Well the time has come. Arsenal kick off the Premier League tonite and don't even make the poll such their downfall over recent years.
My take as follows...
Last year I had it a two horse race, you lot! & City. As we all know due to your horrendous injury problems it became a one horse race. Sadly I certainly see that this year. With City's improvements (( Grealish, Kane / or striker still pending )) I just can't see them losing it over 38 games. Voting with my head it's City. Awesome squad with a world class manager.
Another team to improve their squad during transfer window. With a striker the missing link in Chavs armour is Lukaku the answer? I have my doubts. I only see him as a 20 goal a season man at best in the league. Will that be enough? I have my doubts. However, with Tuchel going into his second season and knows the players that bit better they could be the most improved side going forward. They've sold/released/freed 25 players to fund the Lukaku transfer.
Leicester being Leicester no doubt they will be in the top six again such the consistency of manager Brenda Rogers (( Future manager of United )) Obviously can't compete with the top clubs for bringing record signings in they will probably finish 5/6th again.
With just the one addition signing in Konate ( so far ) is that enough? afraid not. No doubting Liverpool's first 11 would be up their to challenge City but with this now squad game becoming paramount due to City's squad size I just don't see how they can sustain a challenge over 38 games with the current squad.
They've been active during the summer transfer with the signings of Sancho & Varane. Is that enough to make them Champions this season? Sadly not. It's a big improvement for sure but still won't be enough, not forgetting Ole still at the realm. United so far got rid of 10 players in some shape or form to support new signings. A cup competition win is a must, otherwise Ole has used up his 9 life's.
So basically long story short, Cith cruise the league and probably Chavs second. With United improving their squad think we will be fighting it out with you lot for 3rd.
Well what’s changed if anything? Well in relation to winning the league my opinion hasn’t changed. Still think City will win it, from past seasons Christmas time seems to be when they knock a very good run together.
I thought Chavs would be the closest rivals to City but there’s no doubt their form has taken a dive, obviously some of it down to Covid. We’re now entering a uncertain stage as it’s looking like matches are going to be postponed which is going to make it very difficult for the top teams to maintain form. Chavs appear to be losing out the most in the top 4 at the moment with 7 players out with Covid. Not forgetting staff also.
My prediction of Liverpool/ /United fighting out 3rd/4th spots looking way off the mark so far.
Liverpool certainly keeping up the pressure but once again with Covid effecting some of your players it’s understandable that form has slipped slightly. However, I’ve always said with your No 1 talisman not in the team then not surprising. It’s so difficult to asses given Covid will be doing all the talking over the next few weeks. Pending Covid positives your still looking like you can fight it out with my top two predictions.
United… Not much I can say is there.
At the very best maybe a 4th but not looking easy. Have to give a special mention to Arsenal who never even made my top six going really well and arguably the inform team if you take City out of the equation.
Arteta been in for some right stick with questionable decisions over the last few months that’s had many Arsenal fans having to eat humble pie, non more so that dropping their top striker Aubameyang which looking at the way they’ve been playing was the right call. Fair play to Arteta, he’s got some balls.
Leicester slowly but surely dropping out of the top six and now have my doubts they can get back into it.
I’m going to stick with my predictions apart from Liverpool/United fighting it out for 3rd for now based on not knowing what will happen due to Covid.