The bright side of sport: One line Premier League predictions

With the Premier League right around the corner, Steve Neville gives one line predictions on how each team will do this season.

The bright side of sport: One line Premier League predictions

Arsenal: With a commanding presence (finally) at the back in Petr Cech, a squad that has been together for a while and an X Factor player in Alexis Sanchez, they will be contenders.

Petr Cech

Aston Villa: Having lost Fabian Delph and Christian Benteke, Tim Sherwood has been active in the transfer market but he hasn’t signed anyone who looks capable of replacing them and they will struggle again this season

Bournemouth: Eddie Howe did fantastically to get this team promoted and expectations will be heaped on Callum WIlson and Matt Ritchie along with impressive signings like Tyrone Mings and Sylvain Distin but a relegation scrap awaits.

Eddie Howe

Chelsea: Jose Mourinho has failed to strengthen significantly, much like Man City last season and that lack of squad depth and competition for places could be their downfall in the hunt for back-to-back titles.

Crystal Palace: Alan Pardew guided Palace to their best Premier League finish last year and has signed well in the summer getting Yohan Cabaye and keeping last seasons star player Yannick Bolaise meaning Eagles fans can hope for another top 10 finish.

Yohan Cabaye

Everton: After a poor showing last season, Everton won’t have the Europa League to deal with this year which, along with new signing Gerard Deulofeu, should help the team improve on last years 11th position.

Leicester: A strong finish at the end of last season will give the squad confidence and despite Claudio Ranieri replacing Nigel Pearson as manager they should have enough in them to avoid the drop.

Liverpool: Another host of summer signings for Liverpool but this time real quality added in James Milner, Roberto Firmino and Benteke who along with Jordan Henderson should see the team at least challenge to get back in the Top 4.

Christian Benteke

Man City: With Raheem Sterling the only major addition, Man City will remain reliant on Sergio Aguero this season and if the Argentine is on form City should challenge once again

Man Utd: Memphis Depay, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin look like exciting additions and Louis vanGaal seems to have brought confidence back to Old Trafford so we should expect a Top 4 finish at least.

Memphis Depay

Newcastle: A new manager but similar problems remain at the club in terms of structure meaning it could be another inconsistent season for the Magpies.

Norwich: Up and down in recent years but a wealth of Premier League experience in Sebastien Bassong and Youssouf Mulumbu with a solid goalkeeper in John Ruddy should see them avoid the drop - just.

Southampton: Now used to beginning the season without the star players from the previous one, the Saints still have a strong squad capable of impressing with new signing Jordy Clasie looking a ready replacement for Schneiderlin and the returning Jay Rodriguez like a new signing after a year long injury.

Stoke: Mark Hughes has made a few interesting signings in Ibrahim Afellay and Glen Johnson but with Steven Nzonzi and Asmir Begovic leaving big boots to fill it looks like mid-table awaits Stoke.

Mark Hughes

Sunderland: Dick Advocaat decided to stick around after saving the club from relegation, making good signings in Jeremain Lens and Younes Kaboul but the rest of the squad need to buy into the team and perform or it will be another battle at the wrong end of the table.

Swansea: Still missing the goals of Wilfried Bony and they still haven’t signed anyone who looks capable of replacing him which makes us think business as usual for Swansea with a high mid-table finish

Spurs: An uninspiring transfer window for Spurs, they will again heavily rely on Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen who should help the club get into the Europa League once again.

Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen celebrating goals last season

Watford: A new coach and 10 new players start the season for Watford who all need to click or it will back to the Championship for the new boys.

West Brom: Hanging on to Sadio Berahino and adding James McClean and Rickie Lambert should make it a better season than last for West Brom and they should finish higher than 13th, although not much higher.

West Ham: New boss Slaven Bilic will make sure the season is an exciting one for West Ham on the touchline but if Europa League qualification is anything to go by it will be a bumpy season for the Hammers.

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