Preview of The Upcoming 2018/2019 Premier League Season!
Friday the 10th of August saw the start of the 27th Premier League Season, where Manchester United hosted Leicester City at Old Trafford. To follow this, we have looked at all 20 clubs competing in this years 2018/2019 Premier League campaign.
Leicester City who have added to their squad ex Manchester United defender Jonny Evans and the 25 million acquisition James Maddison from Norwich City, will look to get off to a good start this season with the realistic ambition of achieving European football next season.
On the other hand Manchester United have spent 82 million on three signings this summer so far and under Jose Mourinho will be hoping for a more probable title challenge, having finished 20 points behind their rivals Manchester City last season in City’s record breaking season.
Last years exciting season saw the Champions of England Manchester City break a remarkable 7 Premier League records and equalling one more. The Lancashire club will be hoping to retain their Premiership crown and will be one of the strong favourties for the Champions League having signed former Premier League player of the year Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City for 60 million.
Cities strongest challenge this season could come from last years Champions League runners up Liverpool who with the addition of the 4 exciting signings Alisson, Shaqiri, Fabinho and Keita, have spent over 250 million this calendar year so far!
Arsenal for the first time in 22 seasons will start the season with a new manager, 46 year old Spaniard Unai Emery, who replaces the legendary Arsene Wenger. Emery’s most notable achievement was winning 3 Europa League titles with Seville. Now fresh from his stint as manager of Paris St. Germain he will be hoping to bring back Champions League football for the gunners, which was a regular occurrence in the last 20 years. Arsenal have strengthened with two World Cup players – Uruguayan Torriera for 30 million and Swiss defender Lichsteiner.
To add, if Arsenal don’t get relegated this season they will celebrate 100 years of being a top flight English football club – something that no English team has ever achieved!
Chelsea like Arsenal are going into this Premier league season with a new manager – Maurizio Sarri. The 59 year old Italian becomes the 19th Manager to manage Chelsea in the Premier League and the clubs sixth Italian boss. Having finished a disappointing 5th place last year, the club will be hoping to make a good start with the newly appointed Sarri. In doing so, they have acquired the services of midfielder Jorginho for 57 million who like Sarri joined this summer from Napoli.
It’s an exciting season ahead for TottenhamHotspur who will be playing this season at their new ground ‘the Tottenham stadium’, a 62,062 seated stadium with the second biggest capacity in the country behind old Trafford. Tottenham had numerous players in Englands exciting 2018 World Cup campaign, including World Cup golden boot winner Harry Kane, who will be attempting to be the FA Premiership’s top goal scorer for the third consecutive season. Another Spurs player to look out for this season is Kieran Trippier who also had an excellent World Cup for England.
Two more clubs entering the season with new managers are West Ham and Everton.
West Ham have appointed the former FA Premiership winning manager Manuel Pellegrini – one of only 10 mangers who’ve won it! Their realistic hopes for the season ahead will be European football, having brought in nine players during the summer window, spending more than £100million, plus the addition of former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshire to their squad on a free transfer.
Everton and their new Portuguese manager Marco Silva, will have similar ambitions as West Ham this season. Silva starts his third season in English football, managing his third different club and they have added to their squad the expensive signing of Richarlison from Silva’s ex club Watford.
Local club Brighton and Hove Albion have signed a staggering 14 players this summer including the club record signing of 24 year old Iranian World Cup international Alireza Jahanbakhsh (see story here), who was last seasons top goal scorer in the Dutch Eredivisie. Manager Chris Hughton will be looking to build on last years fine achievement of staying in the Premier League having finished in an impressive 15th position. Brighton’s highest ever position in top flight English football was 13th place in the 1981/1982 season and with the many new signings added to their squad this summer, beating this record is in the clubs capabilities.
You can keep up to date with Brighton’s 2018/2019 Premier League progress on their official website.
The three promoted sides from the Championship Wolves, Fulham and Cardiff will first and foremost be hoping to follow Brighton’s achievement last season of staying in the division. Of these, both Fulham and Wolves have spent heavily. Wolves new additions include the two Portuguese internationals Moutinho and Patricio and Fulham have signed ex Chelsea forward and German World Cup winner André Schürrle.
Southampton having survived relegation by the skin of their teeth last season will be hoping for a much better season under Mark Hughes.
Brighton’s rivals Crystal Palace will be aiming for a winning start to the season after losing their first 7 matches last season. Manager Roy Hodgson who took over after their bad run, will aim to continue the good form they enjoyed in the second half of last season.
Burnley will find it difficult to emulate the great achievement of finishing in 7th place last season but will be enjoying Europa League football this season.
The last four clubs Newcastle, Huddersfield, Watford and Bournemouth have all strengthened their squads in this summers transfer window and will all now be looking to establish their Premier League status which they’ve all achieved in the last few seasons.
This is sure to be an exciting Premier League season with all 20 clubs starting in an optimistic frame of mind and with differing ambitions of winning for the title, battling for a European place or staying in the division. Ultimately after 380 Premier League matches, come May 12 one club will be crowned champions and three will suffer the heartbreak of relegation.
You can watch all the drama of this seasons Premier League unfold on BBC’s Match of the Day and Match of the Day 2 online here.
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