We asked our crack team of pundits for their predictions for the 2017-18 Premier League season! We asked our ten budding panelists ten questions about this years Premier League. Let’s introduce the men behind the answers!
Question 1: Who will be the Premier League Champions, 2017-18?
Hans: Man City
Andy: Manchester…..hard to split which one! Let’s go City, I prefer them! No, I’ve changed my mind. I’ll go Manchester United. They have a squad built for the physicality of the Premier League, City’s squad seems more built for Europe.
Zuko: Manchester City
Wez: Manchester City
Matt: Manchester City
Tom: United (Editor’s note: this could be Newcastle, West Ham or Manchester. We’ll assume Tom meant Manchester!)
Joe: Man City
Pedro: Man City
Robbie: Manchester City
Simon: Man City
Overall: Manchester City (8), Manchester United (2)
Question 2: Which three teams do you think will make up the top four (Champions League places)?
Hans: Man Utd, Arsenal and West Ham (for a laugh!)
Andy: Man City, Arsenal and…wow, this is tough. I think Chelsea, Spurs and Liverpool have all fallen away. I think we may see a shock team creep in. Everton?! No, I’m going to say Spurs. Their squad is largely the same (Kyle Walker is no massive loss), and they have to win at Wembley eventually!
Zuko: Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs.
Wez: Manchester United, Spurs, Arsenal.
Matt: Man United, Spurs, Chelsea.
Tom: Chelsea, Man City, Spurs.West H
Joe: Man United, Chelsea, Arsenal (Wembley will kill Tottenham and CL will kill Liverpool)
Pedro: Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea
Robbie: Spurs, Arsenal, Manchester United
Simon: Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea
Overall: Arsenal (8), Manchester United (7), Spurs (6), Chelsea (6), Manchester City (2 – but everyone had them as Champions), West Ham (1)
Question 3: Which three teams do you think will be relegated?
Hans: Brighton, Crystal Palace, Swansea.
Andy: Stoke, Crystal Palace, Newcastle.
Zuko: Brighton, West Brom, Swansea.
Wez: Newcastle, Brighton, West Ham.
Matt: Brighton, Swansea, Newcastle.
Tom: Brighton, Crystal Palace, West Brom.
Joe: Burnley, Huddersfield, Brighton.
Pedro: Huddersfield, Brighton, Burnley
Robbie: Brighton, Swansea, Newcastle
Simon: Swansea, Huddersfield, Brighton
Overall: Brighton (9), Swansea (5), Newcastle (4), Huddersfield (3), Crystal Palace (3), West Brom (2), Burnley (2), West Ham (1), Stoke (1)
Question 4: Which team will be a surprise package this year?
Zuko: West Ham and Everton
Matt: Leicester City will push for Europe.
Joe: Man Utd (we’ve been terrible for so long – hopefully we can now over achieve!)
Pedro: West Ham and Watford
Robbie: West Ham
Simon: West Brom (good cup run)
Overall: West Ham (3), Everton (3), West Brom (1), Watford (1), Leicester (1), Huddersfield (1), Bournemouth (1), Manchester United (1)
Question 5: Which team will under-achieve against their expectations?
Andy: Stoke. They will struggle in a big way this year.
Joe: Tottenham. Best first 11 in the league for the past two seasons and won nothing. Likely to continue this season and unless they can win a cup the wage structure will see the side disintegrate and be harvested off to opponents
Simon: Liverpool (Everton will finish above them)
Overall: Liverpool (5), Chelsea (2), Tottenham (2), Stoke (1).
Question 6: Which player will win the Golden Boot (most league goals scored)?
Hans: Harry Kane
Andy: Romelu Lukaku
Zuko: Alexandre Lacazette
Wez: Romelu Lukaku
Matt: As usual, Harry Kane
Tom: Alexandre Lacazette
Joe: Tempted by Lacazette with the service he will receive at Arsenal but think it will be Lukaku.
Pedro: Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez (Editor’s Note: Yes please!!)
Robbie: Aguero if he stays fit, if not it’ll be Harry Kane
Simon: Romelu Lukaku
Overall: Lukaku (4), Kane (3), Lacazette (2), Hernandez (1), Aguero (1).
Question 7: Who will be the first manager to leave their post (either sacked or resign)?
Hans: Rafa Benitez
Andy: Mark Hughes
Zuko: Frank de Boer
Wez: Rafa Benitez
Matt: Mark Hughes.
Tom: Rafa Benitez
Joe: Expect Conte to go at some point too as every manager to win the league has been sacked bar SFA in past 8 years (Editor’s Note: LOVE a stat!!). For early though could be De Boer – he will bring style but not necessarily winning results and got sacked early at Inter.
Pedro: Paul Clement
Robbie: Rafa Benitez
Simon: Frank de Boer or Marco Silva
Overall: Rafa Benitez (4), Frank de Boer (3), Mark Hughes (2), Marco Silva (1), Paul Clement (1).
Question 8: Who will win the FA Cup?
Andy: West Ham. Is it our year?! Probably not. I’ll go Arsenal. They love a cup. Wenger signs a year extension. All is well in football again.
Wez: Manchester United
Matt: Manchester City
Simon: Manchester United
Overall: Manchester United (2), Arsenal (2), Liverpool (1), Manchester City (1), Chelsea (1), Spurs (1), Everton (1), Portsmouth (1).
Question 9: Who will win the Champions League?
Andy: Real Madrid, again.
Matt: Real Madrid.
Joe: Real Madrid (Barca and Juve have been weakened. PSG could go further than before.
Pedro: Bayern Munich
Robbie: Bayern Munich
Overall: Real Madrid (3), PSG (3), Barcelona (2), Bayern Munich (2).
Question 10: An unexpected incident/shock that will occur during the season?
Hans: Arsene Wenger will quit.
Andy: A team outside the Premier League will reach a domestic cup final.
Zuko: There will be 3 points between league champs and 4th place!
Wez: Klopp will get sacked.
Matt: Spurs buying someone (Editor’s note: Ooo, frustrated much?!)
Tom: Mourinho to not complain about the referees.
Joe: Wenger actually retires??
Pedro: A top 6 club getting sold to a Chinese owner
Robbie: Portsmouth to get he domestic double and win the league cup and the FA cup!
Simon: Jay Rodriguez to get back into the England squad
The Narrative according to Kick London (to be analysed in June 2018):
“A scintillating season of football is over, and it is Manchester City who have won the Premier League this year, with Arsenal and Manchester United filling the automatic Champions League places, who incidentally were the two teams who battled it out for the FA Cup at Tottenham’s home, Wembley Stadium (perhaps another cup won by Arsenal on Spurs soil!).
Manchester United’s fine season has been epitomised by the free-scoring Romelu Lukaku, who got his hands on the Golden Boot, and Mourinho has been surprisingly complimentary of this season’s refereeing displays, deeming them “Quite exceptional. I have nothing to moan about”. Having got Arsenal back into the Champions League, Arsene Wenger has finally stepped down as manager, and will let his successor take on the campaign next season.
The final Champions League place was fiercely contested by Spurs and Chelsea, both of whom were underwhelming, but not as underwhelming as Liverpool, who have finished below Everton and West Ham, with Jurgen Klopp paying with his job. Surprisingly, the top four clubs were only separated by three points, and the title decider went down to the final game of the season. Subsequent to their poor season, Daniel Levy has sold Tottenham to a Chinese consortium, having only bought one player in the summer transfer window.
The League Cup was an interesting affair, with West Brom and Portsmouth (a side outside of the top division of English football) both making it to the final. Newcastle never recovered from their poor start, which saw Rafa Benitez lose his job in the early stages of the season, and they were relegated along with Swansea and rock bottom side, Brighton.
In European action, Bayern Munich and Barcelona were unfortunate to not reach the Champions League final, pipped to the post by PSG and Real Madrid.
In a final piece of breaking news, Jay Rodriguez has been called up to the England squad for this summer’s World Cup, having had an impressive season at his new club, West Bromwich Albion.
Do you agree?! Please comment on our socials with your predictions! Where have our staff gone wrong? Who is deluded, and blinded by their patriotism to their club?