What To Expect This Season In The Premiership
July 17, 2016 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser

It’s hard to remember a season which has promised to be as intriguing as the 2016/17 season. With both Manchester clubs bringing in high profile managers who happen to be bitter rivals along with Antonio Conte taking over at Chelsea and the fact that Jurgen Klopp will have had a pre season at Liverpool makes it interesting times for a number of clubs. And that is without mentioning reigning champions Leicester and an improving Spurs. Throw into the mix an Arsenal team desperate to win the league along with clubs like Everton, West Ham and Crystal Palace looking to spend big money and it makes it a season to look forward to for a number of reasons. If last season is anything to go by then predicting how next season will unfold may prove difficult to say the least.

The fact that last season was such a massive let down for a host of the big guns means they have wasted no time in ringing the changes both on and off the field since the summer started. One could have been forgiven for thinking that the fact the Euro’s are ongoing would mean transfer business would be put on hold but this really has not been the case. All three of the big clubs have made significant signings and there is more to come as the big guns look to reassert their dominance following a below par 2015/16 season. Looking at what might happen next season there are a number of factors to take into account. A very interesting angle to look at is the fact that Chelsea are the only big club who won’t be in Europe in any form next season and I think this will give them a big advantage as they can direct all their energy towards winning the League. The same can be said for Liverpool in a sense but they do not have the same recent title winning history that Chelsea has although I do expect them to have a huge season none the less.

Of the two Manchester clubs it’s hard to argue that City seems to be in a slightly stronger position. They may have had a disastrous campaign last year by their standards but they did qualify for the Champions League at least. Utd on the other hand have the dreaded Europa League to look forward to and playing on a Thursday before the important weekend games will be far from ideal. While I do expect Mourinho to play a weakened side in Europe it may not be possible to rest as many players as he would like because the squad lacks depth at the moment. The lack of Champions League football may not affect them when it comes to attracting big names as Utd are a huge club but playing in the Europa League is a hindrance for sure. Both Manchester clubs also have a lot of dead wood in their squads so I really think Guardiola and Mourinho have big jobs on their hands if they are to win the title.

It is going to be very interesting to see how Chelsea fair next season under Antonio Conte. If Italy’s performances in Euro 2016 are anything to go by then the Blues are in for a massive season. This is by and large the same squad that won the league at ease two seasons ago and while I expect to see some changes to their squad they have a good core of players to challenge for the title again. With all the changes at the big clubs, stability should be the name of the game for Spurs and Leicester and you could argue that this could give them a head start next season. How Leicester fair next season is anybody’s guess but I do expect Spurs to be there or thereabouts again without winning the league. It will be fascinating to see how both clubs juggle the Champions League and I expect both to bring in a lot of squad players to help them cope on both fronts. Liverpool in my eyes are dark horses for the Premier League next season and I expect Klopp to really show his managerial skills after having a season to acclimatise to the Premier League. Arsenal are predictable at this stage so seem a shoe in for a top 4 finish but no hopers for the title. It really is an open competition next season and with so much change at so many clubs only time will tell who will rise to the top. It promises to be hugely entertaining though and ultra competitive and looks like it will be a season to remember.

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What To Expect This Season In The Premiership
July 17, 2016 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser

It’s hard to remember a season which has promised to be as intriguing as the 2016/17 season. With both Manchester clubs bringing in high profile managers who happen to be bitter rivals along with Antonio Conte taking over at Chelsea and the fact that Jurgen Klopp will have had a pre season at Liverpool makes it interesting times for a number of clubs. And that is without mentioning reigning champions Leicester and an improving Spurs. Throw into the mix an Arsenal team desperate to win the league along with clubs like Everton, West Ham and Crystal Palace looking to spend big money and it makes it a season to look forward to for a number of reasons. If last season is anything to go by then predicting how next season will unfold may prove difficult to say the least.

The fact that last season was such a massive let down for a host of the big guns means they have wasted no time in ringing the changes both on and off the field since the summer started. One could have been forgiven for thinking that the fact the Euro’s are ongoing would mean transfer business would be put on hold but this really has not been the case. All three of the big clubs have made significant signings and there is more to come as the big guns look to reassert their dominance following a below par 2015/16 season. Looking at what might happen next season there are a number of factors to take into account. A very interesting angle to look at is the fact that Chelsea are the only big club who won’t be in Europe in any form next season and I think this will give them a big advantage as they can direct all their energy towards winning the League. The same can be said for Liverpool in a sense but they do not have the same recent title winning history that Chelsea has although I do expect them to have a huge season none the less.

Of the two Manchester clubs it’s hard to argue that City seems to be in a slightly stronger position. They may have had a disastrous campaign last year by their standards but they did qualify for the Champions League at least. Utd on the other hand have the dreaded Europa League to look forward to and playing on a Thursday before the important weekend games will be far from ideal. While I do expect Mourinho to play a weakened side in Europe it may not be possible to rest as many players as he would like because the squad lacks depth at the moment. The lack of Champions League football may not affect them when it comes to attracting big names as Utd are a huge club but playing in the Europa League is a hindrance for sure. Both Manchester clubs also have a lot of dead wood in their squads so I really think Guardiola and Mourinho have big jobs on their hands if they are to win the title.

It is going to be very interesting to see how Chelsea fair next season under Antonio Conte. If Italy’s performances in Euro 2016 are anything to go by then the Blues are in for a massive season. This is by and large the same squad that won the league at ease two seasons ago and while I expect to see some changes to their squad they have a good core of players to challenge for the title again. With all the changes at the big clubs, stability should be the name of the game for Spurs and Leicester and you could argue that this could give them a head start next season. How Leicester fair next season is anybody’s guess but I do expect Spurs to be there or thereabouts again without winning the league. It will be fascinating to see how both clubs juggle the Champions League and I expect both to bring in a lot of squad players to help them cope on both fronts. Liverpool in my eyes are dark horses for the Premier League next season and I expect Klopp to really show his managerial skills after having a season to acclimatise to the Premier League. Arsenal are predictable at this stage so seem a shoe in for a top 4 finish but no hopers for the title. It really is an open competition next season and with so much change at so many clubs only time will tell who will rise to the top. It promises to be hugely entertaining though and ultra competitive and looks like it will be a season to remember.

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