FFC Predicts: West Ham to break the top four? Palace going down?

Our editor-in-chief James Jones is the final member of the FFC team to predict the up coming season.

Partly biased, partly ridiculous, and mostly wrong, he’s going to rub a few people up the wrong way with this lot.

We welcome you to bookmark this article and remind him of these in nine months’ time…

Title Winners – Man United

I just can’t see past Jose Mourinho coming back to the Premier League with a bang.

The business Mourinho has done this summer has been incredible and he’s certainly the manager the red half of Manchester needed to return to glory.

Of course Man City have improved as well, but Mourinho will get the edge over his ol’ foe Guardiola.

Top Four

Man United
Man City
Chelsea
West Ham

Bear with me. The top three are self explanatory, right? But West Ham in fourth? Why not…

Last year we witnessed Leicester do the unthinkable by winning the league and, while I don’t think West Ham will go that far, it’s entirely possible they can sneak in to the top four this season.

slaven bilic

They almost did it last season but bottled near the end. However, Slaven Bilic’s transfer business has been shrewd and impressive, and with a new 60,000 seater stadium to show off, I really think West Ham will be a force this season.

Three to go down

Hull
Crystal Palace
Burnley

Most are tipping Swansea to go down after selling a handful of their best players, but I think Crystal Palace are in more danger of the drop.

They’ve not exactly strengthened this summer (barring Andros Townsend) and could be about to sell Yannick Bolasie for a ridiculous fee. Unless they reinvest that money carefully I can see them slipping in to the Championship. They’ve been bang average for far too long now, and it’s about to come back and bite them.

Hull City’s summer has been catastrophic and they just won’t recover, while Burnley just never have enough, do they?

FA Cup – Everton

I was going to say West Ham here, but I won’t be biased (again – FFC Ed).

I think Everton might make a go of it this season, and it could spark the beginning of a return to normality for the Toffees. If not, it’ll probably be Arsenal again…

Signing of the Season – Sofiane Feghouli

Honestly, having seen him play live on a number of occasions this summer, West Ham nabbed themselves one hell of a player; and he cost absolutely nothing.

If he can remain fit then Feghouli could well have a similar impact as his Algerian compatriot Riyad Mahrez had at Leicester last season.

Flop of the Season – Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Despite believing Man United will win the league, I genuinely don’t think Zlatan will have much of a say in it.

There’s too much fanfare and excitement surrounding him and I think it’s only a matter of time before he turns in to another average, over the hill striker searching for one last payday.

His time has come. Sorry, Zlatan.

Young Player to Watch – Reece Oxford

Some believe he should be sent out on loan this season, but it looks as if Slaven Bilic has plans for him this season.

Bilic protected the youngster last season after keeping him out of the limelight following his arrival on the scene against Arsenal (Ozil is still in his pocket apparently).

He’s had an impressive pre-season and really does look the real deal. Keep an eye out for him…

Team most likely to ‘do a Leicester’ – Middlesbrough

From their summer signings to the way impressed last season, you can’t help but be confident about Boro’s chances in their first season back in the top-flight.

They look the most prepared of the three newly-promoted sides and I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re competing in the top half of the table this season.

Top Scorer – Harry Kane

kane

It pains me to say because he’s a Spurs player, but he made me eat my words last season when I tipped him to be a flop.

He has turned in to one of the best strikers in Europe and with Aguero bound to spend a spell on the sidelines through injury, Vardy unlikely to repeat what he did last season and Zlatan expected to flop, the Golden Boot is there for Kane to grab with both hands (or feet).

 


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