Premier League Preview – Fan View
The 2017/18 Premier League season is nearly here and we have decided to give the fans the opportunity to represent their team in our Premier League previews with ‘Fan View‘.
Fan View will be displayed in each Premier League preview alongside our expert tips, giving you, the reader, an alternative insight into the game ahead.
We have already published our Premier League Outright Tips so what are the fans saying? Read on for the first Fan View of the new Premier League season!
Arsenal – Gavin
“I believe Arsenal will have a better season than last season. Last season Wenger got things wrong on and off the pitch. But with the signing of Lacazette, we now have a number 9 that will score goals. If we can add Lemar or Mahrez to the side to take the pressure off Ozil, I think we could challenge for the league. My final prediction is for us to finish this season in 3rd as I think Chelsea and Man City just look stronger than us.”
Bournemouth – Jamie
“Following an impressive 9th placed finish last season, largely due to the efforts of Josh King’s 16 goals, I am expecting Bournemouth to have yet another comfortable season in the top flight of English football. With recent defensive signings in the shape of Ake and Begovic, as well as the proven Premier league goalscoring record of Defoe, I believe Howe has made some astute signings that will only strengthen the team.
As to where I think they will finish at the end of the 17/18 season, I believe another top half finish is achievable, certainly with current odds of 3.25. However, I think finishing 11-13th would be another more than reasonable finish for the south coast team.”
Brighton – Andrew
“Brighton are about to embark on their first ever campaign in the premier league after gaining automatic promotion from the Championship. Key to Brighton’s success last season was their impressive home record which was the best in the league and I feel that this could be essential to their survival in the 2017/18 season. There is no doubt that the Seagulls will struggle next year but if Chris Hughton can instil the same sense of teamwork and togetherness as he did last year, they could escape the drop. As far as a prediction for the upcoming season, I see the Seagulls finishing anywhere between 16th-19th but as a fan let’s say 17th.”
Burnley – Simon
“Burnley astounded and in some cases disappointed many pundits in staying up last season. Budget wise it was very much against the odds. With Sean Dyche however we have a manager whose emphasis is on total teamwork and organisation. Many teams struggled to break Burnley down especially at Turf Moor. We conceded lots of posession and caught teams by surprise. The Liverpool game being a prime case in point. The Reds had over 80% of the ball and still we beat them. This set the trend although rarely to that extreme. We were very rarely out of games…with perhaps the ritual hammering at West Brom being the exception. Expect more of the same this season. So far, the additions of Cork and Walters add vital experience and know how without being glamorous. Charlie Taylor from Leeds will add youth and competition at left back. Michael Keane will need replacing and we need pace going forward. Dyche prefers workhorses to flair it seems, which is frustrating, but we know it works so we put our trust in him. He has earnt that. Prediction: harder this season I feel and we need to hope the added experience will help. A relegation battle again but we will just have enough again.”
Chelsea – John
“Seeing as the transfer window isn’t yet closed we could still get the wing backs Conte clearly wants and some more midfield support, but with the way out transfer windows tend to go after winning the league I’ll not hold my breath just yet. I expect us to once again challenge for the title before finishing in the top 3 behind one, or both Manchester clubs, though at the odds I’d not be in a rush to back either of them. I also expect at least the ¼ finals in Europe and a good run in the FA Cup. I figure Conte will use the EFL Cup to give games to the fringe element so don’t envision us winning that. Morata should score goals simply because Chelsea will create a load of chances but how he’ll cope over a whole season as the number 1 striker is anybody’s guess. All in all I expect Chelsea to finish 3rd, FA Cup finalists, CL ¼ finalists & Morata to score 17 league goals.”
Crystal Palace – Jason
“After the departure of Big Sam, many Palace fans were left feeling a bit sorry for themselves. The former England manager had completely revamped our team and after beating the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool and to stay up for another season, it was a shame to see him go. This wasn’t helped by the process of finding a replacement dragging on for months with all sorts of names being thrown into the hat (I can’t believe Roy Hodgson was considered). Eventually Frank De Boer was confirmed and after his impressive spell at Ajax, Palace fans were beginning to think positive ahead of the season. De Boer’s incredible interest in youth development, tactical philosophy and style of play excited all Palace fans. When Palace finally made signings Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Jairo Riedewald, it was proof that FdB is going to invest in youth and also Fosu-Mensah looking like he will be coming in on loan from United has got the Palace fans excited to see our style of play. It was great to see during pre season, players such as Jason Lokilo and Nya Kirby being given chances – surely a sign of what is to come. Perhaps the biggest news of the summer for us the highly rated Croydon boy cult hero Wilfried Zaha signing a new contract, every Palace fan celebrated that like a Champions League win. He will play a huge role in our season to come and I can see him hitting double figures for assists and goals!”
Everton – Dom
“The 2017/18 season for Everton is one of their biggest in the clubs history. The project that has been started this summer now needs to start showing signs of progression on the pitch in what I feel will be a particularly tricky season to gain European football. With such a big squad overhaul this summer, it will be a while before we see the best of Everton especially with Koeman stating he still wants new signings. This season I believe Everton will likely finish 7th but I do think a cup run in the Europa League or one of the domestic cups is likely and I would love to see them all taken seriously as a trophy would be a great way to show everyone that the ‘Old’ Everton is back.”
Huddersfield – Ryan
“This is the largest challenge in Huddersfield’s history, and having seen us struggle to beat second-rate Championship teams last season, I am not overwhelmingly inspired going into the new season. However I remain spectacularly hopeful, which is one of the charectaristics that makes our club so beautiful. Signing Izzy Brown on loan in January was a great move, but failure to keep hold of him and seeing him snapped up by relegation rivals Brighton could come to prove costly. Completing the signing of Aaron Mooy is one of the things we will be counting on to prove fruitful if we are to stand a chance of staying up, and fellow midfielder Tom Ince has a brilliant chance to perform in the Premier League to give his personal credentials a much-needed boost. With all my heart I want Huddersfield to stay up, and with 22,000+ season tickets sold in a 24,500-capacity stadium, it will be an electrifying atmosphere week in week out, but I think we will finish 18th above Swansea and Brighton.”
Leicester – Michael
“Personally, I think we’ll be mid table again, no higher than 10th. I think we lack a quality creative midfielder to just control the play. Drinkwater seems to have 1-2 good games, then 6-7 bad games. Ndidi is good at breaking up play and getting into a good area but still lacks the quality final ball. Mahrez leaves before end of the transfer window, he doesn’t want to be here any more and looks like he cant be bothered, fans are on his back every game because he’s lazy in challenges. Kelechi will be good for us and if he can gel with Vardy quickly, I can see them getting 30 goals between them. Just need that creative midfielder. I would get rid of Mahrez ASAP to the highest bid and go for Sigurdsson before we miss out to Everton. Good quality player wasted at Swansea, 3rd highest for assists last season I believe. Linking him up with Albrighton and Gray on the wings would be fantastic. So yes, mid table for me at the moment unless we get Sigurdsson then maybe Europa League or just short.”
Liverpool – Chris
“Having watched Liverpool’s pre-season and seeing our new signings, this may prove to be a defining season as Klopp takes his first foray in the Champions League with the Reds. Salah has linked up great and (if Coutinho stays) the front 4 with him, Mane, Firmino and Countinho can and will tear defences apart. However defensive issues remain with a CB still needed. With potential Champions League commitments also, there maybe a burnout after Christmas, similar to last season. I still believe we will be there and thereabouts come the end of the season.”
Man City – Jamie
“My prediction for City’s finish this year is of course, to win the Premiership. After a year of Guardiola and his tactics, it looks like City have finally found their rhythm. Pre-season looked promising with some brilliant displays against Real Madrid and Tottenham. Although criticised for the amount paid for full backs this summer, I believe that they will be key in playing the ‘Guardiola’ way. The attack was fearsome last season, but a fit Jesus, with the addition of Bernardo Silva, it just looks phenomenal. The question is how will that defence cope? Stones will have a big season ahead of him, and under a fully fit Kompany I believe he will. Winning the premiership has to be his objective, but is this finally the year where City go further in the champions league, only time will tell.”
Man United – Tadas
“My thoughts on the 2017/2018 season for Manchester United are positive and hopeful. Mourinho is doing a good job in the transfer window not selling and not buying too many players to change the whole chemistry. Improvements are seen already for the team including the Lindelof and Bailly duo at the back and Lukaku joining the front alongside Rashford. My prediction is that we will probably finish 3rd in the league. I think Mourinho’s aim this season will be Champions League.
Coming back to the tournament is such a relief and the main focus will be going to the knockout stages at least, which in turn might negatively affect Premier League results due to rotation of the squad and the focus elsewhere. Last season was a good example of Mourinho’s tactics and decisions for ‘choosing’ a way to get a ticket to UEFA and they chose to win the Europa League instead of aiming for the top 3 in the league. This mentality should continue this season.
As much as I love Man United, I don’t think that we are worthy to win the league yet just because we still need to find our game and players who can utilise Mourinho’s plans fully, so I am backing them to finish 3rd or 4th but I am going with 3rd place.”
Newcastle – Dillan
“I’m expecting this season to be quite a long one, however I do fully expect us to survive, finishing around the 15th mark.
On what has been a rather disappointing summer in the terms of new signings, it is clear that we don’t have the funds to splash all over, meaning that we are having to be smart with our signings, which is what we have done.
The likes of Lejeune and Jacob Murphy have looked promising so far, however I suspect the latter of the two will struggle to adapt to Premier League football. As well as that, Manquilllo and Atsu have already had miserable spells in the league, but I do expect Atsu to bounce back and perform well, based on his performances in pre season.
I’m expecting to rely on Rafa’s master tactician skills to overcome the likes of Swansea, Burnley and various other “lower” clubs. I’d expect us to de dominant when facing those kinds of teams, providing us with the points to stay up. I believe that the bigger teams will just be more powerful and will essentially brush us aside.
I’m expecting a strong reliance on home performances as we always seem to have this hatred of playing away and the lack of firepower being slightly alarming, with neither Gayle of Mitrovic being capable of at least 15 goals a season as of yet.”
Southampton – Archie
“I am not one of the most optimistic of Southampton fans this season, with many of our fans still dreaming of European football, I’d be happy with Premier League safety. As it stands currently, we have only invested £6million into our squad (although Lemina could change that) and with our closest rivals Everton, Leicester, West Ham and Palace investing heavily in their squads, I feel that we could get left behind in the challenge for a top half spot. In saying that, there are a lot of reasons to be excited for this season, with Boufal having a strong pre-season and having a fully-fit Charlie Austin we should see more goals than the woeful end to last season. Mauricio Pellegrino looks to be bringing back an exciting attacking style of play which many of our fans have been longing for after last seasons negative, slow brand of football which Puel had drilled into the squad. I am predicting a very up and down year for the Saints, culminating in a 12th place finish and hopefully another partially successful cup run.”
Stoke – Nick
“With Sparky still in charge, one can still be optimistic at the progression made since he took the helm.
For this coming season we were dealt a huge blow by Arnautovic moving to West Ham, he was such an inspirational player for us. But for what we got for him compared to what we played and given his attitude during the close-season, well you can kind of see it as good business.
This season I am predicting a top 10 finish with a possible cup run. We have Butland back to fitness along with such an intelligient and proven player in Darren Fletcher, what a coup on a free!!
If Bojan can re-discover his form from a few years back and link up with Shaqiri, then we will look dangerous up-front as well as having the new big man Maxim#10 to bang the goals in along side Saido who should get back to firing them in now he’s settled more.
All in all, I feel maybe a new CB should be signed to provide us with more depth but with the current side we can definitely make a surge for top 10.
Shame we can’t play all our games at the Britannia on a cold Tuesday night.
COME ON THE POTTERS!”
Swansea – Jack
“After a disappointing campaign last season I fully expect the Swans to bounce back this year and achieve a comfortable mid table finish. I think that we’ve strengthened the team in key areas over the summer so far (Tammy Abraham & Roque Mesa) & have a manager in Paul Clement that has the fans firmly behind him unlike some previous managers. If we keep our key core players at the club (Fabianski, Mawson, Sigurdsson and Llorente) we should not be in a relegation battle at the end of the season. I think that the Swans will finish around 13th as there are plenty of worse teams in the division.”
Tottenham – Galen
“So for us Tottenham fans, we have lots of reasons to be optimistic. For a start, the new stadium will raise our club’s profile and increase revenue streams; enabling us to financially compete with the richest clubs in Europe. Harry Kane is chasing a third consecutive Premier League Golden Boot award and this young, aggressive and ambitious team will continue to improve under Pochettino. But will this be enough for us to win the league for the first time since 1961? While we would love to officially open the New White Hart Lane stadium in August 2018 as Premier League champions, there are several reasons why we will have to patiently wait. First, we don’t (yet) have the spending power of our top four rivals and currently have a limited transfer budget and a strict wage structure in place. Our home games will be played at Wembley stadium, where our players must quickly adjust to our temporary ‘home’ and its larger pitch. Otherwise, we will struggle to continue our home form from last season (an outstanding run of fourteen consecutive home wins, which began back in November 2016). We will need to pick up more points away from home this season to have any chance of a title challenge. So I think we will be chasing Champions League qualification, instead of the league title we crave. And I’ll tell you now, honestly, I’ll love it if Tottenham prove me wrong. Love it.”
Watford – Jack
“Where do I start with my beloved old Watford?
Last season started so well and slowly trickled away as the season went on, we hit the magic 40 point mark and then decided we were done for the season.
I expect it to be very different this time around with Marco Silva at the helm, he will have them players playing more attacking, direct football unlike the boring football we were used to last year. The fact Pererya is now fit again will be like a new signing all over again as he was vital in the early stages of last year. The addition of England u21 midfielders Nathaniel Chalobah & Will Hughes has been a breath of fresh air in pre season and we look a much better team with them in the side.
Even though Troy Deeney does bang in the goals, we are still crying out for another striker and hopefully Silva & the Pozzo’s will bring one in before the window slams shut. The departure of Berghuis was not welcomed by Watford fans and they are disappointed at the fact he’s gone.
Watford are a team that for the some reason, turn it up against the “bigger” sides including wins over Arsenal & Man U last season, however we then struggle against the likes of Burnley…BURNLEY!?
I predict my Watford side to finish top half comfortably with our heads looking forward instead of worrying about who’s behind us.”
West Brom – Alfie
“The main feel around West Bromwich Albion, following a physically rewarding but incredibly unexciting pre-season, is one of low expectation. Two signings, good signings at that, and the same number of wins, has lead to the fan base feeling underwhelmed; although I, personally, am an optimist, and my views of the coming season are still full of hope. We have a good starting eleven and several promising young players coming through, and with a three or four fresh faces through the door I see a top ten finish very attainable. For me, though, our season is still very dependent on a couple of factors, firstly the quality of signings we make between now and deadline day, and just how well the likes of Bournemouth, West Ham, Crystal Palace and Everton settle their new players in. One thing is for certain though: our first five games are all very winnable, and if we win at least three of these, it would set us up very well to push on through the season and, hopefully, place eighth or higher.”
West Ham – Garry
“The 2017-2018 season for West Ham United at present is very difficult to predict due to the ongoing uncertainty in the transfer marker particularly over a striker. With historical fitness issues over Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho, it is difficult to see anyone in the current squad who is capable of scoring 10-15 goals. Michail Antonio was the top scorer last season with 9 league goals but they do need a striker capable of playing 75% of games and scoring 15 plus to push on. When you look at the team the goalkeeper, defence and midfield are pretty solid with a couple of squad additions required in addition to the recent arrival of Pablo Zabaleta who should finally solve the troublesome right back spot for the Hammers. Manuel Lanzini is key player for West Ham, however they could do with another attacking midfielder to share some of the burden, remember its less than a year ago that they had Payet and Lanzini together. If they can get a striker in who is capable of scoring 15 goals or indeed a miricale happens and Carroll or Sakho manage to play majority of games and score, I would predict a finishing place of 8th, however if it remains as is with that pair injured and no other striker coming in, I feel Slaven Bilic’s men could end up in 13th -15th.”
The Fan View Table
The fans have spoken! Here’s what the 2017/18 Premier League table will look like according to the fans… (identical predictions have been sorted by the teams finishing position of last year)
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