Premier League- 2021/2022 Season Preview

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Everyone’s favourite league returns for what is turning out to be an explosive season, and potentially the most competitive one yet. For several years there have been two clubs challenging for the title, Liverpool and Manchester City doing so over the previous five years, before that it was Chelsea and Manchester City.

With new signings all around, the European Champions, and new managers, the Premier League is looking to be a mouthwatering competition yet again. La Liga has lost its best star, and German champions Bayern have yet again invested in their already impressive squad, the most open league yet is still the Premier League.

Which team will prevail and be crowned Champions, who will make the top four, and which teams will face the drop ? below we take a look at the season ahead.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – MAY 06: A view of the premier league winners medals prior to the Premier League match between Manchester City and Huddersfield Town at Etihad Stadium on May 6, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Champions Elect

Manchester City has always been a favorite for the title. Having the privilege of boasting an incredible bench to compliment their already star-studded starting 11, the recent 100m pound arrival of Jack Grileash is only boosted by their outrageous pursuit of Tottenham captain Harry Kane. Man City has the potential to once again challenge on all four fronts and will be expected to be in the top two for most of the season.

Chelsea has recently been crowned European Champions in an incredible debut season for Thomas Tuchel. How will he fare in his first full season as manager? The best is yet to come, with their pursuit of Romelu Lukaku to bolster their young impressive mercurial attack, a title challenge is definitely in the works for this every demanding London-based club. Expect Kai Havertz to be their main man this season and help Chelsea push Liverpool and Manchester City to that Premier League crown.

Liverpool has been superbly impressive over the previous 3 seasons but tripped and stumbled their way to third last season following key injuries in defense and midfield, and the drop in form of their two main attackers. A more than welcome return to form saw them pick up more points than any team over the last 8 games last season encourages that this team still has the drive and thirst to challenge for another title. The return of the colossal Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez will be sweet for the Liverpool faithful, although it will be a few weeks before we see them back at their best. The arrival of Ibrahima Konate has excited Liverpool fans, despite the lack of activity in the transfer market. Liverpool will be looking to offload more players before they add to their squad. Expect the likes of Naby Keita and Harvey Elliot to be the driving stars to compliment Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane in their pursuit of a second Premier League title.

Manchester United has been positive over the past year now and more faith has been issued to Ole. However, the arrival of Jadon Sancho and Rafael Varane is probably the last push and last attempt for Ole to bring titles back to Old Trafford. United boast a formidable squad and have no excuses to not post a more challenging attempt at the title, as well as in Europe. The Old Trafford fans expect trophies and haven’t been amused at the recent success of their cross-town rivals, and their Merseyside foes. Jadon Sancho has the potential to be the signing of the season and will look to make an impressive start in his return to English football, Rafael Varane is solid but has slightly dropped form over the last 18 months, he could be pivotal in controlling that Man Utd defense and help solidify their game from the back. Expect Man Utd to join the title challenge.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – AUGUST 09: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer of Manchester United greets Jadon Sancho of Manchester United ahead of a first team training session at Carrington Training Ground on August 09, 2021 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Leicester City is now a stable top 6 Premier League club and has proven to be capable of being in that top 4. Consistency, especially when the pressure gets tougher is what always lets them down and this season Brendan Rogers will want to fix that. He will have the full support of the club and the fans following the incredible job he has done, including bringing the FA Cup and the Community shield. Rodgers will need to figure out a way of keeping consistent and ensuring that he keeps the squad healthy as they compete with the riches of the top four. Jamie Vardy is an aging striker, albeit impressive, Rodgers will need to manage the veteran well to reap the goal rewards. Leicester could challenge for the top four, however they may face a tough uphill battle and will have to settle for a Europa League spot.

West Ham have surprised many, David Moyes is no stranger to stabilizing squads and working with a low budget but the job he did at the London club is impressive. The departure of star Jesse Lingard will disrupt their attack this season, but expect Moyes to figure out a way to keep the push for European football alive. West Ham have been quiet in the transfer market, but with deadline day approaching, a few additions might boost their chances of making European football.

Tottenham have a new manager, after a shocking dismisle of Jose Mourinho right before a cup final, technical genius Nuno Esperito Santo takes the helm of the demanding North London club. Nuno is known for his tight defense, well controlled movement and fast paced attack, and his first job would be to solve the issue of Harry Kane. They have been pursuing Argentine striker Lautaro Martinez, and could land him should their captain decide to move on. Tottenham have been dissapointing of late, and haven’t shown the heights that they showed under Pocchettino, however their fans are positive and expect them to push for a challenge to those important European places.

Everton have appointed Rafael Benitez in a controversial move following the quick departure of Carlo Ancellotti back to Real Madrid. Everton have a good young squad and are capable of pushing for Europe, a manager like Benitez is just the right man for the job. However, he will need to convince the club as well as the supporters that he is still capable of taking their club to the heights that he did with the red half of Merseyside. The derby is already heating up and we can’t wait for his return to Anfield, in blue. Richarlison will look to improve on his recent form and reach the heights that he feels he can. Everton have invested in their squad and anything but a top 6 finish will be a failure.

TOPSHOT – Brazil’s Richarlison celebrates after receiving his medal during the medal ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games men’s football competition at Yokohama International Stadium in Yokohama, Japan, on August 7, 2021. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP) (Photo by TIZIANA FABI/AFP via Getty Images)

Relegation Battle

Brentford FC have fought hard to return to the Premier League, however their return is only at a time when the Premier League is at its toughest. They will have to fight tooth and nail to stay in the league and might not have enough to survive.

Brighton have a good squad, although their key players aren’t always consitent. they finished 16th last season and will be expected to be at the bottom half again this season. The top 10 clubs are difficult to beat and investments come at a cost, Brighton will need to significantly improve if they want to move up the Premier League table.

Burnley ended last season on 39 points and were lucky to have survived, however no significant signings to their squad and those around them might improve over the coming weeks. Historically Burnley have always been a difficult team to beat, especially for the big boys, however its that consistency and lack of away form that needs to improve if they are to battle in that mid table range.

Southampton are a club that have dropped significantly down the table over the past few seasons. The recent departure of striker Danny Ings would not help their cause, and the Saints fans will want their club to show some ambition and help them return to the top 10.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 04: Head Coach Ralph Hasenhuttl of Southampton during a pre-season friendly between Southampton FC and Levante UD at St Mary’s Stadium on August 04, 2021 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Robin Jones/Getty Images)

Players To Watch

The Premier League is home to some incredible players, and here is our list of players to keep an eye for.

Jadon Sancho – Manchester United

Harvey Elliot – Liverpool (subject to transfer)

Jack Grileash – Manchester City

Ferran Torres – Manchester City

Kai Havertz- Chelsea

Bukayo Saka – Arsenal

Mohammed Salah – Liverpool

Raphinha – Leeds United

Youri Tielemans – Leicester City

Michael Olise – Crystal Palace

Mason Mount – Chelsea

Player of the Season

Potential players of the season are based on players currently in the Premier League and not those that are yet to transfer.

Mohammed Salah – Liverpool

Jadon Sancho – Manchester United

Kai Havertz – Chelsea

Ferran Torres – Manchester City

Rafael Varane – Manchester United

Thiago Alcantara – Liverpool

Bukayo Saka – Arsenal

Top Scorers

Mohammed Salah – Liverpool

Harry Kane – TBC

Marcus Rashford – Manchester United

Edison Cavani – Manchester United

Richarlison – Everton

Ollie Watkins – Aston Villa

Danny Ings – Aston Villa

Raheem Sterlin – Manchester City

These are our picks for the exciting Premier League season ahead. Do you agree with our picks ? who do you think will win the Premier League ? Let us know in the comments below! Engage on our social media and your pick could be featured in an article.

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