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Premier League Preview: Top 4, Bottom 3, Golden Boot and Fantasy

By, Kyle Gibson

It’s almost Christmas in August. The Premier League is finally upon us. New superstar managers, new superstar players, huge egos and more!

Let’s get into a quick preview, featuring the predictions Champions League sides, relegated sides, Golden Boot winner and my Fantasy EPL side.

Champions League Teams and Champions

4. Chelsea – Antonio Conte is a badass. His Italy team could have won the Euros if Germany did not beat them in penalties. I kept thinking they would win it, but I’m not sure of the back line.

3. Arsenal – Such a talented team, but Arsene Wenger still did not sign the top-of-the-line striker the club needs. Olivier Giroud looked so good at the Euros setting up Antoine Griezmann. Give him someone to work with!

2. Tottenham – “Lads (retches, sweating profusely) it’s…Tottenham.” That line from Alex Ferguson now has a different meaning. This Tottenham team is talented, deep, well drilled and only finished third last year on the final day. Spurs did not make huge changes over the summer, but did not need to.

Spurs needed a backup for Harry Kane and got that with Vincent Janssen, who scored 27 league goals for AZ last year. Adding Victor Wanyama also provides more steel in the midfield.

Many have seen the Spurs falling off, but I see the club improving.

1. Manchester United – I wish i wasn’t jinxing my favorite club. I’m just buying into the hype. Jose Mourinho has so much to prove, after the debacle last season with Chelsea.

The club worked through its central defense slightly with the emergence of Chris Smalling last year. Adding Eric Bailly in the off-season should really help.

Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrihk Mkhitaryan are the elite level signings the club has been lacking.

This all should culminate in a spellbinding year for United. Pau

Relegated Squads

20. Hull City – Ownership in turmoil. Manager Steve Bruce left just a few weeks ago. Selling their best players and not replacing them.

19. Burnley – I still think they are too small of a club, but they are a very solid team and probably the 21st best in England.

18. Swansea City – Sold the team’s heart and soul in Ashley Williams. Borja from Atletico was a solid signing, but too little. Plus, Swansea bought Leroy Fer, who relegates almost every EPL team he is with.

Golden Boot Race

Harry Kane – 24 Goals

Zlatan Ibrahimovic – 22 Goals

Jamie Vardy – 20 Goals

Sergio Aguero – 20 Goals

 

My Fantasy EPL Team

I believe that I will win.

Goalkeepers – Kasper Schmeichel, Adrian

Defenders – Hector Bellerin, John Stones, Wes Morgan, Antonio Valencia, Patrick van Aanholt

Midfielders – Anthony Martial, Danny Drinkwater, Andre Ayew, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Phillipe Coutinho

Forwards – Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Callum Wilson,Jermain Defoe

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New Post: Forget Tottenham! Manchester United Should Sign Saido Berahino

By, Kyle Gibson

I think I might be physically sick if Manchester United fails to sign a striker by the end of the summer transfer window. The need is evident and Wayne Rooney hasn’t scored in close to 900 minutes. 

With no superstars like Karim Benzama or Edinson Cavani moving, I think United should cast its eyes to a player in the EPL. 

I can even name the player they should go for. Saido Berahino.

The West Bromich Albion striker is well on his way out in the midlands,  because his relationship with manager Tony Pulis eroding more by the day.  

Rumors all summer have suggested he is going to Tottenham, but here’s the thing: Spurs have had two bids rejected by West Brom. 

The latest bid was said to be around 22 million pounds. Tottenham has that money, but United certainly does too. I think United could swoop in now and make a bid of 30 million and walk away with a proven EPL goal scorer. 

At 22, Berahino already has an impressive 19 league goals with West Brom. He’s also scored 10 in the England U-21 setup. 

Maybe United just don’t rate this guy at all, but a deal for a striker MUST be made before the window slams shut. 

Why not go with a young star that can potentially spend a decade at the club, just like Rooney did? 

New Post: EPL Predictions that will probably all be wrong. 

By, Kyle Gibson

We have the only Friday game of the year, so let’s get to the predictions! 

Manchester United 3-1 Aston Villa

I think Memphis Depay goes off in this one. 

Everton 1-1 Southampton

Everton will feel hard done by just getting a point last week against Watford. This will be a more respectable draw. 

Sunderland 0-1 Norwich City

I’ll even give you the goal scorer here. Nathan Redmond will continue to impress. 

Swansea City 2-1 Newcastle United

Swansea became the toast of the league last week in a draw against Chelsea. Should win handily enough here.

Tottenham 1-0 Stoke City

Spurs lost against United and Stoke lost in heartbreaking fashion against Liverpool. Stoke will be in mild panic after 0 points in two games. 

Watford 0-0 West Bromich Albion

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

West Ham United 2-1 Leicester City

City put in 4 against Sunderland, but the Hammers should feel inflated now after their win against preseason favorites Arsenal. 

Crystal Palace 1-1 Arsenal

The panic continues!

Chelsea 0-1 Manchester City

Yes…City will go five points up on Chelsea. 

Liverpool 2-0 AFC Bournemouth

Mario Ballotelli will finally…..can’t even finish the sentence. I expect Benteke and Fermino to play well 

What are your predictions? Leave in the comments below! 


New Post: EPL Preview! I rank every team from first to worst. #BPLKickoff

By, Kyle Gibson

Ahhh, English Premier League time is upon us. No more empty feeling, or meaningless weekends where we actually pay attention to our families. With no further ado, here are my predictions. Check back here in May to see that I got all 20 places right.

1.Manchester United (Last season, 4th): United finally signed a defender that could help. Many say Mattia Darmian was the best wing back in all of the Serie A. It also doesn’t hurt to shore up the midfield with Southampton star Morgan Scheiderlin and Bayern Munich and Germany legend Bastien Schweinsteiger. For this pick to hold, I think the club still needs to sign an attacker. Memphis Depay was an excellent addition, but Wayne Rooney can’t shoulder the load at striker all by himself. Signing Pedro away from Barcelona would really, really wrap up the title. The second season is usually make or break time for a Van Gaal coached side.

2.Arsenal (Last season, 3rd): Arsenal are everyone’s EPL darlings right now, which has me a bit nervous. Arsene Wenger is a great manager, but sometimes he and his team replace the need for defensive steel with the desire to spring forward and attack, leaving the back exposed. Petr Cech was one of the absolute signings of the summer and he will help, but I think this injury-prone club will falter around the middle point of the season, leaving the door open for Van Gaal’s men.

3.Chelsea (Last season, 1st): Jose Mourinho is the best manager in the EPL. Unfortunately, Jose also knows this all too well. His mind games and blunt honesty seem to wear with players over time and I think that will happen this season with CFC. Eden Hazard will shine as he always does, but I don’t know if John Terry can have such an amazing, relatively injury free season like last year. The same goes for Diego Costa. When the team was at its best last year, he was healthy and scoring bags full of goals. Chelsea’s lack of squad rotating will catch up to it.

4.Tottenham Hotspur (Last Season, 5th): Yes, you are reading this right. This spot does not belong to Liverpool or Manchester City. I’m operating on a hunch here, but I think Tottenham and Mauricio Pochettino are more stable than the two former clubs. They also made solid, team building additions in defenders Toby Alderweireld and Kieran Trippier. Harry Kane may need help up front, but I think West Brom’s own Saido Berahino will be in to help before the transfer window shuts.

5.Manchester City (Last season, 2nd): Oh, how the mighty have fallen. No one is high on Manchester City right now after a sloppy close to last season and a disaster of a transfer window this summer. Raheem Sterling is the only big name brought in, but they paid nearly 50 million pounds for a 20 year old that hasn’t proven himself throughout a full campaign. Fabian Delph may have committed career suicide in leaving Aston Villa for here. Honestly, I can’t see him making more than 15 starts. What the team really needs is cover for aging defenders Martin Demichelis and Vincent Kompany. Also, the club needs an attitude overhaul. No one sees Manuel Pellegrini keeping the manager’s job. I can name the players who I think have heart: Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta, Kompany, David Silva and Sergio Aguero. The rest don’t seem to care. That is an indictment to your club and manager.

6.Liverpool (Last Season, 6): No more Sterling. No more Gerrard. But in comes James Milner from Manchester City. I think he was one of the shrewdest deals done this offseason, coming in on a free transfer. Up to him and Jordan Henderson (your new captain) now to right that midfield.

7.Swansea City (Last Season, 8): The Swans are part of the new guard that are going to be very present in this section of the table the next few years. Garry Monk is one hell of a manager and this is a good team to boot. Andre Ayew and Eder are quality signings that show this club’s ambition.

8.Stoke City (Last Season, 9): Stoke is part of this group as well. Solid, hard to beat and they just keep improving. Sure they lost Steven N’Zonzi and Asmir Begovic, but I think the guys they’re bringing in are more than quality. Mark Hughes is a very good manager and the Brittania Stadium is a fortress.

9.Crystal Palace (Last Season, 10): I predict another stellar year for the Crystals. Alan Pardew will have a chance to build over a full season and I can see this team really scoring some upset victories. Yohan Cabaye signing to play here from PSG was an all-star deal. I love watching this team.

10.Everton (Last Season, 11): If you aren’t a fan, you probably forgot about them over the summer. I think Roberto Martinez is a good manager. I think this team has some very talented guys. But still, there’s no excuse to not really bring in any star transfers after having an off season. They’ll be the folding point of the table and I think will have a lackluster year where we pretty much forget about them.

  1. Southampton (Last Season, 7): I predicted these guys to get relegated last year and they shocked the hell out of me. Ronald Koeman is a very good manager though and the team was strong. Here are my issues for this year. There’s no more Nathaniel Clyne, Morgan Schneiderlin or Toby Alderweireld. They all moved to Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham, respectively. With that being said, that’s nothing like what the lost last
  2. West Ham United (Last season, 12): If you’ve noticed over the last few predictions, no one is really moving a lot. West Ham scares me to death, though. I could easily see them going as high as seventh and as low as getting relegated. Slaven Bilic is a wild card of a manager who has shown no signs of being able to keep his temper in check during Europa League qualifying. This being said, I love the signing of Dimitri Payet from Marseille.
  3. Newcastle United (Last season, 15): New boss Steve McLaren will make sure this team stays away from relegation, but this is a broken team with a very loyal fan base. It deserves a new owner in the worst way.
  4. West Bromwich Albion (Last season, 13): Tony Pulis and his squad will stay exactly where they were last year. This is a club that is too deep to go down. Here is why I don’t think they will move forward, though. I think striker Saido Berahino will move in either this transfer window or the winter one. Without him, it gets rough trying to find a goal scorer.
  5. Sunderland (Last season, 16): Everyone from here on is always in danger of relegation. That’s how Sunderland lives. This may be a pick made with my heart, though, because I just like these guys.
  6. Aston Villa (Last Season, 17): They lost Fabian Delph and key goal scorer Christian Benteke, but I think Tim Sherwood (if he lasts the whole season) will rally the base and secure survival.
  7. Bournemouth AFC (Last Season, Promoted): They play in a stadium that fits only 11,700 people. For some perspective, my high school football stadium seats 10,000. However, they have a real fighting spirit and they’re the kind of team that can hang around.
  8. Norwich City (Last season, Promoted): They have EPL experience, but I don’t find them very convincing.
  9. Leicester City (Last Season, 17): Pulled off the greatest of great escapes last year, not so lucky this year.
  10. Watford (Last Season, Promoted): Sorry guys……I guess that’s why they call it the blues.

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New Kicking It Podcast! EPL Preview Edition: I rank 20 Clubs in 20 Minutes. All the info you need to start the season.

By, Kyle Gibson

Join Kyle on the latest Kicking It Podcast! This week’s edition is the EPL Preview. In 20 minutes, Kyle ranks all the clubs from worst to first, with plenty of surprise teams along the way! Kyle also discusses manager switches, key transfers, and all the information you need to start the EPL season off right!

Listen here! You can also subscribe to the podcast on iTunes by searching “Kicking It with Kyle Gibson.”

 

EPL Preview: Teams 10-5 or “The Mediocre Guys”

By, Kyle Gibson

Stop number 3 of my EPL season preview rolls along. Tomorrow will be the final installment; the Champions League places and, of course, the EPL champion. 

Without Freddy Adu, here are teams 10-5. 

10. QPR- The promoted club that packs a serious punch. That’s Queens Park Rangers in a nutshell. Talented, big name players  with plenty of experience, plus a manager with loads of experience and cunning in Harry Redknapp. Loic Remy is a very, very good player. He needs to have a huge season. Ultimately, I think this team falters down the stretch, but 10th place for a promoted club is nothing to sneeze at. 

9. Newcastle United– These guys had a quietly strong transfer window, signing Remy Cabella, Daryl Janmaat, Jack Colback and Emmanuel Riviere to name a few. The team only lost Mathieu Debuchy to Arsenal, which means it even kept plenty of high profile players. Newcastle seems to have a bad season like last year, then rebounds to have a pretty good one.

8. Stoke City- Building. That’s the word we keep hearing with Mark Hughes and Stoke City. I think this team is very solid and it could definitely finish higher than this. Signing Bojan away from Barcelona might have been the shock of the summer. I love Tony Pulis, but that type of deal for a small, creative player would never have been done under him. 

7. Everton- It was great making the signing for Lukaku and Barry permanent. Like Hull City, though, I don’t know if the team will be as ready with the upcoming Europa League games. So many people signed extensions, though, that the team will have all kinds of depth. 

6. Tottenham- I think those signings from last summer finally start to make good under new management. Not good enough though.

5. Arsenal– Poor Arsene Wenger. I think Arsenal will finish just outside of Arsene cup (aka top 4 range.) Even with Alexis Sanchez, I think the club needs a second consistent striker. 

What are your thoughts? Comment!

New Post: EPL and MLS Weekend Predictions Sure to be Wrong!

The predictions are back! The demands of student life have really impacted this blog. I will try to be here as much as I can from here on out, because these seasons are on historic paces right now. I normally do just EPL predictions, but with the MLS now back, I wanted to get in the spirit and do those too.

Winners in Bold.

EPL

West Brom vs Manchester United 2-0

Cardiff City vs Fulham 1-1

Crystal Palace vs Southampton 0-0

Norwich vs Stoke City 1-0

Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur 2-1

Note on Chelsea-Spurs, I’m really hoping that result happens, just to throw another wrench into the title chase.

MLS

Seattle vs Kansas City (Huge Game) 2-2

D.C. United vs Columbus 2-1

Vancouver vs New York Red Bulls 1-0

FC Dallas vs Montreal 3-0

Houston vs New England 2-0

LA Galaxy vs Real Salt Lake (Another Huge Game!) 2-1

Portland vs Philadelphia 1-0

Chivas USA vs Chicago 3-1

Happy watching, everyone! The Premier League and the American Premier League all in the same day…and to be honest, the MLS games look a lot more exciting. Here’s to a year with healthy stars and big attendances, as well as some rising stars in the MLS as well.
Post your predictions in the comments!

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