By Blair McNally
With the English Premier League season reaching the conclusion of Matchday 6, BSR Sports have decided to give you an in-depth analysis behind each of its 20 teams, including their predicted finish, considering important factors such as facilities, experience, recruitment, management and funds. Whether that be challenging for a spot to compete with Europe’s elite in The UEFA Champions League, or scrambling at the deep end of England’s top tier, desperately clinging on to survival and the enormous pay gap separating a place in the Premier League and the Championship..
Starting from 20th position, we have predicted where clubs in Europe’s wealthiest league are most likely to finish and just why that is the case taking into account the start to the season they have had and additions made over the summer. We hope you enjoy:
Burnley have avoided the drop for many years and with a lack of additional quality, this year looks like the season of change, compared to other clubs, who have been more willing to spend their Premier league windfall wisely to improve in key areas.
Finished last season – 10th
One to watch – James Tarkowski
Cause for concern – A lack of signings and quality within
Key Signing – Dale Stephens
West Bromwich Albion
A yo-yo team in recent years, the Baggies have opted for a more youthful approach this season and after dismantling a prominent Chelsea team they look lively. Consistency will be vital for survival and with a lack of experience this could be difficult.
Finished last season – 2nd (Promoted from the championship)
One to watch – Callum Robinson
Cause for concern – Lacking experience
Key Signing – Branislav Ivanovic
Another team to have bounced up and down the leagues in recent years, Fulham don’t seem to have the same level of quality as their competitors and for that reason we don’t see them having a chance of staying up.
Finished last season – Play off Winners (Promoted from the Championship)
One to watch – Aleksandar Mitrovic
Cause for concern – A team of individuals
Key Signing – Anthony Knockaert
After last season’s European push, it seems like the Blades have put all their efforts into last season and failed to majorly prepare for the season ahead. Failure to win so far this season proves Chris Wilder does not have the squad he needs to repeat last year’s remarkable season.
Finished last season – 9th
One to watch – David McGoldrick
Cause for concern – Players ageing with very little fresh legs
Key Signing – Rhian Brewster
A European squad in recent years seems to be rocky at the back with captain Conor Cody not in the greatest of form. With the transfer of Star man Jota to Liverpool a massive hole has been left uncovered from last season’s story of success.
Finished last season – 7th
One to watch – Raul Jimenez
Cause for concern – Leaking defensively
Key Signing – Nelson Semedo
The Saints have failed to march into the new season as they ended their last one. Despite a recent run of form with big results against Chelsea and Tottenham, this seems to only be temporary with a lack of squad depth surely playing a part as the season progresses.
Finished last season – 11th
One to watch – Danny Ings
Cause for concern – A lack of depth in certain areas
Key Signing – Theo Walcott
Brighton and Hove Albion
Tariq Lamptey looks a steal from Chelsea as he has thrown up quite a storm against opponents so far this season. His assists and Neil Maupay’s finishing will keep them well above par from their relegation threatened opponents.
Finished last season – 15th
One to watch – Tariq Lamptey
Cause for concern – Very little Premier League experience
Key Signing – Adam Lallana
West Ham United
Former Hull striker Bowen has set the London Stadium on fire since his arrival and with the partnership of a young Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek in midfield the Hammers are sure to break boundaries they couldn’t do in recent seasons.
Finished last season – 16th
One to watch – Jarrod Bowen
Cause for concern – Ageing squad with a lack of pace at the back
Key Signing – Tomas Soucek
After Keeping star of the show Wilfried Zaha, Palace have only improved over the summer and will have fresh legs in the signing of QPR star Eze to provide other creative options in attack if Zaha isn’t on his A game.
Finished last season – 14th
One to watch – Wilfried Zaha
Cause for concern – Oldest average age in the League with lack of squad depth
Key Signing – Eberechi Eze
Allan Saint Maximin and Wilson seem to be building up a vital partnership which could prove to be exactly what Steve Bruce needs, if he wants to finish as high as possible this term.
Finished last season – 13th
One to watch – Allan Saint-Maximin
Cause for concern – Midfield lacking power
Key Signing – Callum Wilson
After demolishing champions Liverpool 7-2, there will be no survival problems for Villa this year as key men such as Mings, Grealish and Watkins seem to be holding down a vital core to this Villa side, turning cogs like a steam train.
Finished last season – 17th
One to watch – Jack Grealish
Cause for concern – Very little experience
Key Signing – Ollie Watkins
Leeds have made a good account of themselves so far on their return to the top division, holding giants Liverpool and Manchester City to close calls, respectively. With this, Leeds look keen to advance up the table and make their way back to where they once belonged.
Finished last season – 1st (Promoted from the Championship)
One to watch – Kalvin Phillips
Cause for concern – Premier League experience
Key Signing – Rodrigo
Sergio Reguilon and Gareth Bale lit up Spurs fans eyes on deadline day as they have brought a new lease of life back to London. This seems to have improved the squad morale and performances are showing, with a 6-1 romping of Manchester United. Tottenham have been known in recent years to slip up against smaller teams and this may prove to be the case again this year.
Finished last season – 6th
One to watch – Heung-min Son
Cause for concern – Lack of Pacey centre backs
Key Signing – Gareth Bale
Brendan Rodgers has an experienced notebook on how to win games the right way. With successful spells at Liverpool and Celtic, he has only improved since coming to the King Power Stadium. This look certain to continue, however, the quality of the clubs above will prove to be one step ahead.
Finished last season – 5th
One to watch – Jamie Vardy
Cause for concern – Soyuncu out till February
Key Signing – Wesley Fofana
6th EUROPA LEAGUE
The signings of Donny Van de Beek and Alex Telles will improve the attacking quality of the Red Devils, however with flops Paul Pogba and Harry Maguire starting most weeks, and defeats to Tottenham and Crystal Palace as evidence, United don’t look strong enough for more than a Europa League spot this season.
Finished last season – 3rd
One to watch – Bruno Fernandes
Cause for concern – Problematic defence
Key Signing – Alex Telles
5th EUROPA LEAGUE
Star striker Pierre Emerick Aubameyang has signed a new contract extension to the delight of the Gunners fans. Atletico Madrid rock, Thomas Partey, looks a great addition and we feel with the aid of these two, Arsenal will qualify for their favoured competition in recent years.
Finished last season – 8th
One to watch – Pierre Emerick Aubameyang
Cause for concern – Lack of confidence at the back
Key Signing – Thomas Partey
4th CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Carlo Ancelotti’s men look to have recruited the best midfield in the league, with the additions of World cup star James Rodriquez and Napoli veteran Allan. Watford star Abdoulaye Doucouré has added some much-needed Premier League experience and this has payed off as Everton sit comfortably at the top of the league.
Finished last season – 12th
One to watch – Dominic Calvert-Lewin
Cause for concern – Previous lack of Consistency
Key Signing – James Rodriguez
3th CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
After spending over £300 million this summer Chelsea will be a real threat, including the additions of the Bundesliga’s most exciting attackers in Kai Havertz and Timo Werner. However, little pace at the back has been exposed so far by teams like West Brom and will continue to be exposed, unless Lampard makes a change.
Finished last season – 4th
One to watch – Mason Mount
Cause for concern – Too many options with an inconsistent line-up
Key Signing – Timo Werner
2th RUNNERS UP and CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
This decades free runners have hit a slump after dropping well below par last season and with the start they have had this season it doesn’t look like this will change. Dominant displays against the more superior teams have been fairly outweighed by poor results to smaller teams in recent times.
Finished last season – 2nd
One to watch – Kevin De Bruyne
Cause for concern – Injury plagued squad
Key Signing – Nathan Ake
1st CHAMPIONS and CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
After a poor end to their first title win in over 20 years Liverpool seem keen to expand on this. Despite the loss of key defender Van Dijk, the use of Fabinho in this position could work well, as he has previously kept two clean sheets when used here. Liverpool have far too much quality in attack and with the addition of Champions league winner Thiago they seem to have improved their already world beating squad.
Finished last season – 1st
One to watch – Sadio Mane
Cause for concern – Van Dijk possibly out for the season
Key Signing – Thiago Alcantara