The Premier League 2021-22 gets underway on August Friday the 13th the questions most football fans and pundits are asking; who will win it and who will be star players to watch out for? The world’s most watched & followed football league is now on the verge and we are going to have a quick one in terms of predictions.
The new Premier League season begins just 82 days after Manchester City won the title. With newly promoted Brentford kicking off their first season in the top flight since 1947 at home against Arsenal. With the European champions, the English champions in 2020, the current holders, and an ambitious, big-spending Manchester United all in the mix, this season promises to be exciting.
In the lower tiers, there could be plenty of drama as well-run newcomers like Norwich join the division and those who faltered last season attempt to turn things around.
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The Premier League Surprise Package
There may be a few who are surprised to see Brighton and Hove Albion rocket up the table if their form starts to reflect their underlying statistics from last season. While the fact that Leeds picked up the fourth most points in the second half of the season suggests they could do even better than last year’s ninth-place finish.
Norwich City, on the other hand, is a team that has the potential to achieve considerably more than is expected of them. It’s a scenario we’ve seen before in the Premier League. A one-season flirtation with the top tier, an immediate rebound, and a far superior second chance. Buendia may have left, but players like Todd Cantwell and Max Aarons remain, along with savvy younger acquisitions like Milot Rashica and Bill Gilmour.
The level to which Southampton fell off from January onwards suggests that they should be looking over their shoulders, while Sean Dyche may be asking too much of himself if he invests little in the Burnley team for another year.
With the loss of Grealish, Aston Villa may not be able to take the next big step up the league just yet. Despite the fact that they have replaced their talisman with Premier League experience, Danny Ings, Emiliano Buendia, and Leon Bailey, as well as Grealish’s former teammates, will take time to adjust to this new side.
Premier League Signing of the Season
If Ben White proves to be the centre back, that Arsenal has always needed after spending a quarter of a billion dollars on the problem over the last seven years. This one may not be very close. But for now, $70 million feels like a high price to pay with only a year of Premier League football under his belt. Manchester United will undoubtedly be the most happy of the big teams, while both Sancho and Varane will surely be leading contenders to prove their worth.
When you’re not in the top four, Emiliano Buendia’s signing by Aston Villa is a smart move to help them weather the post-Grealish storm. While West Ham’s loan with a $13 million option for Alphonse Areola appears to be a long shot for one of the league’s top goalkeepers last season.
Still, another former Fulham player could be the best window acquisition. In his first season in the Premier League, Joachim Andersen appeared to be the entire package, and he brings some energy and discipline to Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace youth program.