This is where Mazic News thinks Liverpool, Manchester City and Leeeds United will finish this 2022/23 season
The 2022/23 Premier League season is just days away and after such an intense battle last year, all eyes will be on the pitch again to see who manages to lift that trophy once more.
While Liverpool had hoped for the famous quadruple, Manchester City held off the title win by just a point.
However, after such a busy transfer window for many of the league’s top clubs, there’s a good chance that some new names will be vying for those magical top four spots next season.
It will be a season like no other as the World Cup comes at half time. So the question becomes: who has the better side that can weather both a relentless and passionate domestic league and the ferocity and tenacity of a World Cup?
Well, this is where Mazic News will be placing their bets on this season’s top and bottom performers…
Martyn Simpson: Manchester City wins
Mazic News’s Martyn Simpson put City at the top.
“No points for originality but it’s hard to see past Man City.
“With Kalvin Philips they’ve gained depth in midfield and the only thing that could have been missing last season was a thoroughly prolific No9 and they’ve signed one of the best, if not the best, in Erling Haaland .”
After City, Simpson has placed Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal in these three prestigious spots at the top of the league.
“Assuming Manchester City and Liverpool take the top two spots, I think it could be all four of Chelsea, Spurs, Arsenal and Man U.”
However, Simpson argues that Chelsea have one of the best managers in Thomas Tuchel and he will once again lead them to glorious Champions League competition.
At the other end of the table, Simpson has placed Bournemouth, Fulham and Brentford.
“Bournemouth are most likely looking at the bottom. I just don’t feel like they’re empowered enough.”
“I think the loss of Christian Eriksen will be big for (Brentford). He played a big part in keeping them going through the second half of last season.”
Molly Burke: Manchester City wins
Another decision for Manchester City is Molly Burke, who cites Erling Haaland as key to their success:
“Erling Haaland will be the difference for them, I think he will score more than 20 goals.”
Burke then opted for Liverpool, Spurs and Arsenal. “I say Liverpool for second place – Mane is a big loss but Darwin Nunez will score enough goals.”
“Tottenham third for me, they’ve brought in some really good signings. I think Antonio Conte will make the difference fighting in this group.”
Below, Burke believes she will see Brighton and the two recently-promoted sides Fulham and Bournemouth, describing the latter as the “Championship standard”.
“(Brighton) lost (Yves) Bissouma who I think is a key player and could still lose (Marc) Cucurella if he goes to City and they haven’t brought anyone of importance.”
“Fulham for me, they’ve gone up before and come right back down. I don’t think Mitrovic is at Premier League level.”
Richie Boon: Manchester City wins
Much like his peers, Richie picked Boon City to lift that trophy again: “No surprises Manchester City. They’ve won four of the last five titles and are just an unrelenting force to be reckoned with.
In order to fill in those remaining top spots, Boon omitted that Chelsea claim they are in the transfer window as a whole at the moment.
Instead he has gone with Liverpool, Spurs and Arsenal.
“Liverpool are a bit obvious to put it simply, they are just an absolute machine.
“Spurs have had a great transfer season and they’ve kept Harry Kane. Antonio Conte has had a bit of time there now, he has the players he wants and has made them play the way he wants.
Once again, Fulham and Bournemouth are out of luck, according to Mazic News.
“(Fulham) absolutely did it in the Championship last season and broke all sorts of records but we’ve been here before and I think history will repeat itself.”
“I think Southampton too. They ended last season pretty badly by winning one of their last 12 and a bit like Burnley last season, I think they’re overdue for relegation.
Susanna Sealy: Liverpool wins
Meanwhile, Sealy has led Liverpool to win the title over the boys in blue. Manchester City could well try to focus more on European football to give Liverpool a chance to step in.
Next up are Manchester City, Tottenham and Manchester United on their predictions.
“With a new manager and a complete overhaul of their players, Manchester United will definitely be keen to return to European football.
“Spurs have already added six new players to their first-team squad, including Ivan Perisic, and after a tumultuous adjustment period when Antonio Conte first came on, they are likely to continue to grow from now on.”
At the other end of the spectrum, Sealy expects Southampton, Nottingham Forest and Leeds.
“Saints have received limited funds for this transfer season and have not been able to significantly strengthen their squad and similarly Leeds have lost two of their key playmakers in Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips.”
Jason Jones: Manchester City
Jason Jones rounds off a near-clean win for Manchester City and also backs Pep Guardiola’s side to defend their Premier League title.
“For me it has to be Manchester City,” he explains.
“They were impressive last season when they won the title and I think they’ve only improved since then.
“I think it would be a big, big task for anyone to catch them and I don’t see anybody doing that.”
Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea round out his top four.
At the other end of the table, Jones is worried about newly promoted Bournemouth and Fulham and 2020/21 contenders Everton.
“I’m worried about Bournemouth,” he continues.
“I don’t necessarily see anything in them that makes me think they’re going to go out there and have a really strong season.
“The same goes for Fulham, to be fair. They’re shaping up to be a perennial yo-yo club at this stage, but I just think that while they’ve made good signings, I’m ultimately worried about whether or not they’re really at that Premier League level, and I’m not massively convinced.
“I think third place will be Everton.
“I’m just wondering if they’re in for another really bad season and if so do they have enough to pull themselves out of it this time around? To be honest, I don’t think they do.”