2020/2021 EPL Season round-up

Early in September, the English Premier League began in an unprecedented fashion, defying the August starting date to the English football season, a position that is understood to have been influenced by the fact that England’s UEFA Nations League fixtures against Iceland and Denmark are scheduled for September 5 and 8 respectively.

Moreover, Premier League teams were reportedly keener on the September start date and it is understandable given that their players will have just played out a grueling end to the 2019-20 extended season.

Under normal scenarios, teams are granted a three-month break from competitive action, with the league season usually concluding in May and starting up again in August. The pre-season, the period when players hone their match fitness, tends to kick off around a month before the first competitive games, but that was impossible ahead of the 2020-21 campaign.

However, the spark to the season began with fiercely contested matches since the day and the shape of the league position have begun and the teams are beginning to march up their strength to gain success or failure in the current campaign.

With which the transfer period is winding down the rail, many English top-flight teams have begun to take shape and thus the best and the weakest are vying for a place at the end of the season.

Manchester City

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City isn’t taking last season’s Premier League disappointment lying down. Pep will be hoping that Nathan Ake’s early £40m arrival from Bournemouth will shore up a defense overly reliant on Aymeric Laporte, but the loss against Leicester City quickly brought an early realization to the boss of the Etihad Stadium as they cough up 68million Euro to buy Ruben Diaz from Benfica.

Former Valencia winger Ferran Torres, meanwhile, has been brought in to replace Leroy Sané, who departed for Bayern Munich at the end of the season.

Although Manchester City’s name has flourished in recent years. They are predicted to win this year’s EPL as they finished second in the Premier League ranking last season. Their manager Pep Guardiola, who is one of the best of all time will be vying for the footballing top gong on English soil.

Hopefully, this season will be their lucky one. The 2021 Premier League isn’t that far along, and the team has a shot at ranking first next season. Can the comeback for the title?

Liverpool

The last season’s champions appear a little frugal compared to their rivals this summer. The departures of squad players Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, and Nathaniel Clyne freed-up more than £300,000 per week in wages, according to reports.

But the inclusion of Thiago Alcantara and Diego Jota to the already ahead Liverpool team is a step further to the throne of English Topflight competition. Although, Jurgen Klopp is largely happy with his squad and would probably be enough to ensure another league title over their direct rival, Manchester City.

Liverpool, the current reigning champion of the EPL. Winning their first ever English Premier League and nineteenth league campaign in the 2019/2020 season in a blossom type is fascinating.

Despite winning the League only once, the team has a lot of potentials, and if they repeat what they did last season, they could take the Premier League title at the end of the current campaign also. Obtaining two vital records on their way to league victory, Liverpool had the most points in the Premier League without winning it, and the other one is the second-longest unbeaten game run in the Premier League.

Moreover, for a team as dominant as Liverpool were last campaign can’t stand still, and we think they’ll find defending their title a difficult proposition. Having looked impermeable for so long, late-season form revealed that the Merseyside Red team was a group of humans after all. Can they really keep it up?

Manchester United 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s enthusiasm and loyalty to the Ferguson blueprint appears to be finally paying off, and EPL picks and predictions are predicting a good showing this season for the Old Trafford team.

The Norwegian is an emphatic believer in youth and his careful management of Mason Greenwood has been admirable, while the midfield looks the best it has in over a decade following the recruitment of penalty king Bruno Fernandes in January and Van Der Beak this summer added a new dimension to their team. But the inconsistency of the Red Devil when the matter will be a prominent factor in their season.

Although, Manchester United has had the most wins in the history of the Premier League. They have held thirteen titles since the creation of the tournament in 1992. Their most recent success was in the 2012/2013 season, but their current pedigree to challenge for the title is questionable. Can they win the league?

Chelsea

Chelsea has lifted five Premier League titles during their career. Their most recent ones are the two consecutive titles during the 2014/2015 and 2016/2017 season. They managed to get to fourth place during the last Premier League season.

Their current manager Frank Lampard, who is one of the best midfielders of his time led his team through many tough matches and even a month-long winning streak, which led him to win the Premier League Manager of the Month award in October 2019.

However, if last season was all about blooding youngsters and allowing Frank Lampard some time to find his feet in top-flight management, that period is now over.

The expensive signings of Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, two of the Bundesliga’s brightest stars, along with the magical Hakim Ziyech from Ajax, should make Chelsea an attacking threat against any opposition. But the acquisition of Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva, and recently, Mendy can further solidify the leaking defense of the Lampard team. Will the West London club win the league?

Arsenal 

The loss against Liverpool on Monday night could be a bigger lesson for the Mikael Arteta team to progress through the season. The North London club will be hoping to bank on their new recruits to foster a bright season beyond their last lukewarm campaign.

Central defenders William Saliba and Gabriel Magalhaes have joined, while Dani Ceballos returned on loan to complement a squad rich with young, eager to impress talent. Willian adds experience and thrust from the wings, even if he is a little old. Creative midfielder Houssem Aouar remains a top target. The Gunners could be in for their best season since Wenger left.

Winning the FA Cup and Community shield will eventually play a major role in the quest for the Gunners to win back the title they last won in 2004. Can they come back?

The likes of Tottenham Hotspurs, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Leicester City are looking bright since the return of the 2020/2021 season and many bright players are interested in playing for the English team, in which the aforementioned team are not exempted.

Predictions 

At the moment SBR’s picks point at Manchester City as the favorite team to win the EPL. Which team will relegate, Who will be the favorite for the top price in English football? Only time will tell in the end.

Odds by sportsbookreview.com

Quickoods

How will the English Premier League table look in eight months’ time? Following on from the most unpredictable season which was only concluded just over a month ago and less than a week left of the transfer window, this has been one of the most difficult Season Preview issues EPL picks and predictions have ever had to put together.

Manchester City might have suffered their first league loss against Leicester City, but they remain the only obstacle in the way of brilliant Liverpool winning the league once again this campaign.

However, EPL picks and predictions are picking Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, and Arsenal for Top four finish, But, the competitive nature of the EPL will go haywire for the Europa league spot between United, Spurs, Burnley, Leicester City, Everton, and Wolves.

Lastly, Fulham, West Brom, WestHam, Newcastle, and Sheffield United will be wrestling for the 16th – 20th position between them this campaign.

The 2020/2021 EPL season is underway, but the winner would be crowned next year. The teams on our list are fantastic and have a large fan-base that counts on them to perform well, but EPL picks and predictions are tipping Manchester city to be the winner.

About the author

Daniel Gibbs

I'm a Gooner who also brings a wealth of knowledge from European soccer and when I'm not busy with football I'm definitely talking football! My Favourite player is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and is hopeful Arteta will bring the glory days back to the Emirates.

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