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Episode 63 · 2 years ago

"Liverpool back-to-back Champions???" 2020/21 Premier League Predictions - Episode 62

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

Hamish goes solo once again but this to discuss the world game. The world's largest sporting league, the Premier League, once again returns to action and Hamish shares with us what he believes will be the order of the table come the end of the season.

Cheese settle. Welcome back to the on the ball podcast. Today is episode sixty two of the show. Back by myself. Actually felt another solo episode was you know, Jew I enjoyed my last one. Actually, maybe a bit of me time. They're but don't mind it. So today we're going to be previewing, previewing the Premier League season of two thousand and twenty twenty one. So That's two thousand and twenty two, two thousand and twenty one. It sounds confusing, but basically all I'm going to be doing is predicting the ladder. So we're just going to be running from twenty to first position and I'm just going to say where my teams are. So there's going to be a few outrageous calls, I'm sure, but just allow it or and yeah, really looking forward to the premier league starting. Did our review episodes only the other week, so that kind of got me back into soccer, looking at all the stats and stuff, seeing the breakout players. So I really looking forward to the season. And Yeah, so we'll start from position twenty and we'll go work our way up to number one. So number twenty. It's always tough to know where the promoted sides are going to come because we haven't really seen like a form one in the premier league because obviously the champion ship is a different league. Not There's a bad league and any stretch of the imagination, but she's just hard to relate a past season's performance in the championship to the Premier League. It's time to know which players will dominate. They're not in the prem vice versa. So, unfortunately, last I'm going to go with West Bromich Albion. I can't lie. I think this team has gone up and down quite a bit in the last decade. For me, they're just not a team that strikes me someone who's going to come up and just perform really well. I think they're going to be in the relegation battle no matter what, even if they do survive. But I've got them twenty at currently. I'm recording this on the eleventh of September, so deadline days not till the fifth of October. So a lot of teams could change and I'll probably do a transfer season review when deadline day strikes. Will probably review each transfer window. About the moment, West from haven't really gained or lost anyone of their starting Xi of last season. So that's already a red flag. The promoted teams normally need to invest in a few good pickups who are ready to take on this premier league level of footy. Yeah,...

...so they last year they got promoted, they came second. They were in first for in I think the second half of the season for quite a bit and then leads overtook them and one the championship. But what struck striked me, was struck me, sorry, was in after lockdown. So in the ten or nine or ten rounds after lockdown they came eleven in the championship, only winning thirteen points. I think they had three draws and a loss in their last four rounds. So I think some of that might have been pressure, you know, choking when the title was on the line, but that that does, you know, raise concerns over their form coming into this season, because that was only like a month ago or a little bit more. So yeah, I fear for West Brom unless they make some good signings in the next month. Next up I've got another promoted team. I know it's a bit of a cop out just relegating the promoted teams, but Fullham, I think we saw it two years ago when they came up. They looked really out of it. I think this time they'll make a better fist of it. Last time they spent really, really poorly. This year they haven't really spent much money either, like West Brom, I think because they did spend so much the other year. They so I don't know what's going on. So they've got Jean Miquel Serry and Frank Zembra UN Gee, I think his name is, or Sean, Frank Zembo and geese or something, both midfielders they signed last time they came into the prem loan them out last season. Currently they're in the squad but I don't know if they plan to loan the back out or transfer them away. They're not being predicted to start in the first game week for full hum albeit and geese so had a very dominant season for Villa Reale last season. So that's quite interesting that they're not predicted to play. So maybe they are intending on loaning them back out or selling them. And then, apart from that, they've loaned in Ariola, the PSHG backup keeper, to be their back up, because I know the Fulham goalkeeper was chamanship goalkeeper of the season last year. They've loaned Mario Lemina from Southampton and Kenny test a from Leon so nothing really major in terms of gains and losses of form. They're not really lost anyone of note. So yeah, I've got them nineteen. They were in. They came sixth in the lock after lockdown period of the season, which isn't bad, but it's probably not something that's going to get you excited for their season this year and they did make it through the playoffs coming forth. So yeah, once again I fear for Fulham and their survival hopes. Next, I think I've got a bit of a shock here because they have been in the Premier League for quite a while, but I've Gone Crystal Palace. They came fourteen last season. But the thing that really concerned me in the post lockdown period they came nineteen, only accumulating four points and in terms of expected points. So this start...

...is done so there's an expected goal stap done by site or group called Understat and it works out the expected goals of each shot taken in the match and then it adds it up and then at the end of the game you get a pretty fair reflection of who should have won the game, who outperformed, like you know, who scored a great goal, who missed a sitter, stuff like that, and then they do that for every single game the season and eventually accumulate the points that they should have technically earned if they didn't overall underperform. So obviously it's teams always going to under it overperform, but it's a pretty good base layer of how could they actually performed? So last year they were seventeen in the premier league on expected points and they were nineteen, similarly to their actual position and post lockdown. So for me that strikes a bit of fear in my heart for Christal Palace's survival hopes. They have signed ever reck every she as A. I honestly could be butchering that. It could be ever rack a, it could be as a, it could be ease. He's an eight. He they pay a team mill from him from QPR Young Center attacking midfielder. He made the championship team of the year. I think he's only twenty one. So pretty promising signing there. They also got batchuai on loan from Chelsea, who hopefully will displace. I use the striker because I do like Batchuai. So they're two pretty good signings I reckon. But yeah, the rest of their side is exactly the same. I think they're quite old and a lot of good positions. I think Zaha they're still over reliant and him and eventually that's going to run out and he's getting older now. Still believe they should have cast in on him two years ago. But yeah, I think Christoph Palace might struggle a little bit this year, especially with a lot of the mid table teams taking it the next step. Now in seventeen, just missing the relegation zone. These guys probably from sixteen to eighteen, maybe even fifteen to eighteen. I think there's a few teams all in the mix for relegation. I've got new castle united. Similarly, they seriously overperformed last year. They came thirteen on the table, but expected points actually had them last. So but below nowich. Everything then they were quite a way below nowich. I think they were seven points below nowich on expected goals. So it showed that they were just overperforming. There was scoring, the very few chances that they were creating a game. May Be scoring a few world he's as well, with low expected well predicted probabilities. And then post lockdown they weren't great either, which I think will be a good form stif like yard stick for this season because it was only so recent. So they were fifteen in both expected points and actual points post lockdown. So for me I think Newcastle was going to struggle a bit this year. They they signed cal Wilson, not a bad signing. Is probably going to...

...do better than Joel Linton will definitely score more than he did this year and the scoring two goals or something. They got in Jamal Lewis from Norwich, who looked decent in a pretty poor defense of Nowich last year left back, and they also signed Jeff Hendrick and Ryan Fraser on a free. Jeff Hendrick I don't think he'll start, but Ryan Fraser probably could start. Maybe him on one wing, Saint Maxima on the other, and he only like eighteen months ago. He was being rumored to go for about fifty meal at one point when he was like the toper sister in the premier league. So that's a pretty good pickup. Considering Ruse for free. I think Bournemouth, MR trick then letting him go for free. They're they're only losses are Lazarro and villams. Both went back to their home clubs on loan, but I don't think they had too much impact during their loan spells anyway. So yeah, I've got a newcastle just escaping relegation, but it wouldn't shock me if they went down. But I don't mind their business so far. Next up I've got West Ham and other team similarly who could be in a bit of a tussle for relegation. But the thing that makes me think they will be better this year. Well, not better. I've got them sixteen. They came sixteen last year. Is that. I think they're signings from last season. Although they didn't smash it last year, I think they would be better this year. I think said Haller and Pablo for now's in particular will improve this year and ultimately lead. They will see west ten finish above Pallis and new castle. At the moment their business it's pretty well, it's nothing really. They've they made Thomas Sus check or sue check permanent signing, but he played the second half of last year's a check CDM and then zap letter and Carlos Cent Chez. Both they are their free agents, so I don't think they played that much last year anyway. So they performed exactly where they should have last year. They were expected points. Was In sixteen. They came in sixteen, so they've done no business. So I guess that's why I'm going for sixteen again. But yeah, I could see why you could have them down in eighteen, but I like I'm just hoping. Well, I'm more hoping than predicting, but I think four Narles and hollers should be better this year and I know that had a few injuries as well last year and they were pretty decent post lockdown. They came ten into fifteen. I've got the other Clareton will the street. Clarton blue sides isn't there, but I've got Austin Villa. This is probably a shock. I think a lot of people will have them to be relegated, given how close they were last season. Last season they were seventeen fourteen post lockdown, so not bad post lockdown and they were actually seventh unexpected points post lockdown, so they've done pretty well there. They were eighteen and expected points, so technically they should have gone down probably, but they just picked whatford. But I think they've done some really awesome business this year. I think last year their business is really bad. They did similar to full in the season before. They just got probably a...

...little bit excited with the Premier League broadcast revenue money and just splashed it on players who probably they'll probably overpaying for players, but this year they've been smart. They got Watkins from Brent for the striker. He was the championship player of the year last year. I think he scored twenty five goals or something in a team that came third. And the championships been producing a lot of good talent recently. Ones that come to mind in particularly James Madison. We saw he went from the championship straight into the Prem and smashed it. So it's becoming a pretty good producer of talent and it's a pretty tough league, so it's usually pretty safe to get someone from there to take the step up because they're usually hardened in the championship ready to go for the prem so I like Allie Watkins. Will be interesting to see how he goes. They did pay thirty one bill but we're not here to review transfers and then they also got Maddie cash who is a young right back from Nottingham Forest. He is really good as well. I think he only just narrowly missed out on the championship team of the year but yeah, he's really exciting player. I know a lot of the forest fans were disappointed to see him go but kind of proud that he has taken the step into the prem because he's a big talent. Yeah, so for me those two signings and maybe, similar to West Ham, that some of their signings last year might be better this year. I reckon they're going to come fifteen, but I could definitely see them coming eighteen. For me, fifteen to eighteen was very close. Next up I've got probably another surprise. I've got Brighton. I was talking about mate the other week. Noah Barrens, she's been on the show before. We were saying maybe Bryant could be Reli. Relegation candidates this year, but looking at their business and they're underlying stats of last season, I actually think they're going to be fine this year. I've got them in fourteen. Last year they came fifteen and they were twelve post lockdown. So they did pretty well there and they're expected points. Last year had them in thirteen, so they were pretty safe from relegation in the end. In terms of business, they've got Yo Veltman from I ax, a center back Adam Alana from Livapool on a free and they've got been white, who's probably an unknown to most premier league fans, but he was a center back who's onload at Leeds last year, a young English I think he's twenty four maybe. I went and watched Lee. I was lucky enough to go to arsenal leads in the FA Cup, and Ben White really stood out to me. I thought he was probably the best player on the pitch, to be honest, and he made the championship team of the year. And I'm assuming they let Duffy go on loan to Celtic. And Yeah, I'm the pretty I looked at the predicted lineup for tomorrow night's class or Monday, I don't know when they're playing, and Veltman and Ben White are expected to be the center back pairing or treat and a...

...formation they're going to play. Other losses. They lost Aaron Moy to China and Martin Montoya. So Montoya are Duffy probably not big losses more you might witness, you know, a bit of an impact from his departure, but I don't know. I think they've got enough creative players around to fill that void. Adam Alana. He's not expected to start on the weekend, but I actually think Adam Lawana could be pretty decent for them this year. We've seen in the past if Liverpool let a few players go, seem like ings is the purseig example. I'm not saying he's going to come out and be as good as ings was his bit older, but I think even in the short stints he had with Liverpool last season in the big games, I think he's still showed that he's got a lot of creative ability. He always has. So I think Lilana could be a nice little free signing for Brighton. So I've got them in fourteen. Thirteen. I've got Burnley. I'm always a tough one to predict really because you look at their team on paper and you think their relegation candidates, but they always somehow a mid table this is probably so I've got fifteen to eighteen close and then fourteen. Maybe they're in that pack as well Brighton, but I think they're probably going to distance himself a little bit. But then I think thirteen to night is their own little category as well. So it's almost put up into divisions this premier league season. I reckon I've got barely dropping to thirteen. They came ten last year, exactly where they're expected points had them. And then post lockdown they came ninth, but they're expected points had them in sixteen post lockdown. For me, nothing against Burnley. I just think the teens above them are better and have had better business. Burnley haven't really brought anyone in. They lost Jeff Hendrick on a free and Aaron Lennon and Joe Hart, so not big losses by any stretch of the imagination. But yeah, I think thirteen and not to be honest, I don't think Burnley fans will be too unhappy with that. Twelve I've got Sheffield United. I've got them similarly to Burnley, dropping three spots down from nine to twelve. For me there's probably not too much logic to this. Just once again I think the teams above them are better than them. They came in expected points, say eleventh, so maybe overachieved a little bit. And then post lockdown there with thirteen, so they're magic. Probably did rub off after Christmas and they probably got to the level where they should be out, but still a great side. I really like the tactics. They've got a great coach and they've made some really interesting signings this year. They're board and Ramsdale to replace Henderson, who's going back to men united. Big Job for him because I think Henderson was crucial to their success last year. And then they've also got Max low and jade and bogly or boggly, I don't know how to pronounce it. Sorry, they were too young. English Derby fullback and Derby. I remember I watched them when Frank Lap Lampard was coaching and they're just their whole team was always pretty interesting.

Had Nice young talent, so I think anyone coming from Derby you should always watch out for. And then they've got Ethan Amperdu on loan from Chelsea. Young Center back can also play bit of CDM. He's come from Leipzig, so that kind of shows the talent well the high regard they hold him in, so hopefully he puts in a shift. I like him. I remember it when he debuted only like sixteen. He didn't look out of place. And then they've got alliver burke from West Brom. Oliver Burk's kind of someone who's always struggled to find a spot in the team's that he's gone to, but he's always been a very talented youngster. So we'll see if he can make a difference in the Sheffield side. Now in eleven, you've probably noticed that I haven't mentioned them. The other promoted side, I've got leads. Leads, they could come anywhere from relegated to top six this year. I've seen someone predict them in sixth. I've got a mate from my career club who is a leads fan and he reckons they might not be as good as everyone expects actually. So I've got them in eleventh. They were promoted as champions of the championship and then pros lockdown, they will also first. So they did not drop off at all in terms of business. They've got Rodrigo from Valencia. A few of my well my brother and a few of his mates, they're predicting him to flop. To be honest, I could see it happening. A lot of the Spanish strike of Struggle in the Premier League, but we'll see how that goes. And then they've got Robin Kosh from Freiburg, who was we did a preview on a Friburg match the other month and I was looking at their starts and he was the clear standout in that side and they came like seventh or something, so he had obviously had a clear impact. But yeah, excited to see how Bielsa goes, their coach. Think he's a tactical master mind, probably top ten manager in the world, despite being stuck in the championship for like four seasons or something. They do lose Ben White who, as I said, went back to Brian. I think that's a pretty big loss after he made the championship team the season last year. But yeah, I really like leads. are very solid at the back, got Calvin Phillips in the middle, very good general of play and they've got attacking, exciting forwards, Patrick Bamford Rodrigo held a cost us, so will be interesting to see how they go. Then in ten I've got Southampton. I don't know. With Southampton it's a tough one. They came eleventh last year and you probably just by following the league, you probably think they overperformed with dannyings like scoring every chance he had basically, and stuff like that, but they were actually in the expected points. They actually underperformed. They were meant to come seventh and expected points they were third post lockdown as well, so they finished strongly. So there that's probably the reason why I've rank the invove Sheffield and Burnley. They've gained kyle walk competers, who...

...they had on in the second half of the season on loan, but they've got him on a permanent to replace Cedric, who's permanently gone to arsenal. They also got a center back called Muhammad Sali. Suit terms of losses, they loaned out Lamina and obviously they got rid of Cedric on a permanent and then the big one for me is they've lost lost Pierre Emil Hoiberg, who I think was pretty crucial to their midfield stability last year. They haven't signed anyone in that position, so I'm not too sure who's going to replace him. I was looking their squad list CDM's they've got like, you know, a real room Mayo who's like, I don't know, like sixty by now. So I think that's a pretty big loss to lose Hoiberg. He's always been a highly towded youngster and this season is probably the best seasons had as a professional. So I think he was a key to their success. So that probably what stops me putting them even higher, but it'll be interesting to see how they go and whether they actually truly did under perform last year or not. Next up I've got Everton. I've got them coming ninth. I don't know if this is just getting on the hype train of their recent signings, but I I'm sure anyone who's listening to this or if you follow soccer, you know their signings. But if not, they've signed alarm from Napoli, who only recently, maybe two or three years ago, was being rumored of fees of sixty, seventy mill then they signed to Kor a great tall, big CD FRENCH CDM Hummers Rodriguez. Surely everyone knows him. Absolute Star came to fame. Claim to fame was his performances for Columbia in the two fourteen World Cup. To be truthful, since then he hasn't done too much. He's kind of struggled at Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, but we'll see how he goes here. I think he has been coached by Ancio Lottie before, so maybe they've got a connection or something. And they at the moment they've got John Joe Kenny back from his loan spell at showerker, so who knows, he might help out. I don't know if you'll get loan back out. Turns the losses. They've lost Schneidel in late bands retired. SODBE went to Monaco back off his loan and then they go a Stecklenburg. They bought some other backup keeper, but that doesn't really matter, does it? They came twelve last year expected points, so had them in eight. They were eleven post lockdown. Expect to points. Had them eighteen. So they're pretty lucky post lockdown. But I like their business. And Yeah, I think Everton and taking good strides in the right direction. So I've got them to come night at the moment. Next up we've got Leicester City. I can't lie. Had less to a bit higher, but locky, my older brothers and Ussole fan kind of convinced me to change my word. I'll be honest with you guys. So I've got less than eight. I did think Lester had kind of emerged as a top six. So bide for the near future. But just after looking at the other sides, I think they might...

...slip down to eight. But I don't know. They're such a good side. I Love Brendan Rodgers as a manager. Really like their business. I like everything about Lester, to be honest. Last year they were five. Was Sixty two points. They're expected to come sixth, so didn't really over perform much at all. Post lockdown, though, that was pretty worrying. They were pretty awful post lockdown. I'll be honest. They were sixteen post lockdown the whole premier league. So that probably has led to me dropping them down to eight. In terms of their business, they've lost been Schill will, who I'm sure a lot of people will say that's a big loss, but they've replaced him with Castania from Atlanta be I'll be honest, I don't think chill will is actually that big of a loss. I think he although he's a great player, I think he's just a little bit overhyped because he's English he's young, so I think that's why he had such a price tag and why there was such hyp hype over him and Atalanta a great producer of talent in Italy, so I'd be excited about someone coming from Atalanta. See, I've got less an eighth. I don't know if that's controversial not be. Yeah, so seventh. I originally had to ask on eighth, but then my older brother, as has said, he commits me to chuck them above Lester and I could see his points. Last year they were eight and there's not really anything to suggest they're going to be worse this year. So that's kind of the reasoning why I've bought them up to seventh. They've signed Gabrielle, a center back from Lil, and Pablo Marii. I can't lie as living in the same house as an arsenal fan. I think as Senal fans are getting a little bit too rowdy about these two. It's very rare actually that center backs come in and are good successes, but these two guys, they're fairly young. They look promising, so we'll see how they go, because I don't really know why ass or just don't. I know it's tough fast to attract players at the moment when they're not in Europe, but I think they still kind of procrastinating on showing up that defense, but hopefully these two do it for them. Cedric's now on a permanent but that's probably not going to have too much impact, and they got Willie an on a free, which I think is not a bad deal. I think you're still playing pretty good standard of soccer last year, or football last year at Chelsea. And then they've got Saliba back on loan, back from loan. Sorry, and L Anny, but I don't know, I doubt you'll stay. So their defense looks to be short up. Salibre and Gabrielle are predicted to start, and then Pablo Mari's probably the backup, but we'll see how they go. Sleep is still very young and Gabrielle himself is pretty young and coming from a no offense to the French league. But it's a bit unpredictable sometimes with the products that come from the French league. Yep, so I've got a stool in seventh, but I really think from fifth to eight it's anyone's game. I think these four teens are all pretty tight. Sixth I've got...

Tottenham, so this is a tough one because they're underlying numbers from last year were really bad, so they finished in sixth, but they were expected to come twelve. Unexpected points post lockdown. They came fourth and they were expected to be eleven. So they were overperforming. A lot of it could be down to hung mins on and his freakish goals, but yeah, I don't know. I just think with the list they've got, if you look at it next to arsenals, if arsenal finished above them, they've got some serious head scrap they'll be doing some serious head scratching. No elfense to a stool. They've got a very young list. It's promising, but at the moment tottenham should be comfortably finishing above arsenal. They've got a lot of players who are worth a lot of money on in their prime, so they should be doing better than arsenal. and Arsenal have a young manager. Tottenham had brought in arguably one of the best in the world, Jose, which I'd seriously question that. But yeah, I think if they finished anything below sixth that Jose should be sacked because this team is too good to be dwelling down here. They should be competing for Champions League at a minimum. So they're brought in dougherty or dockerty. I don't know why it's called Dockerty, to be honest, but maybe it's something because he's Irish. But the right back from balls. I think that's a pretty smart signing. He's always looked pretty good for wolves. And, as I've mentioned, they've brought in Houbierg from Southampton. He's actually predicted to start tomorrow, I which is quite a shock with the midfield talent they've got. I know Jose a likes winks and dire and then they've got like endom Belle and las sels, so I didn't think he'd be getting too much game time, but that's good for him if he's starting, good to watch him to play. And then the side, Joe Hart, I don't think he will play. You just be a backup or maybe even a third string, who knows. And then they've lost Walk Peters, but they didn't really play last year anyway. And then they've lost for Tong and Vorm, so hearts are to replaceable, my guess. But for tonging, bit of a big loss, but you kind of dropped his standard recently and I think devons and Sanchez and out the VERRELDA definitely the go to pair there for Tottenham. Next up, I've got wolves coming in at fifth. Wolves they came seventh last year they were eighth and lockdown their expected points, so I had them in fifth for both of them. In terms of business, nothing to bigger note. They've Lost Docherty, Moor dougherty and they signed Fabio silver, eighteen year of forty mill. Apparently he's an absolute one. The Kid. I'll be honest, I haven't really seen anything of him, so I'll be interesting to see if he gets on the park. They've got some really exciting youngsters. They've got RUB and vinagree and they've got Pedro Netto, who we watched and field on our UK tour and he out on our UK trip over Christmas and he was very exciting. Course of the for defense a lot of issues. So I guess she aw Matino older brother when he was trying to convince me to put Arsen a fifth. That was one of...

...his arguments that, yeah, Matino was aging, and I guess that's a fair point, but I think so he's kind of someone like Santi because all who's just going to age like a fine wine and continue to produce impressive, stand quality soccer football. So yeah, I've got them in fifth. I just don't really see a reason why they can't come fifth. Basically, I think they're probably more solid than Tottenham and astor to be honest. I know they don't have that, you know, big caliber reputation like those two teams, but I think walls of the real deal. I don't think they're just going to have a few top ten seasons and then drop out. I think they're seriously in this. They've got a great team, they're well run, they've got a good coach. So yeah, I like wolves at fifth right. Next up we've got the top four. As I keep mentioning, I think this is split up into divisions this year and I think the top, the gap between fourth and fifth, will be pretty sizeable. I think the fourteens I just mentioned are a long way off these four. Fourth I've got men chester united. It's pretty bold. It was a real tough on between them and third place, which I'll get too in a second. But I've got them in fourth. But they're going to be improved this year. They looked great at the end of last year. They were second post lockdown third overall. They were fourth on expected so basically performed how they should. This year. I don't know know. I was looking up before and apparently Henderson might not actually start over to Hayer, which is pretty surprising given man chest united fans hatred for the Hayer, although I don't think it's deserved, to be honest, and Henderson is a great keeper. They signed Donny Vanderbeek, creative midfielder Chris Morling is at the club at the moment, but apparently he's only a couple hours or days from signing with Roma permanently. And apparently Marcus Rojos come back from loan and he is impressed Soulsha, which is quite surprising because he's getting on an age and they're only losses a Galo. They learned them out of China. So I can't lie. The vanderbeek signings a bit peculiar given the fact that they already have over balanced in terms of attack first defense. In that midfield and forward set up they're basically fitting in five attackers into a team, with FINANDEZ and Pog by preferring to attack the defend. But it'll be interesting to see how fand tobe slots in there. They'll be playing Champions League footy this year, so I guess that's a bit more of a ask than Europa League footie. So a bit of creative depth is a good shower, especially with Lynn Guard's regression last year. But yeah, vanderbeek looks really impressive in for I ax in the Champions League alot two seasons ago when they made their run. He was kind of the only one left behind I ax, so it'll be interesting to see how he goes, and probably more interesting to see how Bruno Fernandez goes, to be honest, because we'll see if it was just a sixth month fluke or if it is really this good, because he lit it up. Third I've got Chelsea. I think it's similar to evidence. Easy to get caught up in the hype of the...

...signings, so I was tempted to put united at third because I think will take a while for the signings to assimilate into the concepts of Chelsea and stuff like that, and some of the signings, although they look great on paper, they're not necessarily huge improvements to the side. But I think they have it's pretty good business at the end of the day and we're not looking at prices here. So they've added Habits Werner chill well, Zek Malangsar Tiago Silva. They've got backyok and Zappacosti in off loan at the moment, but we'll see if they get loaned out or get sold because they have played for Chelsea. If like two seasons they've lost Phillia, Willie a Pedra and Batshwhite on loan. So Chelsea's going to be an interesting one this year. I'll be honest. If they stay in fourth position after a two hundred and twenty millions spree, I think questions have to be asked. So that's probably another reason why I put them in third, just because I think something has to improve with these signings. They're pretty good on paper but, as I said, I do think will take a while for them to get into the setup. It's very rare. Well, it's not rare, but it's not like always that signings hit the ground running. And to chuck six into one squad that's pretty severe. And, like you know, three or four of them Willok, will be looking to start week in, week out. So yeah, it'll be interesting to see how they go. I've got them just above united, but I wouldn't be shocked if united came third because they did look very good at the end of last year. Second, so I think there might be a little bit of a gap between second and the third, to be honest, but I think third and fourth will be tight. Second I've got Liverpool. It pains me to say it is a Liverpool Fair myself, but when you look at the stats, it wasn't a flute last year at all. Don't get me wrong, we well and truly deserve the Premier League will the best team all season and you know, we almost broke records and stuff like that. But when you look at the underlying stats, Manchester City actually came above us and expected points, which is hard to say, and it was by a lot. It was by twelve points. So it was more they didn't actually underperform that much. It was more US overperforming. So we were that. What that means is we were finishing chances that we probably shouldn't have, which is a good thing. I say that like it's a bad thing. Or we were, you know, winning games where we had less shots than the opponent, all, less expected goals, we were less dominant, stuff like that. So I think we will come second. I think Manchester City will come first. I think the post lockdown stage was a bit of a preview of that. Man City gathered twenty four points. We only gathered seventeen. We were sixth in that period they were first. So I do think men's city will finish above Liverpool this year. Liverpool haven't really made any signings. They've signed Simicus, who's a backup left back. He's just...

...going to be there to replace Robertson at the cup and stuff, stuff like that. We're not too sure it's happening with the lone players at the moment. Like you know, you Harry Wilson's, your brewsters, your market grotiches are still the club, but they'll probably be loaned out or sold. Our only losses are lover and and Lalana on I think lovering got sold actually, but Lolana was a free so not too much change to the squad. So I guess you could say, well, with that logic they should perform the exact same as last season, but I just think man city will overrun it. On paper, man cities a better team and I think Liverpool just the stars Aligne last year and everyone was in the prime of their career playing perfect foot soccer and football so yeah, it pains me to say, but I do think Manchester City will get back into the winner circle this season. In terms of Man City, they've added Nathan Akin, fair around taught Torres. Neither, I think, really improves a team. Despite dropping, you know, seventy million it they've Lost David Silver, Claudio Bravo, lever a sonner. So I guess you could say the squad's gotten worse, but they had such sane depth already I don't think they really notice those losses. Phil Foden's come on to the scene and smashed it, so he's probably David Silver's replacement. And then, ever since they signed Mara as, they never really needed sign a. So yet for me, Manchester City will be the champions of the two thousand and twenty, two thousand and twenty one premier league season, but I do think will be close. So yeah, it's tough to predict. I'm sure I'll go none from twenty on these bad boys, but I've enjoyed this. Any other predictions I want to make? I'll just go one player one. I reckon Marcus Rashford to win the golden boots. I reckon you'll scored the most goals in a great attacking system at Manchester United. He's getting into the prime of his career, even though it feels like we've been watching him for, you know, ten years. If he can stay healthy, I think he will put together a great season, like he hasn't the last few. He actually underperformed his goal tally last season and he scored about nineteen. The only thing that hurts him as he doesn't take penalties like a lot of the other top scorer candidates do, because I think Finnandez takes them. But I think rushould will have a stella season. But yeah, thanks for listening. If you've joined me today, like and subscribe and rate and review and all that good stuff. Really appreciate it, but appreciate the listen more, to be honest. And Yeah, I've got to go do some study. I've got a fantasy premier league draft tomorrow and I know absolutely nothing about the game. So Weish me luck and I'll see you soon. Thanks. Enjoy this, enjoy the premier league.

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