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2022/23 Premier League Season: Preview and Predictions

Pre-season is always an exciting time for football fans. Big signings are being made all over the place, new kits are being released and each team’s hopes and dreams for the upcoming campaign remain possible.

On Superbru, it’s also an exciting time as we’ve got brand new Premier League Predictor and Premier League Odds-Based Fantasy games for you to join. The bragging period for last season’s pool winners is almost over as it is all about 2022/23 once Crystal Palace kick us off against Arsenal on Friday 5th August.

Here, I’ll be giving you an overview on how each team is looking going into the season as well as some very early, bold predictions as to where they might finish on the table.

Feel free to leave your own thoughts in the comments. We’ve also just setup a brand new Facebook group for football fans that play Superbru to go alongside our main Facebook page covering all sports so if you’re keen to join the discussion there as well, please do!



2022/23 Premier League: Team-by-team previews

Arsenal

Last season: 5th
Notable arrivals: Gabriel Jesus (Man City), Fabio Vieira (Porto)
Notable departures: Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon), Matteo Guendouzi (Marseille)
Predicted in 2022/23: Europa League places (6th)

Arsenal get the pleasure of starting the season at the top of the Premier League table (just ignore those strange sites that show ‘AFC Bournemouth’ as first alphabetically instead without displaying the 'AFC'), and while they’re highly unlikely to maintain that spot, we can expect Mikel Arteta’s team to improve upon last season and certainly start better than they did in 2021.

The issue for the Gunners is that even if they do perform at a higher level than last season, it won’t necessarily mean they can improve their league position due to the strength of the teams ahead of them and the improvement we can also expect from Tottenham and Man Utd. After missing out on a golden chance to qualify for the Champions League in May, Arsenal will have Europa League football to contend with as well as league games this year meaning they’re likely to need a few more new players in the coming weeks to add to the exciting signings they have already made in Gabriel Jesus and Fabio Vieira.

In my opinion, Jesus will be one of the most interesting transfers to watch across Europe in the early stages of the 2022/23 campaign as if he can supply the goals and assists many (including myself) are expecting now that he has a chance to be a key man as opposed to a squad player at City, Arsenal could start very well given their opening 5 fixtures.

Aston Villa

Last season: 14th
Notable arrivals: Diego Carlos, Ludwig Augustinsson (both Sevilla), Boubacar Kamara (Marseille)
Notable departures: Matt Targett (Newcastle), Trezeguet (Trabzonspor)
Predicted in 2022/23: Lower mid-table (12th)

Villa had a fairly poor end to last season, winning only 2 of their last 10 games, but it will be interesting to see if Steven Gerrard can get his team firing from the off in this new campaign after his first pre-season in charge of the club.

On paper, Villa have a strong first XI with new signings Diego Carlos (CB) and Boubacar Kamara (CDM) likely to add some steel defensively. In attack, Philippe Coutinho will be hoping to show the form he did when first arriving at Villa Park midway through last season while Ollie Watkins and Danny Ings will be looked to for goals, but the question will be whether or not this team can perform consistently.

I think we could see some very strong standout performances from Villa this season with the likes of Emi Buendia and Leon Bailey capable of incredible displays but last season’s run-in is a concern and new defender Diego Carlos, while talented, is certainly capable of the odd significant mistake like his new teammate and possible CB partner, Tyrone Mings.



Bournemouth

Last season: Promoted from the Championship (2nd)
Notable arrivals: Ryan Fredericks (West Ham), Joe Rothwell (Blackburn)
Notable departures: Gary Cahill (released)
Predicted in 2022/23: Relegation (20th)

Bournemouth’s aim will be to try and re-create the success they managed following their last promotion to the Premier League, where they enjoyed a lengthy spell in the top flight under Eddie Howe, but it is of course always a big ask for the newly promoted sides to stay up in their first season and I think we might see the Cherries struggle.

Their squad doesn’t currently look strong enough for the PL, so it’ll be worth keeping an eye on who they try and bring in before the deadline. They also have a very tough start which won’t help confidence as after their opener at home against Villa which they’ll naturally be desperate to try and win, they have matches against City (A), Arsenal (H) and Liverpool (A). I for one would not like to be playing at centre back for them in that trip to the Etihad with Erling Haaland making his home PL debut for City.

Brentford

Last season: 13th
Notable arrivals: Thomas Strakosha (Lazio), Aaron Hickey (Bologna), Keane Lewis-Potter (Hull)
Notable departures: Christian Eriksen (Manchester United)
Predicted in 2022/23: Mid-table (10th)

Brentford’s debut season in the Premier League was an impressive one under Thomas Frank and despite the loss of Christian Eriksen, who was excellent during that little bonus period the Bees had with him at the back end of last season, I think they’re set for another good campaign.

Brentford have been very successful in the market in recent years and they appear to have made two more good additions in this window so far with Scottish left-back Aaron Hickey arriving from Bologna and Keane Lewis-Potter coming in from Hull who they will hope can have a similar impact in terms of attacking output to Jarrod Bowen at West Ham after he was also bought from the Tigers. It’s tricky to predict how the bottom half of the table will shape up since all teams have quality but Brentford are good tactically and will be tough to beat at home in my opinion.

Brighton

Last season: 9th
Notable arrivals: Simon Adingra (Nordsjaelland), Julio Enciso (Libertad)
Notable departures: Yves Bissouma (Tottenham)
Predicted in 2022/23: Lower mid-table (15th)

Brighton are a good team with a very good manager, so my prediction of low mid-table after the 9th place finish they’ve just managed is harsh, but I’m a little concerned about their transfer activity. Central midfielder Yves Bissouma is a big loss and it sounds as if there’s a good chance left wing-back Marc Cucurella will also be leaving to join Manchester City and if so, that’s two players they almost certainly won’t be able to replace in terms of quality. Coupled with the fact that they’re short of goals anyway, I just wonder if there’s a chance Graham Potter becomes frustrated and potentially takes another job at some point this season?

If we see some late signings of similar quality to the likes of Tariq Lamptey who they did really well to pick up from Chelsea, or returning loanee Deniz Undav manages to really take a hold of the centre forward position with some goals, there’s every chance Brighton finish top half again. However, their current lack of goals is a concern and I certainly think they’ll struggle to improve upon last season and move towards Europe.

Chelsea

Last season: 3rd
Notable arrivals: Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Kalidou Kouibaly (Napoli)
Notable departures: Romelu Lukaku (Inter), Antonio Rudiger (Real Madrid), Andreas Christensen (Barcelona)
Predicted in 2022/23: 3rd

Chelsea’s end to last season was a fairly rocky one as Roman Abramovich was forced into selling the club quickly. All things considered, things have turned out fairly well for the Blues since, as new owner Todd Boehly (backed by Clearlake Capital) has ensured the club have remained active in the market very early in his reign and we can expect Chelsea to be strong again this season.

In Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea have an excellent manager and despite losing some experienced players this summer due to contracts expiring (Rudiger and Christensen) and just a transfer that has proved to be awful in the case of Romelu Lukaku, high quality replacements are arriving with Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly the first two through the door in the Boehly era. Many are also expecting this year to be the season for Conor Gallagher to break into the first first team at Stamford Bridge following his excellent loan spell with Crystal Palace.

In my opinion, it would be a huge surprise to see Chelsea fail to make the top four in this campaign. They don’t have an out and out goalscorer (Lukaku was supposed to be exactly that) but I believe Sterling will contribute a lot in front of goal and is more suited to the style Tuchel has been implementing because of his versatility. Chelsea will be tough to beat, especially if full-backs Ben Chilwell and Reece James can stay fit throughout.



Crystal Palace

Last season: 12th
Notable arrivals: Cheick Doucoure (Lens), Sam Johnstone (West Brom), Malcolm Ebiowei (Derby)
Notable departures: Conor Gallagher (returned to parent club Chelsea)
Predicted in 2022/23: Upper mid-table (9th)

Patrick Vieira enjoyed a successful first season in charge of Crystal Palace and the fresh feeling he has brought in at Selhurst Park with young players and a positive, intense style of play means it’s an exciting time if you’re a Palace fan.

Conor Gallagher was a key part of that exciting team last year so he’ll be a big loss this season but I expect Palace to be fine regardless and they appear to have signed a talented defensive midfielder in Cheick Doucoure from Lens. I’ll admit to having not watched Doucoure too many times myself but some brief research shows very encouraging signs and who better to pick out a midfield engine playing in France than Vieira?

I’m going to take a slight gamble and say Palace can actually finish top half this season. They’re difficult to beat at Selhurst, have a solid centre back partnership in Guehi x Andersen, aren’t short of creativity given the talent of Eze/Olise/Zaha and could end up scoring quite a few goals if even just one of the many centre forwards they have available finds some form.

Everton

Last season: 16th
Notable arrivals: James Tarkowski (Burnley)
Notable departures: Richarlison (Tottenham)
Predicted in 2022/23: Bottom half (14th)

A horrid season last time out that began with Rafa Benitez in charge could so easily have ended in relegation but the Toffees just about managed to stay up thanks to some excellent home results in front of their fans under new manager Frank Lampard. The sheer desperation of Everton’s position led to incredibly strong atmospheres at Goodison Park which undoubtedly helped achieve survival but the question now is whether Lampard’s Toffees can show an improvement this season so that they aren’t left scrapping for their lives again in 2023.

Personally, I don’t think it will be easy, particularly now that key attacker Richarlison has been sold to Tottenham. James Tarkowski has been brought in which is a definite upgrade in defence, and reports that Maxwel Cornet could also follow from Burnley are encouraging, but Everton appear short of depth if they have even half as many injuries as they did last season.

I’m going with 14th as a rough guess of where they’ll finish but Everton could easily end up in another relegation battle if they fail to improve their away form in this campaign.

Fulham

Last season: Promoted from the Championship (1st)
Notable arrivals: Joao Palhinha (Sporting), Andreas Pereira (Manchester United)
Notable departures: Fabio Carvalho (Liverpool), Andre Zambo Anguissa (Napoli)
Predicted in 2022/23: Lower mid-table (13th)

Fulham were dominant in last season’s Championship and scored a LOT of goals. Aleksandar Mitrovic alone scored more goals than both Barnsley and Hull in the 2021/22 campaign (43 - a new record) and Fulham managed 106 overall as Marco Silva led the Whites back into the top flight in style.

Now, I know we’ve been here before, and Fulham often end up going back down immediately after signing some good players (on paper) and being tipped to do well etc. but I’m going to be brave and say on this occasion they really might be able to stay up and perhaps even avoid the relegation battle.

Mitrovic clearly isn’t going to score as many goals this season, and we’ve seen the Serb struggle to perform in the Premier League previously, but with Silva’s philosophy and last season’s records in mind you’d like to think he can have his best season yet in the top flight. Portuguese international Joao Palhinha is a quality defensive midfielder who has arrived from Sporting and while I’m less convinced about the purchase of Andreas Pereira, it’ll certainly be interesting to see if Silva can make him become something of a replacement for the talented Fabio Carvalho who has joined Liverpool.

Leeds

Last season: 17th
Notable arrivals: Marc Roca (Bayern), Rasmus Kristensen (RB Salzburg), Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig), Brenden Aaronson (RB Salzburg), Luis Sinisterra (Feyenoord)
Notable departures: Kalvin Phillips (Manchester City), Raphinha (Barcelona)
Predicted in 2022/23: Might just be relegated (18th)

After staying up on the final day in a 2021/22 campaign that saw much loved manager Marcelo Bielsa sacked and replaced by Jesse Marsch, Leeds are going through a summer of considerable change. As a result, this coming season really could go either way in my opinion so I apologise to Leeds fans for taking the pessimistic view rather than the optimistic option but I think they may struggle and I have to pick someone to go down!

In Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha, Leeds have lost two very, very good players. To try and replace them, Jesse Marsch has largely looked at his former clubs (the Red Bull teams) as American midfielders Brenden Aaronson and Tyler Adams have signed as well as full back Rasmus Kristensen. Colombian winger Luis Sinsiterra looks to be the man tasked with replacing Raphinha.

I’m excited to see how things go with for Leeds with so many new players but I just feel as if they may have been forced into too many changes and if these new signings don’t hit the ground running, there could well be trouble. Patrick Bamford’s fitness will be another crucial factor for Marsch as there aren’t lots of goals elsewhere in the squad.



Leicester

Last season: 8th
Notable arrivals: None
Notable departures: None
Predicted in 2022/23: Mid-table (11th)

I remember writing in a picks article a couple of months from the end of the season that Leicester were probably the team most in need of a complete reset this summer as they faded quite badly last season, so it’s surprising that we are now over halfway through July and the Foxes have done less transfer business than any other team in the league.

It’s possible that their budgets depend on outgoings first and there hasn’t been as much interest in the likes of Youri Tielemans as expected, so we could we see a late flurry of additions, but otherwise Brendan Rodgers is working with the same squad in pre-season.

There is clearly talent in several areas of Leicester’s squad and having Wesley Fofana fit all season will make a big difference if the young Frenchman can manage that, but the end of last season gave the impression that Leicester are a team that has been ‘found out’ a bit and I’m sure Rodgers will be desperate for some fresh options to change that. He’s a great manager, and Leicester have far too much talent to be dragged into a relegation battle or anything like that, but I do feel as if a fairly ordinary mid-table season is more likely than battling for Europe based on their current situation.

Liverpool

Last season: 2nd
Notable arrivals: Darwin Nunez (Benfica), Fabio Carvalho (Fulham)
Notable departures: Sadio Mane (Bayern), Neco Williams (Forest), Takumi Minamino (Monaco), Divock Origi (Milan)
Predicted in 2022/23: 2nd

Last season obviously didn’t end quite the way Liverpool would have wanted, as after coming so close to an historic quadruple, the Reds ended up with only the domestic cups to their name. That disappointment aside, coming so close to the Premier League and Champions League shows how good this squad and manager is and we can expect Liverpool to be very strong again this season.

Sadio Mane has been granted his wish to leave the club which is obviously a blow for Liverpool but Mane’s most likely replacement looks to have already been signed midway through last season as Luis Diaz has been excellent for the Reds since arriving from Porto. As a more central striker, Darwin Nunez has arrived from Benfica for a large fee while Liverpool’s most important summer business of all has been the extension of Mohamed Salah’s contract.

It’s likely to be very tight once again between Liverpool and Manchester City for the 2022/23 title but as we’re about to talk about, I think City have strengthened that little bit more than Liverpool this summer so my current prediction is for Guardiola to retain the PL crown.

Manchester City

Last season: 1st
Notable arrivals: Erling Haaland (Dortmund), Julian Alvarez (River Plate), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds)
Notable departures: Raheem Sterling (Chelsea), Gabriel Jesus (Arsenal), Pedro Porro (Sporting)
Predicted in 2022/23: 1st

City made a meal of it on the final day of last season but it made for an incredibly dramatic title win as Guardiola’s team took the trophy for the fourth time in 5 years. Now, as they look to defend the crown once again, they’ve decided they might actually play with a striker this season and they’ve gone out and got one of the very best.

Whoever signed Erling Haaland this summer was getting a bargain as his release clause is probably about half of what he’s actually worth and Haaland has chosen City meaning it’s Premier League centre backs who now have to worry about dealing with the incredible amount of pace, power and finishing ability the Norweigan possesses. Julian Alvarez, who City technically signed in January, is another very exciting young forward while the addition of Kalvin Phillips from Leeds means City have two of the very best players in the league in the deep lying midfielder position as he joins Rodri in the squad.

The fact that City have made these signings in a window where they’re likely to still make a profit shows how strong they have become in terms of recruitment as well as on the pitch. In moves that show how confident Guardiola is in his other options and the overall ability of his squad, City have sold two very talented players in Sterling and Jesus to Premier League rivals.

With Haaland added to the quality of Riyad Mahrez, Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva and Jack Grealish who I believe could well have that excellent second season we so often see players have under Guardiola, City are the team to catch.

Manchester United

Last season: 6th
Notable arrivals: Tyrell Malacia (Feyenoord), Christian Eriksen (Brentford), Lisandro Martinez (Ajax)
Notable departures: Paul Pogba (Juventus), Nemanja Matic (Roma), Andreas Pereira (Fulham), Jesse Lingard, Edinson Cavani, Juan Mata (all released)
Predicted in 2022/23: Europa League places (5th)

After just about stumbling over the top six line at the end of the last season, Manchester United have a lot of work to do if they’re to get back to closer to even fighting for top four this season let alone the title meaning new manager Erik ten Hag faces a tough challenge after arriving from Ajax. United won just 16 of their 38 games last season and finished with a goal difference of 0.

Many of the United headlines this summer are about whether or not Ronaldo will be staying (I don’t think he will) but since that’s an unknown, let’s focus elsewhere and there have been some encouraging signs under ten Hag in pre-season with the Red Devils creating some nice goals and Anthony Martial showing signs of form.

Assuming they sign another striker, as they needed one even before the news of Ronaldo’s potential exit, and considering they could well also end up landing Frenkie de Jong eventually, I think United will improve this season and could be playing some very good football by the second half of the campaign but I still doubt that will be enough to catch up with last season’s top four who are also strengthening.



Newcastle

Last season: 11th
Notable arrivals: Nick Pope (Burnley), Sven Botman (Lille), Matt Targett (Aston Villa)
Notable departures: None
Predicted in 2022/23: Could sneak the Conference League place (7th)

After a truly dreadful first half of the season, Newcastle’s fortunes rapidly changed following the Saudi takeover and appointment of Eddie Howe as manager with the Magpies eventually finishing 11th, 14 points above the relegation zone. Given the money now available to the club, it’s widely accepted that Newcastle will continue to improve and eventually reach European football and while I think it will still take some time for them to breach the top six, 7th spot which now leads to Europa Conference League football is very possible in my opinion.

Nick Pope is a strong addition in goal as he’s joined from Burnley, while centre back Sven Botman has finally signed after being reported as a target ever since the takeover was completed. January signing Bruno Guimaraes was excellent towards the end of last season while Eddie Howe’s decision to move Joelinton into midfield has proven a very good one.

With Kieran Trippier and Allan Saint-Maximin also very likely to provide goals and assists this season, I think Newcastle can have a very good 2022/23, particularly if Callum Wilson is fit enough to feature in 20+ games.

Nottingham Forest

Last season: Play-off winners in the Championship
Notable arrivals: Dean Henderson (Man Utd), Omar Richards (Bayern), Giulian Biancone (Troyes), Moussa Niakhate (Mainz), Neco Williams (Liverpool), Taiwo Awoniyi (Union Berlin)
Notable departures: Brice Samba (Lens)
Predicted in 2022/23: Relegation (19th)

It’s awesome to see Nottingham Forest back in the top flight after a miraculous 2021/22 - Steve Cooper deserves so much credit for the job he has done to get them promoted. It will now be very interesting to see how they get on in the fight for survival this year, as it will obviously be quite tough for them, but I think they have a strong enough manager and home support to be fairly difficult to beat at the City Ground.

There has been a surprise exit for goalkeeper Brice Samba who was excellent last season, particularly in the play-offs, but Dean Henderson has arrived on loan from Manchester United as a solid replacement. Djed Spence was also a standout player for Forest on loan from Middlesbrough last season at right back/right wing back (he’s since been signed by Tottenham) so talented 21-year old Neco Williams has some big shoes to fill after being brought in from Liverpool as a replacement. Taiwo Awoniyi is another interesting arrival for a fairly large fee after he managed a goal nearly every other game for Union Berlin in the 2021/22 Bundesliga.

Personally, I’d be surprised if Forest manage to stay up, but before a ball is kicked I think they might have slightly more of a chance than Bournemouth.

Southampton

Last season: 15th
Notable arrivals: Gavin Bazunu (Man City), Romeo Lavia (Man City), Armel Bella-Kotchap (Bochum), Joe Aribo (Rangers)
Notable departures: Fraser Forster (Tottenham), Shane Long (Reading)
Predicted in 2022/23: Relegation battle (17th)

Southampton had a dreadful end to last season, winning just 1 of their last 13 games. That’s a very concerning run of form by a team that has always had a very poor performance in them every now and then, so I think there’s cause for concern about the new campaign.

I reckon there’s a chance we see Saints in a relegation battle with the likes of Leeds this season but feel as if they should just about be OK considering the quality of players such as James Ward-Prowse and Tino Livramento, and Ralph Hasenhuttl’s ability as a manager. It’s been a strange time at Saints for Hasenhuttl as there are some performances where you think they’ve been so good in terms of gameplan and pressing that he’s bound to be snapped up by a top club like Pochettino was, but then they have real slumps without a win like the end of last season and of course the odd 9-0 defeat which is pretty inexcusable.

A poor start will see the manager come under real pressure so an away game against the next team we have under the microscope isn’t an ideal opener…

Tottenham

Last season: 4th
Notable arrivals: Richarlison (Everton), Yves Bissouma (Brighton), Djed Spence (Middlesbrough), Ivan Perisic (Inter), Fraser Forster (Southampton), Clement Lenglet (Barcelona)
Notable departures: Steven Bergwijn (Ajax)
Predicted in 2022/23: Champions League places (4th)

Tottenham just about managed a top four finish last season, which was more down to rivals Arsenal falling apart rather than their quality, but it appears they’re ready to take full advantage of their return to Champions League football as the club backing Antonio Conte in the transfer market is causing plenty of excitement among fans.

I’m still not quite sure how and why Conte decided to join Tottenham just months after turning them down last season, but Spurs are absolutely right to be backing him now as a result as it’s clear that this is a manager who is right up with the very best when it comes to league football.

Richarlison has been the most expensive addition but I think Perisic, Bissouma and possibly Spence will be the players who thrive most in Conte’s system and I expect Spurs to finish above Manchester United and Arsenal. Of course, if things don’t start well, there’s every chance Conte gives up and walks halfway through the season but I think Tottenham will be very dangerous with these new players behind Kane and Son.



West Ham

Last season: 7th
Notable arrivals: Nayef Aguerd (Rennes), Flynn Downes (Swansea)
Notable departures: Andriy Yarmolenko (Al-Ain), Mark Noble (retired)
Predicted in 2022/23: 8th

West Ham’s last two seasons have been very impressive under David Moyes, with 6th and 7th-place finishes, and I expect them to be battling Newcastle for the Europa Conference League place this time around.

The signing of Nayef Aguerd looks a sensible one and means West Ham have an excellent collection of centre backs which is just as well because though they are talented, Ogbonna, Diop and Zouma are all injury prone. The Hammers seem to have successfully priced Declan Rice out of a move and he will be their key man again this season along with Jarrod Bowen. One place they do look light is at centre forward as there’s no real cover for Michail Antonio (also injury prone) meaning reports of a move for Armando Broja from Chelsea make sense.

Assuming West Ham do complete that Broja deal, I think they can fight for 7th which is probably the target for their fans. Yes they managed 6th a couple of seasons ago before performing well in the Europa League, but I don’t think finishing above Arsenal and/or Manchester United this year will be possible. The battle for 7th will be competitive, but I’m leaning towards Newcastle because of their new found optimism and the potential they have to bring in a big player or two in January if required.

Wolves

Last season: 10th
Notable arrivals: Nathan Collins (Burnley)
Notable departures: Ruben Vinagre (Sporing), Romain Saiss (Besiktas), Fabio Silva (Anderlecht), Francisco Trincao (end of loan)
Predicted in 2022/23: 16th

Wolves are a tricky one to finish with and I’ve perhaps been a bit harsh as I rate Bruno Lage and there’s clearly some talented players in the squad but it just feels as if their upward trajectory that we saw a few seasons ago has really leveled off now or perhaps even started to drop?

Nathan Collins is an excellent signing in my opinion but I feel Wolves need more - a Ruben Neves injury would be very costly at the moment and they could also do with an out and out striker as cover/competition for Raul Jimenez.

With a fully fit XI, Wolves are difficult to beat but I think they lack depth as things stand and while 16th might be a bit harsh, I think they’re more likely to be battling Everton/Southampton on the table than Newcastle and West Ham.

Based on my picks...

Champions: Manchester City
UCL: Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham
UEL: Manchester United and Arsenal
UECL: Newcastle
Relegation: Leeds, Forest, Bournemouth


So there we have it, something to set the scene a little and some predictions - which teams do you think will prove me wrong? I know picking the same top four as last season is boring but can you see anyone else qualifying for the Champions League?

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Well done Jack, must have taken you ages! Its all well & good but will it stop 70% just picking 2-1 or 1-2 for most games apart from last season's Top 5 vs Bottom 5, were they might risk a daring 2-0 or crazy with 3-0?

I wouldn't knock teams that haven't made wholesale changes. Its shows faith and builds team unity. Look what happened to Fulham last time they came up. As a big thank you for getting them promoted the owners sacked about 15 and brought in a bunch of more expensice strangers - straight back down again. You are right to point out first & second season syndrome. About half of the signings new to the EPL fail in their first season due to higher pace in more temperate & colder conditions compared to strolling & stroking it about in Mediterrean heat.

I think anymore than 3 new regulars becomes revolution instead of healhier evolution. But many new signings are just there as cover, as were many sold on fringe players. Haaland looks like he could cope playing in the NFL not j
20 Jul 17:46
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Continued...as I never know when to stop.
Haaland looks like he could cope playing in the NFL not just the EPL though! Sterling to Chelsea & Jesus to Arsenal might come back to haunt Pep I hope. Perisic to Spoz & Pope to Newcastle are good business too. But Man U minus Ronny - oh dear. Brighton are in greater need of him perhaps.
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20 Jul 19:29
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Jack great analysis
I take it there will be no SB Commonwealth games tournament but maybe the mens and womens 7s predictors???
21 Jul 00:01
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Thanks Jack for the in depth dissection of the teams. I am a blue, so I always expect City to win. But, it won't be that simple.
I expect a better performance from the Red Devils this time around. I think it will be very tight at the bottom, and I expect a large array of electrifying outcomes. Bring on the new season and let's hope it's a provocative journey to achieving greatness to raise the crown aloft..
21 Jul 05:07
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We need a proper fantasy game for the Premier League please - not just the Odds Based game
21 Jul 07:40
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Brumail me PAULY BOY (or anyone else?) if you want to join our FREE FPL SB Stalwarts Private League. We got about 20 -25 in the last two seasons. Its just too time consuming for SB to run an XIs one, so whatever helps them 'keep the show on the road' we need to understand. 21 Jul 19:51
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Tottenham making the top 4 last season "was more down to rivals Arsenal falling apart rather than their quality".... hahaha.... this makes me laugh. Spurs end to the season was 8W-2D-1L. They got there through their quality! Arsenal didn't fall apart either and hand it to them like you said. Arsenal won 5 of their last 7!
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Slightly harsh on Spurs I'll admit as they were obviously very good in that 3-0 NLD win (but Arsenal were terrible). However, even despite that result in the derby, Arsenal would still have made top four if they won at Newcastle where they again fell apart and lost. 5 wins in last 7 is one way of looking at it (though 5 in last 10 is also true) but my point was that they had 2 defeats in their last 3 once the pressure was on! A huge opportunity missed as Spurs look set to be far stronger this year now that they have UCL. 21 Jul 10:46
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Fascinating read
21 Jul 10:11
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Good analysis, hope we will have great and surprising games come 2022/23 season. Good Luck to all Superbru Predictors!!!
21 Jul 12:06
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Bear in mind the five subs this season - that's why the top teams are all building squads with quality all the way through rather than just the first team and a few back ups
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Good read. A lot more about what is going to happen during the season will be clearer within the first five games.
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Good prognosis 22 Jul 09:45
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Good effort put in. Can see Man U having another disaster of a season though. Fortunately for them there aren't many good teams there to capitalise, see West Ham fumbling about last season and the race for fourth place where it seemed noone wanted it.

In a stronger league I think man United could finish near the bottom half, but in this league with teams's inconsistencies outside of the top 2 then 5th or 6th looks about right. I am probably biased cos I hate United, but I have successfully predicted their failures since Ferguson retired and I see no reason why that should stop any time soon,
21 Jul 21:20
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What I will also say is getting rid of Ronaldo is the best thing United can do, due to his horribly toxic personality and ego, but also because he basically hangs around the box waiting for chances to be served to him, cannibalises all the goalscoring, and it hopeless at pressing and link up. What he brings to the table is nowhere near worth his antics, and I am not surprised he is getting rejected by big clubs left right and centre. Like all egoists he and Mendes obviously though he was still a big pull, but the very top clubs are way too smart to be interested and he will have had a much needed and deserved reality check this summer.
Can you tell i despise the guy? Ha.
21 Jul 21:23
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Big egos always kill sides
probably not a great selection choice by the Man Utd boffins 22 Jul 09:46
294 caps
CITE
22 Jul 02:57
4,949 caps
Avfc born and bread if we don't finish in euros it will be a wasted season
24 Jul 20:52
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Just very happy to see my beloved Forest back in top flight again!!
The True Reds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
27 Jul 13:15
5,259 caps
They achieved amazing things back in the day. Trevor Francis and Gary Birtles became one million pound players.
30 Jul 07:52
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Stan Collymore, 50 goals in 78 games! I used to share a house in London with 2 Forest fans 94-96 their next heyday. I was reminded of Forest's Euro success many years earlier on an almost daily basis! Nigel Clough, Des Walker, Steve Stone, Roy Keane, Scott Gemmill, Neil Webb & solid Mark Crossley in goal. A golden generation lead by Stuart 'Psycho' Pearce! They should have won more but the big money went elsewhere, dooming them.
30 Jul 10:40
96 caps
I think Man United will prove y'all wrong and they might be ending up winning the league...we never know
30 Jul 20:01
3,911 caps
I expect Arsenal to finish top 3.
31 Jul 05:11
45,903 caps
Good morning fellow Bru's!!!
Can't wait for season to start and try hard this year lol...
Anyone and everyone is welcome to join my open Christian Sport's Pool & Club
Hope to win at least a jersey or two this season hehehe!
Good luck to all
PS -- Jack, who can i get permission from to open or create a ''Service Provided, Business & Networking Pool''??
It would be to refer each other work for example plumber refer me Electric Fence or vice versa?
many thanks to everyone at Superbru for an awesome site
Have an awesome week ahead everyone!!
Regards
Waycat
1 Aug 03:42
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Come and join the fun folks. 2 Aug 02:31
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Is there a French Ligue 1 tournament? Totally unrelated. It starts very soon.
2 Aug 02:32
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Dont'd think so unless i've missed it here 3 Aug 02:29
4,459 caps
Liverpool to clinch EPL title with a few games to spare. YNWA!
3 Aug 00:54
45,903 caps
ood morning fellow Bru's!!!
Can't wait for season to start and try hard this year lol...
Anyone and everyone is welcome to join my open Christian Sport's Pool & Club
Hope to win at least a jersey or two this season hehehe!
Good luck to all
PS -- Jack, who can i get permission from to open or create a ''Service Provided, Business & Networking Pool''??
It would be to refer each other work for example plumber refer me Electric Fence or vice versa?
many thanks to everyone at Superbru for an awesome site
Have an awesome week ahead everyone!!
Regards
Waycat
3 Aug 02:29
516 caps
Bournemouth brentford Fulham down imo
3 Aug 17:02
31 caps
I’m a Newcastle fan...I think Man Utd would end up third this season
5 Aug 06:44