Predicting the 2017/18 Premier League season – top four, relegated and more

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The 2017/18 Premier League season kicks off with Arsenal vs. Leicester on Friday night, with Liverpool’s trip to Watford the early kick off on Saturday.

The summer has seen new managers and plenty of new signings, with more money spent throughout the league than ever. It’s a bit of a madness when clubs like Watford are spending £18 million on a player and you don’t even blink at the price.

Man City‘s £200 million-plus spend this summer puts the pressure on Pep Guardiola to deliver in his second season, while across Manchester Jose Mourinho has also been splashing the cash.

New boys Huddersfield and Brighton are expected to struggle, while Burnley and Stoke could be dragged into the relegation mix if they don’t start well.

Here’s what the This Is Anfield writers are predicting for 2017/18:

HENRY JACKSON

Top Four:
1. Man City
2. Man United
3. Liverpool
4. Chelsea

Relegated: Burnley, Brighton, Huddersfield

First manager to be sacked: Slaven Bilic if West Ham start slowly.

First player to be banned for diving: Hopefully, Ander Herrera.

Surprise team: Crystal Palace

Best new signing: Salah

 

KARL MATCHETT

Top Four:
1. Man City
2. Chelsea
3. Man United
4. Liverpool

Relegated: Stoke, Burnley and Brighton

First manager to be sacked: Got a feeling about Craig Shakespeare flopping big time, but I’ll go with Paul Clement.

First player to be banned for diving: Manolo Gabbiadini

Surprise team: Palace to be surprisingly exciting to watch when attacking

Best new signing: Salah! Outside of Anfield, Lacazette, Klaassen and Jay Rodriguez for the top, middle and bottom tiers of the league.

Alexandre Lacazette during the French Ligue 1 match between Lyon and Lille at the Stade de Gerland in France on October 05, 2014 (Picture by JEAN PAUL THOMAS Sportimage/PA Images)

 

SACHIN NAKRANI

Top Four:
1. Manchester City
2. Manchester Utd
3. Liverpool
4. Chelsea

Relegated: Burnley, Huddersfield and Leicester

First manager to be sacked: Slaven Bilic. Was on borrowed time last season and I can’t see him completing this one.

First player to be banned for diving: Wayne Rooney. We can dream, can’t we?

Surprise team: Brighton. Will stay up. Just.

Best new signing: Alexandre Lacazette. Given the service – which he should get at Arsenal – the French striker could be lethal this season.

 

BEN TWELVES

Top Four:
1. Man City
2. Man United
3. Chelsea
4. Liverpool

Relegated: Brighton, Swansea, Burnley

First manager to be sacked: Mark Hughes

First player to be banned for diving: Pedro

Surprise team: Huddersfield

Best new signing: Alvaro Morata

Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner celebrates victory after the Sky Bet Championship match at the John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo: Copyright: Richard Sellers/PA Wire.

 

AARON CUTLER

Top Four:
1. Man City
2. Man United
3. Chelsea
4. Arsenal

Relegated: Burnley, Brighton, Huddersfield

First manager to be sacked: Mark Hughes

First player to be banned for diving: Jamie Vardy

Surprise team: Bournemouth

Best new signing: Javier Hernandez

 

JAMES NALTON

Top Four:
1. Manchester City
2. Manchester United
3. Liverpool
4. Chelsea

Relegated: Swansea, Brighton, Burnley

First manager to be sacked: Slaven Bilic

First player to be banned for diving: Wayne Rooney

Surprise team: Huddersfield

Best new signing: Bernardo Silva (Man City) or Florian Lejeune (Newcastle)

HONG KONG, CHINA - Wednesday, July 19, 2017: Crystal Palace's manager Frank de Boer during a post-match press conference after the Premier League Asia Trophy match between Liverpool and Crystal Palace at the Hong Kong International Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

 

JACK LUSBY

Top Four:
1. Man City
2. Chelsea
3. Spurs
4. Liverpool

Relegated: Swansea, Stoke, Burnley

First manager to be sacked: Slaven Bilic

First player to be banned for diving: Wilfried Zaha

Surprise team: Huddersfield Town

Best new signing: Ignoring Salah…Bernardo Silva, Sead Kolasinac, Sandro Ramirez or Kelechi Iheanacho

 

NEIL POOLE

Top Four:
1. Man City
2. Chelsea
3. Man Utd
4. Liverpool

Relegated: Swansea, Huddersfield, Brighton

First manager to be sacked: Marco Silva

First player to be banned for diving: Origi

Surprise team: Newcastle

Best new signing: Salah

 

Click here for our LFC specific predictions for the new season

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