We are midway through the Premier League season and have no clear indication of a front runner to win the title. The top of the table is more crowded than a local pub after the end of the pandemic. But could I really predict how the table will turn out by the end of April?
Probably not but why not give it a go and see how wrong I’ll probably be in 4 months time. So with out further a due here’s my Premier League table prediction for the end of the season.
20. Sheffield United
No surprises here really is there? The team with the worst start to a season ever finishing bottom. Sheffield have been poor and really have suffered second season syndrome. Chris Wilder might find himself with a job in the Premier League again before The Blades return back to the big time.
19. West Brom
Big Sam was brought in to strengthen the defence and give The Baggies a fighting chance at survival. Instead I see them occupying the same space as they currently do now and being on a one way ticket to the Championship. This is probably his toughest job in a relegation battle but even Sam Allardyce can’t save this West Bromwich side.
18. Newcastle United
Now hear me out here, many probably think that this should be Fulham. But no, I’ve gone with The Magpies. Steve Bruce’s side aren’t consistent enough to remain in the league for another season and subsequently will lose a lot of players over the summer. The Championship might just be the perfect league for Joelinton to find his scoring touch. But the shinny object The Magpies will be after is the Championship League title next season.
By Scott, they did it. Is what we will say once my predictions all come true. Scott Parker will guide this weak Fulham side to Premier League safety, before the club goes on another massive spending spree in the summer. The Londoners will be happy with survival but will expect more next season.
Burnley have just ended Liverpool’s 68 game unbeaten run at home with a 1-0 win, that’s good enough for 16th right? Jordan North’s happy place Turf Moor will be in the top flight for another season but will need to invest if they want to progress further.
The Seagulls have been far from spectacular this year but have won when it’s mattered. The south coast outfit are not known for flashy football or slick one touch passing but keep doing enough to survive and at this level it’s all a fan can ask for.
This is a shocker I know but Wolves just haven’t been themselves this season. Missing main striker Raul Jimenez due to his horror injury has been a massive impact on their positioning in the table. Although they may shop for a new striker in the January transfer window, the damage is already done.
13. Leeds United
Marcelo Bielsa’s side have wowed the Premier League fans with their never say die attitude and attacking style of football, but it’s also been their downfall. Leaking goals and struggling to defend from set pieces has meant the West Yorkshire side have failed to convert convincing performances into 3 points. Something the board will look to amend over the summer however, not a bad return to the top flight.
My next bold claim is that Arsenal will finish in the bottom half of the table under Mikel Arteta. Aubameyang hasn’t been firing on all cylinders and the defence looks suspect at crucial times. The shining light in the past few weeks has been Smith-Rowe but I don’t know how much long they can relay on him to perform. Arsenal Fan TV will have a great time picking apart this season I’m sure.
11. Aston Villa
Dean Smith, what have you done with the real Aston Villa? This isn’t the same side that narrowly avoided relegation last season. Jack Grealish has really shown his class, at least on the pitch anyway, and Ollie Watkins has been a handful for most center backs in the league. Mix that with Tyrone Mings and Martinez in goal looking in top form, 11th looks a bit low. Although the teams above are a step higher, they’ve been superb.
If you watch Stand Your Ground, you’ll know the joke that I keep predicting The Saints to win the league. However, it won’t be this season. They have been impressive particularly James Ward-Prowse and Danny Ings, but a solid mid table finish is where I see them.
9. Crystal Palace
I’m basing this all off the back of a recent signing, so if this player doesnt perform I’m going to look stupid. French striker Mateta for Mainz has signed on loan for the rest of the season and looked strong in the Bundesliga. This coupled with the attacking threat of Eze and Zaha could really cause a problem.
8. West Ham
A side I thought would struggle this year has really been a stand out, especially since the turn of the new year. David Moyes has The Hammers playing decent football and a top half finish isn’t a step too far. If they replace Haller, who has joined Ajax, they could be on to a winner here.
Carlo Ancelotti’s saw the dizzying heights of the summit of the table early on this season and they’ll get no closer than that I’m afraid. The Toffees haven’t been at their best since December and an injury to Calvert-Lewin has stalled their season. This might be the perfect time to rebuild and look towards next season.
After spending big in the summer everyone predicted big things from Super Frank and his star studded Chelsea boys. Instead we’ve seen a side lacking an identity with the typical problem at the number 9 role. Maybe the number is cursed for Chelsea but Werner is struggling for goals just like his predecessors. Lampard might end up jobless at the end of this season and it won’t be due to Covid budget cuts…
Their first title in 30 years, to Europa League football the next. Liverpool have been plagued by defensive injuries and a run of bad form has dampened the mood around Anfield. Klopp’s ‘heavy metal football’s has turned to wet paper football at times and the squad needs some adjustments made over the summer.
4. Leicester City
Brendan Rodgers just missed out on Champions League football last season, but he won’t this season. The Foxes have been solid all year and with main man Jamie Vardy still scoring goals, this side looks like a side to be scared of. The emergence of Justin in defence has been key for the departing Chilwell and Ndidi in midfield looks to have a very similar playing style to Kante… Either way what a season for Leicester.
Jose Mourinho may just have the deadliest duo on the planet right now in Son and Kane but is it enough to gain them their first piece of silverware? I think it might be but it will sacrifice their league position for it. With them in the final of the Carabao Cup against Man City, they will go balls to the wall to win their first trophy in over 10 years.
2. Man…… United
It was a toss up between the two Manchester clubs as to who would win the league and I don’t think the red side of Manchester has enough to do it this season. Ole has been at the Wheel and although it’s all over the road, some sense of stability has emerged this season. Bruno Frenandes has been sensational since his arrival at Old Trafford and will be the key figure to build his side around for years to come.
1. Man City
No prizes for guessing who comes first in this list. Pep will add another title to his long list of achievements as a manager. This City side has been one of the weaker ones we’ve seen over the passed few seasons at the Etihad, but they are still strong enough to claim another trophy. The Citizens will reign supreme but it won’t happen without a fight.
So there are my predictions for the end of the season. Let me know in the comments below if you agree or disagree and what you think the table might look like at the end of April.