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Premier League Season Predictions For 2019/2020

How Will Your Team Fare in the 2019/20 Premier League Season? It only seems a few weeks ago that Manchester City fans were celebrating in Brighton after winning the Premier League title. Now the focus must switch to the 2019/20 season as City bid for a three-timer.

There are so many questions to answer about the upcoming season : Can Liverpool finally win the Premier League title and how can the other members of the top six close the gap on the top two? Will Arsenal and Manchester United be able to get back in the top four?

This preview looks ahead to the new Premier League season. We analyse each of the 20 teams with plenty of statistics to help you decide just which teams to back when using your free bets.

 

Arsenal

 

Aston Villa

 

Bournemouth

 

Brighton and Hove Albion

 

Burnley

 

Chelsea

 

 Crystal Palace

 

 Everton

 

 Leicester City

 

 Liverpool

 

Manchester City

 

 Manchester United

 

 Newcastle United

 

 Norwich City

 

 Sheffield United

 

Southampton

 

 Tottenham Hotspur

 

 Watford

 

 West Ham United

 

 Wolverhampton Wanderers

 

Arsenal

  • Finishing position in last two seasons (oldest first): 5th, 6th
  • Total number of points earned in last two seasons: 133
  • Points earned at home in last two seasons: 92 (69.1%)
  • Points earned away from home in last two seasons: 41 (30.9%)
  • Average Points Behind League Champions in last two seasons: 32.5
  • Total number of goals in last two seasons: 147
  • Total number of goals conceded in last two seasons: 102

 

Arsenal haven’t won the Premier League title since 2004. The last time they finished less than 10 points behind the champions was in 2013/14. Last season they finished 28 points behind Manchester City and 27 behind Liverpool. A slight improvement as the gap was 37 in the 2017/18 season.

There’s little sign of any significant signings this summer, in fact the main battle seems to be keeping hold of their top players with Aaron Ramsey already departed. They face another battle to get back into the top four.

Strengths in the Arsenal Squad:

Home form is their main strength with only six league defeats in the past three seasons.

Only Manchester City and Liverpool have scored more league goals than Arsenal in the last two seasons.

Arsenal only conceded 16 home league goals in the 2018/19 season.

Weaknesses

Away form, is their big problem with an appalling 19 defeats in the past two seasons with only 11 wins. 66 away goals were conceded in 2017/18 and 2018/19.

In the past three years, only four Arsenal players have scored at least ten league goals in a season. Two of them (Sanchez and Giroud) have already left the club. The Gunners will be desperate not to lose Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and/or Alexandre Lacazette who scored 35 league goals between them last season. An attacking midfielder must be on their shopping list.

Every Arsenal fan you talk to will complain about Arsenal’s defence.  At least they are consistent with 51 league goals conceded in each of the last two seasons. That’s 52 more than Manchester City have had scored against them over the same time period. To be title contenders, Arsenal must sort out that defence of theirs and hopefully Rob Holding will be fit for the new season.

Aston Villa

  • Finishing position in last two seasons (oldest first): 4th, 5th (both in the Championship)
  • Total number of points earned in last two seasons: 159 (from 92 games)
  • Points earned at home in last two seasons:  90 (56.6%)
  • Points earned away from home in last two seasons: 69 (43.4%)
  • Total number of goals in last two seasons: 154
  • Total number of goals conceded in last two seasons: 103

 

After three seasons in the Championship, Aston Villa make their return to the Premier League. That didn’t look the case earlier this year when they weren’t even one of the top ten Championship teams.

The return of Jack Grealish helped them to an impressive end of season run. A form guide for the last ten league fixtures had them top of the table with 25 points out of 30. They went on to win the play-offs beating Derby County in the final. Now they face a battle to stay in the Premier League and have been making plenty of signings.

Strengths in the Aston Villa Squad:

Aston Villa have good home form and that is going to be vital for them this season. They have been making some good signings particularly Tyrone Mings from Bournemouth and Matt Targett from Southampton. Keeping hold of Jack Grealish is of key importance to them and it’ll be interesting to see how he fares in the Premier League.

Weaknesses

The loss of Tammy Abraham from their promotion winning side is a major blow. Finding a striker to replace him and the 25 league goals he scored. No other player made it into double figures.

Villa were known last season for their high-scoring matches. Who could ever forget the 5-5 draw with Notts Forest? They can’t repeat that in the Premier League this season if they want to survive.

Bournemouth

  • Finishing position in last two seasons (oldest first): 12th, 14th
  • Total number of points earned in last two seasons: 89
  • Points earned at home in last three seasons: 55 (61.8%)
  • Points earned away from home in last three seasons: 34 (38.2%)
  • Average Points above relegation zone in last two seasons: 11
  • Total number of goals in last two seasons: 115
  • Total number of goals conceded in last two seasons: 131

 

Bournemouth have done incredibly well to stay in the Premier League and without any serious relegation problems. They struggle big time on occasion but just manage to get the occasional home win and decent away result to keep them out of trouble. If they could just learn to defend better, then another top ten finish is possible. If not, that relegation battle could well be on its way.

Strengths in the Bournemouth Squad:

Bournemouth have won 15 home games in the past two seasons. Last term they had the 10th best home record in the league.
Callum Wilson and Josh King both made it into double figures re league goals last season. Between them they have scored 42 league goals in the past two seasons. Midfielders Ryan Fraser and David Brooks were in good form last season for the Cherries.

Weaknesses

The number of goals they concede just must be reduced. They have conceded 265 goals in their four seasons in the Premier League. Their aggregate goal difference for the past three seasons is -42.

Away form is a key problem for Bournemouth with 22 defeats in the past couple of seasons. 45 away league goals conceded last season and between November and February, they lost nine in a row scoring four and conceding 28. They have conceded at least two goals in an away Premier League game 23 times in the past two seasons.

Brighton and Hove Albion

  • Finishing position in last two seasons (oldest first): 15th, 17th
  • Total number of points earned in last two seasons: 76
  • Points earned at home in last three seasons: 52 (68.4%)
  • Points earned away from home in last three seasons: 24 (31.6%)
  • Average Points above relegation zone in last two seasons: 4.5
  • Total number of goals in last two seasons: 69
  • Total number of goals conceded in last two seasons: 114

 

Brighton and Hove Albion may have reached the FA Cup semi-finals last season, but they nearly ended up being relegated. A stronger finish from Cardiff would have sent them down. They only finished two points above the bottom three with only three wins in their last 20 league games. New manager Graham Potter has a real job on his hands to keep them in the Premier League.

Strengths in the Brighton & Hove Albion Squad

Glenn Murray has scored 25 goals in the last two seasons. Talk is that Cardiff City are keen to sign him and if that happens, Brighton will lose one of their main strengths. Brighton have won 13 home league games in the past two seasons.

If they do sell Lewis Dunk to Leicester City, that will give them over £40m to possibly invest in the squad. A new striker and defender would be helpful.

Weaknesses

Only the sides relegated last season from the Premier League scored less goals than Brighton. Home games produced 23 points (down from 29 in 2017/18) but they only scored 19 goals with four in the last nine.

Only six teams conceded more goals than Brighton in the Premier League last season. The possible transfer of Lewis Dunk to Leicester City isn’t the best of news plus Bruno has retired. Replacements have to be found.

Away form must improve this season. 2018/19 saw them win just two of their last 14 away league games. They have only kept two clean sheets in their last 21 away league matches.

Murray needs more support in terms of goals scored. Second highest league scorer last season was defender Shaun Duffy with just five. Striker Alireza Jahanbakhsh still hasn’t scored for them after scoring 34 goals in the previous two seasons for AZ.

Burnley

  • Finishing position in last two seasons (oldest first): 7th, 15th.
  • Total number of points earned in last two seasons: 94
  • Points earned at home in last two seasons: 49 (52.1%)
  • Points earned away from home in last two seasons: 45 (47.9%)
  • Average Points above relegation zone in last two seasons: 13.5
  • Total number of goals in last two seasons: 81
  • Total number of goals conceded in last two seasons: 107

 

Burnley will be looking to make a much better start to the season than they did last year. There’s no Europa League in their way this season and a form guide for the last 20 league games had them placed 12th. Targets will be to cut the number of goals conceded and win more home games. Mid table looks likely.

Strengths in the Burnley Squad

Sean Dyche knows this club inside out and he must be retained as manager. Home form kept them out of trouble last season with 16 points from their last ten games. It’s not a perfect situation though.

Ashley Barnes and Tim Wood have 41 league goals between them in the past two seasons. The signing of Jay Rodriguez looks likely to provide more goals.

Weaknesses

Burnley have won seven home games in both of the last two seasons. They need to add two or three more if they want to be back in the top ten.
When they finished seventh in the 2017/18 season, they only conceded 39 goals. Last season that total rose to 68 with only three teams conceding more. That must be improved, or they will again be in the bottom half.

Only 12 away league games have been won in the last three seasons. Nine times last season they failed to score in an away game. 36 goals were conceded (14 more than in 2017/18) and only three clubs conceded more.

Chelsea

  • Finishing position in last two seasons (oldest first): 5th, 3rd
  • Total number of points earned in last two seasons: 142
  • Points earned at home in last two seasons: 79 (55.6%)
  • Points earned away from home in last two seasons: 63 (44.4%)
  • Average Points Behind League Champions in last two seasons: 28
  • Total number of goals in last two seasons: 125
  • Total number of goals conceded in last two seasons: 69

 

It’s an important season for Chelsea and finishing in the top four isn’t going to be easy. 2019/20 is the first season without Eden Hazard, the first with Frank Lampard as manager and a transfer ban too!  It could well be a transition period for them and a top four finish would be a great achievement for Lampard in his first season as manager.

Strengths in the Chelsea Squad

Chelsea have won 23 home league games in the past two seasons. Only Leicester City came away from Stamford Bridge with three points last season. Only 12 home league goals were conceded last term with nine clean sheets in the last 13 played.

Despite the transfer ban, Chelsea still have a strong squad. This will be the year that talented youngsters such as Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi become first-team regulars.

Away form is strong too with 19 victories on the road in the past two seasons. There are two sides to this coin though.

Weaknesses

Nine away league games were won last season but seven lost. They only won one of their last five games and that was at Cardiff. Chelsea must do better in away games against the top sides. Last season saw them earn one point in games against the other sides who finished in the top eight, scoring three and conceding 18.

The past three seasons saw Eden Hazard score 44 league goals for Chelsea. Who will be their top scorer this season? Pedro was second highest league scorer last season but with only eight goals.

Frank Lampard is in only his second season as a manager. The pressure will be on the Chelsea legend and Roman Abramovich isn’t the most patient of owners.

The club have a transfer ban this season. They did complete the signing of Mateo Kovacic but he’s no Eden Hazard is he? He was on loan last season and failed to score in 51 league and cup games with only three in his last 160 matches for Chelsea and Real Madrid.

Crystal Palace

  • Finishing position in last two seasons (oldest first): 11th, 12th
  • Total number of points earned in last two seasons: 93
  • Points earned at home in last two seasons: 46 (49.4%)
  • Points earned away from home in last two seasons: 47 (50.6%)
  • Average Points Behind Top Six in last two seasons: 18
  • Average Points Above relegation zone in last two seasons: 13
  • Total number of goals in last two seasons: 96
  • Total number of goals conceded in last two seasons: 108

 

Just what could this club achieve if they learned how to win at home?  Palace have had troubled starts to the last two seasons but still managed to be clear of the relegation zone and not far behind a top ten finish. Palace have only achieved a top ten finish once since returning to the Premier League for the 2013/14 season. They don’t look relegation candidates but that might change if the summer transfer window continues to bring bad news.

Strengths in the Crystal Palace Squad

Away form is actually better than at home. Only Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham won more away league games than Palace last season. Their last six away games saw them win five of them with 14 goals scored. That makes it 58 away league goals in two seasons.

Luka Milivojević has scored 22 league goals in the past two seasons with Wilfried Zaha netting 19 times.

Weaknesses

Palace only won five home league games last season.  16 have been lost in the past two seasons. That must change if they are to become a top ten team.

Their first home league goal didn’t come until their fifth match. Just 19 goals scored (five coming in their final game against Bournemouth) and only Huddersfield managed a lower total.

They have already seen the departure of Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Manchester United Arsenal are interested in signing Wilfried Zaha, so the transfer window is going to be a vital period for them.

Palace have conceded at least 50 goals in each of the last five seasons.

Everton

  • Finishing position in last two seasons (oldest first): 8th, 8th.
  • Total number of points earned in last two seasons: 103
  • Points earned at home in last two seasons: 68 (66%)
  • Points earned away from home in last two seasons: 35 (34%)
  • Average Points Behind Top Six in last two seasons: 13
  • Total number of goals in last two seasons: 98
  • Total number of goals conceded in last two seasons: 104

 

The past two seasons have seen Everton spend a lot of money in the transfer windows but not even match their seventh-place finish in the 2016/17 season. Two eighth place finishes have followed and three managers. More signings are being made this summer, but can they finally break into the top six for the first time since 2013/14? Another 8th place finish is a possibility but they could be a good cup side this season.

Strengths in the Everton Squad

20 home league games have been won in the past two seasons. They beat Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea at Goodison Park last season and drew with Liverpool. The season ended with a run of five straight clean sheets including those wins over top sides.

Richarlison and Sigurdsson scored 26 goals between them last season. New signings are looking impressive with Fabian Delph possibly joining from Manchester City.

Weaknesses

Just eight away league wins in the past two seasons isn’t going to get them in the top six. They conceded at least twice in nine away league games last season.

The search for a striker who can follow in the footsteps of Romelu Lukaku continues.

None of their away wins last season were against teams that finished in the top eight. That lack of a big away win isn’t a short-term problem. Of the teams that finished in the top six last season, Everton haven’t recorded an away win against one of them since 2013 when winning at Old Trafford.

Leicester City

  • Finishing position in last two seasons (oldest first): 9th, 9th
  • Total number of points earned in last two seasons: 99
  • Points earned at home in last three seasons: 54 (69.1%)
  • Points earned away from home in last three seasons: 45 (30.9%)
  • Average Points Behind Top Six in past two seasons: 15
  • Total number of goals in last two seasons: 107
  • Total number of goals conceded in last two seasons: 108

 

Since winning the Premier League in 2015/16, Leicester City have failed to finish above ninth in the table. Last season was an emotional one for them and also saw another managerial change Brendan Rodgers was prised away from Celtic and with some big signings already this summer, they could be challenging for a top six finish.

Strengths in the Leicester City Squad

In Jamie Vardy, Leicester have a striker who has scored 38 goals in the last two seasons. If he can again score around 20 goals, then Leicester have a good chance of a top six finish. The signing of Ayoze Perez (20 league goals in the past couple of seasons) could be crucial.
Brendan Rodgers has made a good start to his time at Leicester. Only four teams earned more points than Leicester in the final ten games of the 2018/19 season.

Watch out for Leicester in the second half of games. Last season they won eight games after drawing at half-time, only Chelsea and Arsenal had more wins in that manner.

Only five teams conceded less home league goals than Leicester City last season.

Leicester have already made two key signings this summer with more likely. It’s believed Harry Maguire is on his way to Manchester United and will be replaced by Lewis Dunk from Brighton which looks decent business.

Weaknesses

Leicester need more home goals. They only totalled 24 last season. Home games only had an average of 2.3 goals a game, compared to 2.9 in away matches.

The new signings look good but will they gel as a side? There’s the chance City may make a slow start to the season because of all the changes.

Liverpool

  • Finishing position in last two seasons (oldest first): 4th, 2nd.
  • Total number of points earned in last two seasons: 172
  • Points earned at home in last three seasons: 96 (55.8%)
  • Points earned away from home in last two seasons: 76 (44.2%)
  • Average Points Behind League Champions in last two seasons: 13
  • Total number of goals in last two seasons: 173
  • Total number of goals conceded in last two seasons: 60

 

Liverpool had an incredible 2018/19 season but even with 97 points, they still couldn’t win the Premier League. The pressure will be on them even more this season to repeat those efforts and defend their Champions League title. They will have learned that even with a magnificent set of statistics, it might still be a case this season that they finish behind Manchester City.

Strengths in the Liverpool Squad

Liverpool have turned Anfield back into a fortress with no league defeats in the past two seasons. Only four points were dropped at home last season, but they still had only the second-best league record behind Manchester City.

The goals were flowing with 89 last season. The trio of Salah, Mane and Firmino have scored 113 goals between them in the past two seasons.
Liverpool won 13 away league games last season, four more than in 2017/18 and 12 points more earned than in that previous season.

Weaknesses

Roberto Firmino could do with scoring more goals for them this season. He scored 12 in the league last term, compared to 12 in 2017/18.
The rest of the team need to make more scoring contributions. Take away the top three and last season, the highest scorer was Shaqiri with six league goals.

They will be playing in the World Club Championship making it an even more congested fixture list.

Manchester City

  • Finishing position in last two seasons (oldest first): 1st, 1st
  • Total number of points earned in last two seasons: 198
  • Points earned at home in last two seasons: 104 (52.5%)
  • Points earned away from home in last two seasons: 94 (47.5%)
  • Total number of goals in last two seasons: 195
  • Total number of goals conceded in last two seasons: 50

 

The statistics for Manchester City over the past two seasons are truly frightening. Goals being scored left, right and centre with an average of 3.1 goals in each of their league games. They have already been out spending huge amounts of cash in the transfer market and are again the worthy favourites to win the Premier League. If doing so, they would become the first team since Manchester United to win the league three years in a row.

Strengths in the Manchester City Squad

Incredible consistency with just one bad patch last season in December. City have won 32 games in both of the last two seasons.
Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling have scored 77 goals between them in the past two seasons.

It’s not just about Aguero and Sterling though. Last season, eight City players scored at least six league goals.
30 away wins in two seasons with 83 goals scored.

118 goals at home in two seasons. In 2018/19, 10 of their 19 home games had over 3.5 goals scored in them. Only five had under 2.5 goals scored.

Weaknesses

Hard to find any but they did score seven less away goals last season than in 2017/18. 10 of their 19 away league games had under 2.5 goals scored in them.

A replacement needs to be found for Vincent Kompany.

Three away defeats last season compared to just one in the previous season.

Manchester United

  • Finishing position in last two seasons (oldest first): 2nd, 6th
  • Total number of points earned in last two seasons: 147
  • Points earned at home in last three seasons: 83 (56.4%)
  • Points earned away from home in last two seasons: 64 (43.6%)
  • Average Points Behind League Champions in last two seasons: 25.5
  • Total number of goals in last two seasons: 133
  • Total number of goals conceded in last two seasons: 82

 

Last season was a hugely disappointing one for Manchester United. A title challenge this season looks extremely unlikely, getting back into the top four and perhaps winning a cup is their target. Ole Gunnar Solksjaer has a lot of work on his hands and not just holding onto his job.

Strengths in the Manchester United Squad

United have already been busy in the transfer market and the signing of Arron Wan-Bissaka should help their leaky defence. Harry Maguire looks on his way to Old Trafford too, so a better defensive display looks on the cards.

Nine away league games were won last season with 32 goals scored. Only three teams scored more than them. Sadly, that’s’ only half the story.
Four players (Pogba, Lukaku, Rashford and Martial) all scored at least ten goals in the Premier League last season.

Weaknesses

54 goals were conceded in the Premier League last season, That’s the most since the 1978/79 season. That figure was 26 goals higher than the number conceded in 2017/18. Their tally was the most conceded by any of the top nine teams.

United lost ten league games last season and seven of those were in away games.

New players are being signed but can they hold onto Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku?

There are already doubts over their new manager. Solksjaer made a great start to his time at Old Trafford but they finished with only 11 points from their last league games.

Newcastle United

  • Finishing position in last two seasons (oldest first): 10th, 13th
  • Total number of points earned in last two seasons: 89
  • Points earned at home in last two seasons: 53 (59.5%)
  • Points earned away from home in last three seasons: 36 (40.5%)
  • Average Points above Relegation Zone in past two seasons: 11
  • Total number of goals in last two seasons: 81
  • Total number of goals conceded in last two seasons: 95

 

Newcastle United start life after Rafael Benitez with Steve Bruce strongly rumoured to be taking over as manager. Owner Mike Ashley is still trying to sell the club and transfer activity is still a problem. United spent time in the bottom three last season but as in 2017/18 managed to escape and finish 11 points above the bottom three. They were one of only two teams last season who scored and conceded less than 50 goals. Another season of struggle looks likely.

Strengths in the Newcastle United Squad

Newcastle United usually end the season strongly. A form guide for the last 15 games of both the last two league seasons had them in eighth place. If they could avoid a poor first half of the season, they could finish in the top ten.
16 home wins in the past two seasons has kept them in the Premier League.

Weaknesses

Ayoze Perez has been their top scorer for the past two seasons and has been transferred to Leicester City. A replacement is needed and holding onto Saloman Rondon is also a must.

Only the bottom four teams in the league scored less goals than Newcastle United last season.

Away form must be improved with only eight wins in the last two seasons.

Just 36 goals scored on their travels in the 2017/18 and 2018/19 seasons (18 in both). Last season saw their away league games average only 2.2 goals.

They drew eight away league games last season (just one at home), three more than any other team.

Second half performances need to be improved. Eight times last season they were level at half-time and then lost the game, more than any other team.

Norwich City

  • Finishing position in last two seasons – 14th, 1st (both in the Championship)
  • Total number of points earned in last two seasons: 154 (from 92 games)
  • Points earned at home in last two seasons: 81 (from 46 games) -52.6%
  • Points earned away from home in last two seasons: 73 (from 46 games) - 47.4%
  • Total number of goals in last two seasons: 142 (from 92 games)
  • Total number of goals conceded in last two seasons: 117 (from 92 games)

 

It took Norwich City three seasons to return to the Premier League. They were a surprise package in 2018/19 after a poor season the year before. The Canaries have already been relegated three times from the Premier League this century. It’s going to be a hard battle to prevent that figure rising to four. Norwich scored plenty of goals last season but concede a fair few too with 34 out of 46 league games seeing both teams score.

Strengths in the Norwich City Squad

Teemu Pukki scored 29 league goals for Norwich last season, pretty good for a player signed on a free transfer. It’s unlikely he’ll match that total in the Premier League, but Norwich will need a steady stream of goals from him.

Norwich won 15 home league games last season. They will need to pile up the points at Carrow Road if they want to survive. Away form was good last year with only two league defeats.

Weaknesses

Norwich City concede too many goals. 13 of the last 15 seasons have seen them let in at least 50 league goals.
The next highest league scorer after Pukki last season was Mario Vrancic with 10.

They need to show consistency back in the Premier League. Their last seven seasons in the Premier League saw them finish in the bottom half of the table. City have only had three top ten finishes in the last eight seasons played.

Sheffield United

  • Finishing position in last two seasons – 10th, 2nd (both in the Championship)
  • Total number of points earned in last two seasons: 158 (from 92 games)
  • Points earned at home in last two seasons: 90 (from 46 games) – 56.9%
  • Points earned away from home in last two seasons: 68 (from 46 games) – 43.1%
  • Total number of goals in last two seasons: 140
  • Total number of goals conceded in last two seasons: 96

 

It’s been a swift rise through the leagues for Sheffield United. 2016-17 saw them in League One but now they are back in the Premier League for the first time since being relegated in the 2006/07 season when losing nine of their last ten away games.

It’s only their fourth season in this league, two of the previous three have seen them get relegated. Some signings have been made with Phil Jagielka giving them more experience at the back. It’s going to be difficult for them to stay out of the bottom three.

Strengths in the Sheffield United Squad

Billy Sharp and David McGoldrick scored 38 league goals between them last season, but can they possibly repeat that in the Premier League?
Sheffield United only conceded 17 home league goals last season, winning 15 matches. Form at Brammall Lane could be a lifesaver for them.

Manager Chris Wilder is a major asset to the club.

Weaknesses

Billy Sharp turns 34 in February and David McGoldrick 32 in November. Sharp has only played two Premier League games and McGoldrick none. Can they come up with the goods this season? United could do with signing a striker with Premier League experience.

That lack of Premier League experience runs through the team. More signings in the vein of Phil Jagielka are needed.

Southampton

  • Finishing position in last two seasons (oldest first): 17th, 16th.
  • Total number of points earned in last two seasons: 75
  • Points earned at home in last two seasons: 42 (56%)
  • Points earned away from home in past two seasons: 33 (44%)
  • Average Points Above Relegation Zone in last two seasons: 4
  • Total number of goals in last two seasons: 82
  • Total number of goals conceded in last two seasons: 121

 

It’s been a struggle for Southampton in the past couple of seasons. Between 2013/14 and 2016/17, the Saints had four successive top ten finishes. You can’t keep selling your top players and signing inferior replacements and the past two seasons have seen them just above the relegation zone.
The search for some consistent scorers continues, someone who’d score ten in league season would make a change for them. Another season trying to keep their head above water looks on the cards for Southampton.

Strengths in the Southampton Squad

It’s a struggle to find one really but we’ll have a go. They know how to get themselves out of trouble, having spent a lot of the past two seasons in the bottom three.

Danny Ings has had his loan spell turned into a permanent signing.

Weaknesses

This is an easier task. Only Fulham and Huddersfield won less league games than Southampton last season, both being relegated. Just 17 league wins in the past two seasons for the Saints, that must improve.

Only five teams scored less goals in the Premier League last season than Southampton.

Just the five home wins with eight draws (two more than any other team). Only nine in two seasons for a team that used to be so strong at home.
Southampton only scored 18 away league goals last season.

No Southampton player has made it to double figures in the past two seasons. Joint top league scorers last season were Danny Ings and James Ward-Prowse, both with a measly seven goals apiece.

Tottenham Hotspur

  • Finishing position in last two seasons (oldest first): 3rd, 4th
  • Total number of points earned in last two seasons: 148
  • Points earned at home in last two seasons: 81 (54.7%)
  • Points earned away from home in last two seasons: 67 (45.3%)
  • Average Points Behind League Champions in last two seasons: 25
  • Total number of goals in last two seasons: 141
  • Total number of goals conceded in last two seasons: 75

 

Tottenham have finished in the top six for ten seasons in a row. The last four have seen them finish in the Champions League places. Despite that consistency, they haven’t come close to winning the title. This season is their first full one at their new stadium (where they have won three out of five league games).

For a change, Tottenham have been active in the transfer window. Over £50m has been spent on signing Tanguy Ndombele. The midfielder last scored a league goal in the 2016/17 season, failing to score in 65 league games for Lyon. What will he bring to the Spurs side?

It’s hard to see them close the gap on the top two though. A third-place finish and winning a cup looks the best they can hope for, especially if losing as many away games as last season.

Strengths in the Tottenham Hotspur Squad

Harry Kane, Heung-Min Son and Lucas Moura scored 39 goals between them last season. That’s despite Kane having two bad injuries and Son playing in the Asian Games.

Tottenham have won 25 home league games in the past two seasons. They need to make their new ground into a fortress.

Defending will play a big part in that aim. Spurs have conceded just 16 home league goals in both of the last two seasons.

Weaknesses

Tottenham lost eight away league games last season. Title contention isn’t achieved with that kind of record. 2018/19 saw them lose each of their last six away league games.

They tend to have a bad patch each season that wrecks their title challenge. Last season saw a run of a point from five games in February/March.

Watford

  • Finishing position in last two seasons (oldest first): 14th, 11th.
  • Total number of points earned in last two seasons: 91
  • Points earned at home in last two seasons: 54 (59.3%)
  • Points earned away from home in last two seasons: 37 (40.7%)
  • Average Points Behind Top Six in last two seasons: 16
  • Average Points Above Relegation Zone in last two seasons: 14
  • Total number of goals in last two seasons: 96
  • Total number of goals conceded in last two seasons: 125

 

Watford were the model of inconsistency last season with 14 league wins but 16 defeats. They started with four straight wins then lost seven of the next 11. After that great start, only three times did they win two successive league goals. Another mid-table finish and perhaps a cup run look likely.

Strengths in the Watford Squad

Four players scored at least six league goals last season.

They always seem to win enough games to keep themselves out of trouble.

Weaknesses

Eight home league games lost last season, that figure must be improved.

Negative goal difference both home and away last season.

Their top league goalscorer only netted ten times. They need a more prolific striker.

West Ham United

  • Finishing position in last two seasons (oldest first): 13th, 10th
  • Total number of points earned in last two seasons: 94
  • Points earned at home in last three seasons: 58 (61.7%)
  • Points earned away from home in last two seasons: 36 (38.3%)
  • Average Points Behind Top Six in last two seasons: 17.5
  • Total number of goals in last two seasons: 100
  • Total number of goals conceded in last two seasons: 123

 

Millions have been spent in the transfer market over the past couple of years and some big promises made. Yet West Ham still can’t finish anywhere near the top six and are currently embroiled in another volatile transfer window. They are far too inconsistent and struggle on their travels. Another mid-table season and perhaps a cup run is probably the best they can hope for this season.

Strengths in the West Ham United Squad

They have won 16 home league games in the past two seasons with some notable scalps.
The Hammers score around the 50-goal mark which is enough to keep them out of trouble.

Weaknesses

Most of those goals come at home with only 20 scored on their league travels last season.

West Ham scored over 50 league goals but also conceded 50 plus. 123 goals conceded in the past two league seasons is a stat that must be improved on.

Where are the goals going to come from in the new season? Marko Arnautovic scored 21 in the last two seasons but has now left the club. Gonzalo Higuain is a possible target.

They tend to put in some poor performances in the first half of games. Ten league games saw them losing at both half and full time.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

  • Finishing position in last two seasons (oldest first): 1st (Championship), 7th
  • Total number of points earned in last two seasons: 156 (57 in Premier League)
  • Points earned at home in last two seasons: 87 (34 in Premier League) – 55.8%
  • Points earned away from home in last two seasons: 69 (23 in Premier League) – 44.2%
  • Total number of goals in last two seasons: 129 (47 in Premier League)
  • Total number of goals conceded in last two seasons: 85 (46 in Premier League)

 

Wolves were the only one of the three promoted sides to stay up last season. They finished in seventh place and qualified for the Europa League this season. Whether that’s a good or bad achievement will soon be seen. Can they repeat their fine form of 2018/19 that also so nearly saw them reach the FA Cup final?

Strengths in the Wolverhampton Wanderers Squad

They were consistent throughout last season and won 16 of their league games.

Ten home league wins was a good return.

Only three teams conceded less away league goals than Wolves last season.

Wolves are again busy in the transfer market.

Weaknesses

Along with Newcastle, they were the only team that scored and conceded less than 50 league goals.

They need to score more goals on their travels. Only 19 last season with just six scoring less goals.

Raul Jiminez and Diogo Jota scored 19 league goals between them in the 2018/19 season. Next highest scorer was Matt Doherty with four goals. That needs to be improved on.

Wolves are in the Europa League this season. That has caused both Burnley and Everton problems in the past, how will Wolves cope with the early start to their season?

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