The next to weigh in with FFC Predicts is another new member of the editorial team – Barnaby Lane.
Just like George Blake before him, we think he’s let his heart rule his head with some of these predictions. Still, got to have a bit of optimism after last season…
With Pep Guardiola at the helm, a handful of magic new signings and some world class players already on their books, I think the Sky Blues will be too much for everyone else this season.
The players at City have already talked positively of the effect the Spaniard has had at the club. Expect big things.
Despite all their big money signings I don’t see United making the top 3 – a bold statement I know – but the Red Devil’s still look like a group of players slung together rather than a team and their defensive frailty and lack of depth will ultimately be their downfall.
It’s hard to see the Leicester train keep rolling however Ranieri has made some good additions and the Foxes will put up more of a fight for their crown than many expect.
Neither of the two promoted clubs have made significant additions to their squad, and with the tigers having also lost manager Steve Bruce earlier in July, I won’t be surprised to see both sides go straight back down.
West Brom’s fall from grace over the past few seasons is likely to mirror that of their troubled striker Saido Berahino.
The Blue’s have recently lost their grip on a trophy they once dominated, however with no European football and with a point to prove after last season, I expect them to do well in the domestic cups.
Borja Baston. This boy can score, as proven by his impressive record in La Liga of 63 goals in 113 appearances. Over 40 of those have come in the last two seasons while on loan at Eibar and Zaragoza.
Despite enjoying a terrific season for AZ Alkmaar in the Eredivisie last time out, I expect Janssen to be another Dutch striker who fails to replicate his form in England.
Still only 22, the exciting winger has finally earned himself a move to one of England’s bigger clubs, and deservedly so. Playing alongside better players will only help him improve.
I don’t think any team will quite do a ‘Leicester’, but I think Southampton will surprise in the sense that they have once again lost a host of key players and their manager but will still be up there and challenging for Europe.
The Spaniard will thrive under Antonio Conte as the pair are equally as passionate as each other on the pitch and the sideline.