Nigeria: English Premier League Matches - 14/09/2019 - Predictions, Odds & Tips

Nigeria: English Premier League Matches - 14/09/2019 - Predictions, Odds & Tips

Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 40 league matches at Anfield. Promoted Norwich have not beaten Liverpool since a 1-0 win in 1994 (L10 D2). Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has scored in the opening game of the last three league campaigns. Norwich forward Teemu Pukki was the top goal scorer in the second-tier Championship last season with 29 goals. Liverpool have scored at least three goals against Norwich in six of their last seven matches. City have won their last seven matches against West Ham in all competitions. No team has beaten West Ham in all competitions at the London Stadium more times than Man City (four times). City won their last 14 league matches last season with their last loss coming in January at Newcastle United.


Bournemouth have lost only once in 11 home games against promoted sides in the Premier League.

Man City striker Sergio Aguero has scored six goals on the first day of the season - more than any other active player in the league. West Ham have won three of their last five home matches against defending champions. This will be the first time Bournemouth play Sheffield in the top flight, having played each other in the second, third and fourth tiers. Since 2005, no player has scored more league goals across the top four tiers of English soccer than Sheffield's 33-year-old striker Billy Sharp (218 goals). He scored 23 goals in the Championship last season. Bournemouth have lost only once in 11 home games against promoted sides in the Premier League. In Sheffield's last Premier League campaign, they lost nine of their last 10 matches, ultimately finishing 18th to get relegated. Burnley have not lost to Southampton since October 2016 (W2 D3).


The last three fixtures between the two sides have ended in a draw. Southampton have not won on matchday one since 2013 (D4 L1). Burnley lost their last three matches last season while Southampton did not win their last five (D3 L2). Palace have not beaten Everton in their last nine Premier League meetings (D5 L4). Everton have had 11 draws on the opening day of the season - more than any other team. Palace boss Roy Hodgson needs one more victory to move past Alan Pardew for most wins at the club in the Premier League (currently on 25 wins).


Everton's Gylfi Sigurdsson has been involved in seven goals (three goals and four assists) against Palace. This will be Everton's fifth consecutive trip to London after playing West ham, Fulham, Palace and Tottenham Hotspur at the end of last season. Brighton's new boss Graham Potter, who managed 275 games at Swedish side Ostersund and Welsh club Swansea City, will be taking charge in his first Premier League game. Watford last lost their opening game of the season in 2006, winning six and drawing six since. Only 35-year-old striker Glenn Murray has scored at least 10 goals in both seasons since Brighton were promoted to the top flight. Villa have won only once in their last 17 meetings with Spurs (D3 L13). Aston Villa won only one away game in their last season in the Premier League (2015-16) - on the opening day at Bournemouth.


Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers is yet to beat Wolves in his managerial career (D2).

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has lost two of his three home games against Villa. 158.09 million) in the close season to recruit new players. Leicester have lost on the opening day in their last three seasons. Wolves started their season last month and will have played three Europa League qualifying round matches before their first league game. Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers is yet to beat Wolves in his managerial career (D2). After a slow start last season, striker Jamie Vardy scored more than half of Leicester's Premier League goals (nine of 17) after Rodgers was appointed in February. Arsenal kept only one clean sheet in 19 away games last season, conceding 35 goals.


Newcastle have beaten Arsenal only once in their last 13 league meetings. New Newcastle boss Steve Bruce has lost 19 games in all competitions against Arsenal - more than he has against any other team. Arsenal have lost four of their last six opening day matches. United have lost 18 Premier League games against Chelsea - more than against any other team. Chelsea have won six times at Old Trafford in the Premier League, each time under a different manager. New Chelsea boss Frank Lampard beat United at Old Trafford on penalties in the third round of the League Cup last season when he was in charge of Derby County.


Oli McBurnie 7 - Came on in the second half and livened things up for TINYURL.COM Blades.

He also wasn't quick enough to react to the crosses his team-mates were delivering. Mo Besic - Will have to wait for his time after remaining on the bench. Oli McBurnie 7 - Came on in the second half and livened things up for Blades. He provided more of a focal point even if he had to help out a lot defensively. Luke Freeman 6.5 - Wasn't on the pitch too long to make a proper contribution but did make a couple of runs inside that threw Bournemouth's defence a little. Erik Pieters 7 - Set up both goals for Ashley Barnes as he stepped up from Championship.


Jay Rodriguez 6 - Hometown boy got a great reception when he replaced Barnes late on. Che Adams 6 - Eventful day. Early chance to score and escaped VAR red card check. Jean-Philippe Gbamin 6.5 - Came on as a substitute due to Andre Gomes' injury. There's talent in there, but needs fine tuning. Moise Kean 6 - Showed some decent flashes in his short cameo but plenty more to come. Craig Dawson 4 - Gave the ball away cheaply in build-up to first goal and made other mistakes too. Neal Maupay 6.5 - Scored a well-taken goal after coming on as a substitute.



What more can you ask for? Sebastien Haller 6.5 - This wasn't the day to judge him. He barely saw the ball. When he did he looked effective, he linked play well. Rodri 7 - When Lanzini robbed him early on, you wondered whether he might be ruffled but as he gained his composure, so City improved. By the end he was in total control. Tanguy Ndombele 7 - Struggled for most of the game but delivered when it mattered with a crucial equaliser. Wesley 5.5 - Outmuscled Sanchez for Villa's opener but was largely anonymous thereafter. Tom Heaton 7 - Made a brilliant save to deny Eriksen and was helpless with the goals. Trezeguet 6.5 - Faded after working himself a couple of good first-half opportunities. Bjorn Engels 6.5 - He and centre back partner Mings impressed until Spurs' late onslaught.


Jota 5.5 - Came on as Spurs turned the screw and was anonymous as Villa wilted late on. Joelinton 5.5 - The £40m club-record signing had two decent sights at goal - one header skidded wide and one shot was saved - and he was lively during the first half. But, like the team, he faded in the second half and barely got a sniff. Jetro Willems 5 - He was introduced early in the second half and, embarrassingly, did not know where he was playing. When he was eventually moved from midfield to left wing-back he was at fault for Arsenal's goal. Not a good debut for Nigeria: English Premier League Matches - 14/09/2019 - Predictions the Dutch defender.


Wolverhampton Wanderers V Chelsea

Allan Saint-Maximin 7 - The French winger made an energetic introduction in the second half but soon lost his direction and ran down blind alleys. He, too, seemed to struggle with the position he was supposed to be playing. Dani Ceballos 6 - Real Madrid loanee was sloppy in possession after second-half arrival and more will be expected. Ayoze Perez 5.5- Not the best of starts when he lost the ball to set up the first chance of the game (for Wolves) and then put a cross into the stand. There were flashes of promise but this was an underwhelming start.



Yanked on 76 minutes and could have few complaints. Aaron Wan-Bissaka 8 - Man United's £50m signing from Crystal Palace was excellent on tour and continued that form on his official debut against Chelsea. Got forward well down the right and was strong on defence, including an excellent recovery tackle on Ross Barkley in the second half. Chelsea may have hit the bar and post in the first half, but very little got past United's improved defence. Dan James 7 - Took just seven minutes to get off the mark after coming on as a 74th minute substitute, scoring in the bottom corner from Paul Pogba's pass.


Tottenham Hotspur V Crystal Palace

Some people doubted how soon James would be ready for the Premier League after making the step up from the Championship at Swansea, Nigeria: English Premier League Matches - 14/09/2019 - Predictions but he impressed on tour and was an instant hit on his debut. Took a couple of heavy tackles, notably from Cesar Azpilicueta, after some rough treatment in pre-season. Christian Pulisic 6 - Came on as a 58th minute substitute for Ross Barkley but couldn't prevent a Chelsea collapse. It seems harsh to judge him in such circumstances, and TINYURL.COM he was also flattened by a body check from Paul Pogba. Mason Mount 6.5 - The 20-year-old made his Premier League debut after two seasons on loan at Vitesse Arnhem and Derby, Odds & Tips and Frank Lampard will be impressed by his maturity and effort in the No 10 role.


Overall, he didn't have much to do but what he did do, he did well.

Another player who won't want to be judged on this performance, but he never gave up and still had the confidence to test David de Gea with a shot from range towards the end. Adrian 7- Came on late in the first half after Alisson suffered an injury. The former West Ham goalkeeper was not at fault for Teemu Pukki's consolation goal and his distribution was far better than previous No 2, Simon Mignolet's. Overall, he didn't have much to do but what he did do, he did well. That bodes well for Jurgen Klopp with Alisson likely to be out for eight weeks.


Can Manchester City finally land the big one?

No man has influenced football as much as Pep Guardiola. That is the opinion of Brighton boss Graham Potter as he gushed over the Catalan this week. But if Potter shows as much respect on the pitch as he did in his pre-match press conference, his side could be licking their wounds after a heavy win on Saturday. Brighton travel to the Etihad Stadium as major underdogs and will need to channel the form they showed to dismantle Watford on the opening day to have any chance of getting a result. Can Manchester City finally land the big one? City are searching for their first win at home of the season and are under no illusions that they can ill-afford to drop any further points on their own patch with Liverpool flawless so far.


City were rampant last time out away at Bournemouth and will hope Sergio Aguero can continue his form in front of goal after hitting his 400th goal of his career on the south coast. It arrived in the most dramatic of circumstances. The corner was swung in, missed the head of a stooping Aymeric Laporte before falling to substitute striker Gabriel Jesus. The Brazilian shifted the ball to his right and fired past a flat-footed Hugo Lloris in the Tottenham goal. City thought they had their first win of the season - only for VAR and referee Michael Oliver to say otherwise. Given the title race came down to a single point between City and Liverpool last season, every single point dropped - even this early on - feels significant for either side.


But Guardiola must quickly snap his players out of the injustice they will no doubt feel when they return to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday to face Brighton. In fact, City have won 16 of their last 17 league games starting at the traditional kick-off time which is a good omen as City seek their first home win of the campaign. Rampant wins on the road at West Ham and Bournemouth show the Premier League champions have not lost their killer instinct in front of goal. The goals are there which is a big part of it. Sergio Aguero, fresh from his brace at Bournemouth, will be buoyed by the fact he has scored in all three of his Premier League games against Brighton.


The Argentine scored with all three of his shots on target against the Seagulls and if he shows similar ruthlessness on Saturday, City will run out comfortable winners. VAR ruined their first outing at home this season but City must put the game out of sight before technology can ruin their afternoon come the weekend. When Bersant Celina made it 2-0 to Swansea against Manchester City in the FA Cup last season, it was a goal straight out of the Guardiola playbook. Potter had done his homework and looked to be acing the test before Bernardo Silva, an own goal from Kristoffer Nordfeldt and a goal from Sergio Aguero two minutes before the end completed a remarkable turnaround. When the result is reflected on, few came closer to derailing City's domestic treble hopes in a one-off game than Potter's Swansea did at the Liberty Stadium that day.


Norwich City V Manchester City

And while there were those who said the grass may not be greener when Potter was plucked from south Wales to replace the popular Chris Hughton, TINYURL.COM the evidence so far suggests it could be at the AMEX. Potter got off to a marvellous start with a dominant win on the opening weekend as his free-flowing side dismantled a below-par Watford. A dominant draw against West Ham - where they were unlucky not to win the game - was followed up by a disappointing 2-0 loss to Southampton after going down to 10 men. But largely, Potter's methods have paid dividends so far with Brighton looking more of a goal threat than the side that toiled at the bottom of the table with Hughton.


Teams facing Manchester City almost feel like a free-hit, such is the expectation that Guardiola's side will run out comfortable winners given their outstanding quality and squad depth. Potter's big task is changing the belief of Brighton against the Premier League's 'Big Six'. Do that and he can go into these games with genuine belief of upsetting the odds, just as he almost did with Swansea last season. Brighton have won just one point from their 36 available in Premier League away games against 'big six' sides (W0 D1 L11), earning a respectable 1-1 draw against Arsenal at the Emirates last season.


Man City boss Pep Guardiola offered a fitness update on John Stones and Gabriel Jesus.

Factor in to that stat that they've conceded at least once in each of those matches away from home, while finding the net in just three themselves. It is no wonder City are such overwhelming favourites. A defensive set-up could play in to City's hands and Paula McKean it will be particularly telling if he goes with Glenn Murray and Neal Maupay in attack. Norwich stuck to their guns at Anfield against Liverpool and got exposed, the question is whether Brighton will do the same come 3pm on Saturday. What do the bookies say? Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero have scored nine goals between them in City's opening three games - back a 6/4 double for them both to continue their prolific form and score at anytime. Man City boss Pep Guardiola offered a fitness update on John Stones and Gabriel Jesus. I don't know if they are ready for tomorrow, but they are much better. Brighton boss Graham Potter said: 'It's excitement and it's a great challenge that you play against the best team. It's always a fantastic opportunity to play against the champions, especially at their home.


Ever wondered just how far you're travelling to away days. Well now you can find out. For league matches in the 2019/20 season anyway (I'll update cup matches at the end of the season). Plymouth Argyle v Carlisle United is the longest away fixture in the league matches. Predictably Everton v Liverpool is the shortest. Note: Bizarrely the Carlisle United fixture it not the longest possible trip available Plymouth Argyle, should they have the misfortune to draw Newcastle United for a cup match they have a 816 mile round trip. These stats assume that Bolton Wanderers avoid expulsion. Let's hope there right. Bury have been removed.


The first question to ask is how you are intending to get tickets for any of these games? I'm not saying it's impossible - in fact if you are willing to pay enough you will get best tickets for any of them, but getting a pair of legitimate (ie. Some of the games will sell out pretty much straight away to season ticket holders or members. Others will go to general sale but will then sell out quickly. My estimation of availability for those games is as follows. If you're staying in London, then the West Ham game looks a decent bet. It's not a big name game and West Ham have ruined what used to be a very intimidating and great fun atmosphere by moving into the Olympic Stadium, but probably your best chance. The other games are all miles away so a spirit of adventure would be needed.


It’s time to have a complete punt at where everyone will finish this season. You can quite easily split the league in three….the top 6 - then the middle teams hoping to push on…Wolves, Leicester, Everton and maybe West Ham/Watford….then the rest which is half the division. Went so close last year. Any other year they would be champions. Klopp will be determined to go one better and take the holy grail. They have Joe Gomez back to partner Van Dijk. I was a bit surprised they did not add anyone in the summer though but they have a strong starting line up and I expect more from Keita and Fabinho in their second season. Up top they have a range of options and Origi will play more this season.


I also think we will see quite a bit of young Rhian Brewster from the bench and possible even Harry Wilson who impressed at Derby. Will always score goals due to the pace and way they can break through but if they can get more from the midfield area; then they could do it this year. Salah is the main man up top and Van Dijk might be the best defender in the World but take Mane out and I think they are not the same team. He gives them assists, goal threat and Paula McKean the ability to run through the last third at such pace. I like Klopp. He is crackers but in a good way. He is like a good, more likeable Warnock.


Best Case Scenario: Win the League.

Has banked on them taking the next step without any further investment. He has got them back amongst the elite and the spine is young enough to keep getting better. Best Case Scenario: Win the League. The front three continue to be prolific. Van Dijk improves his game even more being able to come out of defence and use it even better. They have another chance of European glory too. Worst Case Scenario: Miss the top 3. The goals dry up. Van Dijk or Allison get injured and the lack of real squad depth in quality comes back to haunt them. Almost had the perfect season last time out but a few VAR decisions against Spurs and they narrowly missed out on the possibility of all 5 trophies.


They kept their nerve to run the table in the final weeks and regain the title. Like Liverpool, the changes are minimal. They have lost Kompany and he will be a loss in leadership and defensive calmness but Laporta had an excellent season. The big addition was Rodri who can come in and provide the same shield that Fernandinho offers in midfield. Still uncertainty over Leroy Sane but he remains for now and with the two Silvas and De Bruyne they have the best midfield trio of players in the league by a distance. The two full backs are erratic at times and not sure Zinchenko has been properly tested yet over a period of time.


Just feel to win three in a row and keep to the same level of excellent might be tough. They will really zero in on the Champions League knowing it is the one trophy that had alluded them. Key Player: Bernardo Silva. A lovely footballer that will at 24 still has his best years ahead of him. With David Silva in his last year at the club look for the touch to be well and truly passed. The main concern is how long he has stayed at clubs. He did four years at Barca and three at Bayern. This is his fourth season at City. Will he hang around after this season? He continues to get high standards out of the group gradually bringing the age down of the squad but keeping the talent level up.


Look for Foden and Garcia to be brought through even more keeping with that trend. The only concern is how bored he may get and Nigeria: English Premier League Matches - 14/09/2019 - Predictions whether he will want another challenge. It might be the best and worst thing thus, if City win the Champions League. Best Case Scenario: Win the three peat and win the Champions League. They avoid a transfer ban and add a top quality centre back and another striker. The domination continues and Pep signs a long term contract to stay. Worst Case Scenario: Dip out on the League and fail to reach the final stages of the Champions League.


They are now settled in their new home, have for now kept Eriksen and Kane is back fully fit.

Aguero gets an injury and they are given a transfer ban so they cannot sign replacements. Pep then resigns going to PSG. With a number of injuries and the stadium saga they still reached the Champions League final and finished in the Champions League players. They are now settled in their new home, have for now kept Eriksen and Kane is back fully fit. New midfielder Ndombole is a defensive midfielder that can hopefully allow the likes of Alli, Eriksen and Son to really attack at will. They have some good young players led by the excellent Harry Winks and some really underrated performers in the likes of Son Heung Min and the two centre backs who continue to quietly excel.


If the goals dry up or the injuries return then Spurs will drop off considerably.

Maybe lack the squad depth once again and also the two full back positions are still a bit of a concern. Also not sure they have enough cover at the top of the pitch as Son and Moura play more off the front two and Llorente was allowed to leave. Seems a predicable thing to say but he is their talisman and Tinyurl focal point for everything they do. Will score goals, hold up play and link with others. If the goals dry up or the injuries return then Spurs will drop off considerably. A great manager who can set his team to play up in a variety of ways as the Champions League run evidenced.


Tactically he is outstanding, he is also a great motivator of players and has recruited well too. Best Case Scenario: Make a really strong challenge for the league and the young players continue to develop. They make more signings (Sessegnon) to gradually improve the depth and have another good run in Europe. The home stadium becomes a real fortress too. Worst Case Scenario: Do not make the top 4, Arsenal overtake them and they crash out in the group stages of the Champions League. Kane gets another injury and then at the end of the season Pochettino decides he cannot take them any further and walks. Emery came in and they finished with 7 more points and one place higher in 5th than the last campaign under Arsene Wenger.


Saliba will go back to St Etienne on loan and Martinelli is more of a player for the future.

They got the final of the Europa League (although well beaten by Chelsea) and gradually they started to move out more of the deadwood. The side will soon look unrecognisable from the one from a few years ago. The front two Aubameyang and Tinyurl.com Lacazette will score goals again and they have brought in Pepe, an exciting wing threat. Saliba will go back to St Etienne on loan and Martinelli is more of a player for the future. Ceballos played 23 games for Real Madrid last season so can give them a steadying presence in midfield an area that lacks a top-level performer still.


They still worry me at the back and Koscielny seems set to depart. The keeper Leno was up and down last season. They will excite going forward but continue to struggle defensively and do not look a side that can go on 6 or 7 game winning runs due to the youth and lack of experience. The new kit is great though! You cannot split them. Both of these are so key. They need to score goals and hopefully together in a pair. If one or both struggle, Arsenal finish out of the top four placings. Not quite sure what his style is and whilst they at times have shown more attacking threat, the same defensive vulnerabilities remain.


They are a bit more direct perhaps now than the tippy tappy stuff from a few years ago as they look to utilise the pace, they have up top. He seems an affable sort of bloke but without further additions finishing 4th is about as good as it will get next season. Best Case Scenario: The front two both score a hatful. The new lads come in and gel and the defence finally stop conceding silly goals. They surprise and may a run for the title staying right in touch with the top teams all season long giving them a platform for years to come.



Worst Case Scenario: A poor start and the inexperienced backline is a mess shipping goals all over the place. Emery rotates the two strikers rarely playing them as a duo and the crowd turns on him as they finish in 6th-8th place. He is sacked and they have to start again. Not sure Ole is the man for the job and they have an unbalanced squad that lacks quality and leadership in all departments. There is talent there but no real cohesive plan on playing style or solid consistency in terms of who plays where. They will hope De Gea get back to form now he had a new contract.


They will hope it does to give much needed creativity in the middle of the field.

The Pogba row carries on and it would be best for all concerned if he moves on. Incoming are the talented young defensive pair Maguire and Wan Bissaka, but it still a big step up in terms of what will be needed week in, week out at a much bigger club with greater expectations. The size of the fees may not help these two. As it stands the Dybala - Lukaku swap has not happened. They will hope it does to give much needed creativity in the middle of the field. The rest of the team is a bit confused. They have talented front players such as Rashford and Martial. Look out for Odds & Tips youngster Mason Greenwood who could really push on this season.


This team still has enough quality to be in the top 6 but don’t feel they will go any higher and will need further investment and managerial ideas to push nearer to the top sides. With Lukaku moving on, Sanchez a total flop and Martial in and out, he now will be expected to be the main man up top. Still only 21, but he will be expected to show more consistency this season. He only scored 10 goals last season and for Paula McKean someone who will play more down the middle needs to be looking to almost double that figure.


There is still talent there though but it is still a bit of a mess.

I was very surprised they gave Solskjaer the full time job. They reacted too early to his great start giving him the job. If they had waited till the end of the season, I am fairly certain he would have been relieved of his temporary duties and they would have gone elsewhere. I am unsure he is the answer long term and he may not see the season out. If they get a bad start, he could be gone early. There is still talent there though but it is still a bit of a mess. Best Case Scenario: The new young signings hit the ground running and fit in.


Rashford becomes the main man up top. Pogba is sold and they quickly reinvest the money in a couple more first teamers that can come in straight away. They are right amongst the top sides and win a domestic cup. They begin to find an identity. I actually think the best cased scenario is they start badly, Ole is sacked they bring in someone who can galvanise the team (Simeone/Pochettino) and tinyurl.com then build from there. Worst Case Scenario: The Pogba situation carries on and continues to cause unrest. Lampard clearly believes in the youth and Hudson Odoi and Loftus Cheek are clearly a big part of his plans moving forward.


Pulisic is the only newcomer and the American is a dynamic attacking player but he is no Hazard and there is no doubt they will massively miss him. Like Man Utd and Arsenal above, there is lots of talent but they don’t have the same top drawer talent like Man City and Liverpool and even Spurs (at least in the attacking areas). They have some solid and reliable defenders such as Azpilicueta, Alondo and Kante They also have some flair players in Willan and Pedro. Rudiger, Jorginho and tinyurl.com Kovacic all need to improve from their so so starts at Chelsea and they lack goals at the top of the field for me.


Batshuayi, Abraham and Giroud were all a long way down the pecking order in the past but now are the players counted on for goals. Played in a more attacking role last season which was odd. Surely Lampard puts him back into a more defensive role where his strengths lie? The best of his type maybe in world football. I personally feel it was too soon for him to be given the job and Tinyurl it could be a case of right club but wrong time. He needed a few more seasons at a lower level before getting his ‘dream job.’ He now has to learn on the fly.


Best Case Scenario: Lampard comes in and they get off to a great start getting the crowd even more behind him. The young players push on and he gets goals shared around. The players with question marks last year improve and Pulisic comes in and at least does a fair impression of replacing Hazard. They compete for all honours and offer a more attacking brand of football than they saw last season. Worst Case Scenario: Lampard has a disastrous start and looks way out his depth. Players do not respond to his instructions; tactically he looks clueless and Chelsea get some beatings to the bigger clubs.


The team end up mid table and Nigeria: English Premier League Matches - 14/09/2019 - Predictions the Lampard experiment is aborted and he is sacked mid season. They bring in John Terry as his replacement who fares no better and he too leaves before the end of the season. Had a superb season and beat the top 6 all at least once. They ended up qualifying for Europe and played an exciting, attacking brand of football where they played through the thirds utilising good young British players along with a plethora of agent sourced/brokered overseas talent. They have made Jimenez and Dendoncker’s signings permanent and brought in Cutrone from Milan who will supplement Jimenez when Wolves decide to play with two up top.


Add in European games and TINYURL.COM the energy they had may wane towards the end of the season.

Jota and Neves are still the creative forces in the middle but quietly underrated are the British players Doherty, Bennett and Coady, all who have been very consistent at the back. They do not have a very deep squad and Nigeria: English Premier League Matches - 14/09/2019 - Predictions if they get injuries that could be a concern and the surprise factor of a year ago has gone. Add in European games and the energy they had may wane towards the end of the season. However, they have enough talent and creative threats allied to the high demands from Santo to expect a similar finish to last season. Key Player: Joao Moutinho Jota and Jimenez get a lot of the headlines but Moutinho was superb last season.


Some of the flair players lose form and Jimenez cannot keep up his goalscoring.

Good passer, tackler, organiser and just sat in midfield and helped things tick over, either defensively by breaking things up or making that key pass to propel the attack. Best Case Scenario: Decent Europa League run where the fans get to experience some glory nights, another top 10 finish in the league and more exciting attacking football. Worst Case Scenario: The lack of depth and extra games catches up with them. Some of the flair players lose form and Jimenez cannot keep up his goalscoring. Everton finished 8th last season. Have they improved enough to go above any of those above them?


Mina also needs to come in and challenge Zouma at the back.

Not sure. Maybe Wolves at a push but they are still some way off the top 6 in terms of quality and consistency. They have slowly changed the side and brought in some talent like Gomes,Digne and now Kean up the top of the pitch. Losing Gueye is a blow and be interesting to see if Gbamin and/or Delph can fill this big hole. The defence is still at times not quite as solid as it should be and needs Pickford and Keane to push on now. Mina also needs to come in and challenge Zouma at the back. They have not had a consistent goal scorer for some time and it maybe a committee type of approach again with Richarlison playing more off the front again.


Gomes drew mixed reviews from fans but will want to keep some stability and continuity.

Kean is an intriguing one and he might be a bit of a wildcard. They will need to be strong at home once again as they seem to be set to stay at Goodison with the new stadium at Bramley Moore Dock not set to be ready until 2023-24 at least. Getting him back permanently from Barcelona, was so key for the Toffeemen who saw him scheme and create from the middle of the field. He is a real talent and I am surprised more of the clubs above did not take a fancy to him. Gomes drew mixed reviews from fans but will want to keep some stability and continuity. He is slowly evolving the squad and we see the old guard such as Jagielka, Williams, Baines and maybe even Coleman start to be moved out with more athletic and younger players brought in.


Fans start to grumble and turn on Silva.

The striking situation still needs to be sorted as they have not got this right. They do seem to have their strongest squad for some time. Worst Case Scenario: The lack of goals up fronts continues and the defensive issues continue to plague them the other way. Fans start to grumble and turn on Silva. The new ground plans continue to hit the buffers and the team finishes mid-way or lower. Much of the summer saw the Maguire speculation and eventually he moved on and they pocketed a cool 80 million. At the time of writing this they are looking at replacement options with Ake, Tarkowski and Dunk being linked. It is important they get this right as Wes Morgan’s better days are behind him and Johnny Evans was not as convincing as hoped.


Not quite sure where he gits in.

Young full back Chilwell may be the next to test the resolve of the Foxes board but they still have some real talent in Maddison, Gray, Barnes and now the incoming Justin from Luton. Youri Tielemans coming back for good was a great signing as he did so well in the middle of the field. Perez from Newcastle was an intriguing signing. Not quite sure where he gits in. I felt they needed more of a Vardy compliment (bigger, stronger who can link play) and they have plenty of options already just off him. His front running, tinyurl.com tireless running and general ‘pain in the backside’ play continues to be the hallmark of this Leicester side.

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