Believe or not, there’s still so much to play for in the Premier League this season.
Sure, you can probably start engraving Liverpool‘s name on the trophy already – and perhaps across a golden version, too – but there are still so many plot lines that could unravel before May.
And aside from the fact Norwich City look dead and buried in 20th place, there’s still plenty of teams that could be preparing for a 2020/21 season in the Championship.
That’s not to mention the fact only four points separate the teams in fifth and 14th place. Mental.
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Predicting the final Premier League table
So, with the January transfer window closed for business, all 20 teams have done everything in their power to finish as highly in the table as possible and it got us wondering here at GIVEMESPORT.
We’re prepared to put our necks on the line by predicting the final Premier League table with all the signings and sales completed as well as just four months until the campaign wraps up.
Brace yourselves and check out our full forecast down below:
20. Norwich City
Look, the Canaries have completed some decent signings in January, but it’s hard to see them surviving when they’re playing gung-ho football despite being six points adrift of safety.
That’s not to mention the fact they have trips to Stamford Bridge and the Etihad Stadium during their final three games, although we’re inclined to think they’ll have plummeted long before that point.
Imagine losing 10 of your last 13 Premier League fixtures and not making a single signing in the winter transfer window. Come on, your 3-1 win over Brighton wasn’t THAT convincing.
We reckon the Cherries’ luck in the English top flight has finally come to an end and they can’t compete with the sides around them when they concede so many goals and score so few.
18. West Ham United
Yes, that’s right, we’re calling it. Drafting in David Moyes may have worked a couple of seasons ago, but 12 defeats in their last 17 Premier Leagues is undoubtedly relegation form.
The fact they’ve not demonstrated a new-manager-bounce is always cause for concern and the acquisitions of Tomas Soucek and Jarrod Bowen, while exciting, seem futile in their survival hopes.
17. Brighton & Hove Albion
Graham Potter has done a decent job on the south coast considering their resources and we’re tipping them to narrowly beat the drop, much like last season, despite dropping a hypothetical two places.
Their only signing of note was Aaron Mooy, who has already played for the Seagulls this season, so expect their form to take a slid in the springtime, but not enough to spark a Championship return.
Nigel Pearson has been a revelation at Vicarage Road, leading them to their longest ever Premier League unbeaten run and coaching the sort of simplicity that the club has been crying out for.
You can expect Watford to escape the drop with Troy Deeney back in the team and a manager at the helm who pulled off one of English football’s greatest escapes just five years ago.
15. Aston Villa
Villa are the last team we’re predicting to be in a relegation battle and they’re only two points clear of the drop right now, so just because we’re putting them in 15th, it doesn’t mean things will be plain sailing.
But three wins from their last six games, as well as that galvanising Carabao Cup semi-final win, gives us enough confidence that their Jack Grealish-inspired side will avoid yo-yoing back down the divisions.
There’s quite a big gap between the Premier League’s middle-pack and those fighting relegation, so we’re pretty much electing Burnley as the weakest side in the former category.
Sean Dyche’s side will dip in and out of good form as they tend to do, probably picking up some shock wins along the way, but they’ll drop far too many points to rise any higher in the table.
13. Newcastle United
Newcastle have looked a really sturdy side under Steve Bruce and we’re predicting them to upgrade their current position by a single place after a successful January that saw Danny Rose’s arrival.
Also, the Toon have one of the most appetising runs of fixtures over the next few months, so expect them to hoover up points against the likes of Burnley, Bournemouth, Aston Villa and Norwich.
This might seem a little harsh on the Saints considering their recent renaissance, but a pretty nondescript January window leaves us to suggest their purple patch will soon come to an end.
Besides, little has actually changed to the side that looked dead-certs for a relegation battle, not that dropping down to 12th place would be a bad season for Ralph Hasenhüttl’s men by any means.
11. Crystal Palace
Palace have remarkably drawn six of their last nine games in the league, so it only makes sense that they should finish around the dead centre when they go tit for tat with wins and losses.
Roy Hodgson’s team is one of the toughest to beat of the sides in the bottom half and we predict them to consolidate their current position with some Wilfried Zaha magic along the way.
The Toffees are only a few points away from the top half anyway and while they haven’t made any January signings of note, the Carlo Ancelotti effect should carry them up the table.
The Italian is already getting the best out of lead man Dominic Calvert-Lewin, summer buy Moise Kean is slowly starting to improve and just one defeat from six games is a very positive sign.
9. Sheffield United
This downgrade on their current position is only because the teams around them are improving and we’re predicting Chris Wilder to maintain the Blades’ superb form in the coming months.
Wins look inevitable as fixtures with Aston Villa, Bournemouth and Norwich approach, while you just know that the visits of Tottenham and Chelsea to Bramall Lane will spark at least one upset.
We’re not expecting Mikel Arteta to pull up any trees before the end of the season – they’ve only won two league games since October, after all – but steady improvements will them rise two places.
The new boss will make Arsenal harder to beat in the big games, while fixtures with Burnley and Newcastle will finally see the wins return, especially when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is fully firing.
7. Tottenham Hotspur
Simply put, Spurs have barely improved under Jose Mourinho and while they’ve completed some promising business this year, they haven’t bagged themselves the striker they so badly needed.
Don’t get us wrong, we expect Spurs to come mere points away from the top four, but tough runs of fixtures and commitments in other competitions will inevitably see their league form hugely vary.
6. Wolverhampton Wanderers
Sneaking ahead of Spurs by a single point at most, we’re forecasting the highest Premier League finish in Wolves’ history and why not when only the top two have fewer defeats this season?
A lot of their February and March fixtures look appetising enough for them to convert some of those draws into victories and don’t rule out an upset upon their trip to Stamford Bridge on the final day.
Frank Lampard has made no secret of the fact he’s frustrated with a lack of January business and he’s not alone in thinking Chelsea are now top four ‘underdogs’, hence we’re predicting them to miss out.
A horrendous run of form at Stamford Bridge over the winter months has exposed some of the cracks in this young side and we expect those fractures to widen when the pressure starts to build.
4. Manchester United
Hold fire, we haven’t lost the plot, we promise. United are only six points off the pace at the moment and, save trips to Tottenham and Leicester, have a pretty clear run of fixtures until April/May.
Plus, the signing of Bruno Fernandes is a massive coup, so expect his penchant for goals and assists to help Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood plug the gap left by Marcus Rashford.
They’re about as inconsistent as the rest of the clubs around them, but their surprising nous in the big games and strength in attack will see them usurp an inexperienced Chelsea side.
3. Leicester City
Four defeats in their last seven games has slammed the brakes on Leicester’s hype train, but they’ve still done enough to secure Champions League qualification with room to spare.
Brendan Rodgers is one of the English game’s best coaches, the Foxes arguably have the most coherent team unit in the league and we can’t see them choking their eight-point grip on third place.
2. Manchester City
City could have done with signing another centre-back to tide them over for the final half of the season, but they have so much quality in their squad that a second-place finish seems inevitable.
They’ll finish over 20 points behind the eventual winners Liverpool – although I do suspect they’ll at least get a draw against them at the Etihad – and comfortably clear of Leicester’s plucky side.
Duh, seriously, what do you think we are – madmen? Even if Liverpool sold half their squad in January, they’d problem still cling on to their 19-point lead and secure Premier League glory.
But after a month that actually saw them improve their squad with Takumi Minamino’s arrival, you can expect them to romp to glory in record time and probably without losing a single match…
Will our prediction come true?
So, there you have it, our prediction for the final 2019/20 Premier League season.
Football being football, you can expect our forecast to look completely silly in four month’s time, but we’re pretty confident of our selection outside of the insanely-stacked mid-table.
And let it demonstrate that, while Liverpool have taken everyone to task this season, there’s still plenty to look forward to from the world’s most competitive league. Outside of the top three, that is.