Mock 2016/17 Premier League Table – Version Two

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Updated: August 3, 2016

We’re just under a week away from the start of the new Premier League season, and a lot of teams have already done their business in the transfer window to improve their sides.

 

But there is still plenty of time for the clubs that have been quiet to purchase the right players to improve their sides. But for the time being, let’s have a look and see if any have improved upon their position from the last Mock Premier League table.

 

20th – Hull – Mike Phelan has taken over as caretaker manager, but the Tigers are still yet to appoint an official successor to Steve Bruce. Although they are yet to lose in the preseason, their lack of challenging opponents as well as little movement in the transfer window still convinces me that they’ll be going straight back down.

 

19th – Sunderland – David Moyes is the new man in charge at the Black Cats, but they still haven’t brought anyone new into the club. That needs to change before the end of this transfer window if they are to steer cheer of the drop, otherwise, it’s going to be another season where they constantly battle against relegation.

 

18th – West Brom – The Baggies still haven’t brought in anyone new since the last mock, and their preseason isn’t going well either after a draw against Plymouth Argyle and a loss against Torquay United. The only positive they have is that they have managed to hold onto Saido Berahino for a little while longer.

 

17th – Watford (down one) – I’ve swapped Watford and Burnley around because of the way their preseason is going. Watford hasn’t signed any new players and their preseason form has been poor, recently losing 2-0 to QPR. They’re in danger of taking West Brom’s place in the relegation zone.

 

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16th – Burnley (up one) – No real changes for the Clarets either but they are having a fantastic preseason so far. Fingers cross they can carry this on into the start of the season and they have the right personnel to do so.

 

15th – Middlesbrough – Brad Guzan is a great addition. They now have some healthy competition in between the sticks and some reliable alternatives whenever needed.

 

14th – Swansea City (down one) – I’ve switched Swansea City and Bournemouth around because the Welsh side has allowed a good player go on loan to Marseille. Striker Bafetimbi Gomis. This puts a lot of pressure on the likes of Andre Ayew because the rest of the strikers at the club hardly have any Premier League experience. Unless they bring in another striker, they could start to slide further.

 

13th – AFC Bournemouth (up one) – Other than the arrival of Brad Smith from Liverpool, there hasn’t been anything else of note from Bournemouth, which is why they haven’t moved much on this table.

 

12th – Southampton – Southampton has brought in some nice additions to their squad in goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, and defender Jeremy Pied. Alongside a strong preseason so far, they could eventually find themselves back in the top half of the table.

 

11th – Stoke City – I haven’t seen much of midfielder Ramadan Sobhi so I can’t make a judgement call on him just yet. However, I do like the purchase of midfielder Joe Allen from Liverpool. Hopefully, he will be allowed to shine, but most of the pressure this season will be on Mark Hughes in what could be his last season at the club.

 

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10th – Crystal Palace – No real movement by Crystal Palace since the last time I wrote up a Mock Premier League table. They should look to sign more players in the next month though otherwise, they might start slipping. The loss to Fulham in their final preseason game is a sign that improvement is still needed. They stay where they are though for the time being.

 

9th – Everton – Midfielder Idrissa Gueye from Aston Villa was a nice purchase from Everton and will provide some nice depth to their midfield as they push for European football. This side is good, but I feel just a couple more new faces are needed for me to start moving them up the table.

 

8th – West Ham – The Hammers have not had a good preseason, but they are contending with Europa League qualification at the same time, so I will let them off for the time being. It will be a struggle however in August if they do qualify for the next round of the Europa League, but they don’t improve upon their performances.

 

7th – Leicester City – A painful 4-0 loss to PSG might have dampened their moods a little bit, but hopefully they will be able to recover in time for their games against Barcelona and Manchester United in the Community Shield. They recently signed midfielder Bartosz Kapustka but I don’t really know much about him. They’ll stay where they are for now.

 

6th – Liverpool – Liverpool’s preseason could be better and I was tempted to swap them with Leicester City positional wise, but one thing stopped me. The signing of midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum. £23 million might be a little bit too much, but it’s worth remembering that at one point this guy was the Dutch Player of the Year. He has the skill so let’s wait and see how Klopp decides to use him.

 

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5th – Arsenal – Another side I wanted to move down the table but I’ve held off for the time being. It’s tough imaging Arsenal outside of the top four, let alone outside the top five. However, with still no decent new arrivals coming in, a slide down the table might become a reality.

 

Last time I felt that this could be Arsene Wenger’s last year. Now I’m not so sure. If it was to be, I think we would see a spending spree similar to what Sir Alex Ferguson did in his last year at Manchester United so that he could provide himself with the best opportunity to win the title. We’re not seeing that from Arsenal.

 

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. I think the reason why they haven’t done much movement in the window is because they don’t need to. They have a promising young squad. They should be fine in my opinion but they also need to finish the preseason on a high.

 

3rd Chelsea (down one) – Chelsea has fallen into third for me at the moment because their preseason hasn’t been good enough. A poor display against Liverpool despite the win, and then the loss to Real Madrid hasn’t been good enough from the side that is looking to respond from that terrible season last year.

 

Truth be told, I want to see Chelsea sign one more player at least before the window closes, preferably a defender as that’s where I believe they’re the weakest. Then I can move them back up the table.

 

2nd – Manchester City (up one) – I love the signing of midfielder Leroy Sane. He’s going to be a great addition to the side and will definitely help City go far in the Champions League and in the Premier League this season. £37 million is a healthy price tag for him as well.

 

The only thing that stops me moving the Citizens ahead of their Manchester rivals is their current preseason form and their defence. Results haven’t been satisfying, to say the least, and they must be improved upon in their last two games against St Johnstone and Arsenal. Like Chelsea as well, I would like to see them bring in one more defender.

 

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1st – Manchester United – No new transfers have come in yet since the last mock Premier League table, but the results have been good since the embarrassing loss against Borussia Dortmund. We may have to wait a little bit longer for the first Manchester Derby between Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola, but it hasn’t damaged the Red Devils’ preseason too much.

 

They’ll be hoping to pick up a win against Everton in Wayne Rooney’s testimonial game, before facing off against the current Premier League champions Leicester City in the Community Shield at Wembley this weekend. Paul Pogba’s arrival could still be on the horizon as well.

 

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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