Soccer fans, European football action is back this weekend! The English Premier League is set to start this Friday, August 13th .
With the Premier League set to start so soon, I figured to share with you my Premier League ranking for the 21/22 season. Let’s get started.
Who Will Relegate This Season?
I will get this Premier League ranking started by talking about the teams I see relegating this season. Of course, when talking about relegation it’s not enjoyable but it’s a part of the game. Here we go:
#20 – Brentford FC: The recently promoted team faces a difficult challenge as they compete in this Premier League with rosters full of incredible or developing talent. Their schedule has them facing a difficult Arsenal FC. In addition, the schedule doesn’t get any easier as in middle of the season, they face a difficult stretch of games versus Leicester City, Chelsea, West Ham, Manchester United and Tottenham. Unfortunately for Brentford, with how some of these teams loaded up this year talent wise, I find it difficult for them not to relegate this season.
#19 – Brighton & Hove Albion: Brighton barely survived last season. The team managed to find a way and end the season with 41 points and in 16th place last year. However, not a lot happened this offseason for a team that heavily needs a boost on all ends. Sadly, this is the year I see them leaving the EPL.
#18 – Norwich City: Talk about a team that has a difficult start! Facing off first against a sneaky good Liverpool, taking on Manchester City and then on Leicester and Arsenal! Yikes, what a harsh opening schedule. However, the thing for Norwich this season will be recovering from having sold away Buendia. While they still have guys like Todd Caldwell, Max Aarons and have added Billy Gilmour to their roster, they still need help forward. By hardly having an attack, this is a difficult league to succeed at this year and hope not to relegate.
#16 – Newcastle United: Newcastle managed to to finish in 12th place last year after clawing with everything they had last season an a little bit of luck on their side. However, you have to wonder how much longer is this luck going to run for. In this years’ team, they still have a decent offensive game Callum Wilson, Joelinton, and Yoshinori Nuto. In the midfield, the creativity of Allan Saint-Maximin, Almiron and Shelvey will be huge help for this team. However, the largest problem is defensively and while you have a good goalie in Dubravka, defensively you need a booster and the aerial game will be difficult to handle for this team. They will manage to stay alive but they will need some improvements come October transfer window in order to finish the season in better place.
#15 – Burnley FC: While you do have Nick Pope as your goalie, Burnley simply needs some major reinforcements in virtually every position. The only reason I see them finishing in 15th is because of how difficult this team was to face last year. Most of the top 4 teams struggled against them and this year, it may not be all that different. I also see this team relegating but will give them the benefit of the doubt this once.
#14 – Southampton FC: Ralph Hasenhuttl brings some major concerns with this team here. First of, letting Danny Ings go is going to cost this team significantly! Now their major options in their attacking front are Theo Walcott and Shane Long. Creatively, James Ward-Prowse is your guy but you’re running the risk of injury to be the deciding factor whether this team succeeds or fails this season.
Predicting The 10th – 13th Place Of the Premier League
As the Premier League ranking continues, here are my 10th-13th place picks.
#13 – Wolves: Bruno Lage comes to this team with the difficult task of figuring out a game plan for this team. The best thing happening for this team is the return of Raul Jimenez upfront. However, concerns of Ruben Neves potentially getting moved remain high. Also, will need to see how Sa performs for Wolves. He’s tasked with filling big shoes especially as Rui Patricio was moved to Roma in the offseason.
#12 – Crystal Palace: Patrick Vieira is the new boss in town.
While this is great for a team needing a new leading voice, It’s hard to know exactly what to expect with this team. Although, given they managed to keep Zaha and how good Vincent Guiata was for them, this season could be better than last year for Palace.
#11 – Leeds United: Marcelo Bielsa proved last year the type of coach he is! However, this core will face a huge challenge adjusting to the level of talent brought on this year to the league by other clubs. I believe Marcelo will manage to make it work, but they will need to be very active come October transfers as well.
#10 – Everton: Roster wise, this team has a good base to compete and stay afloat. Although, my main concern is how Rafa Benitez will coach this team and if the chemistry will actually be there. If Rafa can’t manage to give these players the confidence they need, this team could fail miserably.
Middle of the Table!
Its time to bring out premier league ranking for the middle of the pack this year.
#9 – West Ham United: What a phenomenal season last year by David Moyes and company. However, this year will be a challenge midfield wise as they have returned Jesse Lingard to United. Moyes, what is your replacement plan? West Ham will need a deep threat this year like Lingard once again and until they do that, I don’t see them landing higher in the table.
#8 – Tottenham: Mourinho is gone! Thank the heavens. The only concern here is, will Nuno be able to lift the confidence of essential players at this club and will the chemistry return to this team? Tottenham will need the Dele Alli we all once knew, concerns around Kane leaving remain high as well. Just not entirely sure I could see them go anywhere higher, although I wouldn’t mind them being the surprising team this year. A slap in the face for Mourinho never gets old.
#7 – Aston Villa: Jack Grealish leaving this team will fuel them to prove why they can’t be disregarded so quickly. Dean Smith was quick this year to reach and went out and got Danny Ings fast. With that type of mindset, it’s exactly what this team needed. Aston Villa also loaded up in the offseason having added Emi Buendia and Ashley Young to this team. Expect them to be competitive and driven this year!
Fight for The Europa League.
#6 – Arsenal FC: I really like the aggressive drive by Mikel Arteta this offseason. Having added someone like Lokonga to this roster is an excellent move. However, now that you have a decent roster and one to compete with, can Mikel bring this team to the Europa League tournament? Only way to find out is how they’ll do this season. Oh, and Arteta still needs to figure out his best option upfront, whether it is Aubameyang or LaCazette. Keep an eye out on Bukayo Saka and how he will develop this season though.
#5 – Leicester City: I love the addition of Boubakary Soumare. However, Brendan Rodgers needs more especially if Leicester ends up sending James Madison away to Arsenal. Let’s also not forget about their end of season slump which happens every year. If Leicester can go out and get Rob Holding from Arsenal, it will be the defensive boost they need in order to land higher in this years’ Premier League ranking.
Premier League Predictions for 2nd-4th Place!
# 4 – Liverpool FC: I am incredibly excited for the return of Virgil Van Djik to the lineup. However, we all know well how hard it is to comeback from the injury that Virgil sustained and hence the move by Klopp to get a great supportive backup like Konate. The concern here is, now that Wijnaldum is gone, who is taking his place? Also, who will be your attacking forward, Firmino or Diogo Jota? In addition, the distraction of having to find a way to extend the contracts of Sadio mane and Mo Salah which expire summer of 2023 might be some serious turmoil to navigate for this club. Who knows though, if there is a manager that can make it work is Jurgen Klopp. Either way, expect Liverpool back in Champions League action.
# 3 – Manchester City: Yes, they got Jack Grealish and it makes them a super club. I agree! However, I believe Pep’s main goal with this team is Champions League glory and therefore their attention to Premier League won’t be as high as last year. Also, still have to figure out the whole Harry Kane deal and find a good way to add a good bench option if Bernardo Silva is moved elsewhere.
# 2 – Manchester United: Personally, I believe this team could potentially win the title this year. However, some major concerns are still in the air and ones that can’t be avoided at all. The first one being, will Ole finally figure out a formation for this squad now with Jadon Sancho as part of the starting lineup? Let’s say he does. Second concern is, what happens in the case of injury for someone like Cavani? We haven’t seen much from Martial in training and our options are now limited forward-wise.
Premier League Winners!
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The Blues fans are in for an amazing treat this season. Lukaku’s return to Stamford Bridge seals the deal for a team that needed his services and immediately. We all saw what Thomas Tuchel can do with this team. Now picture what that attack will look like with the likes of Pulisic, Mount, Werner or Havertz and add to that Lukaku. People often forget how young Romelu is, the guy is 28 years old and thriving.
Lastly, have to add the importance of N’golo Kante in this team. At 30 years old, the French offers Chelsea the best option at center-mid and one of the deadliest at that position currently in the world. If Tuchel can manage this team with the same passion and drive as last year, there is nothing stopping Chelsea this year.
It’d be wrong of me in this premier league ranking not to give Chelsea their credit where its due.
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