2019/20 English Premier League Preview
As the 2019/20 season kicks off in the English Premier League, the main focus will be on the expectations of the 20 participants. The 2018/19 season was a roller coaster to the very end, where the eventual winners Manchester City pipped Liverpool by a single point on the final day. The final two slots for the prized top 4 were also secured on the last day, with Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspurs seeing off a late rally from Arsenal and Manchester United. At the other end, Cardiff was relegated on the very last day of the Premier League after both Huddersfield Town and Fulham had been sent to the second tier earlier on.
Battle for the top
A lot is expected to change this season, some clubs have been more active in the transfer market, and we have also seen changes in guard for different clubs. English Premier League online betting has already placed Manchester City as the favorites for the title for the third successive year, and the question remains whether Liverpool will mount an even stronger challenge this season after a remarkable run that saw them lose by a solitary point, or Manchester United will break the cycle. We cannot rule out anything, especially after the Red Devils secured the services of Daniel James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace and Harry Maguire from Leicester City.
Spurs and Arsenal have also completed big deals bringing in Tanguy Ndombele and Nicolas Pepe among other recruits respectively. Chelsea, on the other hand, has brought in former crowd favorite Frank Lampard to take charge of the Bridge, and despite the transfer embargo imposed on them in 2018, we’re certainly poised to witness youth products rising to the top under the tutelage of the former English international. The battle for top four is undoubtedly going to be tougher this coming season, but chances are we are not going to have any new surprises for the Champions League slots. Betway and other top book makers strongly feel that the top six belings to the usual suspects.
Middle of the pack
Wolves were splendid last season, taking points from all top six sides apart from Liverpool in their return to the top flight. They have not sold their top talent, and their beloved manager signed a contract extension. Good times ahead, indeed. Everton, Leicester, Watford, and who knows, new boys Aston Villa, could break into the top ten. Leicester may have lost their influential defender Harry Maguire to Manchester United, and while it is a significant loss, it won’t bother Roy Hodgson much. If they managed to replace Ngolo Kante, then anything is possible. There are only a few stars you cannot replace in football, and Harry is certainly not one.
Still yet to kick-off, but it had been predicted Huddersfield and Cardiff would go down last season. They did. Southampton survived by a whisker, and with no new major signings, they’ll almost certainly find themselves in those familiar grounds. New boys Norwich were too strong for the championship, and they will be poised to challenge strongly for a mid-table finish. Aston Villa means business. New players have come to an already strong contingent, and no one sees them as clear relegation candidates. We cannot say the same for Sheffield United, though. Along with Newcastle United and Brighton and Hove Albion, there will be too much pressure on them to remain in the top tier. You can place your bets on Betway on who clinches the title or who gets relegated.