Predictions For The English Premier League Table For 2016/17
12. 10. 2016
Can Leicester pull off another miracle this season or is it time for another underdog to lift the title? Will one of the “Big Five” rise to the challenge of these unknown superstars? Well, it’s a little too early to accurately answer these questions as we are into only the third week of regular season football. So far we have seen excellent performances from the Manchester clubs as well as Chelsea. Hull City too have had a perfect start winning their first two games, beating title holders Leicester on the opening week and then Swansea the next week. So, who is most likely to lift the trophy this season? Let’s find out.
20th Position – Middlesbrough
Even though the club finished second in the Championship, got promoted to the EPL, and have made some very impressive advancements in their game, it just doesn’t look like they have the stamina or skill to compete against the bigger names in the league. Yes, they sit in 6th position right now after drawing with Stoke and coming out on top after facing Sunderland, but it is only the start of the season and they are yet to face the likes of Man City, Man Utd, Chelsea, Liverpool, and Arsenal.
19th Position – Crystal Palace
Last season Crystal Palace just about managed to stay out of the relegation zone by winning their second last game of the season. This season, it doesn’t look their luck will see them through for another installment. They have lost their first two games against West Brom and Tottenham and currently sit at 19th place. Even though they managed to beat Chelsea and Liverpool last season, it looks highly unlikely that they will be able to repeat the feat this year.
18th Position – Bournemouth
Another team to avoid the relegation zone last year was Bournemouth. They finished in 16th place but they had a lot of help along the way. The poor performance of Chelsea and Man Utd was evident when they both lost to Bournemouth last season. This time, though, the teams have been reinforced and the reoccurrence of those famous wins seems like a distant dream. Their 2016/17 campaign has begun with two losses; one to Manchester United and the other to West Ham United, and they are placed at 20th right now.
17th Position – Watford
One of the most promising clubs last year, Watford managed to reach 7th place at the midway point of the season after beating Liverpool and drawing with Chelsea. But after that, it was more or less a downhill battle and they ended up 13th. This time, they will definitely face stiffer competition from the bigger clubs and could see themselves at the bottom of the table. At the moment, they are housed at 14th position.
16th Position – Stoke City
Stoke City have been a very impressive team over the years and have delivered some very interesting football last season. They made it into the top 10 with wins against Chelsea, Manchester City, and Manchester United. They might have the confidence to take on the big boys once again, but their season this year has started off with a draw and a loss against Middlesbrough and Manchester City respectively. Stoke City currently occupy 17th place.
15th Position – West Bromwich Albion
Last season, West Brom underperformed on one too many occasions and even though they managed to take three points each from games against Arsenal, Everton, and Manchester United, they were left back at 14th place. For this season, the club has had a win and a loss against Crystal Palace and Everton respectively and are perched at 9th place. It doesn’t look like they would be getting into winning ways anytime soon with the bigger clubs all spending large amounts of cash this year to improve their sides.
14th Position – Hull City
After finishing 4th in the Championship, Hull City were promoted to the Premier League this season. Their campaign has started off surprisingly well with two wins out of the two fixtures. After winning against current holders Leicester City, they went on to beat Swansea quite comfortably. The new addition to the EPL, Hull City are at 3rd place right now, but it is quite obvious they are going to drop points and with it, their current standing.
13th Position – Sunderland
Sunderland evaded relegation last season by the skin of their teeth. Finishing 17th with just a couple of points above the relegation zone, Sunderland has a good chance of improving their position this year though. They might have started their 2016/17 season with two losses against Manchester City and Middlesbrough, and sit at 18th place, but there is a lot of hope in the team. Making a number of changes in squad and managerial teams, Sunderland could see a relative improvement this season.
12th Position – Southampton
This is a team that have been improving every year and with last season’s performance, it was no surprise that Southampton finished 6th. They managed to beat Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, and even Tottenham. But this season, the club will face tougher competition – especially from the Top 5 and will be lucky to finish in the top ten. Starting with a draw and a loss, they sit at 16th place currently.
11th Position – Swansea City
Swansea are a team that are always giving the bigger names a hard time. Beating Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, and Liverpool last season, they acquired the number 12 spot on the table and are likely to improve that ranking this time around – not by much though. After the first two games, Swansea have come up with a win against Burnley and suffered a loss at the hands of Hull City, and are sitting at 12th place – again.
10th Position – West Ham United
West Ham United are a team full of confidence. They managed to secure a 7th place last season after winning games against Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, and Manchester United. Things might not be as easy this time though as all the above-mentioned clubs have spent wisely to strengthen their sides. Currently holding a 10th place, West Ham doesn’t seem to have the firepower to better their position this season.
9th Position – Burnley
After winning the Championship and being promoted to the Premier League, Burnley might cause some havoc in the title chase, but they too, like the others mentioned, don’t have the kind of quality that is capable of finishing the race in front. They are currently in 8th place after a loss against Swansea and a very enthralling win against Liverpool. Given their performance so far, they look to secure a place in next year’s installment of the Premier League without a doubt.
8th Position – Everton
Last season, the Premier League was all about upsets from the smaller clubs and underperformances from the bigger ones. Everton has always been acknowledged as a great club and last year, they finished 11th and just 3 points behind Chelsea. With a growing confidence level, they could quite easily better their position this season – especially after getting a great start. They are sitting pretty at 5th with a draw against Tottenham, and a win against West Brom.
7th Position – Leicester City
Talk about underdogs and these guys are the definition. Leicester City beat all the odds and finished on top of the Premier League last season with more than a game to spare. With just three losses, they took the competition head on and came out on top. After the season, football fans around the world started asking the question, “Can they repeat what they just did?” and the answer was a unanimous “NO”. The horrid performance of the big clubs, combined with unending injuries paved the way for Leicester to grab the trophy. Although they are high on confidence, they have already lost against Hull City and drew against Arsenal which leaves the cup holders at 12th position. But, they will improve and finish in the top ten.
6th Position – Tottenham Hotspur
Last season’s mayhem gave every club a chance to compete for the title and Tottenham took that opportunity with a smile on their faces. Finishing in third place after demolishing Manchester City and Manchester United, the club deserved a spot in the top four. This season has already given us a glimpse of what is coming and it doesn’t look like Tottenham will be able to cope with it. Sitting currently at 7th place, they could take a small step ahead but a finish in the top four is practically out of the question.
5th Position – Chelsea
Chelsea had the roughest season last year with losses to clubs like Bournemouth, Stoke City, and Sunderland. The just about managed to stay in the top ten finishing 10th. With a complete makeover this season, we could see a Chelsea side that is ready to stage a comeback. They have started their campaign this season with two wins against West Ham and Watford and sit at 4th place, but are yet to face more formidable competition.
4th Position – Liverpool
Making a managerial change after just 2 months, Liverpool made a significant comeback in last year’s installment of the Premier League. But they fell well short of their intended target and finished 8th after being one of the few teams to beat Leicester City. With a win against Arsenal and a Loss against Burnley, their season is yet to take off – and it will surely. Currently they sit at 11th though and will have to work hard to jump up the table.
3rd Position – Arsenal
Ever since 1996, Arsenal have always finished in the top four, and they came closest to clinching the title last season when they finished 2nd after Leicester. This season will definitely bring more competition from the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, and Manchester United and could see them sliding down a bit, but not out of the Champions League qualification spots. They have started this season with a loss to Liverpool and a draw against Leicester and are now at 13th place.
2nd Position – Manchester City
Although many of the football pundits have predicted that Manchester City will lift the title this season, their inconsistency in the top four positions has given other teams a chance to swoop in. They too have made some major managerial and personnel changes that could give them the edge over their closest rivals. Finishing 4th last season and currently sitting at the top of the table, Manchester City has gained a lot of attention – just not as much as the next club.
1st Position – Manchester United
After going through a very rough patch, the most successful football club in England are now ready to regain their prominence in the Premier League. With a top class managerial staff and new signings that are bred for glory, Manchester United are ready to once again be crowned as the Champions. They finished 5th last season and are well and truly on their way with a perfect start in this one by beating Bournemouth and Southampton. Manchester United are currently in 2nd place – on the grounds of alphabetical importance only.