With the Premier League kicking off this weekend, we take a look at what our experts predict will happen in the next season.
The premier league season length is the number of games that are played in a premier league football season. The 2020/21 premier league football season will only have 38 games, down from 41 last year.
Manchester City, the defending champions, have won the Premier League three times in the last four seasons, but will anybody stop them this time?
Manchester United were City’s closest opponents last season, but they ended 12 points behind and have not to mount a meaningful championship challenge since 2013.
Will United fight for the title till the conclusion of the season in 2021-22? What will Liverpool do now that their championship defense has collapsed at the start of the year? Can Chelsea reclaim their place as a domestic title contender following their European triumph? Will Leicester City, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, or anybody else make it into the Champions League?
We asked 20 TV and radio experts to choose their top four, along with justifications.
|Shearer, Alan||Chelsea||Man City||Man Utd||Liverpool|
|Williams, Fara||Chelsea||Man City||Man Utd||Liverpool|
|Sue Smith||Chelsea||Man City||Man Utd||Liverpool|
|Sutton, Chris||Chelsea||Man City||Liverpool||Man Utd|
|Brown-Finnis, Rachel||Chelsea||Man City||Liverpool||Man Utd|
|Upson, Matthew||Chelsea||Man City||Liverpool||Man Utd|
|Rob Green||Chelsea||Liverpool||Man City||Man Utd|
|Martin Keown is a British actor.||Man City||Chelsea||Liverpool||Man Utd|
|Micah Richards is a musician from the United States.||Man City||Chelsea||Liverpool||Man Utd|
|Stephen Warnock is a British politician.||Man City||Chelsea||Liverpool||Man Utd|
|Danny Murphy is a character in the film Danny Murphy||Man City||Liverpool||Chelsea||Man Utd|
|Lawrenson, Mark||Man City||Liverpool||Chelsea||Man Utd|
|Ashley Williams is a young woman who has a||Man City||Chelsea||Man Utd||Liverpool|
|Morrison, Clinton||Man City||Chelsea||Man Utd||Liverpool|
|Brown, Michael||Man City||Chelsea||Man Utd||Liverpool|
|Pat Nevin||Man City||Chelsea||Man Utd||Liverpool|
|Osman, Leon||Man City||Chelsea||Man Utd||Liverpool|
|Onuoha Nedum||Man City||Man Utd||Liverpool||Chelsea|
|Lindsay Johnson is a young woman who has a||Man City||Man Utd||Chelsea||Liverpool|
|Beckford, Jermaine||Man City||Chelsea||Man Utd||Leicester|
Five clubs are predicted to finish in the top four, but only City, United, and Chelsea are represented in all 20.
With 13 votes, City are the clear favorite to win it. Chelsea get seven points, while United and Liverpool are predicted to finish second and third, respectively. The total projected ranking yields the same result.
|1. Manchester City||Chelsea is number two.||3. Manchester United||4. The city of Liverpool||Leicester is number five.|
|72 pts||62 pts||33 pts||32 pts||1 pt|
(using a four-point system: four points for first place, three points for second, two points for third, and one point for fourth)
This of the three experts’ championship predictions would be affected by which transfer?
With little over three weeks before the transfer window shuts on Tuesday, August 31st, the predictions were made on Thursday, August 12th.
Shearer, Alan: Some big signings have already occurred, but there will be more in the near future that will have an impact on the championship battle. I anticipate the race for the title to be considerably closer this season than last, with four clubs in contention, not just City and Chelsea.
On Match of the Day on Saturday at 22:20 BST on One and the Sport website, Alan Shearer joins Ian Wright and Gary Lineker for highlights of seven Premier League games.
Chris Sutton: If Harry Kane joins Manchester City, he’ll be a great match for them, and I’d be interested in them. If he doesn’t, I believe Chelsea will take it since Romelu Lukaku is on the way. City will not win the championship without buying a centre-forward, in my opinion. I know they won it last season despite playing without one for the most of the season, which was amazing. I don’t think it’ll happen again.
Matthew Upson: Right now, I’m siding with Chelsea. Lukaku seems to be on his way, while City and Kane are in a different situation – who knows whether that will happen? It’s a tall order for them to win the league without a new striker, but if they do acquire Kane, that issue position becomes a huge plus – and my prediction changes.
Sue Smith: Chelsea will be buoyed by their Champions League victory, but if City can get Kane, I’d rank them ahead of Chelsea.
Guardiola was a “major influence” in Grealish’s decision to join Man City.
Pat Nevin: City have already signed Jack Grealish, who is precisely the correct player for them, and Kane, who is also ideal because of his creativity and adaptability, is a possibility. He’s perhaps the player Pep wanted to make Sergio Aguero into, and there aren’t many strikers who are more suited to City’s style.
They have a good chance of getting him if they get him. If they don’t, they’ll only be considered marginal favorites.
Man City is known as a ‘Galacticos’ squad.
Manchester City has been predicted to finish in the top four for the sixth consecutive season. It’s also the fourth year in a row that no one expects them to finish lower than second.
Micah Richards: It’s more difficult than ever to predict the winner this season, but I’m going to go with City, even if they don’t get Kane. John Stones has signed a new contract, and the defense is set with him and Ruben Dias. When you look at their midfield and attacking possibilities, it’s simply not fair on the other teams, and with Raheem Sterling in such good form at the Euros, they have to be favorites.
At 12:00 BST on Saturday, Micah Richards and Dion Dublin will be guests on Football Focus on One and the Sport website.
Danny Murphy: I have a sneaking suspicion that City will be very tough to dethrone. They and Liverpool will have a little advantage over the rest of the field, but only by a few points – the top four will be very close.
Nedum Onuoha: Given how dominant City’s defense was last season, I believe they will be able to win the championship again. But I believe this year will be the first time in a long time when more than two clubs are in contention at the very end. City have made a good acquisition in Grealish, but their opponents have also strengthened.
Jermaine Beckford: They have such a strong presence. Stones and Dias have developed a fantastic partnership, and City no longer has any weaknesses.
Michael Brown: My main concern is that they will not be able to sign Kane or another striker.
Ashley Williams: City are the league’s finest team and squad. They’ve added Grealish, and if they can acquire Kane, the championship will be theirs. Even without Kane or another top-flight striker, the club has scored goals all over the field, and their style of play does not need the use of a designated center-forward. Sterling, too, should have a more fruitful season.
Martin Keown: After witnessing Pep’s impact on Sterling and Phil Foden, I’m particularly interested to see how Grealish will do under Guardiola. Grealish now has another great English player in his hands, and he is surrounded by Galacticos.
‘The depth of their team is frightening,’ says Chelsea.
Last season, no one predicted Chelsea would win the Premier League, and just two of the 25 experts said they would finish in the top two. Seven out of twenty experts believe they will win this time, and 80% believe they will finish in the top two.
Pat Nevin: I’ve gone to all of their pre-season games and seen the depth of their team, which is really frightening – and that’s before Lukaku arrives. When you combine him with Kai Havertz, who has the potential to be one of the best players in the world in the coming years, and look at the rest of their team, they have a lot of talent.
Fara Williams: We witnessed Thomas Tuchel’s effect in the second part of last season and how difficult Chelsea is to defeat. Many ties will be turned into victories thanks to Lukaku’s strikes.
Rob Green: Their team is better than anybody else’s, even City’s. Then there’s Lukaku, who’ll bring out the best in everyone else.
Martin Keown: Lukaku is a player who has to stay hungry, therefore I believe this is the ideal move for him, returning to a club where he can show himself.
Chelsea made significant progress last season, and I believe they will do so again this season. Lukaku was a teammate of mine at Everton, so I’m familiar with him. His goal scoring record with us was amazing, but after seeing him play for Inter Milan and Belgium, he’s even better today. It’s as if he’s become more aware of his own abilities and talents, and he understands when and when to use them. I still talk to him often, and he has put in a lot of effort to improve his game intellectually, since he has always been a physical beast.
On Saturday, from 14:30 BST on the red button and the Sport website, and from 16:00 on One, Ashley Williams joins Dion Dublin and Jason Mohammad on Final Score.
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel celebrates with his family after winning the Champions League.
Stephen Warnock: They’re so highly organized tactically under Tuchel, and it seems to be a pleasant camp as well. He has built the ideal atmosphere in which he wields power and in which no one dares to disobey him, but the players also respect him.
Michael Brown: They now have the belief as well, which is huge. They’ve gone from wondering, “Where will we finish?” to believing, “We have a good shot.” They’ll be there in the thick of things.
Tuchel consolidated at first, making them tough to break down, but now he’s adding more firepower as well. Rachel Brown-Finnis: Tuchel consolidated at first, making them difficult to break down, but now he’s adding more firepower as well. If Lukaku and his creative teammates gel, they’ll be unstoppable, but I believe they’ll have the upper hand because of how difficult they’ve been to defeat.
Tuchel has not only straightened them out defensively, but he has also provided a good balance to their squad. Chris Sutton: Tuchel has not only sorted them out defensively, but he has also brought a great balance to their team. Timo Werner will benefit from his first season in England, and Havertz had a strong finish to the season. If there was a criticism of Chelsea last time, it was that they weren’t ruthless enough, but with Lukaku in place, they’ll have a player who is a goal machine.
For the upcoming season, Jadon Sancho joins an already formidable United attacking line-up. Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Mason Greenwood, and Edinson Cavani are also in their squad (from left to right).
Will Sancho provide the ‘X-factor’ for Manchester United?
Last season, 24 out of 25 experts predicted that they would finish in the top four, despite the fact that 17 of the votes cast put them in fourth place. This time, 100 percent of people believe they’ll place in the top four, and 11 out of 20 think they’ll place third or higher, despite the fact that just two people think they’ll place second.
Chris Sutton: Last season, United had a fantastic chance to win the Europa League, which would have relieved pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer by ending his trophy drought. They had a fantastic season, but something is missing: they need to be more consistent and capable of taking the game to the opponent. The other three top teams have a greater balance, but Jadon Sancho might be the X-factor they need.
Sancho’s ability to adapt his game to the Premier League would be a major coup for United, according to Nedum Onuoha. I’m excited to see how he does.
Micah Richards: United have proven that they can defeat anybody, but they tend to have too many off-days during the season, and I believe they are missing a few of key players, especially a center-forward. Edinson Cavani is 34 years old and at a point in his career when he needs assistance. He can’t play every week, and they don’t have a striker who can replace him.
Pat Nevin (Pat Nevin): Manchester United seem to have spent an eternity trying to get that centre-back position perfect, and with Raphael Varane in alongside Harry Maguire, they appear to have done so. Varane was always lightning fast when he was younger, but I’ve been watching him a few times lately and wondered if he’d lost half a yard of speed. I’ll only know if I see him play in the Premier League.
Matthew Upson: There’s a lot of guessing before the season begins, but Varane seems to be a great move that they needed to make. At the back, he and Harry Maguire are a world-class partnership, and that will make a big difference for them.
Ashley Williams (Ashley Williams): A centre-half combination can’t get much better than this. My main concern is whether Varane will be able to hit the ground running or whether he will need some time to adjust. I’ve never played in La Liga, so I can’t claim there are easy games there, but even the lesser clubs in the Premier League put you to the test in various ways. Varane has a lot of experience, but I doubt he’ll have faced many sides like Burnley, who have powerful attackers like Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes. They make your life tough for 90 minutes, which may not seem exciting. But he’s already won everything there is to win, so I’m certain he’ll handle it.
Stephen Warnock (Warnock): This year, I view it as a four-horse race, with the main difference between United and the other three being their manager; I don’t believe Solskjaer is the right guy for the job. In certain games, he’s done well tactically, but there have been moments when something isn’t quite right, and I believe that if United’s team had been handed to Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola, or Thomas Tuchel last season, they would have all won the league. I’m not certain he’s the ideal guy to lead United to greater heights.
Martin Keown: I have United finishing fourth, but this is the most open championship race I’ve ever seen. They’ve made two excellent signings, and they’re serious about doing business. I’m just selecting this order because I’ve been asked to, and I wouldn’t be shocked if they won.
Ibrahima Konate, a France centre-back, joined Liverpool for £36 million from RB Leipzig this summer.
Liverpool has a great squad, but how deep is it?
Last season, 52 percent of experts predicted Liverpool would retain their championship, with 21 out of 25 predicting a top-two finish. No one believes they will be winners this season, and just three out of twenty believe they will finish in the top two.
Mark Lawrenson: Liverpool’s desire is a major element given what occurred last season. Yes, they had a lot of injuries, but it was a terrible campaign by their high standards – and they have a point to make, particularly in front of their home supporters at Anfield, where they had such a bad start to the season.
Danny Murphy (Danny Murphy): Liverpool must resolve Jordan Henderson’s contract issue as soon as possible. They’ve already lost Georginio Wijnaldum, a player who has been under-appreciated in recent years. Henderson is likely to remain since he has been so important to their success, but they must address those issues fast. It would be unimaginable to lose both now.
Danny Murphy joins Ashley Williams and Mark Chapman for MOTD2 on One and the Sport website this Sunday at 22:30 BST for highlights of Newcastle’s match against West Ham and Tottenham’s match against Manchester City.
In June, Georginio Wijnaldum left Liverpool on a free transfer to join Paris St-Germain. “He’s really under-appreciated,” Danny Murphy adds. “He’s not just excellent defensively, but also on the ball, and he doesn’t receive enough recognition for his technical ability.”
Stephen Warnock: They’re still a very good team, and I believe the style of football will revert to what it was a few years ago, with the squad pressing high once again. Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah seem to have recovered from their summer vacation, but it remains to be seen what will happen when they both compete in the Africa Cup of Nations in January.
Martin Keown: I see why people say they haven’t truly purchased, but Liverpool had nothing really wrong with them until their injury issues last season. I believe Klopp will restore the level of excellence that existed in the previous two seasons, and they will be able to contend once again.
Pat Nevin: Liverpool’s team still doesn’t seem to be large enough to win the league, but I’ve said that before. They now have Virgil van Dijk back, which is a huge improvement, but I believe they still need another quality striker.
Micah Richards: Diogo Jota had a fantastic season last year, and his injury came at an inopportune moment for the team. It may take some time for them to figure out the optimal assault combination or strategy to use.
Sutton, Chris: Ibrahima Konate seems to be a solid defensive addition, but the question with Van Dijk is how fit he is. How has being out for so long, as well as the injuries, impacted him? We’ll figure it out.
Upson, Matthew: Because they had such a bad start to the season, it’s difficult to recall Liverpool at full speed. Even if they have Van Dijk healthy, I had the same cruciate ligament injury, and I’d say it will take many months for him to be back at his best from the time he plays his first competitive game. Joe Gomez is in a similar situation, which is why I have them at third.
Rachel Brown-Finnis: I hope Van Dijk is able to regain his best form since he is a fantastic player. They need him to do well on his own, but he also helps the squad as a whole. Because of the knock-on effect, I don’t believe it will happen for Liverpool without him. They’re amazing to see when they’re in full flow.
Leicester vs. Arsenal, Tottenham, and West Ham for a place in the top six?
Arsenal was the only other club to appear in the predictions last season, with two out of 25 experts predicting a fourth-place finish or better. Leicester is mentioned this time, but just one expert believes they will finish in the Champions League spots.
Jermaine Beckford: I think Leicester will come in fourth. In comparison to the clubs who finished above them last season, they are a breath of fresh air in terms of how much they spend in their squad. Of course, they still spend money, but they spend it wisely. Their recruiting is outstanding, and I like the way Foxes manager Brendan Rodgers organizes his squads and motivates everyone to work hard together.
Ashley Williams: It will be difficult for anybody else to get into the top four, and I don’t believe Arsenal or Spurs will be able to do it. Leicester is the only team that has a chance of getting in. They are a very talented squad that can defeat any of the top teams on their day, but as they have discovered after finishing fifth twice, maintaining such standards for the whole season is difficult.
Martin Keown: Leicester will push once more, and they will undoubtedly have a role in the championship race. Arsenal and Tottenham can, too, although they both seem to be in transition at the moment. Arsenal will be under some pressure early on since they have some tough early games against Chelsea and City coming up in the next few weeks. I simply want to see some more convincing performances from them, because I believe we can see how far down the league they have fallen, and there are now teams with more resources than them. To go up the standings, they need to be more competitive in games, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang needs to regain his grin.
Danny Murphy: Arsenal is a team that may surprise a few people since they are not in Europe and have some great attacking players. People forget that last season was the first in Aubameyang’s career in which he did not score a hat trick, and nothing indicates that this trend will continue. They are off to a slow start, but their youthful players will improve as the season progresses.
Pat Nevin (Pat Nevin): Simply based on money, squad size, and experience, anybody below the top four will find it very difficult to return to the top four. Following the top four, Arsenal, Tottenham, Leicester, and perhaps West Ham will all be vying to be the best of the rest.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who Will Win Premier League 2021 predictions?
Manchester City will win Premier League 2021.
Who will be relegated from the Premier League 2021-22?
The team finishing in 20th will be relegated.
Who is most likely to win the Premier League?
The most likely team to win the Premier League is Manchester United.
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