Last season was an incredible one in the Premier League, Manchester City claimed their second title in a row by just a single point from Liverpool who had the consolation of landing their sixth UEFA Champions League crown a couple of weeks later. The top two finished well ahead of the chasing bunch behind them and it was Wolves that secured the final Europa League qualifying spot along with Manchester United and Arsenal, while Spurs and Chelsea claimed the two other Champions League berths.

After a busy pre-season, we are now just a few days away from the start of a new season and this time around, we welcome three teams to the top flight as Norwich City, Aston Villa and Sheffield United replace the relegated Fulham, Huddersfield Town and Cardiff City. So will City and Liverpool dominate once again? Will the new boys struggle and who will be the surprise package of the Premier League this season. In this article we are going to try and find out.

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So without any further ado, let’s run down the 20 teams in the Premier League this season and give you our tips on how each will do.

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Arsenal

At current odds of 40/1, the bookies don’t rate Arsenal’s chances much this season and to be honest, I feel the same. I haven’t seen the moves in the transfer market Arsenal needed to make to push them into being genuine title contenders. So much so, that I feel with the progress made by other teams, Arsenal’s place in the top six or even top seven, could be under threat. Predicted Position – 7th

Aston Villa

Dean Smith has turned the fortunes around for Aston Villa since taking over from Steve Bruce last season and promotion through the playoffs was huge for this massive club. That said, I think Villa will know anything more than survival would be a bonus and while I think they’ll find it tough, I do feel that they have just enough quality in their team to hang on to their Premier League status for one more season. Predicted Position – 17th

Bournemouth

Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth do tend to start seasons well and over the last couple of years of late, that has saved them from being drawn into a relegation battle. I see a similar thing happening this season, although I like the signings Howe has made from the lower leagues to strengthen his squad. They won’t be challenging for honours, but they should be safe from the drop. Predicted Position – 14th

Brighton

There’s no doubt Graham Potter is a shrewd manager and he has earned his chance at a Premier League club, but it took him a while to get Swansea City going last season and the step up from the Championship to the Premier League is huge. Brighton’s form was dreadful over the latter part of last season and I don’t see how that will improve this time around. This could be a long, hard struggle for the Seagulls this year. Predicted Position – 20th (Relegated)

Burnley

Sean Dyche has proven to be a very shrewd manager at this level, keeping Burnley in this division for so many years is a testament to his success on what is a tiny budget compared to some other teams. I feel once again he’ll have his work cut out this season, but he has the ability and his squad the self-belief to at least ensure they will remain in this division once again at the end of the campaign. Predicted Position – 16th

Chelsea

Frank Lampard will find Chelsea a much tougher task to manage than Derby, especially without the talents of Eden Hazard and a potential transfer ban looming over them. Lampard has already stated he will give youth a chance and that may well benefit Chelsea in the long term but Hazard’s absence will be keenly felt, especially in those big games. That said, I still feel Chelsea will do just enough to clinch one of the crucial Champions League spots. Predicted Position – 4th

Crystal Palace

Roy Hodgson’s Palace team are something of an anomaly and they can beat anybody but also lose to anybody, home or away, at any point of the season. That inconsistency must be maddening for the manager and Palace fans but I think they are a very solid team and they are improving which means I feel that this season, mid-table should be safely achieved with no real relegation concerns. Predicted Position – 11th.

Everton

Everton are looking to break into that elite group at the top of the Premier League but I have not quite seen the additions to their squad that they are going to need in order to do that with any degree of certainty. Marco Silva is a good manager but they have struggled against the top sides and their away form is generally poor. They will be top half, but I don’t think quite ready for the top six. Predicted Position – 9th

Leicester City

Brendan Rodgers has made some outstanding moves in this off-season and although he may yet lose key defender Harry Maguire, I think Rogers will already have a replacement ready made if the England defender does move on. I think Leicester are going to be a real force next season and it would not surprise me if they make a real push for the top four. Predicted Position – 5th

Liverpool

The Champions of Europe and runner’s up in the Premier League will be desperate to land the Premier League title this season, perhaps even more so than retaining the Champions League. Jurgen Klopp has a clutch of talented youngsters, plus Alex Oxlade Chamberlain returning from season-long injury. Having kept hold of their key stars, Liverpool will be focused on ending their Premier League jinx. This could be the season they finally do that. Predicted Position – 1st.

Manchester City

Champions for the past two seasons, City will be desperate to make it three in a row and with their incredible spending spree set to continue, there’s little doubt they will be there or thereabouts once again this season. However, with the focus on winning the Champions League now reaching fever pitch, will City perhaps take their eye off the League to try and lift the top European prize? Expect another big season from City but one that I think will end in second position. Predicted Position – 2nd

Manchester United

I have a real feeling that this season could be a very difficult one for Manchester United. They finished the season so poorly last year and with so many top players either set to leave, unhappy or already left and the quality of their replacements as yet unproven, this could be a very tough season. Solskjaer had it tough at Cardiff a few years back, it may prove to be an even tougher task with United this season. Predicted Position – 8th.

Newcastle United

After making the monumentally bad decision to let Rafa Benitez leave the club and without significant investment for the new manager, I really feel Newcastle’s season is going to be an incredibly difficult one. Benitez’s tactical acumen won them so many games over the last few years and without them, I think they are going to struggle a great deal. Predicted Position – 18th (Relegated)

Norwich City

I think Daniel Farke has done a superb job at Norwich and their freescoring ways, especially at home, made them a team to watch in the Champioship. However, they’ll need to tighten up considerably against the bigger boys in the Premier League, or they could be on for a hiding. Even so, I expect Norwich to pick up enough points against other teams to stave off relegation relatively comfortably. Predicted Position – 15th.

Sheffield United

The Blades did superbly well to get into the Premier League after starting last season as one of the more unfancied teams in the Championship, but there is no denying that their squad, while hard working, does not match up to the vast majority in the Premier League. They’ll scare a few teams at Bramhall Lane I am sure, but I can’t see them doing enough to stay up. Predicted Position – 19th (Relegated)

Southampton

I have been impressed with Ralph Hassenhutl’s approach at Southampton since he took over from Mark Hughes last season. Under Hughes, the Saints were headed for relegation but the new manager led them to safety and I think he has made some astute signings in the pre-season. I expect a big improvement from Southampton this season and for them to be pushing on towards mid table, especially if Danny Ings can stay fit and get amongst the goals. Predicted Position – 12th.

Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs have already started spending a little cash, signing Ndombele from Lyon and that was a good move, especially as they lacked midfield cover after losing Dembele last season. They will be pushing hard once again this season but I still feel they are just a couple of key players short of really challenging the top two. I do expect them to finish third by a considerable margin however. Predicted Position – 3rd.

Watford

The Hornets reached the FA Cup Final last season but their big day was ruined as Manchester City ran out 6-0 winners in what was a humiliating defeat really. I expect Watford to bounce back though and they will be tough to beat again this season. I think Javi Gracia is an outstanding manager and I think Watford may be fending off interest in him before the season is out. Predicted Position – 10th

West Ham United

Manuel Pellegrini will be under pressure to produce some better results this season and he will want to avoid a repeat of the slow start West Ham suffered last time around. However, with a severe lack of striking options available to him, unless he makes a major move or two in the transfer market, I struggle to see where the Hammers goals will come from.  Predicted Position – 13th

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wolves proved to be one of the best newly promoted teams in the Premier League for many years last season and I think the moves they have made in the off-season have been excellent and strengthened the team in key areas. They qualified for the Europa League last season and I see no reason why they cannot do the same again and even go one better this. Predicted Finish – 6th