First off, TP
On the other hand, wow it's my 900th post! Thanks to everyone for making me feel at home here, it's a wonderful community and I hope I can continue chatting with you for a long time.
Predictions (as of today of course, the transfer window is still open)
1. Man City: Just too good, and if that defence holds up with the buys that they did, I see no reason for them losing. Superb attacking, and they added Bernardo Silva. This is their season to lose.
2. Man United: I really don't think a Lindelof - Smalling -Blind back three is going to do well, but they have quite possibly the best cover in a Matic - Pogba - Pereira front. That is an insane midfield as far as defence, size, quality and skill. Adding Lukaku to the mix makes them and even scarier threat. Might miss the title by 2-3 points.
3. Chelsea - The injuries to Bakayoko and Hazard might knock a few points off them at the start of the season, and that could be vital. I really don't trust Azpelicueta and David Luis as CB's, not anymore. But once they start becoming fit, they'll roll out again as they did last year.
4. Arsenal - Yep, I'm putting us here. Kolasinac seems like a great bargain to get for FREE. What a tank. Lacazette will score. No Champions League schedule, which means we can sit the key guys while playing the rest of the squad for Europa. This could be the first full season we for a back three, which has worked well at the tail end of last year. Easy to see us in 4th place, our usual spot.
Can't see enough from Liverpool to make it past the 4th place. They added Mohamed Salah and Solanke, but their defence is still shady as hell, and Klopp says he'll roll with it. Tottenham, thank God, are being weird. Have not brought in anyone, and sold one of, if not the best Right Back in the league. New stadium, Champions League, and the rest of the top teams improve, it's easy to see them fall out of the top 4.
I know Everton is the one being poised as the next mid table team to threaten the top squads, but I gotta go with West Ham. Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez are GREAT buys IMO, and will help them in the goal scoring problems. They got Pablo Zabaleta and Joe Hart on a free and on loan respectively, great veteran players who can organize the team.
Underrated buys for me are.
Nemanja Matic - Man United:
- Excellent buy, just excellent. Will be a great partner for Paul Pogba.
Sead Kolasinac - Arsenal:
- I don't think we can even call him a buy, as he cam in on a free, but he's already proving his worth. Beastly on the pitch.
Jermain Defoe - Bournemouth:
- Defoe won't be enough to give Bournemouth a boost to the top 4, but they could easily contend for a Europa spot if he starts scoring goals for this team that plays organized and beautiful football.
Chicharito - West Ham:
- I really believe this. Dude is a scorer, he's going to score, and for £16 million, that's is a bargain for West Ham,
Pascal Gross - Brighton;
- Brighton might come back to the Championship after this year, but they got a hell of a player in Pascal Gross. I've read and heard a lot about him in many forms of media, and he's actually one of the best IN ALL OF EUROPE in creating chances.
I just got one, Alvaro Morata.
I don't see him as a £75 million player. He didn't score in bunches in Juventus, and had a good stint in Real Madrid, but not close to being the player for his price tag. I just think he's still an unproven commodity, but he costs like a world class player.