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Premier League: fan predictions 2019/20

Words by EDGAR DAILY

It's all kicking off.

The 2019/20 Premier League season seems to have rolled around more quickly than usual. It feels like we’ve only just shook off the dramatic events of the last one, but here we are again with renewed hope for our team’s success.

As the players limber up for another season of thrills and spills, we asked EDGAR readers and fans of last season’s Top 6 to predict how their team’s will fare. Here’s what they had to say.

Phil Foden, Rodrigo, Bernardo Silva and John Stones of Manchester City celebrate Community Shield win.

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Will Phil Foden (centre) break into the first team this season?

Manchester City

Jonathan, brand communications manager, The Greens

Which player in your squad are you most excited about seeing?

I hope to see another great season from Sterling.

What league position do you think you’ll finish in?

Second, but I hope we win the league again.

How will your manager fare this season?

Guardiola has a proven track record and I hope he continues in the same way.

How will you do in the cups?

It will be harder than last season as the clubs around us have invested money to improve their squads. We should at least reach one final though.

What are you dreading about this season?

Liverpool.

Do you like your team’s new home shirt?

Yep, I love it.

Which Dubai bar do you watch your team play at?

I like watching the games at home.

Which team will be a surprise package this season?

Arsenal have the potential to have a very good season.

Who’s the hot prospect in your squad??

Rodrigo is the new player to watch. I’m hoping he will adapt well to the EPL and become the player to replace the ageing Fernandinho.

Who will be the star man of your team this term?

As it’s his last season I think David Silva will give it his all.

Ultimately, what do you want to see from your team this season?

Win the Champions League. I’d also love to see us win the league for a third time in-a-row and equal Manchester United’s record.

Liverpool players including Shaqiri, Firmino and Salah celebrating a goal.

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Liverpool will be hoping Salah and Firmino continue their heroics this season.

Liverpool

Gareth, digital content strategist, JLT

Which player in your squad are you most excited about seeing?

Alex Oxlade Chamberlain. We know what we can expect from our current squad but I’m curious to see what the Ox brings to the field this season.

What league position do you think you’ll finish in?

First. But I’m certain of a top four finish and definitely higher than Manchester United.

How will your manager fare this season?

As he always does: we’ll have a few bad games but he will pull us through.

How will you do in the cups?

That’s a scary question to answer. I hope we end with at least two trophies. The Champions League is a random beast now, so no one can say.

What are you dreading about this season? 

Manchester City, for sure.

Do you like your team’s new home shirt?

I love it. I bought it already and now I’m waiting for the third kit to ship out.

Which Dubai bar do you watch your team play at?

Goodfellas in Barsha Heights is Liverpool’s official supporters bar.

Which team will be a surprise package this season?

United – just kidding. Honestly, I’m pretty curious about Wolves.

Who’s the hot prospect in your squad?

Harvey Elliott. Hairstyle aside, I’m very excited to see this guy play.

Who will be the star man of your team this term?

Van Dijk, Allison, Salah, Mane, Firmino – choose any one you like.

Ultimately, what do you want to see from your team this season?

I want to see them having fun. We haven’t had a squad that has genuinely had fun for so long.

Christian Pulisic celebrates a goal for Chelsea.

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New boy Christian Pulisic is expected to fill in for the now departed Eden Hazard. A tough ask.

Chelsea

Tom, radio producer, Downtown Dubai

Which player in your squad are you most excited about seeing?

Mason Mount. Frank Lampard talks highly of him from his time at Derby and that’s good enough for me. Plus, he’s looked good in pre-season.

What league position do you think you’ll finish in?

Hoping for fourth, in among the ‘best of the rest’ after City and Liverpool. However a 6th place finish wouldn’t be the end of the world.

How will your manager fare this season?

Incredibly! Lampard will turn our fortunes around. He’s at a club he knows inside out, he’s respected by players and loved by supporters. There’s no need to dwell on any awkward realities about his inexperience, right?

How will you do in the cups?

Either a cheeky FA Cup or League Cup win would do me.

What are you dreading about this season? 

A Hazard-shaped hole. That and our pesky two-window transfer ban.

Do you like your team’s new home shirt?

Not much. It looks like a spider has had a go at spinning a web all over it.

Which Dubai bar do you watch your team play at?

I have a 10-month baby so I’m no longer allowed to go outside. Ever.

Which team will be a surprise package this season?

People tell me Wolverhampton Wanderers, and who am I to argue with them?

Who’s the hot prospect in your squad?

Tammy Abraham could be exciting, but maybe only from the bench.

Who will be the star man of your team this term?

Christian Pulisic. Hopefully he’ll fill a creative void left by Hazard.

Ultimately, what do you want to see from your team this season?

New manager, no Hazard, youth players, loan players returning; there are so many variables. Maybe my wishes should be limited to just beating Tottenham.

Tottenham Hotspur players including Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Son celebrating a shoot-out win.

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After a year of zero signings, Spurs have splashed the cash this summer.

Tottenham Hotspur

John, physiotherapist, JVT

Which player in your squad are you most excited about seeing?

New signing Tanguy Ndombele.

What league position do you think you’ll finish in?

Obviously top of the table, but realistically I think we’ll finish 3rd behind City and Liverpool.

How will your manager fare this season?

Pochettino will continue to build us into a title chasing team this season so long as he gets the right support from the board.

How will you do in the cups?

I’m hoping for at least one trophy this season. Cups always represent a good chance of success for Spurs.

What are you dreading about this season?

It’s our first full season in the new stadium. I’m unsure how we will take to it as it can take a few seasons to make it feel like home. Hopefully we can turn it into a bit of a fortress.

Do you like your team’s new shirt?

I like the blue trim around the collar and the sleeves that we kept from last season.

Which Dubai bar do you watch your team play at?

Anywhere that’s nearest to my home so for me that’s Jumeirah Islands Club.

Which team will be a surprise package this season?

Aston Villa. They’ve spent a lot of money on some good players.

Who’s the hot prospect in your squad?

I’ve heard good things about Jack Clarke, a young winger we signed from Leeds United. Maybe if he gets recalled from his season-long loan at some point, he might get a look in.

Who will be the star man of your team this term?

Ndombele, for sure. Ultimately, what do you want to see from your team this season? Win a trophy, play entertaining football and be in with a shout of the title at the business end of the season. COYS!

Arsenal's Aubameyang celebrating a goal.

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Goal-getter Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be The Gunners main threat again.

Arsenal

Michael, financial manager, The Greens

Which player in your squad are you most excited about seeing?

Club-record signing Nicolas Pépé is the obvious answer, but it’s a £2.5m defender I’ll have my eye on. Rob Holding’s return from an awful knee injury can’t come soon enough for a team who make heavy work of the most basic defending.

What league position do you think you’ll finish in?

We’ll just about squeeze into the top four, not because we’ll earn it, but because of the failings of others. Chelsea are far poorer without Eden Hazard, United will need a new manager by Christmas and Spurs will finally run out of steam after another close-season of inaction.

How will your manager fare this season?

He will need to stamp his style onto the team, and quickly. The ‘Anyone But Wenger’ bounce he enjoyed in the face of some baffling decisions last season won’t be afforded to him this time around.

How will you do in the cups?

Emery knows he’ll be judged on his league position and that alone, so expect experimental teams in the domestic cups and a fair crack at the Europa League. In short; same as last year.

What are you dreading about this season?

The ball being in our half.

Do you like your team’s new home shirt?

Versace, Burberry, Dior: your boys took one hell of a beating. I’m not exaggerating when I tell you there’s only one item of clothing on the shelves more beautiful, and it’s the Arsenal away shirt.

Which Dubai bar do you watch your team play at?

I love the outdoor screen at D&A, but can often be found at Kickers or Nezesaussi for the pool tables between games.

Which team will be a surprise package this season?

I’m expecting big things from Leicester City. Smart additions to a squad, which was already stocked with exciting young talent, and an excellent manager with a point to prove. I expect them to budge United out of the top six.

Who’s the hot prospect in your squad?

Loanee Dani Ceballos. A star turn at the recent European U21 Championships, he’s a cultured, dynamic midfielder who will bring more intelligence to a role vacated by the indefatigable, but erratic Aaron Ramsey.

Who will be the star man of your team this term?

Easy, Alexandre Lacazette. A tireless operator, a getter of important goals and genuinely passionate player with the whole club behind him. As close to an Invincible in terms of the affections of the crowd as anyone has been in a decade.

Ultimately, what do you want to see from your team this season?

Only the most blinkered of fans would disagree Arsenal are a shadow of the team I grew up with, both on and off the field. So just give me something to believe in; opportunities for youth – Nelson, Willock etc – or a style I can get behind.

Harry Maguire in Manchester United shirt.

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The Red Devils will hope that new signing Harry Maguire will shore up their leaky defence.

Manchester United

Nathan, Senior Digital Editor of EDGARdaily.com

Which player in your squad are you most excited about seeing?

Harry Maguire leaping like a salmon to get his head on every airborne ball that comes near David De Gea or the opposition’s goal.

What league position do you think you’ll finish in?

With a new midfielder alongside Paul Pogba – in the top four. Without one – anywhere between 5th and 10th.

How will your manager fare this season?

I still think Ole Gunnar Solskjær has a free-hit this season and can’t see him getting sacked. The bare minimum is for him to create a team identity and consistent style of play… and not get beat by basement dwelling teams.

How will you do in the cups?

United will likely allow the youth players to cut their teeth in the FA and League cups as is tradition, so I don’t expect us to get to the final. All eyes will be on the Europa League for Ole’s men though as it’s probably United’s best chance of making it back into the Champions League next year.

What are you dreading about this season?

Jones and Smalling inexplicably still being a partnership at the heart of defence.

Do you like your team’s new home shirt?

Not really. That Chevrolet logo really spoils the colour scheme. Plus, it’s doubly embarrassing as it commemorates the 1999 Champions League win – a competition we aren’t playing in this season.

Which Dubai bar do you watch your team play at?

Lock, Stock in Barsha Heights. But as I’ve just moved from there I’m on the lookout for a new venue that’s close by.

Which team will be a surprise package this season?

I’d say Aston Villa, but as they’ve spent more than anyone in the EPL on players it’s not much of a surprise. Sheffield United will cause some upsets along the way to their inevitable relegation.

Who’s the hot prospect in your squad?

Mason Greenwood. Solskjær is already talking up the striker’s chance of making the first XI. He’s only 17 and already looks like the real deal.

Who will be the star man of your team this term?

Marcus Rashford will consistently play through the middle with Lukaku now out of the picture. I’m hoping for a 20+ goal season from him.

Ultimately, what do you want to see from your team this season?

The team has lacked any real direction since Sir Alex Ferguson retired. Managers have come in, tried to instill their own philosophy and ultimately come unstuck. For better or worse, Solskjær seems keen to bring back the swashbuckling play of old, and long may it continue.

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