How will the wantaway Premier League stars cope in the season ahead?

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This summer’s transfer window witnessed a number of high-profile moves which never got over the line, and now the players involved with them will have to carry on with their tails between their legs. It will be interesting to see how Alexis Sanchez, Philippe Coutinho and Riyad Mahrez proceed for their respective clubs in the weeks and months to follow.

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Source: Riyad Mahrez via Facebook 

Sanchez was perhaps the most surprising non-mover in the transfer window, as it had long been publicised that the Arsenal ace wanted out of the failing Emirates side. Manchester City were desperate to sign the Chilean, he has only one year left on his contract, and Arsenal have a habit of selling their best players to Premier League rivals, so how did this deal not materialise?

Arsene Wenger stood firm for once and managed to keep hold of the star man, but perhaps the Frenchman will live to regret this decision. After all, Sanchez’s heart may not be in it for the Gunners anymore, and getting a deal over the line early on could have paved the way for the North London outfit to sign Monaco’s red-hot youngster Thomas Lemar. On the other hand, if Sanchez puts this business behind them and acts professionally, he could end up forming a deadly allegiance with new signing Alexandre Lacazette.

Riyad Mahrez may find that he will be left out in the cold now at Leicester City after spurning them and trying to force a late move away from the King Power Stadium. The 2015-16 PFA Player of the Year seemed to think that he would be able to sign for Manchester United on deadline day, despite the fact that there hadn’t been any public reports of Jose Mourinho having an interest in the player.

Roma, who are 16/1 in the Serie A betting to win the Italian top flight, were the only side to have genuinely tried to sign the Foxes winger. But Eusebio Di Francesco was shocked by Leicester’s £50 million valuation of the player. There is no doubt that Mahrez is still one of the best attackers at Craig Shakespeare’s disposal, but will the Algerian now be out of favour with the manager?

The other major player whose move never came to fruition was Liverpool’s Coutinho. The Brazilian tried to push for a move to Barcelona, who were ready to pay the Reds eye-watering sums of money in the region of £138 million for the 25-year-old’s services. But the Anfield club managed to stand firm, knowing that with two years left on his contract, they would still be able to sell for a lot of money next summer. Liverpool have looked strong without the midfield magician in their ranks. But if Coutinho can recapture his form of last season, when he returns to the fold Jürgen Klopp’s side could become unbeatable.

These players all have a duty to continue performing for the clubs for whom they are still contracted to play. But whether they all manage to put their troubles behind them and work well for their respective teams remains to be seen.

Premier League Season Preview

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The new Premier League campaign got underway on August 11, with Arsenal recording a come-from-behind win over Leicester City. Manchester United have been impressive at the star of the 2017/2018 season, but the likes of Man City, Tottenham, Chelsea and Liverpool should not be written off just yet, speaking of the title race. We teamed up with Timothy Steel of FootballPredictions.com for this special Premier League prediction preview for upcoming season.

Manchester United were struggling in the Premier League last season, with the team finishing the process in sixth place in the standings. However, Jose Mourinho’s team won both Europa League and League Cup last term and they are now on a quest to regain the domestic trophy. The Red Devils made a flying start to the season, with the team rolling over the likes West Ham United and Swansea City in the first two rounds and it is more than obvious that summer signings Nemanja Matic and Romelu Lukaku are going to help the team improve their game. Jose Mourinho has always been successful in his second season at the helm and he is eager to continue the trend of the second-year success.

Chelsea, on the other hand, will be without important players Nemanja Matic and Diego Costa in the 2017/2018 season, but their performance in a 2-1 win over Tottenham at Wembley Stadium is certainly giving fans a reason for optimism. Key man Eden Hazard will soon return to contention and, no doubt, the Blues are capable of defending their trophy. New recruit Bakayoko produced a fine display in the 2-1 win over Spurs and the former Monaco midfielder is likely to play an important role in Antonio Conte’s team this season. Many people believe that Alvaro Morata is not going to prove to be an adequate substitute for Diego Costa, but it is still too early for us to draw the conclusions.

 

Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola is focused on strenghting the team’s defence. The likes of Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy and Danilo joined the Etihad Stadium outfit earlier this summer, with Eliaquim Mangala ending his loan spell with Valencia. Yet another defender Jonny Evans (WBA) could join the club before the transfer window closes, but Man City have been struggling in front of goal at the start of the season. Pep Guardiola’s men failed to impress in a 2-0 win over Brighton on the opening day of the season and they dropped two points in a 1-1 draw with Everton on Matchday 2. Given the quality of Man City squad, the Citizens have been playing below expectations of late and they will have to make great progress if they are to win the Premier League trophy at the end of the season.

 

Liverpool did well to book their place in the Champions League group stages and playing on four fronts could prove to be the biggest problem for the Reds in the 2017/2018 season. Philippe Coutinho doesn’t want to play for the club anymore, but his replacement Mohamed Salah has already started paying off. Anyhow, I do not believe that Liverpool are capable of matching the likes of Man Utd, Man City, Tottenham and Chelsea, speaking of the title race.

 

Spurs will be welcoming their rivals at Wembley Stadium in the 2017/2018 season and it seems as if they have yet to adapt to the new surroundings. Mauro Pochettino’s men were beaten by Chelsea in their first home game of the season, with the Blues putting an end to Tottenham’s 14-game winning run on home soil. It is more than obvious that Spurs are not as sharp at Wembley Stadium as they were at their White Hart Lane and that is the main reason why I do not believe the capital club will win their first Premier League trophy since 1961.

 

The good news for Arsenal fans is that Alexis Sanchez has recovered from his injury and the Chilean superstar is likely to help the Gunners improve their game. Big-money signing Alexandre Lacazette has already proved his worth in the English top flight and seeing that coach Arsene Wenger is likely to stick to his rotation policy in the Europa League, there is every chance the capital club will secure a top-four finish at the end of the season.

Relegation

Speaking of the relegation battle, Brighton are seen as No. 1 candidates to drop to the Championship and fellow newcomers Newcastle United could experience all sorts of problems in the 2017/2018 Premier League campaign as well. The likes of Swansea City and Burnley are also considered favourites for relegation and, taking everything into account, the battle for survival should be as interesting as the title race in the English top flight this term. Thanks to Timothy for providing us with such a great season preview. If you are looking for more premier league predictions, do not hesitate to check out their EPL section.

Premier League is Exciting as Ever

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The English Premier League is exciting as ever with this season promising to be more competitive than it ever has been. With so many different teams investing heavily in squads and the world’s best players this means that the games are as close as ever and the race for the title is highly entertaining.

Arsenal

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Arsenal fans are desperate to win the Premier League trophy once again, the last time was over 10 years year before they moved into their state-of-the-art stadium in north London. Arsene Wenger will undoubtedly go down in history as one of their best ever managers having won all major trophies in English football. However the fans are becoming increasingly concerned by the positions they finish each season. Winning the FA Cup alone is not satisfactory for the fans, they now want the Premier League. With players such as Alexis Sanchez and Ozil they do have the fire power to win the league, can they remain consistent enough and win the difficult away games in which in previous seasons have come up short.

 

Chelsea

In West London, Chelsea FC are always looking to win the League and challenge for major competitions, this season is no different. With a replacement manager in Italian Antonio Conte Chelsea have played surprisingly strong and powerful football so far this season. With players such as Edin Hazard and Diego Costa looking like different players under the manager they do have a good chance to win this season. With some difficult games over the Christmas period Chelsea will have to play well to be in contention after January.

 

Liverpool

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Jurgen Klopp has transformed this major club to now be one of the best football teams in the league. At the moment Liverpool are out scoring teams by 2/3 goals on a consistent basis. Can the German National do what he did with Borussia Dortmund and win the League against the odds? Liverpool fans are making enough noise and believe that this is their year to win the league, something that they haven’t won since over 20 years ago.

 

Manchester City

Pep Guardiola immediately made a statement when he arrived in Manchester by putting Number 1 Goal Keeper Joe Hart on Transfer to Italian team Torino. Since then they have had mixed results but still find a way to remain extremely dangerous to any team. Whilst they did lose to FC Barcelona they repaid this by beating them several weeks later at the Etihad stadium. Manchester City unlike Liverpool and Manchester United are competing in the UEFA Champions League, this could surely hamper their race for the title? We doubt it but let us see in May. With some great games involving all these teams then we think for Manchester City v Liverpool odds then this website is number 1 choice.

 

Manchester United

Jose Mourinho invested in the world’s most expensive player Paul Pogba but results have also been mixed. If the Red Devils are ready to mount a serious charge on the league then they do need to put a consistent run of results together in the next 6 weeks to have any chance.

Whilst these are the teams we think have a serious chance to win the league remember last year when Leicester went on to shock the world and win. Whilst we don’t think anyone other than the above will win the Premier League is like no other league in the world.