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English Premier League Preview 20/21

With the prolonged 19/20 English Premier League Season ending several weeks ago, we’re back again for the start of the 20/21 English Premier League season this weekend. Whilst it doesn’t seem that we’ll be seeing Lionel Messi anytime soon, who’s excited for the EPL kicking off this weekend?

Here’s a brief look at the 20 teams competing in the English Premier League this season.

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Arsenal

Manager: Mikel Arteta

19/20 season finish: 8th

Key Player: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Arsenal endured their worst placed finish since 1995 in the 19/20 campaign. Despite all this, they ended their 19/20 season on a high by winning their record 14th FA Cup. With astute signings such as Gabriel Magalhaes, Willian and Dani Ceballos back on loan, Mikel Arteta’s side will look to push for a Top 4 finish.

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Aston Villa

Manager: Dean Smith

19/20 Season Finish: 17th

Key Player: Jack Grealish

Having narrowly escaped relegation on the final day of the 19/20 season, Aston Villa will be looking to Key Players such as Jack Grealish, Tyrone Mings and John Mcginn to help them stay up this season. Having just signed Ollie Watkins from Brentford who scored 25 goals in the EFL Championship last season, they’ve added some much-needed firepower upfront. Will be interesting to see where they end up this season.

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Brighton

Manager: Graham Potter

19/20 Season Finish: 15th

Key Player: Lewis Dunk

After losing Australia’s own Aaron Mooy to Shanghai SIPG, Brighton have bolstered their squad by signing experienced midfielder Adam Lallana and Joel Veltman from Ajax. The Seagulls will be looking to improve their home record of 5 Wins, 7 Draws and 7 Losses this season in order to guarantee safety in the Premier League.

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Burnley

Manager: Sean Dyche

19/20 Season Finish: 10th

Key Player: Nick Pope

With 15 clean sheets last season added with their ‘rigid’ and ‘solid’ playing style has proven that Burnley are no pushovers in the Premier League. Even though they’ve only made one signing so far, (Will Norris), Sean Dyche has shown time and time again that he’s capable of achieving a mid-table finish with a small squad.

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Chelsea

Manager: Frank Lampard

19/20 Season Finish: 4th

Key Player: Kai Havertz

After a Transfer Ban last summer, Chelsea have made a statement of intent by spending over £200 Million so far on stars such as, Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech, Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell just to name a few. There are still doubts over their defence and goalkeeper however, Chelsea will be pushing for a tittle challenge this season.

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Crystal Palace

Manager: Roy Hodgson

19/20 Season Finish: 14th

Key Player: Wilfred Zaha

The Eagles will be looking to finish top half for the first time since 2015 this season. They will rely on Wilfred Zaha to be their main attacking threat once again. However, questions still remain on whether they would be able to keep a hold of their most valuable asset.

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Everton

Manager: Carlo Ancelotti

19/20 Season Finish: 12th

Key Player: Richarlison

With three-time Champions League Manager Carlo Ancelotti at the helm, Everton will look to challenge for a European spot this season. Having strengthen their midfield significantly with the signings of James Rodriguez, Allan and Abdoulaye Doucouré this transfer window, Everton will look to compete for a European spot this season.

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Fulham

19/20 Season Finish: 4th (Championship Play off winners)

Manager: Scott Parker

Key Player: Aleksandar Mitrovic

After their relegation following the 18/19 Season, Fulham have made an instant return to the Premier League. They’ll be looking towards their main man, Aleksandar Mitrovic to carry over his 26 Goals from the Championship to the Premier League.

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Leeds United

19/20 Season Finish: 1st (Championship Winners)

Manager: Marcelo Bielsa

Key Player: Rodrigo

After a long awaited 16-year absence from the Premier League, Leeds fans will be more than excited to see their team competing in England’s topflight. With their fluid, high intensity and possession style of play, there’s no doubt that Bielsa’s Leeds will be a very exciting team to watch this season.

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Leicester

Manager: Brendan Rodgers

19/20 Season Finish: 5th

Key Player: Jamie Vardy

Having started the 19/20 campaign strongly and at times challenging Manchester City for the 2nd spot before dramatically dropping off after Project restart, Leicester will look for a more consistent run of form this season. Despite being 33, Jamie Vardy has proven time and time again that he is amongst the top strikers in the Premier League. The foxes will look to rely on Vardy once more for their Top 4 aspirations.

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Liverpool

Manager:  Jürgen Klopp

19/20 Season Finish: Champions

Key Player: Virgil Van Dijk

Liverpool ended their long awaited 30-year league tittle drought last season. They’d only lost 3 games during the 19/20 campaign and were by far the best team finishing 18 points ahead of their nearest rival. Questions have arised whether they can go back to back this season, however with the quality of Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Robert Firmino up front, expect Liverpool to be in the title race again this season.

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Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

19/20 Season Finish: 2nd

Key Player: Kevin De Bruyne

With a disappointing 19/20 Season behind them, City will look to challenge for the Premier League tittle once again. Their tittle hopes will depend on the fitness of Aymeric Laporte, who has been a crucial part of their defence in recent years. Without Laporte, City look vulnerable in defence. However, with the astute signings of Nathan Ake and Ferran Torres, expect City to challenge for the title again this season.

1

Manchester United

Manager: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

19/20 Season Finish: 3rd

Key Player: Bruno Fernandes

After a shaky start to the season, Manchester United have looked a different side following the arrival of Bruno Fernandes and the rapid development of Mason Greenwood. Whilst a tittle challenge may still be beyond their means, United will feel that they have a point to prove this season.

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Newcastle

Manager: Steve Bruce

19/20 Season Finish: 13th

Key Player: Alain Saint-Maximin

Following the failed Saudi-led takeover bid, Newcastle will be looking to bounce back this season. The signings of Callum Wilson, Ryan Fraser, and Jamal Lewis will undoubtedly add goals and creativity into their squad which was severely lacking last season.

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Sheffield United

Manager: Chris Wilder

19/20 Season Finish: 9th

Key Player: Chris Basham

Undoubtedly the surprise packages of the 19/20 Season, even challenging for a European Spot for most of the season, the blades will aim to replicate the form they had before project restart. Dean Henderson will be a big loss for Sheffield; however, Aaron Ramsdale has proven to be a capable replacement for the No.1 jersey.

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Southampton

Manager: Ralph Hasenhuttl

19/20 Season Finish: 11th

Key Player: Danny Ings

Following a dreadful 9-0 defeat at home against Leicester, Dubbed the ‘new Klopp’ by some fans, Hasenhuttl has turned things around at Southampton. The Saints will look towards star striker Danny Ings, who had a breakout 19/20 season scoring 22 goals.  Southampton will look to kick on from their 19/20 season.

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Tottenham

Manager: José Mourinho

19/20 Season Finish: 6th

Key Player: Harry Kane

Following the sacking of Spurs favourite, Mauricio Pochettino after a poor league start, Mourinho has steadied the ship at White Hart Lane. The signings of Pierre Emile Højbjerg and Matt Doherty adds much needed steel and solidity into the spurs side. With a serial winner such as Mourinho, he will no doubt aim to end their illustrious trophy drought this season.

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West Brom

Manager: Slaven Billic

19/20 Season Finish: 2nd (Championship)

Key Player: Matheus Pereira

After 2 years out of the English topflight, the Baggies have returned to the fold after finishing second in the Championship last season. Despite signing promising midfielder, Grady Diangana. A quick look at their squad suggests that they will struggle to stay in the Premier League this season. However, Sheffield United has shown us last season that relegation isn’t as straight forward as it seems.

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West Ham

Manager: David Moyes

19/20 Season Finish: 16th

Key Player: Declan Rice

Last season’s 16th place finish was West Ham’s worst in seven years. The huge backlash led by club captain Mark Noble following the departure of Grady Diangana, shows the fractured relationship between the club and its players. Hammers fans will be expecting more from their big money signings such as Pablo Fornals and Sebastian Haller, if they are to improve on last season.


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Wolverhampton Wanderers

Manager: Nuno Espírito Santo

19/20 Season Finish: 7th

Key Player: Raúl Jiménez

Having endured their longest season, spanning across 383 days and narrowly missing out on Europa League qualification Wolves will look to build on their impressive 19/20 Campaign. Despite breaking their record transfer fee on teenager Fabio Silva, the likes of Ruben Neves, Raúl Jiménez, Connor Coady and Adama Traore will be crucial to their push for a European Spot this season.

Author :  Jonathan Nurtanaya

We would also love to know your predictions on the 20/21 Season? Comment below 🙂

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Re: English Premier League Preview 20/21

As much as I would love to see Chelsea nab a title, I think it will be a Liverpool and City race again this year. And I predict and ManU v Chelsea FA Cup Final. 

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Re: English Premier League Preview 20/21

Happy to see Leeds back in the big time!

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Re: English Premier League Preview 20/21

Great preview, @Jono_YC 😊

I'm also chuffed to see Leeds back in the big time! 

Looking forward to more discussion on everything EPL in the forum, we've got passionate fans here including @robmGC @Davelew @Flashart53 @Lowheader @Perko1967 @IJD1 @arthroscopy @nickjhs @Dean5ki @Trogdorsan @CarlitosM @leongwinghoe @Shmousey just to name a few! What are your thoughts for the season, who is your team?

Also look out for Jono's matchday preview each week!


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