In the excitement of getting internet in his apartment, Kyle forgot to post yesterday. Today is part 2 of the 4 part EPL Preview. Next up: spots 10-5.
17. Sunderland– The team somehow survived last season will surive again in my book. I think Gus Poyet is a very talented manager and will actually have a full season to coach now. Given his performance last year, I bet Poyet gets the full season.
One thing has to happen though: Goal Production. Adam Johnson was the top scorer with 8 last year. That number has to improve.
16. Swansea City- This team will survive, just not thrive. Garry Monk is the kind of coach that is meant for a survival fight.
15. Hull CIty- Hull did not play that well down the stretch last year, even though it made the FA Cup final against Arsenal. The team finished 16th last season and I don’t see it climbing much higher, mainly because it has qualified for the Europa League. Playing far flung games in Europe will be a huge issue with a squad that lacks a lot of depth.
Steve Bruce was decently active in the transfer market,though. He made Jake Livermore a permanent signing while also signing Tom Ince and Robert Snodgrass. Shane Long is out the door, but I think the club can win without him.
14. Crystal Palace- The magical survival of last season was great, but this team was not even decent for stretches of the season. That’s why I have Palace 3 spots lower. I love Tony Pulis as a manager. I do, but his ownership is not giving him a ton of help. Pulis has never been relegated as a manager. I don’t expect this year to be any different.
13. Leicester City- Welcome to the Foxes! Arlo White’s favorite team is back in the league and I think it has a great chance of hanging around. Normally, a promoted team needs a good manager, good goal production and a good goal keeper to stay promoted in my opinion. I think Leicester has this. Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has EPL experience. David Nugent provided plenty of goals in the Championship with 20 and I think Nigel Pearson is a very solid manager.
12. Aston Villa- This will be fun. Roy Keane is the new assistant manager. The fiery Keane wants to be a manager again…bad. In his way is Paul Lambert, a manager firmly on the hot seat. I expect Lambert out by Thanksgiving.
11. West Ham United- This team has loads of talent, but a weird inferiority complex. I figured it would be safe to put West Ham in the middle of the table. This could team could finish in around 7th, or fight for relegation. It’s that streaky.
Tomorrow- teams 10-5.