The Premier League returns…
It’s been a quiet month since France won the World Cup, but the tournament well and truly put English football back on the map. Thanks to the legend that is Gareth Southgate (bring back #WaistcoatWednesdays)!
The 2018/19 season is ready to kick off and I’ll take you through the new signings, managers and the teams to look out for:
They won the Premier League by a country mile last season, as Pep Guardiola added another country to list that he has conquered. With Sergio Aguero scoring two in the Community Shield, it may be a sign of business as usual for the Argentine and Man City this season. Riyad Mahrez has joined from Leicester and surrounded with the talent at Man City, he could continue to shine.
Liverpool have splashed over £200 million over the course of 2018. Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson has broken the initial fee for a goalkeeper at around £67million. Liverpool also spent big on Naby Keita who joined the side from Red Bull Leipzig, Fabinho from Lyon and Shaqiri for £13million from relegated side, Stoke City.
Chelsea have changed managers once again after Antonio Conte was given the bullet to make way for former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri.
The outsiders are trying to get their hands on the title as they haven't won since 2004. Former PSG boss Unai Emery has taken the throne at the Emirates which has sparked change and positivity before the upcoming campaign. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s first full season will certainly give Arsenal fans something to look forward to.
Who are the promoted teams?
- Nickname: Wolves
- Manager: Nuno Espirito Santo
- Wolves blitzed the Championship last season as they earned promotion as Champions finishing a massive 9 points ahead of 2nd place. Nuno has bought 11 players this summer, which is why they are the favourites to stay up.
- Nickname: The Bluebirds
- Manager: Neil Warnock
- Cardiff City clinched promotion on the last day of the 2017/18 season. Cardiff have not had the spending money to match Fulham and Wolves but with Warnock’s Premier League experience, they may be a surprise.
- Nickname: The Lilywhites
- Manager: Slavisa Jokanovic
- Fulham failed to beat Birmingham meaning they had to settle for the playoffs. Jokanovic’s side beat Derby and Aston Villa to reach the English top flight. The likes of Fabri, Schurrle, Sessegnon and Seri in the team shows why many are backing Fulham to stay up.