While it may have lacked the incredible drama of the 2015-16 season this year’s certainly wasn’t without its surprises. For example who would have predicted that Leicester City could go from being league champions to relegation candidates so quickly while also putting up a very creditable performance in the Champions League? And, when Chelsea claimed the Premiership crown with a few games to spare, for many they were rightful victors after a season under Antonio Conte. Arsenal also enjoyed the late consolation of an FA Cup victory despite falling disappointingly short of a place in the Champions League.
In terms of losers Sunderland seemed doomed to relegation pretty from early in the season and there was clear water between them and the other relegated teams of Hull City and Middlesbrough giving Watford a fairly comfortable six point buffer.
So looking to next season how are things going to shape up? Will Chelsea make it two seasons in a row to carry off the title or will Manchester City finally come good?
Well many pundits are predicting that this will be the case, not least because of Gabriel Jesus who arrived in January and found his feet very quickly indeed. So quickly, in fact, that he managed to make history on his first appearance. When put together with Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane they’re sure to form a trio who will present plenty of problems for defenders.
Chelsea will certainly be hopeful that they can repeat this year’s success but are going to face a heavier workload next season with the additional burden of up to an extra dozen matches in the Champions League. So it’s highly likely that Conte will be looking to strengthen his squad over the summer – here’s hoping that Roman Abramovich will give him the funds to do it. He’s rumoured to be looking for four new signings including Romelu Lukaku, Tiemou Bakayoko and Virgil van Dijk.
One team who many feel could be due to some real success are Tottenham Hotspur. Mauricio Pochettino’s team have been unlucky not to finish higher over the last few seasons and maybe their move to playing at the iconic Webley Stadium will be just the impetus they need.
After the uncertainty surrounding the future of Arsene Wenger and its effect on the players Gunners fans will be hoping for more stability next season while Manchester United will be looking for some signs that Mourinho is managing to exert a real influence on the club. But, as you can see, it seems to be a wide open race so if you were looking to make money from predicting the outcome maybe trying your luck at an online casino could be a better bet.
In terms of teams who may have a season they’d prefer to forget then Burnley could well find that their days in the top flight are numbered and only time will tell if Brighton and Huddersfield have what it takes to survive. But then, as the 2015-16 season proved, football is nothing if not full of surprises.