10 Premier League pre-season predictions that we all got horribly wrong

Remember when we thought Pochettino and Emery were in for big seasons?

As football fans, we're all guilty of making some dubious predictions throughout a football season.

Back in the summer of 2015, most of us probably said 'not even Claudio Ranieri can save Leicester from relegation'.

It's part and parcel of the game, you make a bold call due to your 'expert knowledge' and your mates never let you forget it down the pub after it proves to be absolute nonsense.

So with that in mind, we've decided to provide 10 very likely Premier League predictions that so far, have gone horribly wrong.

The beauty of hindsight, eh?

10. West Ham and Everton would be challenging the top six

Surely, SURELY, 2019/20 is the season that the Hammers and Toffees challenge the top six, right?!

Sadly, the two clubs have been plagued by the same thing that hinders their progress every campaign - inconsistency.

West Ham currently sit 10th in the table, with Everton 16th after 11 rounds of Premier League fixtures.

9. Tammy Abraham wouldn't cut it at Chelsea

'Yeah he was good at Aston Villa in the Championship, but the Premier League is a different kettle of fish, Chelsea will have to rely on Olivier Giroud'.

That was probably a common sentence uttered by many up and down the country, but Abraham has already made a lot of us look very silly.

With eight league goals to his name already and a senior England call-up, Abraham is proving all his doubters wrong.

Abraham has been on fire for Chelsea

8. Norwich would stay up

Daniel Farke's playing style, Teemu Pukki's goals and an exciting crop of youngsters. Yeah, we all thought the Canaries were staying up with ease.

When they beat Manchester City 3-2, it was all but a formality, but it's all gone wrong for Norwich since.

A 5-1 loss at home to Aston Villa and four losses in their last five now has the Canaries lingering in 19th and facing a serious uphill battle to survive.

7. Southampton would kick on under Ralph Hasenhuttl

Hasenhuttl guided the Saints to safety last season and earned universal acclaim for his success at RB Leipzig.

But sadly, his team have seriously regressed in 2019/20, with behind-the-scenes issues crippling our pre-season praise for Southampton.

Their 9-0 loss to Leicester was one of the most humiliating displays in Premier League history.

Southampton's struggles this season have been very obvious

6. Sheffield United would struggle

It's simple: Chris Wilder is a genius.

If you looked at Sheffield United's team on paper, you could easily mistake it for a Championship side.

But the Blades are flying after recently beating Arsenal 1-0 at Bramall Lane and they are a dogged defensive unit that absolutely no one wants to come up against.

5. Arsenal had a great transfer window

Nicolas Pepe, David Luiz, Kieran Tierney and Dani Ceballos looked a very, very good transfer window - on paper.

But somehow, the Gunners look far more inept than they did last season and record signing Pepe is yet to score from open play.

Money really can't buy you happiness.

Pepe and Luiz in action

4. As did Tottenham...

Spurs finally splashed the cash in the summer, signing Tanguy Ndombele, Ryan Sessegnon and Giovani Lo Celso.

But like their north London neighbours, they've declined to the point of hilarity in 2019/20.

After 11 games, Spurs have mustered just 12 points and Mauricio Pochettino's job hangs in the balance.

3. Frank Lampard would struggle in his first season

After losing 4-0 away at Manchester United on his Premier League bow, many feared the worst for Lampard.

But a supposed 'season of transition' has turned out pretty well so far, with the Blues in fourth and playing some of the best football in Europe.

That transfer ban may just be the best thing to happen to the club in a long time...

Lampard has been an instant hit as Chelsea manager

2. VAR!

Finally, no more refereeing controversies...

Oh how naive we all were. The use of VAR in the Premier League has been an unmitigated disaster so far, alienating fans in the stadium and leaving players on the field baffled.

But surely VAR and the use of it can only get better, right? 

1. Liverpool would suffer a European hangover

Jurgen Klopp's side have failed to follow the script of taking your foot off the gas once you win a major European trophy.

Reaching and losing the Champions League final has neutered Tottenham, but Liverpool seem to have more vitriol and bite than ever.

11 games, 10 wins and one draw sees the Reds sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League table and it just isn't fair how strong they look.

Liverpool with the Champions League trophy

It just proves that we never know what the future in the footballing world holds.

Now it's time to make some pre-Christmas predictions that will come back to bite us!

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