The 2020/21 Premier League have started yesterday, 12th of September, with Arsenal playing the first game against Brighton. Unlike no other, the English top-flight is set for another roller-coaster ride this season regardless of no audience.
Here are the early predictions of which clubs will end up as top-eight in the table.
Manchester City may have gone trophyless last season due to various factors, but they would be ready to win back the Premier League title which they surrendered to Liverpool last season. Pep Guardiola has brought in two prospects Ferran Torres and Nathan Ake, with the latter being touted as the successor to former player Vincent Kompany.
Though they have lost Leroy Sane to Bayern Munich and much discussed Lionel Messi transfer did not happen, they have a balanced squad at his disposal unlike the last season. If their journey is not further derailed, they would be major contender for Premier League as well as UEFA Champions League.
The defending champions have shown rustiness post the COVID break and in the preseason games too. With Jurgen Klopp stating that there will be no big summer spendings unlike the rival clubs, Liverpool could lose their dominance this season.
Chelsea have been the talk of the town following their relentless spending spree, which has already brought in the likes of Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Thiago Silva, Hakim Ziyech and Malang Sarr – the run is likely to continue. The direction of the Blues is manifest that they are aiming at the Premier League title – last won under Antonio Conte – and it was even confirmed by Frank Lampard.
Manchester United would retain their spot inside the top four after what looked like an impressive last season – post-Bruno Fernandes’ arrival. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has recently added Donny van de Beek to the midfield ranks and is holding his horses for the top target Jadon Sancho.
Arsenal have proved their worth last season despite not carrying out any high-profile names in the squad. However, Mikel Arteta is still struggling to get his required target owing to the financial crisis. It could easily throw Arsenal out of the top-four equation.
Despite making few signings in the transfer window, Tottenham could still struggle to seal their spot inside the top-four. Jose Mourinho’s words ahead of the new season were as promising as ever, but it remains to be seen whether the Portuguese would stay relevant.
Everton can be the dark horses following their impressive transfer window, signing stars like Allan, James Rodriguez and Doucoure. With a veteran manager like Carlo Ancelotti at the helm, the Toffees can steer their way into the top-eight.
Wolves have already caught everyone’s eyes following their impressive last season and now with their shrewd transfer business. Fabio Silva, Wolves’ 35m pounds signing, is a player to watch out for in the upcoming season.