Premier League Predictions 23/24: Top Six

This weekend sees the start of the new Premier League season, and we are back to a full season without any major breaks.

Arsenal and United To Challenge City?

Pep`Guardiola’s Manchester City has been the juggernaut of England’s top-flight competition, but surely someone has to stop them if they can? Last season Mikel Arteta’s Gunners were top of the League for 248 days of the season, the most by any team in a single season. But injuries to key players i.e. Saliba meant that the wheels came off in terms of results towards the end of the season.

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The inclusion of Kai Havertz and Declan Rice will give the Gunners more experience in midfield, which may provide extra protection for their back four, as well as another goalscoring option.

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With Saliba missing out on the last few weeks of the season, it really left Arsenal short at the back. Last season, The Gunners had a win rate of 68.75% with the Frenchman and 64.3%. With the Frenchman in the team, they were also able two compete with Manchester City for more than half the season.

Saliiba’s presence at the back also gave Arsenal a sense of composure in the backline and the protection to play their free-flowing brand of attacking football.

But post his absence, Arsenal started to leak goals and drop points at the most crucial time of the season.

More importantly, the three draws against Liverpool, West Ham, and Southampton put a dent in their Title hopes before the killer blow at City.

“I had to go through that and it took me a few weeks,” “I don’t know if I’ve gotten over it, and probably I don’t want to because I need that to be better.” “There are certain things that you must have to win the title. We had a lot, but it wasn’t enough.”

Arteta: GQMagazine

But having spent a total of £208million in the summer, hopefully, it will turn out to be the point of difference between second place, and ending their 20-year wait for a fourth Premier League Title.

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Erik Ten Hag’s first season at Manchester United brought him success winning the EFL Cup, and securing a place back in the Champions League.

The Red Devils have not just sploshed the dosh on the Transfer Window, but it seems as if Old Trafford is having a bit of a revamp in terms of its hospitality area.

Moreover, Ten Hag has asked for a new ‘Players Lounge’ at Old Trafford, to help with the team’s matchday preparations.

According to The Guardian, the United Boss feels that it would give the players more time to monitor their diets and find it easier to build team spirit

Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal also made a request for a player’s lounge, but the Glazers turned down their wishes due to their crooked policy of spending against the club’s assets.

Will the launch of the Player’s Lounge inspire the Red Devils to a Title challenge this season?

Chelsea, Liverpool, and Newcastle Top 4?

What a season Eddie Howe’s Magpies had in 2022-23. Finishing in third place with 71 points is their best season since 1996/97 under Kevin Keegan, when they were Runners to Manchester United.

After that period, Newcastle only made it to the Champions League on two occasions, in 2002-03, where they finished in third place ahead of Arsenal and Manchester United, and 2001/02, where they finished fourth ahead of Arsenal, Liverpool, and United.

What was so impressive about 22/23, is the fact that they were the team who conceded the fewest amount of goals along with Champions Manchester City(33).

This season, the Saudi Arabian owners have cashed in €153.20m on Sandro Tonali(€64.00), Harvey Barnes(€44m), Tino Livramento(€37.20m), and € 8 million on Yankuba Minteh, including season-long loans for Jamal Lewis.

The Magpies were also eyeing a move for Fulham’s Antonee Robinson, it is also reported that Manchester City and AC Milan also were interested in the 26-year-old.

But that is no longer valid, as Robinson signed a new four-year deal to remain at Craven Cottage.

So with the four new signings and Elliot Anderson starting the pre-season in red-hot form, can this be the start of another successful season for the Magpies?

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It has been 12 years since the Reds failed to qualify for the Champions League and Jurgen Klopp is yet to win the Europa League. But this season, surely he would want to automatically secure a place in next season’s competition?

After losing Georginio Wijnaldum to AS Roma in the summer of 2002, Liverpool’s midfield lost its spine in terms of the Dutchman’s physicality.

With Liverpool’s high-intensity pressing, you need a bit of a physical presence in midfield, to protect your back four so that your opponents find it difficult to either play through the press or do you on the counterattack.

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Perhaps that’s where signing Alexis Mac Alister from Brighton and Hove Albion may just prove to be a useful signing for the Reds.

The World Cup-winning midfielder was a crucial asset for the Seagulls, and was their top scorer for 202-23, with 10 goals.

After impressing under Graham Potter, Mac Alistsr’s attributes as an all-round midfield player got better and better under Roberto De Zerbi, who took Brighton to a different level last season.

But with Liverpool being a club with a much higher status, can he show why he has the credentials of being a world-class midfielder?

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The manager-merry-go-round continues as Mauricio Pocchettino becomes the third manager after Graham Potter and Frank Lampard, to be appointed by Chelsea under the ownership of Todd Bohely.

After spending a total of £278.4million last summer, the Blues have so far spent a total of £278.4milion on Robert Sánchez (£25million), Christopher Nkunku(£52million), Kendry Paez(#17.27million),

The Blues along with Liverpool are also in contention to sign Moises Caiccedo, but the Seagulls are only willing to let him go for a price of £100milion.

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It will be interesting to see where the Ecuadorian ends up this summer.

Brentford and Spurs To Make Top Six

Since their arrival into the Premier League in 2021, Thomas Frank’s Bees seem to be improving season after season. 13th place in 2921-22, followed by a ninth place finish in 2022-23, shows how quickly the West London side has adapted to life in England’s top-flight competition.

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After missing out on the England squad for Qatar 2022, Ivan Toney showed Gareth Southgate why he made the mistake of not taking him, by netting a total of 20 goals in 33 matches.

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Signing Nathan Collins from Wolves for £ 23 million should give Brentford extra protection at the back. As Brentford showed their deadliness at set pieces through last season, his heading abilities will prove to be pivotal to their play in both boxes.

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The biggest issue for Spurs at the moment is sorting out Harry Kane’s future. The North London Club has made a deal with Bayern Munich to sign the England Captain, however, he is still keen on remaining at Spurs. According to sources, it has just been announced that Kane is travelling to Munich for a medical after the deal between Bayern and Spurs was agreed for more than £ 1 million.

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However, will the arrival of England teammate James Maddison from Leicester City for £ 40 million compensate for the loss?

Newcastle United was also in pursuit of the 29-year-old, but Spurs beat them to it.

What might help the Spurs creep into the top four, is the signing of Alejo Véliz. The 19-year-old from Rosario Central, Argentina was highly rated by new Spurs boss Ange Postecoglu.

“With young Veliz, he’s one we identified and he’s got a lot of talent for a youngster,” “He’s got a great profile. He is a big guy but he’s very mobile and he works hard. “He’s already made an impact in the Argentine first division and again good to have him in.”

Postecoglu: TBR Football

So this is World in Sport‘s predictions for the Top Six of the Premier League, Let us know yours.

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