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Liverpool and Man City battle, Everton surprise and more Premier League predictions


The Premier League 2020/21 season gets underway on Saturday when newly-promoted Fulham host Arsenal in the 12.30pm kick-off.

A weekend full of domestic action is then set to play out with defending champions Liverpool welcoming Championship winners Leeds United to Anfield at 5.30pm before Everton host Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

The campaign is kicking off on September 12 after the Coronavirus pandemic delayed proceedings last term, which then had repercussions on when pre-season could take place before this upcoming season would begin.


It means the transfer window is also not set to close before the new campaign begins, as it has done in the previous two terms, and teams will have until October 5 to rectify any early problems.

Meanwhile, no fans will be allowed to attend at least the opening few games of the season as the government and Premier League make sure it’s safe for supporters to return and the spread of the virus is contained.

Anyway, the long and short of it is that football is back again.

Leeds, West Bromwich Albion and Fulham were all promoted from the Championship and have set an early intention to stay in the Premier League by bringing in a whole host of players to bolster their squads.

Everton appear to have carried out some of the best business in the window by signing James Rodriguez from Real Madrid, Abdoulaye Doucoure from Watford and Allan from Napoli while Liverpool brought in an understudy to left-back Andy Robertson in Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiacos.


And here, ECHO writers make their Premier League predictions for the season ahead.

Paul Gorst

Winners: Liverpool

Top four: Liverpool, Man City, Chelsea, Man United

Surprise package: Newcastle

Relegation: West Brom, Fulham, Aston Villa

Top scorer: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

PFA Player of the Year: Kevin De Bruyne

This season we will see… Leeds United start brightly before fading in the second half of the season. Another excellent season for Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United and Liverpool once more prove themselves as the top dogs – even allowing for a closer title race than last term.

Adam Jones

Winners: Man City

Top four: Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United

Surprise package: Everton

Relegation: Aston Villa, Fulham, West Brom

Top scorer: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

PFA Player of the Year: Christian Pulisic

This season we will see… A much, much closer race for the title for a start. And, hopefully, we’ll see Everton challenging for European places and a trophy.

Ian Doyle

Winners: Man City

Top four: Man City, Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea

Surprise package: Leeds United

Relegation: Fulham, West Bromwich Albion, Aston Villa

Top scorer: Timo Werner

PFA Player of the Year: Thiago… well, if he joins somebody in the Premier League. Otherwise, Marcus Rashford.

This season we will see… That most of the new kits are actually quite rubbish and having 500 fans inside a stadium is infinitely better than having none.

Sam Carroll

Winners: Liverpool. For all the talk about transfers and burning out I just cannot see past a team that finished 18 points clear at the top less than two months ago. You would expect Manchester City, Chelsea and even Manchester United will run a much closer race this time though.

Top four: Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United. On paper they have the best four squads – and the biggest wage bills – in the division. Chelsea especially have pressure on their shoulders to compete after a big-spending summer.

Surprise package: Everton. Okay, maybe defining Everton as a ‘surprise package’ when Carlo Ancelotti is their manager and they have just signed James Rodriguez is cheating. But you have to remember this is a team who finished in the bottom-half last season. Inspired by Ancelotti, anything is possible.

Relegation: Fulham, West Bromwich Albion, West Ham United. Poor old David Moyes. But a tough start to the campaign for the Hammers could leave them in a real mess come Christmas.

Top scorer: Harry Kane. I have a feeling he will score a lot of goals this season. Or maybe I have just binge-watched the new Tottenham Hotspur documentary?

PFA Player of the Year: Kevin de Bruyne. Who else? He is in the prime of his career and is simply unplayable at times.

This season we will see… .A lot of managerial changes. Three or four before Christmas. We will (hopefully) have the return of supporters and a surprise FA Cup or EFL Cup winner.

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Theo Squires

Winners: Manchester City

Top four: Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United

Surprise package: Newcastle United

Relegation: Aston Villa, West Ham, Fulham

Top scorer: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

PFA Player of the Year: Trent Alexander-Arnold

This season we will see… A much tighter title-race as Liverpool fall short, Everton back in European contention and hopefully some fan-filled stadiums at some point!

Caoimhe O’Neill

Winners: Liverpool

Top four: Liverpool, Man City, Chelsea, Man United

Surprise package: Newcastle United

Relegation: Aston Villa, West Brom, Fulham

Top scorer: Sadio Mane

PFA Player of the Year: Sadio Mane

This season we will see… Liverpool won’t enjoy as much of a points gap over their rivals this time around. Man City will make the race fierce with Chelsea also staking a claim similar to Leicester’s last term. Expect the Reds to pull away in April and win by nine points.

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Chris Beesley

Winners: Liverpool

Top four: Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United.

Surprise package: Everton

Relegation: Fulham, West Bromwich Albion, Aston Villa.

Top scorer: Harry Kane (if he stays fit)

PFA Player of the Year: Bruno Fernandes

This season we will see… Fans back in Premier League stadia at some point please if it’s safe. It was one thing having to limp over the finish line to complete the 2019/20 campaign but the prospect of a whole season without spectators is soul-destroying for the game as a spectacle and for the match-going supporters whose social lives are built around the whole experience.

Sean Bradbury

Winners: Man City, just…

Top four: City, Liverpool, United, Chelsea

Surprise package: Everton have showed some overdue ruthlessness with their midfield overhaul. They should be able to give anyone a game if the new signings click. I fancy them for a few decent scalps and a European place

Relegation: Fulham, Aston Villa, West Brom

Top scorer: Mohamed Salah

PFA Player of the Year: Kevin De Bruyne again

This season we will see… Man City to bounce back and narrowly seal the title ahead of Liverpool, with United and Chelsea closing the gap in behind. The Reds to thrive in Europe once again and claim the Champions League

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Peter Harris

Winners: Liverpool

Top four: Liverpool, Man City, Chelsea, Man Utd

Surprise package: Everton. It will be surprise to all but Blues supporters how well the new signings bed in to Ancelotti’s new look side.

Relegation: West Brom, Fulham, Crystal Palace

Top scorer: Timo Werner

PFA Player of the Year: Sadio Mane

This season we will see… A much closer affair across the board, including the title, European places and relegation. At least one side will either blame or laud the return of fans for a change in fortunes perhaps midway through the season.

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Joe Rimmer

Winners: Liverpool

Top four: Liverpool, Man City, Chelsea, Man Utd

Surprise package: Southampton. They finished last season well and seem to be well settled under Ralph Hassenhuttl.

Relegation: Fulham, West Brom, Aston Villa

Top scorer: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

PFA Player of the Year: Virgil van Dijk

This season we will see… Sackings. And lots of them. Leeds to start strong before slipping into trouble. Sheffield United to fight the drop. Chelsea to concede a lot of goals. Fulham to be rubbish. Jose Mourinho to leave Spurs.


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