Mock 2016/17 Premier League Table – Version One

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Updated: July 24, 2016

The start of the new Premier League season is just around the corner, but it only feels like moments ago that the 2015/16 Premier League season finished.

 

Leicester City were the surprise champions, as the expected top teams in the league failed to live up to expectation. How will things play out this season? Here is my mock Premier League table.

 

20th – Hull – Several players at Hull, including their captain Michael Dawson, are already sidelined due to injury. With no big transfers in and with Steve Bruce now out of the door, this team doesn’t look much different than the one that was relegated back in 2015.

 

19th – Sunderland – Major changes at the club could spell disaster. Manager Sam Allardyce has taken the England job, so his replacement David Moyes needs the full support of owner Ellis Short during the remaining time of this transfer window if they are to steer cheer of the drop.

 

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18th – West Brom – The Baggies are a team that I think just isn’t going to cut it to stay in the top flight this season. They scored the second least amount of goals behind Aston Villa last year, and with striker Saido Berahino’s departure coming any day now, it could also be the final nail in the coffin of manager Tony Pulis’ time at the club.

 

17th – Burnley – The Clarets have the right manager at the helm in Sean Dyche to keep them in the Premier League this season, but they will need striker Sam Vokes to perform better than he did the last time they were in the top flight if they are to survive this time around. I think he will and I like the addition of midfielder Johann Berg Gudmundsson as well.

 

16th – Watford – I was quite annoyed by the treatment of Quique Sanchez Flores by Watford after he guided them to 13th in the league and to the semi-finals of the FA Cup in his first season in the top flight.

 

I see this dismissal being a bit of a domino effect for the club, but not enough to send them back to the Championship. Striker Troy Deeney and midfielder Jerome Sinclair should have a good season. I don’t actually think there will be much difference in the total points between 16th and 12th.

 

15th – Middlesbrough – Jordan Rhodes is going to have a great time in the Premier League and he will be one of the main reasons why Boro stays in the top flight this season. Bringing in midfielder Gaston Ramirez on a permanent deal was a good decision too, as well as goalkeeper Victor Valdes and striker Alvaro Negredo, although I’m not sure how often the latter two will start.

 

14th – AFC Bournemouth – The Cherries had a great first season in the Premier League and they should improve this year on their good performances.

 

Manager Eddie Howe has done some good business in the transfer window, bringing in midfielders Lewis Cook and Jordan Ibe, reducing the damage from losing Matt Ritchie. I’m expecting them to go far in the cup competitions as well.

 

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13th – Swansea City – After recently being taken over, The Swans position on my mock table might change come closer to the end of the window, but for now I have them in 13th.

 

For me, it all comes down to whether or not they can hold onto their key players such as midfielders Andre Ayew and Gylfi Sigurdsson. Rumoured to be wanting to increase the capacity of the Liberty Stadium as well, a good outing this year is key but good business in the remaining month or so in the transfer window is necessary.

 

12th – Southampton – Another offseason for Southampton has led to more departures from the club. This time around, manager Ronald Koeman, striker Saido Mane, midfielder Victor Wanyama, and striker Graziano Pelle left the south coast side, but good things are still happening at the club.

 

Striker Shane Long has been signed to a new deal, and I like the purchase of midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Bayern Munich. They have more than enough to stay in the league, but to compete in European football on top of that as well is a big ask. Group Stage exodus in the Europa League in my opinion.

 

11th – Stoke City – The end of the line for manager Mark Hughes. The talent is there at the football club now so there are no excuses for failure to reach European football. It’s a barrier the Potters can break with the players they have, but I don’t think the former Manchester City boss is the right man to lead them. Failure to finish higher than ninth or to win a domestic cup will see him out of the door.

 

10th – Crystal Palace – The biggest mover in the bottom half of the table thanks to largely some of the players which they have brought in this transfer window. Goalkeeper Steve Mandanda, midfielder Andros Townsend, and defender James Tomkins are all great purchases. This side looks really strong and they should have another fantastic cup run.

 

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9th – Everton – I’m so glad they got rid of Roberto Martinez and brought in Ronald Koeman. The Dutchman is the right person to guide the Toffees back to European football.

 

With a  good squad already and new owners providing flexibility in the transfer window for any areas of improvement, one of two things could happen for Everton next season; they’ll either finish in the European spots or win one of the domestic cups. I think the latter is the most realistic and achievable target.

 

8th – West Ham – The Hammers were one of my favourite teams to watch last season, and I’m sure they’ll live up to the same standard this season in the Olympic Stadium. I expect them to make the group stages of the Europa League. I also like the transfer for midfielder Sofiane Feghouli as well.

 

7th – Leicester City – Unfortunately I only have last season’s champions finishing as high as seventh this year. The loss of midfielder N’Golo Kante to Chelsea is big in my opinion and I think the Foxes will struggle at the back because of it. Their goal scoring threat will remain if they keep hold of Riyad Mahrez but will have to wait and see until the end of the transfer window if that happens.

 

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They have improved their squad enough to cope with the demands of European football, but I don’t think they will get any further than the group stages of the Champions League. However, they should do well in one of the domestic cups.

 

6th – Liverpool – The turnaround for the Reds last season came when the club parted ways with Brendan Rodgers. Jurgen Klopp came in and took the club to two cup finals. This season with no European football should see Liverpool rise up the table while their main table rivals will be travelling across the continent.

 

They have the quality and the right man at the helm. This is their best chance to achieve a trophy and I do believe the club is entering a renaissance era. The Klopp Era you could say. They should finish high enough in the league this season to qualify for European football next season.

 

5th – Arsenal – It’s about time the Gunners won some more silverware other than the FA Cup, but they’re not doing anything as a club to help their situation. This is why I think this might be Arsene Wenger’s last season at the football club, especially if they finish outside of the top four.

 

They finished second last season, but that was only because of their easy run in and the fact their rivals Tottenham Hotspur crumbled under the pressure of the title race. With barely any transfers brought in and with other top teams improving, I can’t see Arsenal progressing and finally winning a title once more.

 

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4th – Tottenham Hotspur – Although they haven’t had much movement in the transfer window, their purchases have been smart. Victor Wanyama will help in defensive midfield, while Vincent Janssen from AZ is a great addition in the forward department. 27 goals in 34 appearances for the Eredivisie side last season.

 

I said consistently last year that I felt Spurs could be the best equipped to win the league this season, but now I think this is a side that can eventually grow into a championship winning side. Big teams in the league have made the necessary improvement to compete, but Spurs’ strong and young side means they’re one to watch for the future as well. I don’t think silverware will be coming to White Hart Lane for now.

 

3rd – Manchester City – There is a lot of pressure on Manchester City to start delivering huge success now Pep Guardiola is their manager. First of all, not only will they be expected to qualify for the Champions League, but also reach the latter rounds of the knockout stages and compete for the league at the same time.

 

I love the signing of midfielder Ilkay Gundogan. He should become the main feature in their midfield. I like the purchase of striker Nolito as well, but I’m unsure how much game time he will get unless Guardiola decides to sell or loan either Wilfred Bony or Kelechi Iheanacho. They should be competing for the title once more and taking it right to wire. They must do well in the Champions League too and I see them winning one of the domestic cups.

 

2nd – Chelsea – There couldn’t be a better opportunity for Chelsea to try and win the league than this season. With no European competitions to contend with thanks to their poor performances last year, I fully expect the Blues to rise back up to the top of the table.

 

Their purchases of striker Michy Batshuayi and midfielder N’Golo Kante have been very wise, as the team had defensive problems last season and lacked a goalscoring threat up front. Diego Costa is still the main guy, but the young Belgian will be waiting on the sidelines for when he struggles to find the net. I see Chelsea doing well in both cup competitions as well.

 

1st – Manchester United – Although their preseason hasn’t started off the best way possible, it shouldn’t have a knock-on effect on their season. Especially when they have a manager called Jose Mourinho, who could be the first man to lead the Red Devils to a Premier League title since Sir Alex Ferguson’s last season in 2012/13.

 

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I haven’t really heard much on defender Eric Bailly, and midfielder Paul Pogba’s arrival is just around the corner, but it is yet to be confirmed. I do like the signings of midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan and forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic. However, I do think Ibrahimovic won’t be the main man leading the line. He will struggle to adapt to the Premier League in my opinion. David De Gea, Mkhitaryan, Rooney, Martial, and Rashford will be the reason why United win the league this season.

 

Nevertheless, the squad depth will still have a key role to play, and under Mourinho’s instruction, the Red Devils will go far in the domestic cup competitions, as well as winning the Europa League.

 

My Mock 2016/17 Premier League table in full: http://www.letstalksport.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Untitled.png

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What do you think of my Mock Premier League table? Let me know in the comments section below or send me a tweet: @ConorJPorter

 


 

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