Dan Brown, Toby Jupp and Calum Egan all predict the results of the 2016 Premier League. What do you think? Vote in the poll at the bottom.
So as you can see my table ends slightly different to Dan’s, with Arsenal stumbling over the line. Leicester are my leaders until the very last day (on goal difference from Arsenal) but a thumping home win over Aston Villa is enough for the Gunners to see off the Foxes who draw at Stamford Bridge, Spurs (who struggle in away matches at Stoke, Chelsea and Liverpool in the run in) and Man City, who share a 1-1 draw in what proves a pivotal match with Arsenal in the penultimate game of the season. Man United finish well clear of Southampton but behind the leading back, while Crystal Palace finish off the top half with a late surge up the table. Chelsea’s renaissance could only take them 12th, and it is Bournemouth and the two North-east sides who avoid relegation ultimately with Swansea unable to muster a final day miracle against City.
As you can all see I do back Leicester to complete the impossible dream and win the Premier League title. They are simply unstoppable minus a few blips along the way they have effectively beaten most teams including the so called big teams. Finishing close runner up in the title race is Manchester City because I believe that they have what it takes to do the same as most years and finishes very strongly to the end of the season by stringing together numerous victories in a row. Then in the 3rd and 4th spots, I have the North London clubs falling by the wayside so much that United replaces Arsenal for a spot in the top four. This is mainly due to Arsenal’s so called collapse at the end of the season which some could argue has started early this year. My relegation zone is held up by Aston Villa which to be brutally honest cannot come as a surprise to anyone. The other two positions are held by Norwich and more controversially Sunderland who lost out to their surviving rivals Newcastle by one point.
What? Leicester not top? Yes, I know that Leicester are threatening to be breakaway leaders and the top four are stumbling over each other to give the title away. However, they don’t have the title winning experience that Manchester City do, with. their wins in 2014 and 2012. These wins were also ‘comeback wins’ as they looked to be down and out to both Liverpool and Manchester United respectively but turned it around in the final sprint. My surprise pick of the season, besides Leicester, is West Ham United and that’s why I’ve tipped them to sneak fourth place. Sacking the experienced Sam Allardyce and replacing him with the relatively Premier League untested Slaven Bilic was always going to be a risk but for them it seems to have paid off with big wins at City, Arsenal, Liverpool and against Spurs. Down at the bottom, I think Swansea will be easily safe with key player Gylfi Sigurdsson hitting form at exactly the right time; the Reading academy product with five goals in his last eight games. Newcastle should also just scrape safety with the quality of their squad with players like Georginio Wijnaldum and Jonjo Shelvey with all the right qualities to help their team survive even if their manager Steve Mcclaren seems to be failing season ofter season with Derby and now Newcastle. Bournemouth and Norwich don’t have enough quality to survive I fear while Sunderland have Allerdyce and ‘Big Sam’ doesn’t get relegated.