After months of waiting, the Premier League is back up and running.
With the promise of plenty of action, entertainment, and drama with the inception of Video Assistant Referee also in play, it looks as if we’re in for another thrilling campaign.
Defending champions Manchester City will be gunning for a third consecutive title, while the European champions, Liverpool, will be hoping to go one better than last season and claim their first domestic title since 1990.
Meanwhile, Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United have spent big in this summer’s transfer window which means they won’t be too far behind.
West Ham, Leicester and Everton will be the teams breathing down their necks as a potential threat to the top six permutations.
Yet all eyes will be on the new recruits: Norwich City, Sheffield United, and Aston Villa.
The aim for the Championship frequenters will be to survive. However, just as Wolves did in their return to the Premier League, there is every chance that each side could climb the table.
Our 2019/20 Premier League season preview will detail all this, alongside the latest transfer gossip, table predictions, and Premier League betting markets.
So, first things first…
2019/20 Premier League Managers
There haven’t been many managerial changes ahead of the new season, but there is still plenty of news surrounding some of the best Premier League coaches alongside the new recruits.
So, first in line is…
Chelsea have welcomed their former midfielder back to Stamford Bridge in replacement of Maurizio Sarri, but this time as the manager.
The Blues were able to nab the 41-year-old from Derby County after Lampard almost led the Rams back to the Premier League in the Championship playoffs – only to be defeated by Aston Villa.
In the aftermath of the defeat, Chelsea quickly initiated talks with the gaffa that saw him out of Pride Park mere weeks later.
Given that the Blues are in the midst of a transfer ban, this could be a match made in heaven.
Lampard, known for his ability to train academy players into first-team wonders, and Chelsea in need of rejuvenation from bottom up.
With the kind of stats that the likes of Mason Mount and Harry Wilson boasted, expect Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek to be given far more game time than Sarri ever handed them.
Liverpool fans, not to fret, your manager is still at Anfield until 2022.
However, the news surrounding Klopp – much to the annoyance of many Reds fans – is his decision to not sign a single player in this summer’s transfer window, a la Mauricio Pochettino.
Klopp’s Liverpool are the only side in the top six that are yet to bring in new additions to the squad.
The gaffa had this to say about the lack of signings:
”To improve the team is not easy with reasonable money. With crazy money, you always can do it”
However, with the talent and depth of the squad, the German already possesses, this may not be a bad thing.
The midfield alone boasts Xherdan Shaqiri, Fabinho, Adam Lallana, James Milner, Gini Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita and more.
Meanwhile, alongside the attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, Divock Origi and Rhian Brewster present themselves as more-than-capable understudies.
Norwich City will be led by Daniel Farke upon their return to English top-flight football.
Ever since his move from Germany to Carrow Road, Farke’s laid-back style of management that has encouraged attack through the likes of Marco Stiepermann and Mario Vrancic has been a breath of fresh air within the Canaries contingent.
Combine this with the development of young players rising from the academy, and Farke has a crop of players talented and disciplined enough to take the Premier League by storm.
Joining Farke in the big league is Dean Smith, who orchestrated Aston Villa’s journey throughout the playoffs with John Terry at his side.
Between the pair, they were able to hone a group of players led by the mature Jack Grealish, fill with promising young talent, in particular, Tammy Abraham, and backed by experienced heads in Ahmed Elmohamady to produce some great goalscoring moments throughout the season.
Such a balanced combination present within the squad means that they are sure to do well, especially since Smith encourages a more counterattacking style of football suited to the Premier League style of play.
Wilder guided the blades into the Premier League last season through the automatic promotion spot, and it’s pretty clear why Sheffield United have signed him on for another three years.
Through intense training sessions that seriously tested his player’s physical and mental resolve, his team will be perfectly primed for the fast-paced environment of the Premier League.
With his stringent style of man-management and endless knowledge on opposition teams, expect Wilder and his side to do more than survive this season.
2019/20 Premier League Transfers
This summer’s transfer window has seen the big six battle with each other to complete the most expensive signings.
So, in our 2019/20 Premier League season preview, we’ve taken a look ar all the big signings to keep you in the loop with the latest transfer action around the league.
Given that Hazard netted 32 of Chelsea’s 62 goals in his final season with the Blues – the highest proportion amassed by any player across the Premier League – there’s no surprise that he wanted by Real Madrid.
The Spanish giants have been after the Belgian for some time now and we’re finally able to claim him as theirs after Chelsea’s Europa League final win.
Hazard will be welcomed with both arms at Madrid, but more importantly, will enhance their attack with his conversion rate in front of goal.
As a serial goal-scorer, a 27% conversion rate in front of goal last season that was only trumped by Golden Boot sharers Sadio Mane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang proves that he’s going to be an attacking livewire for the Los Blancos.
Perhaps even bigger than Hazard’s move away from Chelsea is Manchester United’s 50 million-pound signing of Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
The youngster has been on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s radar for a while, with the Red Devils finally having to splash the cash to ensure that Wan-Bissaka’s transfer could be completed.
And it’s not hard to see why.
During his Palace days, the 21-year-old averaged 1.88 progressive runs per 90 minutes and has proven his speed down the flanks with 4.5 dribbles per game with a success rate of 72%.
Wan-Bissaka also has a knack for delivering great crosses – 1.77 per game with a 33% accuracy to be exact.
When you compare this to Ashley Young’s 19%, it becomes clear why United spent so much on such a young player.
The man that all the clubs want – Nicolas Pepe.
With rumours suggesting that Arsenal have offered 70 million to be paid in instalments which will all but confirm the youngster’s move to North London, we’ve taken a look at exactly what Pepe offers to Unai Emery.
It’s not as if the Gunner’s lack attacking options.
However, with Pepe playing alongside Aubameyang, and potentially Wilfried Zaha, Arsenal will boast an explosive attack to rival Liverpool and City’s.
The Ivorian, who scored 23 times in 41 appearances last season, is particularly useful on the counter with a penetrative style of dribbling that will cause defenders havoc this season.
2019/20 Premier League Title Contenders
Last season’s title race was one of the best we’ve seen since the 2014 saga – also involving Liverpool and City.
Guardiola’s men became the first team to retain the title by a narrow margin of a single point.
Our 2019/20 Premier League season preview is forecasting a similar thriller to play out.
So, we’ve taken a look at the odds of the teams contending for the top spot and what they’ll have to do to claim the title as theirs…
Manchester City To Retain Title
The Citizens could be crowned as Premier League champions for three years running should they retain the trophy this year, wagering as 18/25 favourites.
However, if last year’s run-in proved anything, it’s that there’s a lot more competition for the top spot this season, and frankly, a lot more chinks in City’s armour for opposition teams to exploit.
Both Tottenham’s Champions League victory and Liverpool’s recent Premier League wins over the champions have shown that not all is well in City’s defensive ranks.
If there is a way to usurp City it’ll be through quick, powerful counterattacking movements (coincidentally the brand of football that Klopp and Poch operate in).
Yet with a Saudi-inspired board backing their ever-increasing financial pursuits, and world-class players arriving at the Etihad, it’s definitely going to take something special from the surrounding teams to topple them.
Liverpool To Win The Title
Meanwhile, the Reds were City’s closest challengers to the title and missed out on a special reunion with the trophy in both our Premier League betting markets and the table by one point.
Draws against West Ham, Leicester and that famous 2-1 defeat to Guardiola’s men meant that once again they had to play second fiddle to the citizens as they did in 2014.
Yet across last season, their consistent defensive steel and attacking prowess meant that only the best team in the Premier League was able to stop them in their tracks.
Following in the footsteps of Pochettino, Klopp has chosen not to make a signing this summer.
Liverpool’s first-team squad already has depth, and this year’s pre-season campaign has also drawn some talented academy players into his line of vision.
With a team just as good as last season’s crop, there is no reason why they can’t go on and achieve their Premier League dreams, though it’s looking as if next season will be too difficult of a prospect.
The odds for a potential title-winning season tip them as 23/10 underdogs.
Spurs To Win The Title
The team outside the top two expected to make this title race interesting is Tottenham, with their chances of claiming the title registering at odds of 14/1.
After last season’s successes where Pochettino took the side to a Champions League final and finished fourth in the league, there is a real sense of optimism at Wembley about what the future holds.
Especially considering the summer signings that the Argentinian has made – his first in over two years – including that of Ndombele.
While they still may not have the kind of depth that will allow them to claim a Premier League title, they certainly have the means to clinch silverware this season.
2019/20 Premier League Top Six Hopefuls
Outside of last season’s two-horse race, there was a lot of drama surrounding who would clinch the last of the top four places, and the Europa League positions.
Between Chelsea, United, and Arsenal, it was a tight race.
Yet the Blues and the Gunners fought out well enough to keep us entertained, and that’s exactly what our 2019/20 Premier League season preview expects to play out this August.
With top six odds, betting markets and predictions, take a read of exactly what you should expect to occur outside of the title race…
Manchester United To Finish In The Top Six
After a disappointing end to last season’s campaign, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be expected to up the ante this season, or face the full force of the Glazer’s wrath.
With premature exits in the Champions League coupled with missing out on the fourth spot in the league, demands to revamp the squad were in full force and United have done exactly that.
The Red Devils have already completed the 50-million-pound signing of Wan-Bissaka, and look to be the frontrunners in the race to sign Bruno Fernandes and Maguire.
Having these players all playing at Old Trafford could be a sign of United returning to their glory days, with the odds about a top-four return wagering as a 3/25 pick.
First thins first, a top-four finish will be the bare minimum of this season’s requirements.
Arsenal To Finish In The Top Six
Alongside United in our Premier League top six betting markets are Arsenal.
The Gunners also ended last season on a sour note, with a humiliating Europa League final defeat to Chelsea to pair with missing out on Champions League football.
However, with the transfer news suggesting that Unai Emery could soon have Kieran Tierney and the highly sought-after Nicolas Pepe to join William Saliba at the Emirates.
This means Arsenal should have the tools to once again confirm their place in the top four standings, with the odds set at 1/4.
While they may have bigger objectives set for this season, the North London club’s squad in comparison to that of their rivals doesn’t suggest that they’ll be able to break into the top four.
Chelsea To Finish In The Top Six
Unlike Arsenal and United, Chelsea’s transfer ban means that they’ll have to make do with their current crop if they are to lock horns with some of the best teams in the world this season.
With Sarri out the door and Lampard in this could be doable.
The former man wasn’t known for handing out chances to academy players, however, the latter made a name for himself at Derby doing exactly that.
If the Blues can provide Lampard with the means to work his magic, then the season may not end so disastrously after all.
Yet with no tools to add to the squad, Chelsea looks as if they’ll be spending another year out of the top four, with the odds tipped at 3/20.
2019/20 Premier League Relegation Occupiers
Last season’s relegation battle proved to be just as dramatic as the title run-in, and that’s exactly what our 2019/20 Premier League season preview is wagering will unfold this year.
With an interesting combination of Championship promotion hopefuls and unconvincing Premier League Remainers, there is every chance that we could get a surprise mix of who will end up as the three teams to face the drop.
Take a read of our predictions, with all the latest Premier League relegation betting markets to match…
Sheffield United To Be Relegated
Chris Wilder’s men secured promotion last season just two years after running away with the League One title.
However, it looks as if they’re in for a return to the Championship considering that the squad has not been revamped even with a Saudi billionaire backing the board.
The likes of Billy Sharp and co were able to run their course in the lower leagues.
But the pure sentiment and fan culture won’t be enough for Sheffield United to keep their place in English top-flight football, with the odds about a drop to the Championship trading at 13/20.
Aston Villa To Be Relegated
The team were prolific last season in the attacking department and really shouldn’t be languishing in the bottom half of the table.
However, defensive issues have always been an area of concern, as evident in their draw to Reading last year, which is why they’re forecast to be relegated at odds of 2/1.
If conceding goals becomes too much of an issue, especially against stronger sides, then they could find themselves facing a return to the Championship in the aftermath of last year’s successes.
Brighton and Hove Albion To Be Relegated
The 2018/19 relegation battle was too close for comfort as far as Brighton were concerned and this showed in their performances.
At the end of the season, the heavy transfer investments that failed to pay off, combined with sub-par performances cost Chris Hughton his job.
With the calibre of opponents that they’ll be up against this season, there’s very little that suggests that they’ll be able to escape the drop, with the odds wagering at 2/1.
Players To Look Out For In The 2019/20 Premier League Season
With more teams boasting world-class talent, this year’s campaign fares to be even more entertaining and thrilling than the last.
So, in line with our 2019/20 Premier League season preview, we’ve outlined which players could light up the league and who to watch out for as the games arrive thick and fast…
The man who shared the golden boot with teammate Mohamed Salah is definitely one to keep an eye out for.
Indeed, last season, whether it was in the Premier League, Champions League or during international duties, Mane was consistent in front of goal.
Not only did he score crucial goals for the Reds title-winning chances, but also aided their European ventures with his pace, power and skill on the counter.
With the same service this year, our 2019/20 Premier League season preview foresees the Senegalese striker comfortably hitting the 20-goal mark.
Arsenal’s striker shared the golden boot alongside Salah and Mane, and rightly so.
Just as with the Red attacking duo, the Gabonese international was prolific for the Gunners, especially on the route to the Europa League final.
The thing that made Aubameyang especially dangerous was his relationship on the field with his sparring partner Alexandre Lacazette.
Between the two, goals and chances came in hoards during games, increasingly so on the counter.
With Pepe potentially joining the team, the Gunners forward will have even more chances to strike in front of goal.
Manchester City have snapped up a real gem in Hernandez – a young Spaniard that attracted Guardiola’s attention during his spell with Atletico Madrid where he was even compared to a ‘young Busquets’.
Indeed, the midfielder’s ability to dictate play in the centre of the park and read the game effortlessly has earned him a place in the defending champions side.
Rodri will definitely be one to keep an eye out for as a stifling figure for opposing attacking players.
Given that Pukki was able to score 27 goals last season in an increasingly competitive league, there is no doubt that he’ll be a nightmare for defenders across every team.
In his ventures in last year’s campaign, the Norwich man also bagged nine assists to match a goals tally that surpassed Bolton Wanderer’s entire campaign.
The Finland international has already proved his skill and ability and now has the chance to showcase that in the Premier League.
He will not disappoint.
Spurs’ first transfer recruit in two years is such a good one that the wait would’ve surely been worth it.
Indeed, Ndombele is a beast of a player who has so far shown an ability to thrive in positions across the midfield, which is something Tottenham are in dire need of.
With the Frenchman sitting in the centre of the park, Pochettino will have addressed Tottenham’s midfield problems with a more-than-capable individual – one that could be crucial to the Lillywhite’s silverware goals.
As displayed last season in the Championship, Grealish is an excellent passer and dribbler of the ball and will cause havoc for defenders across the Premier League.
The captain possesses an innate ability to dictate the tempo and create goalscoring opportunities further up the pitch, which we saw in last year’s playoffs.
Last season alone he netted six times and created seven assists.
Going by these stats, our 2019/20 Premier League season preview thinks that Grealish will surely take the league by storm.
2019/20 Premier League Opening Day Fixtures
|Friday 9th August||Liverpool vs Norwich||8pm||Anfield|
|Saturday 10th August||West Ham vs Manchester City||12:30pm||London Stadium|
|Saturday August 10th||Bournemouth vs Sheffield United||3pm||Vitality Stadium|
|Saturday August 10th||Burnley vs Southampton||3pm||Turf Moor|
|Saturday August 10th||Crystal Palace vs Everton||3pm||Selhurst Park|
|Saturday August 10th||Watford vs Brighton||3pm||Vicarage Road|
|Saturday August 10th||Tottenham Hotspur vs Aston Villa||5:30pm||Wembley Stadium|
|Sunday 11th August||Leicester vs Wolverhampton Wanderers||2pm||King Power Stadium|
|Sunday 11th August||Newcastle vs Arsenal||2pm||St James' Park|
|Sunday 11th August||Manchester United vs Chelsea||4:30pm||Old Trafford|