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There are plenty of questions to ponder ahead of the Premier League season. Will Harry Kane get his dream move to Manchester City? Who’ll provide the most banter out of Arsenal and Tottenham? Just how many bottles of baby oil does Adama Traore go through in a season?
We’ll start to get answers to these important questions and more from Friday August 13 when Premier League newbies Brentford host the Gunners.
With the threat of coronavirus lingering in the background, fans back in the grounds, and another three weeks of the summer transfer window, it’s a thankless task attempting to predict how the 2021/22 Premier League campaign will pan out.
Thankfully, there are boffins on hand to help us with our forecasts.
Using an incredibly detailed mathematical formula based on Paddy Power’s Winner, Top 4 Finish, Top Half Finish, Bottom 10 Finish and Relegation betting markets, we’ve cobbled together a predicted table for the 2021/22 Premier League season.
Here’s how the new term is set to go down…
Another season. Another title for Pep and co. Typical.
The Champions League winners are fancied to improve on last year’s fourth-place finish – maybe inspired by the goals of a certain Romelu Lukaku?
3 is the magic number but in this case it’s not particularly special for the Reds, who’ll probably just be pleased to avoid losing all their central defenders to injury again.
Ole out? There’ll be calls for Solskjaer’s head if the Red Devils go another season without silverware but it’s likely to be tight at the top this season.
Fifth again for the Foxes. Let’s hope it’s not last-day heartbreak once more.
Sixth would be a big improvement on last season’s eighth place – and the promised land of the Europa League awaits. Thursday night football will be back at the Emirates!
It wouldn’t be fair to talk about Spurs being part of the Big Six if they finish seventh yet again…
A marginal improvement on last season probably won’t help Toffees fans forget Rafa Benitez’s links to the Red half of Merseyside…
The good news for Hammers fans is that Astra Giurgiu aren’t in the Europa League to wreck their continental campaign once again. The bad news? Well, there isn’t really as another solid league season under the Moyesiah beckons.
No second season syndrome for Marcelo Bielsa’s lads led by everyone’s new favourite central midfielder Kalvin Phillips.
Sure, the departure of Jack Grealish is a blow but with Leon Bailey, Emiliano Buendia and Danny Ings through the door, Villa will probably be the most entertaining team to watch.
The Seagulls would be flying high if they signed a striker capable of actually scoring but an improvement on last season’s 16th place is on the cards for the xG kings.
Wolves lost their way in Nuno Espirito Santo’s last campaign and our markets suggest Bruno Lage is unlikely to get them back in the top half.
No Danny Ings? No problem as the Saints keep their heads above water for another season.
Newcastle fans will call for Steve Bruce’s P45. Mike Ashley will continue to back his man. They’ll just about pull clear of the relegation zone again. Next!
The Premier League equivalent of Groundhog Day as Sean Dyche leads the hard-working Clarets to safety once again.
Patrick Vieira will either be a revelation or the new Frank de Boer. Eagles fans will be hoping it’s not the latter but our markets indicate they face a nervy, anxious season.
Can last season’s Championship play-off winners survive in the top flight? Our traders think not but the Bees are rated as the best of the promoted trio.
The Canaries will be singing if they avoid the drop but the odds suggest the ultimate yo-yo team are facing another instant return to the Championship. See you again in 2023/24!
The Hornets need plenty of sting if they’re to defy the odds and avoid buzzing off back to the second tier.
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