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Original article published 29 August 2022
Aston Villa have strengthened very well over the summer transfer window, and may have done the best business in the Premier League. Boubacar Kamara and Diego Carlos are excellent additions from the continent, both of whom have traded European football for the Premier League.
They’ve also signed Philippe Coutinho on a permanent deal and may even threaten the European places under Steven Gerrard.
Wolves meanwhile, are unlikely to repeat last season’s efforts. They’ve lost Romain Saiss at the back, and their lack of firepower will likely see them struggle for a top-half finish.
After an impressive maiden campaign, Brentford will be aiming for Premier League survival once more. Ivan Toney’s goals will again be crucial, having bagged 12 last season, but the loss of Christian Eriksen, should he decline the Bees’ offer to stay in London will hurt Thomas Frank.
Fulham, too, will be bidding for survival and will be keen to shake off their developing ‘yo-yo club’ reputation. Fabio Carvalho’s loss will certainly hurt, but Joao Palhinha will add steel to the midfield, with Andreas Pereira adding creativity, and with the goals of Aleksandar Mitrovic, the Cottagers may find themselves well clear of the bottom three come next May.
The job Graham Potter has done at Brighton cannot be questioned, but one wonders how much further he can take them without a higher-calibre striker. Their struggles with xG have been well-publicised, and after so long, it becomes harder to blame luck. Neal Maupay has top-scored with eight in each of the last two seasons (tied with Leandro Trossard last season); they’ll likely need more if they’re to finish in the top half once more.
How the loss of Conor Gallagher affects Crystal Palace remains to be seen, but Patrick Vieira won plenty of admirers last season, and 12 months into the job, he may see his Eagles go from strength to strength.
Brendan Rodgers will be eager to get the new campaign underway and start undoing last season’s underperformance.
Although they did finish eighth, the whole season felt like a slog, though they certainly weren’t aided with injuries, particularly Wesley Fofana who missed much of the season. Jamie Vardy once again chipped in with plenty of goals, but 34 this season, Rodgers may need Patson Daka and Kelechi Iheanacho to step up to push for European football again.
It hadn’t been the transfer window Nottingham Forest fans were hoping for, losing Brice Samba and unable to retain Djed Spence, but Dean Henderson is an excellent replacement, and Taiwo Awoniyi, who scored 15 Bundesliga goals last season, gives Steve Cooper’s men, who are still riding the crest of a wave, a chance of survival.
Liverpool will once again be challenging for the title, and Everton’s first priority is survival. It will take two seasons of mammoth over- and under-performance for Liverpool not to finish above their Merseyside rivals.
While Manchester City fans will be disappointed with anything less than the title, United fans will be delighted with a top-four finish.
Erik ten Hag’s Reds are very much an unknown quality, and having cut loose a lot of the older and lesser-used members of their squad, the Dutchman will have been keen to bring in reinforcements, which have been sorely lacking.
Newcastle are perhaps the most intriguing team coming into the new season. Despite a seemingly bottomless pit of money, they opted not to throw silly money around in January, but pursued a series of smart signings, which saw them catapulted up the league. The second half of the season saw them competing with Liverpool and Manchester City in terms of points picked up, and European football could soon be returning to St James’ Park.
Leeds meanwhile, having narrowly avoided relegation, have splashed the cash, bringing in a number of new recruits as Jesse Marsch looks to mould his squad, having lost Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha
While Southampton have rarely threatened to crack the top 10 under Ralph Hasenhuttl, they’ve also rarely looked in danger of relegation. However they do seem to have stalled somewhat, and depending on their new owners’ ambition, they may seek more progress this season.
A lack of goals may be their biggest issue, with dead-ball specialist James Ward-Prowse the only player to reach 10 goals last season.
However there’s little to suggest Bournemouth have enough to stay up, and after a disappointing survival bid a couple of years ago with Fulham, Scott Parker will be out to prove he has what it takes to manage in the top flight.
Priced up much more closely last season, with both teams presenting a bit of an unknown, Tottenham backers couldn’t have wished for a better start, with Spurs winning their first three games and Arsenal losing theirs.
But things quickly unravelled under Nuno Espirito Santo, with Antonio Conte making an overdue arrival in North London.
Things turned around, despite voices of dissent from the Italian, but he’s continued to add to his squad following a good January transfer window, and fans will hope with a full season with Conte at the helm, a top-four place will come a little easier.
But Arsenal are also harbouring Champions League ambitions, and but for a late-season collapse, would’ve been there themselves. Fabio Vieira and Gabriel Jesus look like a couple of shrewd acquisitions as Mikel Arteta continues to mould and develop his youthful squad, but they’ll be tested with the addition of European football this time around.
Aston Villa, Fulham, Crystal Palace, Leicester, Liverpool, Man City, Newcastle, Southampton and Tottenham pays £18.02 from a £1 stake.