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EPL Preview And Predictions For The 2022/23 Season

 

It’s less than 48 hours until the 2022/2023 English Premier League campaign kicks off and this will likely be one of the toughest and most competitive we’ve seen in a long time, with more and more high-quality players entering the league in big-money deals.

Pre-season friendlies are now over for some, the Community Shield concluded and the real business of the English Premier League begins this weekend.

Can Pep Guardiola and Manchester City grip on the crown be released? Can Arsenal young and budding squad touch the Premier League trophy? Can Jurgen Klopp clinch it this time or will Antonio Conte shock the league this time with Tottenham?

The safety net is, of course, clubs still have plenty of time to alter the odds by making a landmark signing before the window closes on the 31st of August.

All but one is a certainty – Upsets in the next season. So, don’t be offended if your team is predicted to finish lower than you thought, it’s all primarily based on opinion, with much of the decision predicated on the current standard of the squad, the coach at the helm of affairs and the transfers the team has made thus far.

It’s all speculation, and you’re welcome to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Champions: Tottenham

Well, everyone expects Manchester City to top every list when it comes to winning the English Premier League but bonkers, I’ll pitch my tent with a serial winner; Antonio Conte. Juventus, Chelsea, Inter Milan, and now Tottenham Hotspur although the latter seems allergic to winning trophies, I’ll still say the 53-year-old Italian is ready to shock England once again as we saw in the 2016/2017 season. Daniel Levy is not much of a big spender but when you’ve got Yves Bissouma, Richarlison, and Djed Spence coming in for £95 million, you know it’s serious business. Oh! I forgot to add the likes of experienced Ivan Perisic, Clement Lenglet, Fraser Forster, and Tyrell Ashcroft, it’s become crystal clear Antonio Conte is cooking something huge. Spurs are in it to win it this season and pose quite a considerable threat. With some of the league’s best players, they need to buckle down and keep the team together.

Champions League Qualification Liverpool, Manchester City, and Chelsea

No difference from what we saw last season, just Tottenham substituting Manchester City. Liverpool fans should brace up it’s going to be a tough season for the Reds. The defence and midfield seem strong for Liverpool, forget about the pre-season façade, although there’s a worry about their goal threat. There’s no Sadio Mane and bar Darwin Nunez’s goal over the weekend at the Community Shield, Nunez has the potential of flopping this English Premier League season. The last time Liverpool’s ‘defensive striker’ Roberto Firmino was reliable was far back in the 2017/18 season where he scored 15 goals that season, his highest ever since joining the reds. The past three seasons have seen him not score past 10 goals (he’s a center forward). And there’s Diogo Jota, he’d fit in easily, but trust issues with Jurgen Klopp coupled with his injuries might not play out well for him. Liverpool’s attacking burden is on Mo Salah and Luis Diaz, either they deliver or fail.

Manchester City right here is a big shock to everyone reading, but this is just a prediction. Jurgen Klopp tipped City to win the league and their preparedness is a doubt. City have started the past two seasons slowly and went on to win the title, but 2022/23 will be different. The Cityzens have had an impressive summer transfer, although they are yet to reinforce the left-back position that Zincheko left void, on his move to Arsenal. Concerns for this side will be on Pep if the team will have Erling Haaland as its target man. Haaland struggled at the Community Shield, same as Alvarez, there are also talks of Bernando Silva to Barcelona and if that ever materializes, their attack would be left depleted. The defence is also an issue for Guardiola, with injury concerns for some key defenders.

And there’s Chelsea football club, no recognizable striker, poor wingers, Mendy’s confidence dropping, a supposed team, “no one wants to play against” – Tuchel said that upon his arrival. For Thomas Tuchel, it’s either his project at the club that succeeds or fails woefully which might result in his sack (I forgot Abrahamovic is gone). It is evident Chelsea will find their way through the current English Premier League season, although it will be a tough one after the departure of Lukaku, Rudiger, and Christensen and the likes of Sarr, Azplicueta, Alonso, Werner, Loftus-Cheek,as well as Ziyech possibly wanting out. Tuchel revived a dead Chelsea squad in 2021 to win the UCL, I believe he can do it again, he’s still got quality players in his squad, it will take time but eventually come true.

Europa League Qualification: Arsenal, Newcastle United

Irked Arsenal fans would have closed the page, some Gunners are asking why Arteta’s boys aren’t capable of competing. Well, time will tell when injury and clustered fixtures set in. Gabriel Jesus might be firing all pre-season, Zincheko metamorphosing easily into the squad, and Fabio Viera who is yet to impress. Here’s the bitter truth, Arsenal’s squad depth is poor, some first-team players, if not all will surely drop form.

And It’s expected I’d be called delusional at this point for including Newcastle amongst the top six. You are right, Qatari money infused into the Magpies has made me delusional. That well-spent money has greased the wheel with good signings. Eddie Howe became head coach of Newcastle United in November 2021, when the team was languishing deep in relegation waters, spent £98 million in the January transfer window, and most of the signings got injured. Undeterred Howe ensured his team finished 11th on the log. With Matt Targett, a proven EPL left back and the return of Nick Pope to the league, we are set to watch Eddie Howe’s masterclass. He also signed Sven Botman, a good center back to bolster the club’s leaky defence.

Europa Conference League Qualification: Manchester United

There’s no need to be mad at me because if Unitedfinishes seventh on the log at the last English Premier League campaign, it’d be considered a good season and an achievement on the part of ETH. Unless a magic wand is waved before the transfer window closes, it’s going to be a rollercoaster of tears for Manchester United fans. The attack is a poor one, Marcus Rashford has had injuries hamper his development, coupled with bad form, Anthony Martial just returned from a horrible loan, Jadon Sancho still seems confused at Old Trafford, Cristiano Ronaldo is now uncontrollable by the club and there are other attackers, who should frankly not be in the first team. Lest I forget, Manchester United has no recognizable defensive midfielder (don’t mention Fred), Wan Bissaka still plays the right back position while there is an aging David de Gea. How could I forget most importantly, the captain of the side? Harry Maguire is still a Red Devil.

Bottom Three: Leeds United, Leicester City, and Wolves

Leeds United escaped relegation on the last day of the season by three points. Jesse March recruitment can’t be considered to be a strong one, taking into account Raphinha and Philips no Ionger play at Elland Road.

It’s shocking to have Leicester City on this list, but they might possibly be returning back to the SkyBet Championship, Jamie Vardy aged 35, with one year on his contract might be leaving this summer, and Kasper Schmeichel is hours away from leaving the club, yet no summer reinforcement. Let’s see what Brendan Rodgers has gotten.

They might have finished 10th last season, I have a strong conviction Wolverhampton Wanderers would be relegated this season. No strong feelings attached, Bruno Lage doesn’t seem ready for the next season.

 

Golden Boot: Mohammed Salah

Most Assist: Trent Alexander-Arnold

Most Clean-sheets: Hugo Lloris

Most Goals Scored: Manchester City

 

See You At The End Of and Season!!

Written by Jokanola Bolaji

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