Mock 2016/17 Premier League Table – Version Three

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Updated: August 12, 2016

The Premier League begins this weekend! It’s time to get excited!

 

With many teams making transfers since my last Mock Premier League table, now is the right time to re-evaluate everyone’s position in the league as we enter the opening weekend of the 2016/17 Premier League season.

 

20th – Hull – There’s not a lot to talk about for this football club at the moment, which is a very worrying sign for any fan that supports the club. We may as well start calling them a Championship team it’s that bad.

 

19th – West Brom (down one) – They have new owners, so why aren’t they bringing in some players. The squad currently at the club isn’t good enough in my opinion. It needs vast improvement before the end of the window so hopefully, that will happen. They move down a position, for now, thanks to the improvements at Sunderland.

 

18th – Sunderland (up one) – David Moyes has finally started some movement in the transfer window, bringing in a few players from his former club, Manchester United. Defenders Paddy McNair and Donald Love on permanent deals, while Adnan Januzaj on loan. Enough to move them up one position in my mock, but not out of the relegation zone just yet.

 

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17th – Swansea City (down three) – Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. Not only have they lost defender Ashley Williams to Everton, but midfielder Andre Ayew has now gone to West Ham as well. I just don’t have enough fate in Fernando Llorente to score enough goals to keep the Welsh side high up the table. They’re on the verge of falling into the relegation zone.

 

16th – Watford (up one) – There hasn’t been much change at Watford, so there isn’t much change on my mock table either. Let’s see how they do on the opening weekend of the new season against Southampton.

 

15th – Burnley (up one) – Defender Jon Flanagan has come in on loan from Liverpool for the season. Let’s see how impactful he will be at the recently promoted Championship side, and if he will get a start in their first game back in the Premier League against Swansea this weekend.

 

14th – Middlesbrough (up one) – Not much has changed at Middlesbrough over the past couple of days. They are entering their first game back in the Premier League pretty much at full strength. Their match against Stoke City will be an interesting watch.

 

13th – AFC Bournemouth – Not much change at Bournemouth either. Let’s see how the new signings play against Manchester United on the first Super Sunday of the new season.

 

12th – Stoke City (down one) – No real change here also but I am moving them down because I just don’t see how they can finish higher than Southampton. Jack Butland to be gone by January.

 

11th – Southampton (up one) – Southampton seems satisfied with who they have in their squad. They should be picking up all three points against Watford at home this weekend. The true test for this side will be when the Europa League begins later this season. Their performance in this competition will have a knock on effect to their performance in the Premier League.

 

10th – Crystal Palace – An opening day victory for Crystal Palace will keep them in this position when I write my Mock Premier League table next week, but anything less could result in a slide down a few position. They should be able to pick up all three points against West Brom at home this weekend.

 

9th – Everton – I’m finding it really difficult to separate Everton, West Ham, and Leicester City at the moment. The opening weekend will give us a sign as to how each team will play as both Everton and West Ham have tough matches. The signing of Ashley Williams was great for Swansea but they did lose John Stones as well. We’ll see how they play against a tough side like Tottenham. If they perform well, we could see them start to rise up the table. Perhaps closer to the European spots for the first time it what seems like forever.

 

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8th – West Ham – The arrival of Andre Ayew at the Hammers is one for all their fans to be excited about. I think West Ham can do really well this season once more. A tough opening weekend fixture against Chelsea is to come, but they have the squad strength to take that game right to the wire if they want to.

 

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7th – Leicester City – Here’s where things are getting a little tricky for me. Leicester City’s loss to Manchester United in the Community Shield is a tough pill for them to swallow, as they wouldn’t have wanted to enter the opening game of the season on a loss.

 

I still think the Foxes will perform well this season, but I might have to move them down a few spots depending on what happens over the next few weeks depending on results and also if midfielder Riyad Mahrez decides to leave the football club. They should start off their title defence strong against Hull City.

 

6th – Liverpool – Firstly, what a great result against Barcelona! Secondly, what a bad result against Mainz! They’ll stay where they are for now, but they certainly do have an interesting game against Arsenal this weekend which is very winnable.

 

5th – Arsenal – There’s still no movement for Arsenal, either on my mock table or in the transfer window. I see a lot of mock tables that have placed the Gunners inside the top four, so maybe I am being a bit uneasy about the predicament the club is in. I’m still not moving them for the time being, but if they win convincingly against Liverpool this weekend, I might move them into the top four. The purchase of Riyad Mahrez will certainly help that happen.

 

4th – Tottenham Hotspur – No new players since the last Mock Premier League table and a poor preseason so far should result in Tottenham sliding down the table. You may recognise that sentence because that’s how I began the Tottenham paragraph last week. A good win against Inter Milan is certainly a confidence booster, so let’s wait and see how they do in their opening game against Everton.

 

3rd Chelsea – No movement by Chelsea, but they have finished off their preseason with some great results. A 3-1 win against AC Milan, and a 4-2 win against Werder Bremen. They’ll be keeping their fingers crossed that their season doesn’t begin the same way it did last year when they face West Ham on Monday night. Let’s see if they bring in Riyad Mahrez as well.

 

2nd – Manchester City – The Citizens have helped out their defence by bringing in John Stones from Everton, and hopefully Pep Guardiola will be able to get the best out of him. The only reason why they’re not above Manchester United in my mock is because I want to wait to see how Stones performs in a City shirt in order to be satisfied that they have improved their defence.

 

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1st – Manchester United – The Red Devils had two major victories over the past week; the win against Leicester City in the Community Shield, and the signing of midfielder Paul Pogba from Juventus. Although the Frenchman can’t play until next week due to a suspension, they should have enough firepower to get past Bournemouth this weekend and start the season off strong.

 

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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