Sportsnet’s Premier League 2018-19 season predictions


Sportsnet’s special panel of soccer commentators, writers and pundits offer their picks and predictions for the 2017-18 Premier League season.

JAMES SHARMAN

Top four: 1) Manchester City, 2) Liverpool, 3) Chelsea, 4) Manchester United
Relegated: Huddersfield Town, Newcastle United, Cardiff City
Top scorer: Gabriel Jesus, Manchester City
Player to watch: Alexis Sanchez, Manchester United
Newcomer to keep tabs on: Jorginho, Chelsea

Story to watch: The easy answer would be Jose Mourinho and Manchester United. Therefore, I will go with Arsenal and Unai Emery. It feels strange just typing that. In a career spanning two decades, I have never known Arsenal to be run by anyone other than Arsene Wenger. It will feel extremely weird, yet fresh to see a new man at the helm. Emery has yet to make his mark on the squad – he is taking a patient approach, and the fans will need to be patient, too. No Champions League football will allow the Spaniard to focus on the Premier League, but can he get the most out of Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan? Can Alex Iwobi and Josh Holding improve under his watch? Will newcomer Lucas Torreira provide the edge Arsenal has been lacking? A ton of questions.

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JEFF BLAIR

Top four: 1) Manchester City, 2) Liverpool, 3) Manchester United, 4) Tottenham
Relegated: Brighton Hove & Albion, Cardiff City, Huddersfield Town
Top scorer: Harry Kane, Tottenham
Player to watch: Roberto Firmino, Liverpool
Newcomer to keep tabs on: Alisson, Liverpool

Story to watch: Jose Mourinho’s last season at Manchester United? Could be. The club has done wholly unremarkable transfer business and there is a sense both sides are tiring of each other. The success Paul Pogba had in a French jersey and the joy with which he played for Didier Deschamps during the World Cup did not go unnoticed at Old Trafford. Is it a wonder those Zinedine Zidane rumours have started? Mourinho has run out of excuses and, possibly, time.

DONNOVAN BENNETT

Top four: 1) Manchester City, 2) Manchester United, 3) Liverpool, 4) Tottenham
Relegated: Huddersfield Town, Watford, Cardiff City
Top scorer: Harry Kane, Tottenham
Player to watch: Riyad Mahrez, Manchester City
Newcomer to keep tabs on: Jorginho, Chelsea

Story to watch: The top four race and what it means for the top managers. Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham (sorry Leicester City and Everton) all expect in their hearts to challenge for the league. If City runs away with it again, that will mean changes at the other top clubs who expect to be constantly adding to their trophy case. We’ve already seen it has caused Liverpool to spend more than they would under normal circumstances. That pressure also has caused Jose Mourinho to complain even more about Manchester United’s lack of signings. The arms race at the top and what it means for …read more

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