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STAR PREVIEW: Premier League 2022/23 – 1-20 Predictions

The new Premier League season is nearly here and our football tipster shares his 2022/23 preview, complete with 1-20 predictions and recommended ante-post bets.

Enjoy!


1. Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool were pipped at to the title by Manchester City on the final day of the 2021/22 Premier League season and the rivalry between the two sides is set to continue this season.

The Reds have been active in the transfer market this summer, adding Fabio Carvalho and Darwin Nunez to their attack in response to the departure of influential forward Sadio Mane to Bayern Munich. They have also recruited young defender Calvin Ramsay for the future.

They have tied down Mohamed Salah to a new, long-term contract which will come as highly welcome news with the Egypitan enjoying another tremendous campaign last term.

Manchester City are the current favourites for the title at 4/7 with starsports.bet, but in terms of sheer strength in depth, we actually think Liverpool have the better squad. As well as their new additions, Liverpool have promising young players coming through; Harvey Elliott is set for a big season after recovering from a serious dislocated ankle last term.

Klopp’s mentality monsters have already beaten City once this season in the Community Shield and we think they will beat them to 1st place in the Premier League as well.

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2. Manchester City

The main talking point for City heading into this new season will be just how quickly they can integrate star signing Erling Haaland into the side and whether the Norwegian striker will love up to the hype that has been building since he burst onto the scene for RB Salzburg in 2019.

Arguably the only piece missing from Pep Guardiola’s side over the last couple of seasons is a recognised, proper number-nine – although they have proven themselves to be pretty good without one.

In Haaland, they are hoping that he will be the last piece of the jigsaw sliding into place. But there is some concern over the amount of players that have departed City this summer.

They have lost depth with Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling and Oleksandr Zinchenko all leaving for Premier League rivals whereas rivals Liverpool have improved their strength in depth. This could be critical with Premier League clubs now able to bring five players off from the bench this season.

City will still be strong, and there is very little doubt that Haaland will bang in the goals, but we see Liverpool beating them to the title – especially as Guardiola will be desperate for a Champions League win and that may be where their main focus lies.


3. Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham have been extremely busy this summer, adding no less than six new players for the forthcoming season – each one strengthening key areas of Antonio Conte’s squad.

Richarlison has come in and added much-needed competition and cover for Harry Kane and Song Heung-min, Yves Bissouma has arrived from Brighton which will bolster their options in midfield and Clement Lenglet will be Spurs’ new left-sided defender after signing on loan from Barcelona.

Conte has been backed – and backed well. There is plenty of promise and expectation heading into this new season and, as long as they can juggle both the Premier League and Champions League, we can see things going very well for Tottenham.


4. Arsenal

Arsenal will be looking to put the disappointment of missing out on the top-four last season behind them and, much like their North London rivals, the Gunners have splashed the cash this summer.

With Alexandre Lacazette departing, they have brought in a new striker – four-time Premier League title winner Gabriel Jesus. Not bad. Oleksandr Zinchenko has also been recruited from Manchester City to add class and elegance in midfield as well as some useful versatility.

William Saliba’s return from Marseille also strengthens Arsenal’s centre-back options. We are really starting to see Mikel Arteta’s imprint on this squad and the Gunners appear to be evolving into a fresh, dynamic side again.

We think this will be the year where they get into the top-four.

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5. Chelsea

The Roman Abramovich era at Chelsea is over and Todd Boehly is the new man at the helm. However, his first summer transfer window as the new Chelsea owner could certainly have gone smoother with Barcelona seemingly basing their entire recruitment strategy around stealing Chelsea’s transfer targets.

First Robert Lewandowski, then Raphinha and now Jules Kounde – it’s been a deeply frustrating few weeks for the Blues.

Of course, they still have a manager in Thomas Tuchel capable of maximising what they have and players in Mason Mount and Kai Havertz who are among the division’s best in their respective positions. The signing of Sterling is a smart bit of business, too.

However, unless they bring in some fresh faces – particularly some defensive reinforcements – then this could be a challenging season for Chelsea.

We have them slipping out of the top-four and in fifth-position. Sorry, Blues fans!


6. Manchester United

Many have praised the appointment of Erik Ten Hag as the new Manchester United as the club try to rebuild and rejuvenate following a disastrous 21/22 season under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and then Ralf Rangnick.

Things can only get better for the Red Devils, but whether they are able to catch up on their rivals in just one transfer window, is still up for debate.

Players such as Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard have left and Lisandro Martinez and Christian Eriksen have come in, but it may take multiple transfer windows for Ten Hag to shape the squad into what he wants and also to turn around the culture of the club.

We think that United will improve this season – and some of Ten Hag’s ideas and philosophies will start to come through – but we are unsure on their top-four credentials. Sixth-place.


7. West Ham United

Last season was another success for West Ham under David Moyes with the veteran coach guiding the Hammers all the way to the semi-finals of the Europa League.

They put in a strong showing in the Premier League as well. Although they fell short of qualifying for the Europa League again, having to make do with a Conference League place, a 7th-place finish represented another positive campaign

They have finally brought in a new striker to support Michail Antonio – with Gianluca Scammaca arriving from Sassuolo – but we only have them maintaining their success of last season with the sides above them just getting stronger every year.


8. Crystal Palace

Patrick Vieira’s appointment as Crystal Palace manager was met with raised eyebrows last summer with many fans and pundits tipping the South London side for relegation.

The Premier League icon proved them all wrong though as he, with the help of midfield loanee Conor Gallagher, managed a very comfortable mid-table finish in 12th-place.

They are looking to kick on this season, though, and have carried on the theme of picking up young, hungry and vibrant players than they can develop.

If his preseason performances are anything to go by, 18-year-old winger Malcolm Ebiowei may prove to be the bargain of the season on a free transfer from Derby County.

Cheick Doucoure is their marquee signing of the summer, though – arriving in a £20m deal from RC Lens of Ligue 1. The midfield powerhouse will hopefully fill the void of Gallagher who has gone back to Chelsea.

We’re expecting a positive campaign for Crystal Palace and have them up in 8th-position.

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9. Newcastle United

All eyes are on what Newcastle United can do this season with the Magpies a whole different proposition under their new, mega-rich owners than they ever were under Mike Ashley.

They haven’t completed any outlandish, Robinho-to-Manchester City-esque signings this summer but Eddie Howe has made some smart additions to his squad.

Sven Botman, Nick Pope and the permanent return of Matt Targett all make Newcastle stronger. They definitely still need a centre-forward addition, but they have made a strong start to the summer.

Expectation has risen massively for a side that, in recent seasons, would have just been happy to stay up in the Premier League. Under Howe, we think a strong season is on the way for Newcastle.


10. Aston Villa

Aston Villa made some audacious signings last summer but they did not manage to live up to expectations. Their struggles ended up costing Dean Smith his job with Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard now at the helm.

The early signs have been quite promising and they were quick off the mark this summer, bringing in Boubacar Kamara and Diego Carlos as well as making Phillipe Coutinho’s loan permanent.

But there is still uncertainty over just how good Gerrard is as a manager – this season will be the test. We expect them to improve on last season and have placed them right in the middle of the table.


11. Brighton & Hove Albion

Once again, Brighton have been calm, smart and logical in their approach to this summer transfer window.

They will be hoping that Deniz Undav, who signed in January and has now joined up with the Seagulls squad, will be the striker that will turn Brighton into a more efficient and less wasteful outfit.

They have, however, lost Yves Bissouma to Spurs who was a key cog in their midfield and speculation continues to rumble on regarding the future of flying full-back Marc Cucurella.

In Graham Potter, though, they have one of the best coaching brains in the division and, as long as he is at the helm, we expect Brighton to do well in the Premier League.


12. Wolverhampton Wanderers

Following the departure of transformative boss Nuno Santo Espirito, who went off to enjoy a tumulotious few months at Spurs, Wolves managed to make huge strides under Bruno Lage last season.

However, a positive campaign, which at one point looked like it may even end up with Champions League place, ended poorly with no wins in their last seven games.

Wolves have more than enough to avoid the drop this year but their improvement, if there is any, will be marginal. We have them as mid-table fodder this season, but things could go sour quickly if they get off to a bad start.


13. Leicester City

As other sides have been wheeling and dealing and bringing players in this summer, Leicester City have remained quiet with Brendan Rodgers’ side still yet to make a first-team signing this summer.

Rodgers’ side struggled last year, with the Foxes’ set-piece frailities costing them time and time again, resulting in an 8th-place finish – nowhere near the top-four race.

And, unfortunately, we can see them slipping even further down the Premier League table this season – especially if James Maddison leaves for Newcastle United as is currently being rumoured.

Wesley Fofana’s return to full fitness will come as a boost, but we see the Foxes enduring a season of struggle in the bottom-half of the table.


14. Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest have been extremely busy in the transfer market with 12 new signings being made by Steve Cooper and co following their promotion from the Championship last season.

The one that has attracted the most interest and media coverage is Jesse Lingard, who made the surprise move on a one-year deal following his departure from Manchester United earlier in the summer.

They have also recruited a striker with Taiwo Awoniyi swapping Berlin for Nottingham in an £18m deal. The hope is that the former Liverpool striker, who bagged 15 Bundesliga goals last season, will be able to fire Forest to Premier League safety.

Cooper is one of the most promising and exciting British coaches out there right now and, with the huge financial backing he’s received this summer, we are expecting him to guide them to comfortable survival.

Nottingham Forest to stay up – currently at ? with starsports.bet


15. Southampton

There is no doubting Ralph Hasenhuttl’s coaching credentials, but there is a feeling that things may have gone a little stale at St Mary’s for the Austrian.

In order to try and freshen things up, a raft of new signings have been made with no less than six new faces being brought through the door this summer.

Joe Aribo looks to be the pick of the bunch. The tricky, creative forward has been thriving in the SPFL with Rangers and will be desperate to take his big chance in the Premier League this season.

However, we are not expecting amazing things from Southampton and think 15th-place is where they will be.


16. Brentford

Brentford had a really positive debut campaign in the Premier League, staying up comfortably with 46 points from 38 games, but must now be wary of the dreaded ‘second season syndrome’.

Losing Christian Eriksen has come as a blow, although not necessarily a surprising one, after the Dane made his remarkable football comeback to help halt Brentford’s dip in form and secure their Premier League status.

The signings of Keane Lewis-Potter and Aaron Hickey both look promising, but this season will all be about just keeping their heads above water again as they look to consolidate in the top-flight.


17. Leeds United

It was a narrow escape from relegation for Leeds United last season with some final-day heroics required in the last game of the campaign at Brentford from Jesse Marsch’s men.

They have been very active in the transfer market but, in fairness, they have had no choice but to be with two key players in Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips departing for Barcelona and Manchester City respectively.

American recruits Brendan Aaronson and Tyler Adams, both joining from Marsch’s former club RB Salzburg, look interesting and exciting on paper but they have got to adapt to Premier League football quickly.

We think Leeds will survive, but only just. We have got them down in 17th-position for the 22/23 season.


18. Everton

Frank Lampard did a decent job in guiding Everton to Premier League safety last season and the Toffees will be desperate to kick on now and start fulfilling their potential.

However, their summer transfer business so far – coupled with some dodgy preseason performances – has not instilled much confidence in us that Everton will be able to pull away from this season’s Premier League relegation battle. In fact, we think this might be the year that their luck finally runs out.

The departure of Richarlison will come as a huge blow and, although the signing of James Tarkowski on a free transfer is a smart bit of business and a fully-fit Dominic Calvert-Lewin will boost them, there is really no great improvement on the side that was lucky to survive last season. We have Everton going down in 18th-position.

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19. Fulham

Fulham were superb last season in the Championship, romping home to the title under the mentorship of former Everton boss Marco Silva with Aleksandar Mitrovic scoring a record-breaking 43 league goals.

But as we know, the Premier League is a whole different ball game and staying up will be a very tough challenge. Especially seeing as their transfer business has been fairly slow and slightly uninspiring.

Manor Solomon looks like he could be a smart addition from Shakhtar Donetsk but Silva is still short of numbers and needs more bodies in the building – and quick.

We think Fulham will be decent to watch this season – as they were last time they were in the Premier League – but, ultimately, suffer the drop once again. 19th-position.


20. Bournemouth

Under the stewardship of Scott Parker, despite some reservations over the style of play from some sections of the Cherries’ fanbase, AFC Bournemouth spent close to the entirety of last season in the Championship’s automatic-promotion places.

The gap in quality between the Championship and Premier League is bigger than ever, however, and this season could be a long slog for Bournemouth. Parker failed in his last attempt to keep a side up in the Premier League with Fulham and it is hard to see how he is better equipped this time.

The signings of Ryan Fredericks, Joe Rothwell and Marcus Tavernier would all be strong additions in the Championship, but there are huge question marks over whether any of them are truly Premier League class.

Even Parker himself has admitted that he feels his side are actually weaker than the team that won promotion in May. We are predicting a 20th-place finish for Bournemouth and certainly won’t be alone in that.


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