The Premier League 2019/20 Season is about to kick off. Don’t place your online sports bets until you have read our season preview!

The worst three month stretch of every year is just about over, with the Premier League 2019/20 Season returning this weekend! With a fairly routine offseason now behind the teams, the 2019/20 season is gearing up to be a great campaign with plenty of storylines to add to the excitement for many of the Premier League’s usual success stories and the hard-to-look-away dysfunctional teams.

Liverpool was yet again on the wrong side of an emotional rollercoaster, although, triumph in the 2019 UEFA Champions League Final has to be quite the consolation prize. Continue reading and check out our Premier League 2019/20 Season Preview, including a look into the offseason moves, pre-season form, and what positives and negatives are ahead for each of the 20 teams involved in the upcoming campaign.

Arsenal

Arsenal Premier League 2019
Source Sky Sports

Will this be the year (finally!) that Arsenal lives up to their expectations? Arsene Wenger has gone, and Unai Emery has had time to assess and plan for success. Perennial Top 4-6 finishers, their supporters firmly believe it is time again for a Premier League Title.

Under Unai Emery Arsenal showed some improvements last season:

  • 5th place (6th 2017/18)
  • Seven more points than in the 2018/19 Premier League season
  • Home Record – 3rd
  • Attack – 3rd
  • Under 23’s were 2nd in Premier League 2 and with Eddie Nketiah and Joe Willock (both ex Academy) – youthful quality is available

On the down-side other than the addition of Nicolas Pepe – another attacking option, Arsenal had limited funding to improve their defence – 9th in 2018-19.  The possible loss of Laurent Koscielny could prove fatal!

Pre-Season games showed much promise, but will that transfer into League results?

How will Arsenal do?

Top 6 finish (again) is the most likely outcome unless Arsenal can find a way to overcome their struggles of the last 3 campaigns and maintain form for 38 games.


Aston Villa

Aston Villa Premier League 2019/20
Source Sky Sports

Well, four years after a dreadful 2015/16 Premier League campaign, Villa has finally made it back! It had been heartbreak for Villa with two failed play-off campaigns in the English Football Championship before last season’s success. Supporters will be hoping they perform better than their previous 17 point Premier League campaign.

A solid finish to last season saw them burst onto the play-off scene.  Aston Villa will be expected to continue and improve with the $195 million paid for a dozen new players.  Although other sides have spent their promotion funding the same way in previous years, Aston Villa made their decisions early and sensibly.

Positives:

  • Jack Grealish has matured and seen considerable development since last Premier League appearances’
  • Five new defenders should strengthen Villa’s ‘leaky’ defence

Negatives:

  • Pre-season results appear to be good on paper, but the quality of opposition was nothing special
  • Only a few players in the squad have Premier League experience
  • Major squad rebuild could cause instability during the early stages of the season
  • Promoted teams have a terrible history of instant relegation or short life in the Premier League

Pre-season games showed plenty of promise for Aston Villa, but the big question of supports is will that transfer into Premier League results?

How will Aston Villa do?

The mid-low table is the most likely outcome unless Aston Villa can find a way to maintain reliable, strength in the defence.


Bournemouth

AFC Bournemouth Premier League 2019/20
Source Sky Sports

Five years on and Bournemouth are still in the Premier League – a surprise to many.  They haven’t struggled as such, but also haven’t hit the highs that supporters had hoped for.  Regular low-mid table finishes mainly due to a the ‘leaky’ Bournemouth defence which was ranked 18th in the Premier League 2018/19 season.

Eddie Howe is now into his 8th year at Bournemouth and needs to produce results this year. A couple of decent signings may help with his plans.

Positives:

  • Stable management and front office team
  • A relatively stable group of players for the last several years
  • Striker Callum Wilson signed a new 4-year deal keeping him contracted to the club until 2023
  • The Bournemouth attack was ranked 7th in the Premier League 2018/19 season

Negatives:

  • That ‘leaky’ Bournemouth defence – ranked 18th in the Premier League 2018/19 season
  • Small home ground means considerably reduced revenues
  • Results have been reducing as Bournemouth have slid down the table the last two seasons
  • Dan Gosling will miss the first 2-3 months of the season
  • Can Callum Wilson stay fit

Pre-season games didn’t show much as the results and their opponents were a mixed bag.

How will Bournemouth do?

The low table is the most likely outcome, but a relegation battle could be on the cards unless Bournemouth can improve defensively.


Brighton & Hove Albion

Brighton & Hove Albion Premier League 2019/20
Source Sky Sports

Brighton has had a couple of years in the Premier League to settle the promotion-nerves and improve, but they have struggled. Could this be the year they show the promise that their supporters have dreamt of when Brighton was promoted from the English Football Championship back in 2016/17?

Graham Potter will be hoping that his management team can build on the ‘survival’ mentality that Brighton showed after he took the reins late last season. He will be hoping some of Brighton’s “stars” can perform to their expectations in the Premier League 2018/19 season.

Positives:

  • The new manager – Graham Potter – is innovative and brings a freshness to the club
  • The signing of Belgian National, Leandro Trossard should increase the goal count from the left-wing
  • Under 23’s were 3rd in Premier League 2, some quality from the youth will be available – Aaron Connolly could be the added goal-scorer that Brighton need

Negatives:

  • Second half ‘crash’ in form in the Premier League 2018/19 season
  • Previous season’s top scorer is 36 years old
  • For non-relegated teams, Brighton had the worst away record, negative goal difference, and the fewest goals scored
  • Major signings failed to deliver results – only 3 goals and 1 assist

How will Brighton do?

A relegation fight is the most likely outcome, but if they can improve defensively, it might help them into a low, possibly mid-table finish.


Burnley

Burnley Premier League 2019/20
Source Sky Sports

Sean Dyche has been in charge for several years now and the club is stable.  League positions have bounced somewhat recently, and supporters will be hoping for a continuation of Burnley’s form from the 2nd half of last season.  That kind of form would see a top half table finish.

Positives:

  • Stable management
  • No Europa League commitments this time around
  • Collection of points against struggling sides
  • No problem with goal scoring

Negatives:

  • Defensive structure – high goals against
  • Defeats seem to follow in batches
  • The squad doesn’t appear to be any stronger than in previous years

How will Burnely do?

If you follow trends, then a top 8 finish is possible this season, however, more likely it will be a strong mid-table end to the Premier League 2019/20 season for Burnley.


Chelsea

Chelsea Premier League 2019/20
Source Sky Sports

Well, the question everyone is asking is whether Frank Lampard can bring success this year with no big-name signings and relying on the youth stepping up? Probably, yes – his motivational abilities and leadership in the changing rooms will play a significant part if this happens.

Post Sarri, the vast Chelsea supporter’s army are virtually demanding a ‘big title’ this season.

Positives:

  • Christian Pulisic signing
  • A large number of players that were loaned out are available during the transfer embargo
  • Frank Lampard and his relationship with the youth players and their development

Negatives:

  • Transfer embargo
  • The departure of Eden Hazard to Real Madrid
  • Frank Lampard is short of Premier League management experience
  • The Vast gap between 3rd place Chelsea and Manchester City last season was 26 points!

How will Chelsea do?

Top 6 finish will be a minimum requirement, although finishing within the top 4 is very likely. If Chelsea can pick up more points against title contenders and stop dropping points to relegation threatened sides, then a top 2 finish would be possible.


Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace Premier League 2019/20
Source Sky Sports

With the vastly experienced Roy Hodgson at the helm, Crystal Palace can look forward to a few more years in the Premier League. Hodgson has a history of getting good performances from a squad lacking the ‘number’ of top talents that other sides have.

Positives:

  • Roy Hodgson
  • Benteke, Meyer, and Sakho have had a good pre-season
  • Crystal Palace have been known for their good away form
  • Defence matching their attack for an almost ‘zero’ goal difference in the Premier League 2018/19 season

Negatives:

  • Small squad
  • Batshuayi has returned to Chelsea after expiration of the loan
  • Tend to rely on a late surge to avoid relegation each season
  • Poor pre-season form

How will Crystal Palace do?

If Palace can start the campaign well, they should avoid the end of season scrap. The expectation for Palace is a mid-table finish as long as their 2nd half performances continue.


Everton

Everton Premier League 2019/20
Source Sky Sports

Everton are one of those ‘nearly’ teams, always there or thereabouts – but fail to fulfil! Regularly Everton almost makes it to the summit, but not quite.

Positives:

  • A solid defence that was ranked 5th in the Premier League 2018/19 season
  • Reliable end of season run-in during 2018/19 season
  • The majority shareholder is not afraid of backing the club with cash
  • Top 8 finish in the last 3 seasons
  • Under 23’s won Premier League 2 twice in 3 years, so youth should be available to bolster the squad

Negatives:

  • Poor results in the pre-season
  • Away form is generally a concern
  • High comparative wage/turnover ratio
  • Loss of Idrissa Gueye and Kur Zouma

How will Everton do?

Finishing in the top 8-10 is most likely, so a mid-table finish is a safe prediction.


Leicester City

Leicester City Premier League 2019/20
Source Sky Sports

Can they do it again?  Unlikely, seems the popular opinion!  Brendan Rodgers will hope to instil his structure in his 1st full season in charge.  They will have to fill the defensive void created by Harry Maguire’s move to Manchester United.

Positives:

  • Brendan Rodgers had an instant effect on results after a mid-season appointment in the last campaign
  • Beat out Spurs and Manchester United to the signing of Youri Tielemans
  • A relatively young squad compared to other Premier League teams

Negatives

  • The late transfer of Harry Maguire leaves little time to re-invest the cash
  • History of short-term managers

How will Leicester do?

The foxes should be a top-half team, but a lot will depend on how they organise a Maguire-less defence. Finishing mid-table would be a safe option.


Liverpool

Liverpool Premier League 2019/20
Source Sky Sports

Jurgen Klopp has hauled Liverpool to the peak – now he must re-affirm the squad’s potential and win the title. So close, yet so far, after yet another disappointing trip at the final hurdle of a Premier League campaign in 2018/19 (1 point behind Manchester City – with their only loss in the season against City). 

Klopp has the players in every position to do so – but they must perform better against other Premier League title challengers. Liverpool did have great statistics in most areas of the park last season.

Positives:

  • Squad retention
  • Had the best-ranked defence in the Premier League 2018/19 season
  • Great attacking options
  • Sealed the goalkeeping ‘hole’

Negatives:

  • A poor end to pre-season
  • Rely heavily on Salah, Mane, and Firmino for goals
  • The Christmas holiday schedule could see Liverpool facing 10 games in a month with international travel
  • No new big-name signings to the squad

How will Liverpool do?

A top 2 finish is a must, winning the title is an expectation for this team at the moment. Concerns about a ‘blow-out’ post 2018/19, but making the top 4 is the most likely outcome.


Manchester City

Manchester City Premier League 2019/20
Source Sky Sports

Can Pep Guardiola continue the streak and make it three Premier League titles in a row? Undoubtedly a very accomplished manager and will push his team to be motivated by the Champions League failure of last season.

Positives:

  • Massive points accumulation over the past two seasons
  • Frequently hold opponents scoreless
  • A healthy Kevin De Bruyne
  • Transfer of Rodri from Atletico

Negatives:

  • The teams desire for Champions League success
  • The loss of Vincent Kompany will be felt deep at the club
  • An ageing Sergio Aguero
  • Doubt over the future of Leroy Sane

An average pre-season schedule gave the whole City squad opportunities while resting some of the headline stars.

How will Manchester City do?

A top 4 finish yet again is virtually a no-brainer, but is this the year that winning the Champions League takes precedence over another Premier League title?


Manchester United

Manchester United Premier League 2019/20
Source Sky Sports

This will be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first full season as a Premier League manager – which started well after taking over but performances and results dropped towards the end of Premier League 2018/19 season. 

A good pre-season combined with strengthening their defence with two big-money signings augers well for the coming year.

Positives:

  • Signing Aaron Wan-Bissaka
  • Finally completing the transfer of Harry Maguire
  • Number of youth players are showing promise
  • Post ‘Special One’ funk has gone and is replaced with positivity around the club

Negatives:

  • Massive travel-related pre-season
  • Loss of Eric Bailly for several months – tempered by the signing of Harry Maguire
  • Failure of big wage earner Alexis Sanchez

How will Manchester United do?

A top 6 finish is a probable result unless they can improve on the overall performances.


Newcastle United

Newcastle Premier League 2019/20
Source Sky Sports

Vastly experienced manager Steve Bruce (390 plus Premier League games) has taken charge of the Magpies and will hope to turn the club around with some help from owner Mike Ashley – who is apparently willing to open his cheque book again.

Positives:

  • Huge support base and atmosphere at St James’ Park
  • The solid defence which ranked 7th in the Premier League 2018/19 season
  • Purchase of Joelinton
  • Regularly mid-table finishes guaranteeing another year in the Premier League

Negatives:

  • The late appointment of Steve Bruce
  • Loss of Rondon and Perez who were scorers of over half of last season’s Premier League goals
  • Supporters ‘hatred’ of owner Mike Ashley
  • The departure of Rafa Benitez

How will Newcastle do?

The low-mid table is the best Newcastle could really expect, more likely a relegation fight is in their foreseeable future.


Norwich City

Norwich City FC Premier League 2019/20
Source Norwich City FC

Manager Daniel Farke has turned the club around since taking charge in 2017, culminating in winning the English Football League Championship last season. Wholesale changes have been made to the squad without any ‘star’ players arriving.

Positives:

  • Almost 75% of Championship winners survive their 1st Premier League season
  • High positivity within the club
  • Goal scoring shared around, not reliant on one ‘star’
  • Sam Byram could be a great deal at only $1 million
  • Appointment of ex-Huddersfield Sporting Director is proving influential in the development of youth

Negatives:

  • The defence was unreliable last season, their success was only attributed to high goals-for
  • Historically Norwich tend to be a one-season Premier League team
  • Have not invested heavily in preparation for this season, relying on the prior squad and new ‘journeymen’ from around about

How will Norwich do?

Sad to say but season 2019/20 will not differ from history.  Likely to be straight back to the English Football League Championship. The only positive is the ‘starless’ squad could outperform all expectations similar to Leicester City – remember them?


Sheffield United

Sheffield United Premier League 2019/20
Source Sky Sports

Manager Chris Wilder has built and strengthened a solid squad in Sheffield United.  The club has gone the way of many and spent well to bring in several squad strengthening players.

Positives:

  • Bought well without spending too lavishly
  • Two promotions in three years
  • The best defensive team in the English Football League Championship 2018/19 season

Negatives:

  • New players mainly deemed surplus at other Premier League clubs
  • Chris Wilder has no Premier League management history
  • 3 of the last 5 English Football League Championship runners-up were relegated in their first season

How will Sheffield United do?

Continuing the worrying trend from 3 of their previous 5 Premier League campaigns, Sheffield United are likely to be heading straight back to the Championship.


Southampton

Southampton Premier League 2019/20
Source Sky Sports

Ralph Hasenhuttl has been at the Saints long enough to start moving them back up the table.  The squad appears to have taken his ‘mantra’ on board now, and hopes are high for an improved result in the Premier League 2019/20 season.

Positives:

  • Form revival following the departure of Mark Hughes
  • The SIgning of Danny Ings, Che Adams, and Moussa Djenepo
  • Unbeaten pre-season campaign

Negatives:

  • Saints lost many points from winning positions in the Premier League 2018/19 season
  • 14th or worst home points, away points, goals scored/conceded in the previous campaign
  • Final positions have dropped since four solid top 8 finishing seasons

How will Southampton do?

Mid-table is the obvious choice, but if they can convert winning positions into points, a top 8 finish is a realistic expectation.


Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur Premier League 2019/20
Source Sky Sports

Mauricio Pochettino has been at Spurs for several years and occasionally seems interested in moving on? Big money in and out during the off-season but will it improve their position?

Positives:

  • Harry Kane?
  • Consistent performers but have nothing to show for it
  • Retention of Toby Alderweireld despite his apparent desire to move on from the club
  • Finally back at their own ground
  • Great depth and maintained form, despite many stars missing games due to injuries

Negatives:

  • Injury to Juan Foyth
  • Debt incurred for new facilities
  • Harry Kane strike rate reducing together with susceptibility to injury increasing

How will Tottenham Hotspur do?

A top 6 finish is the obvious conclusion if results go their way may be a top 4 finish.


Watford

Watford Premier League 2019/20
Source Sky Sports

Javi Garcia is into his 2nd year and giving the club some stability. The club improved results last season, but still dropping points at the wrong time.

Positives:

  • Moving up the table
  • Retention of Etienne Capoue and Abdoulaye Doucoure
  • Stable management after numerous short-term appointments

Negatives:

  • Poor defensively towards end of the Premier League 2018/19 season
  • Only 4 points from a possible 18 to finish the last campaign
  • Pre-season didn’t show much for the upcoming season

How will Watford do?

Probably mid-table again, but a few more defensive lapses and relegation battle could be well on the cards for Watford.


West Ham United

West Ham Premier League 2019/20
Source Sky Sports

Manuel Pellegrini is vastly experienced and highly rated, but so far has been unable to transfer that to his team.   Transfer dealings have relieved some internal problems for the club.

Positives:

  • Transfers in of Sebastien Haller and Pablo Fornals
  • Mid-table finish last season despite numerous injuries to key team members
  • Transfer out of Marko Arnautovic
  • Return of Andriy Yarmolenko

Negatives:

  • Up and down pre-season
  • London Stadium is not as formidable a venue for opponents as Upton Park used to be
  • Lack of goal scoring options
  • Squad morale and bonding following the departure of 8 senior players

How will West Ham do?

Probably mid-table again, but a lack of strike power could see them involved in the relegation battle.


Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wolves Premier League 2019/20
Source Sky Sports

Nuno Espirito Santo has built a diverse squad that appears to be well organised, though it does have occasional meltdowns!

Positives:

  • Good pre-season performances
  • Europa League progression
  • Decent mid-level player signings
  • Increased strike power with the signing of Patrick Cutrone
  • Association with Jorge Mendes – super agent

Negatives:

  • Europa League distraction – harmed Burnley last season
  • Performs well against the top 6 but drops points to lower-ranked teams

How will Wolves do?

Following previous seasons a mid-table finish should be expected.  If they can match their top 6 performances against lower sides, then a top 6-8 finish could happen.


Premier League 2019/20 Season Table Prediction

So, how will the Premier League table look following our previews?

Premier League 2019/20 Season Predictions by Cheeky Hot Press

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