This is part two of a four-part series, previewing all 20 clubs competing in the English Premier League for the 2018/19 season.
Chelsea (Last Season: 5th)
Its been a crazy summer for the Blues in London. After a lengthy contract despite with former manager Antonio Conte, new manager Maurizio Sarri finally was appointed in the middle of July, and not much time to spare to install his type of football philosophy. The former Napoli manager brought in his former player Jorginho to bolster a front line of Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata, the latter of which has struggled mightily this preseason. Bringing in Kepa from Atletico Bilbao and setting a record transfer fee for a keeper to do so will help as well, however the pace thus far has been lackluster. One bright side though is the fact that Chelsea’s youth academy is one of the best in England and they will hope to bank on that this year.
Major Ins: Jorginho, Rob Green, Kepa
Major Outs: None
Predicted Finish: 6th
Crystal Palace (Last Season: 11th)
The Eagles enter the upcoming campaign under the helm of Roy Hodgson, who earlier in the preseason stated that survival would be the goal once again. The last couple weeks makes it seem like Palace will have a more ambitious approach to the year by bringing in some top names to help fill out their roster. Cheikhou Kouyate comes in from West Ham to help the midfield out, and the German Max Mayer came in on a free transfer on a three year deal. The biggest bit of business Palace had this summer however, was keeping suitors for Wilfried Zaha away which they managed to do for the time being. Chelsea, Tottenham and Everton all made plays for Zaha, but a fee could not be agreed upon. As long as Zaha stays in the winter, the Eagles should finish mid-table.
Major Ins: Max Meyer, Vincente Guaita, Cheikh Kouyate
Major Outs: Yohan Cabaye
Predicted Finish: 12th
Everton (Last Season: 8th)
Everton enters this year after a very up and down year last year, and is looking to stabilize that this year under the guidance of former Watford manager Marco Silva. From Watford, Silva brought with him Richarlison, who should lead them in goals. French International Lucas Digne also came in at the Merseyside and should bolster the left back position left voided by 34 year old Leighton Baines. with the season just days away, Everton also brought in two Barcelona products in Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes, filling out their back four. If Richarlison can maintain his form he had under Silva last season, Everton could challenge for the top six.
Major Ins: Richarlison, Yerry Mina, Andre Gomes, Lucas Digne
Major Outs: Wayne Rooney, Ramiro Funes-Mori, Joel Robles
Predicted Finish: 7th
Fulham (Last Season: Playoff Winners of Championship)
The fans at Craven Cottage this year will have plenty to be excited for, with Fulham spending over £100 million this summer in transfers, the most ever by a Premier League club that just received promotion. Slavisa Jokanovic did well this summer, bringing in World Cup winner Andre Schurrle as well as defender Alfie Mawson from Swansea and Aleksander Mitrovic from Newcastle. The most underrated signing however, might be midfielder Jean-Michel Seri coming over from Nice in the French League top tier. Add in Tom Cairney and 19 year old sensation Ryan Sessegnon, and Fulham has themselves in a position to be successful. Expect a decent showing from Fulham this year.
Major Ins: Jean Seri, Aleksander Mitrovic, Alfie Mawson, Andre Schurrle, Fabri
Major Outs: Ryan Fredericks, David Button, Joe Felix
Predicted Finish: 15th
Huddersfield Town (Last Season: 16th)
The Terriers proved doubters wrong last year, holding of relegation and narrowly escaping into the top flight this year. David Wagner will have his hands full if he wants to replicate that success once again. Terence Kongolo was signed permanently this summer, as was Jonas Lossl and Florent Hadergjonaj, but no other major moves were made. If Huddersfield didn’t get off to the great start that they did last year, they would probably not be in the top flight this year, so trying to make it happen again might be difficult for Huddersfield to stay up this year.
Major Ins: None
Major Outs: Tom Ince
Predicted Finish: 19th
The other parts of this preview series
Part Four (Coming Soon)