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  1. Solksjaer doesn’t look long for this world. First match after the break is Liverpool as well. Marco Silva still might beat him to the sack though. Everton are terrible, selling Idrissa Gueye has (predictably) killed their midfield.
  2. Sure I’ll bite. 1. Manchester City - Biggest weakness last year was lack of depth at CDM, and the signing of Rodri fixes this. They got 98 last year despite KDB being out for most of the season, I think they will threepeat. 2. Liverpool - Still will be very good (as in good enough to win in a normal year) but I think City will be about 5ish points better. Liverpool do not have the depth up front and had some very lucky results last year (against City and Everton to name a few). A bad window means they will lose ground on City domestically but they will still be a threat on the continent. 3. Tottenham - The signings of Ndombele and Lo Celso really strengthen their midfield, as well as getting Kane back healthy. Should be improved on last year but I can’t see them in the top two especially given their RB situation. 4. Arsenal - Should score a lot and concede a lot. David Luiz is a stop-gap who is past his prime. Ceballos will improve their midfield and for that reason I’m putting them above Man United though it should be close. 5. Manchester United - Fixed a lot of issues (especially in defense) but their midfield is rather weak and I’m not convinced Rashford is going to be a 20+ goal striker. 6. Chelsea - Transition year where I think 6 is a given. If a team like Wolves, Leicester or Everton had a better window I could see them dropping but I think there’s a lot of talent in the team that will get a chance this year, guys like Zouma, Abraham, Mount, James, etc. Though replacing Hazard’s goal output will keep them from challenging for UCL spots. 7. Wolves - Didn’t make much noise in the window, I think they’ll tread water on last year’s campaign. 8. Leicester - Love the signing of Tielemans, but I think they’re a little suspect defensively without Maguire. 9. West Ham - I think they’ll be more exciting than good but there’s a lot talent in that side even if the midfield is rather suspect. 10. Everton - Losing Idrissa Gueye is going to hurt. His Kanté-esque defensive output will not be easily replicated even by two guys. Any extra goals brought in by Moise Kean up front will surely be lost at the back. 11. Bournemouth - Exciting attack should hopefully return to last season’s form, and the goalkeeping situation cannot be worse than last year. 12. Watford - Don’t think they will surprise like last year, but solid mid-table. Not big on Ismailia Sarr and they are weak at the back. 13. Crystal Palace - Keeping Zaha will ensure another mid-table finish. 14. Southampton - I think their improved managerial position and signings like Che Adams will keep them off the relegation line. 15. Burnley - Their boring but their formula seems to do just enough to keep them in the Prem. 16. Norwich City - I like Farke as a manager but I’m not sold on Pukki as a PL striker. 17. Aston Villa - They’ve spent far too much in the window for what they’ve gotten, think it will be a fight to stay up for Villa. 18. Newcastle United - Steve Bruce is a massive downgrade on Benitez and it will show. Massively overpaid for Joelinton as well. 19. Brighton - Were dreadful at the end of last year and are still reliant on aging Glenn Murray for goals. 20. Sheffield United - I like Chris Wilder but this side is very weak. He did a hell of a job just to get them promoted. I’d be surprised if they got 25 points.
  3. There’s a lot of buzz around Liverpool but I really can’t see them topping City this year. They’ve made no significant signings and City signed a proper DM to replace Fernandinho and will have De Bruyne healthy. They could maybe do the UCL again, but I think their luck is bound to run out in that competition.
  4. United are weird man. Lukaku and Pogba seem to excel playing for anyone besides them. Wan-Bissaka is a good signing but they still need another CB and CM. They’ll probably finish fourth though because Arsenal are treating the transfer market like it’s 2008.
  5. Lampard to Chelsea is apparently a thing as well. Really think this move is very premature, even if Chelsea are desperate. I wouldn’t be surprised if they finished tenth this year.
  6. Boy do I look like an idiot. Nice to see a dark horse like Peru succeed. They’re a good team and got a bit unlucky at the World Cup last summer. Side note, not a fan of PK’s after 90 minutes. Yes, I know fatigue is a massive issue in the heat but it feels a little too easy for a team to park the bus for 90 minutes and have essentially a 50-50 shot at advancing. I’d rather see more subs be allowed/longer or more breaks than have PK’s with no ET.
  7. Brazil was... less than stellar last night. Without Neymar they’re super reliant on Coutinho and right now they seem like they’d be primed for a big upset, but they’ll get the Venezuela/Argentina winner so odds are they’ll be in the final. I like Uruguay to win but Colombia have been great so far, but they have a tough draw with a rejuvenated Chile.
  8. No they get off on backside bribes and deals that net them millions in personal gain to go against the greater good.
  9. And Barca get upended in the Copa Del Rey Final... No way I see Valverde sticking around now... he’s been able to win the league in back to back years but neither of the Madrid sides have really put much of an effort to stop him. I think Barca will go for Poch if he’s available or maybe even Ten Hag from Ajax.
  10. Totally agree here... Pep needs another UCL to be in contention for GOAT status. I’m not going to say he’s been bad in the Champions League... it’s a hard competition to win that often times comes down to more luck than skill. But Guardiola has had a lot of great teams and he’s only been able to do it when he had the GOAT playing for him. One without Messi at the helm would secure his legacy.
  11. Man this is disappointing... entertaining sure, but man I was deep on the Ajax bandwagon. Valverde has to be out at Barca right? If poch gets offered there’s no way he turns that down. Spurs are out of cash and poch seems to be squeezing every last drop out of the current side.
  12. Oh god please no. Ajax would be a dream to win the UCL. While Liverpool might be unlucky, they’re my team’s biggest rival so let’s hope Klopp can keep up his fantastic form in cup finals.
  13. Liverpool could have the third best season in premier league history and finish trophyless. Unreal. Keep in mind city have been doing this with arguably their best player having been injured for the majority of the season.