Posted on December 7th, 2018
It feels like the Premier League season has just got underway, but already we are reaching the busy Christmas period which usually acts as a catalyst for, or puts a dampener on, most teams’ seasons. For many teams, the narrative has changed dramatically from the start of the season to this point of the beginning of December. In light of that, here are some predictions for what will be hitting the headlines in the Premier League in the new year.
Manchester United have a vastly different line-up
Nobody is really sure of where all the pieces fit in Manchester United’s line-up, with perhaps David de Gea being the only player to escape the wrath of the fans and the manager. Of course, Jose Mourinho is under a lot of pressure for his job, and bookies like Betfair have priced him as the 15/8 to be the next sacked manager. However, you might see him wield the axe against players like Paul Pogba, Luke Shaw, Romelu Lukaku and the previously untouchable Nemanja Matic, as he tries to reinvigorate the club.
City win the Premier League title by April
The media suggests that this will be a close-run title race between Manchester City and Liverpool. But the bookies say otherwise, with odds for City as low as 1/6 and Liverpool at 9/2 (William Hill). That’s quite the statement for Pep Guardiola’s men, but they have been brilliant this season so far and will surely be too far ahead by late-spring.
Raheem Sterling wins the PFA Player of the Year Award
This is always a tough one to call, and you should always check the bookies offers for free bets on the market, but Raheem Sterling has been more of an integral part of City’s brilliance this season. He is actually third-favourite at 10/1 (Paddy Power) to take the crown, behind teammate David Silva (2/1) and Eden Hazard (3/1), but one could argue that Sterling has been the better player over the last six weeks. If he continues on this trajectory, he will do it.
Burnley stay up and prove critics wrong again
Everyone has underestimated Sean Dyche and Burnley before, but the consensus seems to be that they have rode their luck too often and are now doomed for relegation. They have been given odds of 9/5 to beat the drop by 10Bet, and Dyche is the very man to grind them through the hard winter months and get the results needed. It won’t be pretty, but they could do it.
Arsenal announce they are back in the big time
As mentioned, it would be a shock if anyone but Man City lifted the title, yet Arsenal you feel would be happy enough just to get into the Top 4 again and continue their rebuilding. Unai Emery seems to have put some swagger back into the club, and it seems to be working. Odds of 5/4 from BetVictor seem really decent for a Top 4 finish.
Sergio Aguero finishes as top scorer
It’s almost unfashionable to say how good Sergio Aguero is, but frankly the Argentine is one of the best strikers in the world. One wonders where he could have been if he hadn’t been injured so often. In saying that, he looks fit as a fiddle at the moment and is just two goals behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. 4/1 (BetVictor) says “Kun” pips him to the Golden Boot.