini and, captain, Michael Carrick provide depth there as well. Man United are probably one of the teams with the biggest range of possibilities. They can finish in any one of the top 5 positions if Jose Mourinho gets things right, I’m not certain he can.
4 – Tottenham Hotspur: Tottenham has had the biggest loss of the summer, White Hart Lane. Their fortress of a stadium has been replaced with Wembley Stadium for a year while a new White Hart Lane is under construction. I think they will survive just fine without right back, Kyle Walker, who departed to Manchester City, where Kieran Trippier will be a competent replacement. Spurs have yet to make a single signing this summer and are punching above their weight financially. The team is good enough to win the league but I don’t think their temporary home will be the place to do it.
3 – Arsenal: Arsenal have improved in attack by signing Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon as their new record signing. Arsene Wenger, now entering his 900th season with the club (maybe, I lost count), will hope their new French forward puts away some of the chances missed by old French forward, Olivier Giroud. Arsenal don’t have the central midfield to mount a serious title challenge unless they strengthen in that area in the remaining weeks of the transfer window, as Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey appear to be the only players in the side that can play there at a high enough level to win the league.
2 – Manchester City: Man City have the attack to win the league but I don’t think they have the center backs or the central midfield. When Ilkay Gundogan’s knee predictably explodes in the next month, City will once again roll with the aging Yaya Toure and the overly conservative, Fabian Delph. As I said earlier, the attack is good enough and got even better when they added Bernardo Silva to a group that already has Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling, David Silva, the excellent Kevin De Bruyne and the lethal Sergio Aguero.
1 – Chelsea: The team that ran away with the league a year ago just got even better. Alvaro Morata improves upon Diego Costa, Bakayoko adds to the midfield that was run by N’Golo Kante and Antonio Rudiger helps the Blues move Gary Cahill into a more limited role. Chlesea will win the league because they are the best team in defense, best team in midfield and the 2nd best team in attack.
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