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PA Prem Predictor: Every Team’s Season In Two Lines Or Less

With the Premier League starting this weekend it’s easy to get bogged down with lengthy discussions on how the season is going to play out. Will Liverpool usurp Man City? How will Frank Lampard cope at Chelsea? Can the League’s new boys cause a stir?

Fear not, however, Pundit Arena have you covered with all 20 Premier League teams previewed in just two lines or less, as we predict how the league table will pan out, as well as highlighting each side’s key player for the campaign.

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Arsenal

Unai Emery will be well used to the Premier League now, and if Pépé clicks they have a front three only matched by Liverpool. Defensively though, even with the addition of David Luiz, they will struggle.

Key Man:

Pierre – Emerick Aubameyang

Predicted Finish:

5th

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Aston Villa

A serious squad overhaul with 13 new signings but they kept the likes of Grealish, McGinn and Hourihane so shouldn’t emulate Fulham in that sense. Replacing Tammy Abraham’s goals will be tough but they should have enough to survive comfortably.

Key Man: 

Jack Grealish

Predicted Finish:

15th

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Bournemouth

A couple of seasons of regression will halt and they’ll finish higher than 14th, but having conceded 70 goals last season, a porous defence will likely be their Achilles heel again despite the addition of promising young full-backs, Jack Stacey and Lloyd Kelly.

Key Man:

Callum Wilson

Predicted Finish:

12th

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Brighton

A new manager at the Amex and given Graham Potter’s track record, it’ll be a far more attacking style, but even with the heroics of Duffy and Dunk, they’ll struggle. £20 million Neal Maupay needs to start firing and take the pressure off Glenn Murray.

Key Man:

Shane Duffy

Predicted Finish:

16th

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Burnley

The burden of European football has been lifted off Burnley’s shoulders and after steadying towards the second half of last season they should continue to be solid. A comfortable mid-table finish awaits.

Key Man:

Chris Wood

Predicted Finish:

11th

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Chelsea

One of the most intriguing teams in the league, with the prodigal son returning in Lampard and the prince of the bridge leaving in Eden Hazard. Lampard’s hand will be forced in playing the younger talent but it could be just the boost the club needs.

Key Man:

N’Golo Kante

Predicted Finish:

4th

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Crystal Palace

Somehow kept hold of Wilfried Zaha after a lengthy saga but hard to see him staying at the club for the full season. Gary Cahill is a cracking addition but their lack of a striker will cost them dearly.

Key Man:

Wilfried Zaha

Predicted Finish:

18th

Wilfried Zaha

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Everton

On the cusp of kicking on and may see an opportunity to break into the top six with the signings of Moise Kean and Fabian Delph along with the quality of Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson but will ultimately fall short.

Key Man:

Gylfi Sigurdsson

Predicted Finish:

8th

 

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Leicester City 

A top-six contender who won’t be a pretender. They have one of the most exciting young sides in the division and under Brendan Rodgers, Leicester will have a standout season. The signings of Perez and Tielemans will be key, despite the Maguire loss.

Key Man:

Youri Tielemans

Predicted Finish:

6th

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Liverpool

Didn’t strengthen in the summer but it shouldn’t be of great concern. Salah and Mane will impress, Van Dijk will improve but just like last season, they’ll finish second, although a distance behind the champions.

Key Man:

Mohamed Salah

Predicted Finish:

2nd

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Manchester City

Leroy Sané’s injury is a loss but going forward they have a wealth of talent. Rodri is the long-term successor to Fernandinho and they’ve strengthened in the full-back department. Three in a row awaits for City.

Key Man:

Raheem Sterling

Predicted Finish:

1st

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Manchester United

A summer of nearly but not quite in terms of new faces although Wan-Bissaka and Maguire will be well received. Sold their top scorer and didn’t replace him, then kept the deadwood. Solskjaer won’t last the season.

Key Man:

Marcus Rashford

Predicted Finish:

7th

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Newcastle

Spent big for once on striker Joelinton and Miguel Almirón is a contender to shine in his first full season but the magic of Rafa’s reign has hastily disappeared and the reality of life under Steve Bruce will hit Tyneside hard.

Key Man:

Miguel Almirón

Predicted Finish:

20th

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Norwich

Opted to stick with what they know as opposed to rehaul the squad which will have its benefits and in Teemu Pukki and Emi Buendía they have two genuine match-winners. Daniel Farke is a fantastic boss, but they won’t stay up.

Key Man:

Teemu Pukki

Predicted Finish:

19th

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Sheffield United 

Many people’s favourites to go down but Chris Wilder’s charges will surprise enough to stay in the division. Their unique style of play and solidity will make them hard to beat, and Callum Robinson will kick on and becoming their go-to man

Key Man:

Callum Robinson

Predicted Finish:

17th
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Southampton 

Ralph Hasenhuttl has brought a renewed sense of optimism to St Mary’s and under his guidance, they won’t struggle. Expect the Austrian to blood more academy products, which will be to their benefit, and in Che Adams, they have a natural goalscorer.

Key Man:

Nathan Redmond

Predicted Finish:

13th

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Tottenham

A tremendous summer at Spurs, with additions of Lo Celso, Sessegnon and Ndombele all certain to improve their squad. Eriksen’s future is up in the air but keeping Poch has been vital. They’ll push Liverpool and Manchester City hard.

Key Man:

Harry Kane

Predicted Finish:

3rd

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Watford

To loosely quote Forrest Gump; Watford are like a box of chocolates. They have the quality to beat anyone on their day but not enough to challenge the top eight or so. A cup run is their best bet this campaign.

Key Man:

Gerard Deulofeu

Predicted Finish:

14th

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West Ham

The Hammers will be comfortably top half again this season and will threaten the top eight but eventually fall into ninth. Expect new signings Sebastien Haller and Pablo Fornals to settle quickly and in Felipe Anderson, they’ve a world-class talent.

Key Man:

Felipe Anderson

Predicted Finish:

10th

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Wolves

Shocked everyone with their tremendous eighth-place finish last season, and will impress again but the burden of the Europa League will mean they fail to really improve their league position.

Key Man:

Diogo Jota

Predicted Finish:

9th

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The Final Table

1) Manchester City

2) Liverpool

3) Tottenham

4) Chelsea

5) Arsenal

6) Leicester

7) Manchester United

8) Everton

9) Wolves

10) West Ham

11)  Burnley

12) Bournemouth

13) Southampton

14) Watford

15) Aston Villa

16) Brighton

17) Sheffield United

18) Crystal Palace

19) Norwich

20) Newcastle

About Oisin McQueirns

Oisin McQueirns is a digital journalist at Pundit Arena. Massive fan of Leeds United, Ric Flair and Trusting The Process. Contact him here oisin@punditarena.com