FFC Predicts: All cheer for Chelsea? Mega mistake by Man United?

One of FootballFanCast.com’s newest Staff Writers – George Blake – is the first to predict the outcome of the 16/17 Premier League season.

It won’t take you long to work out who he supports, but we won’t begrudge him his biased opinion; he needs something cheer about after last season…

Title Winners – Manchester City

Guardiola will be keen to establish himself as the top manager in the Premier League, and the players that they’ve signed scream title winners. Won’t even be close.

Top Four

Manchester City
Manchester United
Chelsea
Arsenal

Manchester City will run away with it, and it will be a toss up between Chelsea, United and Arsenal for 2nd, 3rd and 4th.

If I had to guess I’d go for Man Utd to come out second, with Ibrahimovic netting 15-20 in the league, Chelsea to come in just behind in third, and Arsenal to scrape fourth.

Three to go down

Watford
Hull City
West Brom

West Brom only just scraped staying in the league last season, and I think they’ve both struggled to bring in the quality this summer. Tony Pulis will be prematurely sacked and they’ll go down on the final day of the season.

Watford will suffer from second season syndrome and look out of it by Christmas.

Steve Bruce leaving Hull will hurt them and they’ll go straight down.

FA Cup – Chelsea

WAC RZ Pellets v Chelsea - Pre Season Friendly

Always love an FA Cup run and having no Champion’s League will force them to go for it. They know they won’t win the title so the cup is the next best thing.

Signing of the Season – Pierre Emile Hojbjerg/N’Golo Kante

If he is given a real chance Hojbjerg will be the Southampton’s Player of the Season next year – top player.

If Hojberg doesn’t get enough game time, N’Golo Kante will walk straight into the Chelsea first team and make them look a completely different side. Anything good that they do this season will go through him.

Flop of the Season – Paul Pogba

Can’t be considered a success unless he comes out as Player of the Season and United win the title. (Neither of those will happen)

Young Player to Watch – Ola Aina (Chelsea)

Branislav Ivanovic will get dropped within a few weeks and Ola Aina will be brought in. Hector Bellerin will look average in comparison to Aina.

The team most likely to ‘do a Leicester’ – Crystal Palace

AFC Wimbledon v Crystal Palace - Pre Season Friendly

They’ve done some really good business this summer, and can see them sticking around the top four for a while before ending up ahead of Liverpool in 5th place.

Top Scorer – Diego Costa

Not having to play twice a week will keep Costa fit. Expecting him to have an injury-free season and to bag 25 league goals.