Premier League 2019/20: Opinion - Predicted final standings
The upcoming Premier League campaign is likely to be one of the toughest, most competitive we've seen in a long time. Virtually every side in the league is now stronger than ever, thanks to the huge payday given to each club at the end of the season derived from TV rights (around £100m).
We've seen the total transfer costs exceed £1 billion in the past few summer transfer windows, and that number is only expected to rise in the future. Because of the vast wealth, Premier League clubs have recently attained, they're able to purchase players of the highest caliber from all around the world, outbidding top clubs from leagues like the Bundesliga, La Liga and Ligue 1 with ease to augment their sides.
With each passing season, more and more high-quality players enter the league having signed big-money deals, boosting the attention and interest from around the world for the Premier League and its matches, which in turn hikes up TV revenue and means an even bigger payday for Premier League sides. Things are only going to get better.
As far as this list is concerned, don't be offended or upset if your team is predicted to finish lower than you would have liked; it's all primarily based on opinion, with much of the decision predicated on the current standard of the squad and the transfers the team has made thus far. It's all speculation, and you're welcome to share your thoughts in the comments below.
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#20 Aston Villa
Players In: Jota, Anwar El Ghazi, Wesley, Kortney Hause, Matt Targett, Tyrone Mings, Ezri Konsa, Bjorn Engels, Trezeguet, Douglas Luiz, Tom Heaton, Marvelous Nakamba.
Players Out: Albert Adomah, Mark Bunn, Richie De Laet, Tommy Elphick, Alan Hutton, Mile Jedinak, Ross McCormack, Micah Richards, Glenn Whelan, Gary Gardner, Birkir Bjarnason.
Aston Villa just about scraped promotion to the Premier League last season after beating Derby County in the Play-offs Final. They must have realized that their team had numerous deficiencies because they spent over £100m on players to bolster their squad and enable them to compete with the rest of the teams in the division.
However, two games have passed and Villa have looked dire in both of them. They currently sit 17th with 0 points, and I can't see them climbing much higher than that. The bottom-half will be where they end up, without a doubt, but given how lackluster their style of play is, I'm inclined to believe they'll face the drop this season.
So many new signings is bound to unsettle the rest of the side. There will, of course, be teething problems initially, but there's no time for that in the Premier League. They have to fight tooth and nail for every single point if they want to stay up.