Premier League 2018/19 Preview

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A look ahead to the 2018/19 Premier League season.

Submitted: July 31, 2018

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The World Cup certainly kept us entertained during the summer, and now we begin to look forward to the new Premier League season! 

With the summer tranfster window shutting early for Premier League clubs, the panic button seems to be setting in for some clubs. With managerial changes and exciting signings. this years Premier League looks set to be the most unpredictable one yet. I can't call the top four this season, but one thing is for sure - there will be at least six teams challenging Manchester City for the Premier League trophy. 

Manchester City ran away with the trophy last season not just because they were the best team in the league by far, but their chasing pack were so inconsistent. Pep Guardiola has recieved admiration from the footballing world for transforming his team into one of Europe's most exciting and dangerous teams. Guardiola has always been one for promoting youth policy at club level, with Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane being important players last season and for the coming season. With the siging of Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City, they have certainly added to their already exciting fire power. 

If there's one team that will want to wrestle the title away from Manchester City, it will be their neighbours Manchester United. Finishing second place to their rivals wasn't considered exactly acceptable, but with their highest finish and points tally since 2013, that is sure progress for Jose Mourinho's men. Losing the FA Cup final was a blow to a disapointing season, but with a squad of great players, surely they can improve this season. Signing Brazilian Fred from Shaktar Donsek was considered a boost to United's midfield. Jose Mourinho has been increasingly frustrated with the lack of signings and first team players available during their pre season tour of the US. Will the third season syndrome kick in this season? 

Arsene Wenger said farewell to the Arsenal faithful last season after leaving behind a long lasting legacy. Many fans thought the club needed a change and that has seen former PSG manager Unai Emery take over the hot seat the Emirates. With an impressive managerial record and an exciting football philosophy, could that see Arsenal again become the force they once were? Emery hasn't hesitated to bring in reinforcements by signing goalkeeper Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen with Petr Cech getting on in age. He has also signed Stephan Litchsteiner, the former Juventus right back to add more experience to the back line.

Chelsea and Spurs have had quieter summers in their transfer activity. Antonio Conte was shown the door last season, replaced by fellow Italian Maurizio Sarri the former Napoli manager. There is uncertaincy over the futures of key players Willian, Eden Hazard and goal keeper Thibaut Courtious. After winning the league title in 2017, Chelsea look set to rebuild again to bring a sixth Premier League crown to Stamford Bridge. Tottenham have a brand new stadium to look forward to and with incredible bright futures for their young squad, could this be the season they win a trophy?

Liverpool have been the busiest of the top clubs. Jurgen Klopp wants to not only win the Premier League, but any trophy! With the signings of goalkeeper Alison, midfielders Keita, Fabianho and Shaqiri, Liverpool are sure to not only challenge for the league title but also challenge for the Champions League. Manuel Pellegrini's arrival at West Ham has got fans dreaming of success this seaon after enduring two nightmare campaigns since their move to the London stadium. Everton's new manager, Marco Silva looks to put his spell at Watford behind him as he takes over at Goodison Park. 

It will be a big season for the newly promoted sides, Fulham, Cardiff and Wolves. With each side having Premier League experience under their belts, they'll be no strangers to knowing what it takes to stay up. The season is almost upon us and it looks to be a very exciting one! 


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