12 predictions for the Premier League run-in, featuring Liverpool and Bruno Fernandes

The Premier League is now just two months away from its completion.

It seems like the beginning of the 2019/20 season was just yesterday, but the end is firmly in sight with some teams having just 10 games left before they pack their bags for the summer.

There’s still Euro 2020 and the Olympics to look forward to, assuming the coronavirus spread can be contained, but nothing quite compares to seeing England’s top division in full flow.

However, if there’s one thing that annoys us about the Premier League run-in here at GIVEMESPORT it’s the fact that bold predictions come fewer and farther between.

If you don’t know what I mean, then cast your mind back to what it’s like at the start of every season and how fun it is to cast either your own forecasts or debate those of others.

12 Premier League predictions

So, in the spirit of that summertime fun and inspired by The Totally Football Show, we’ve predicted 12 things we expect to happen during the final games of the Premier League.

But that’s half of the fun isn’t it? Check out our bold predictions down below and decide how many of them you think will come to fruition:

1. Nobody will care that Liverpool win the league

Well… aside from Liverpool fans themselves, that is.

The fact Liverpool can no longer go the season unbeaten has taken away any tension from them bulldozing team after team and therefore, everyone has expected that they’ll ‘just’ win the title.

We’ll be the first people to applaud Jurgen Klopp’s men on becoming one of the league’s greatest ever teams, but even fans in denial have long come to terms with something that’s kind of dull in its inevitability.

2. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will win the Golden Boot

Any one of five players could win the Golden Boot this season, but we’re predicting Aubameyang to ride the wave of the Mikel Arteta renaissance to recoup the prize.

Liverpool share the goals around their team way too much for one of their strikes to amount a substantial lead and Jamie Vardy, as well as Leicester in general, have gone completely off the boil.

Therefore, we think it’s a two-horse race between Aubameyang and Aguero in which we’re picking the former because he’s won as many Golden Boots as the latter in 7.5 fewer seasons. Yikes.

3. Kevin De Bruyne breaks the Premier League assist record

Yeh, sorry, this one is kind of boring for being as inevitable as Liverpool becoming champions.

De Bruyne is arguably worthy of the PFA Player of the Award for this season and enters City’s final 11 games with a staggering 16 assists, which is just shy of Thierry Henry’s record-breaking 20.

4. Manchester City will be in the Champions League next season

Screw it, we’re calling this a Premier League prediction because it could have huge ramifications for the rest of the division.

The Citizens have taken their UEFA ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and you just know that the club’s expensive lawyers will do everything in their power to secure a European return.

For that reason alone, we expect City to be playing in the continent’s highest competition either because they’ve successfully fought back or forced some kind of delay to the proceedings.

5. Bruno Fernandes becomes one of the league’s best players

Seriously, how good does Fernandes look right now?

The Portuguese will still struggle around certain players in this topsy-turvy United team, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks like he’s bagged himself a goals and assists machine in midfield.

Fernandes has already done enough in his first few matches to convince us that, by the time the season comes to a close, he’ll be right amongst the Premier League’s 10 best players.

6. Liverpool will lose two more matches

First and foremost, we can see City being so fired up for Liverpool coming to the Etihad Stadium and we’re backing them to claim three points as some sort of consolation praise.

After that, we’re simply convinced that the brakes are being slammed on Liverpool’s season enough for them to slip up elsewhere, particularly when the Premier League title has already been sewn up.

7. West Ham United will be relegated

Yeh, we’re not going to win awards for originality here.

The Hammers will throw the kitchen sink at the Premier League in order not to go down with their massive stadium and big-money signings, but don’t hold your breath considering their dire form.

We haven’t seen enough from David Moyes’ tenure to suggest they’ll finish anywhere higher than 18th and we simply back them to finish with fewer points than the likes of Watford and Brighton.

8. Eddie Howe and Bournemouth will amicably part ways

The Cherries are in dire, dire straits right now and while it looks as though Howe will remain their manager regardless of the circumstances, don’t expect that to continue when the summer arrives.

Particularly if Bournemouth stumble and stagger their way to an ugly survival, you can expect them to finally bring about change after Howe’s eight-year reign, which finally looks to be waning.

9. Manchester United will finish in the top four

We’re sane, I promise.

It seems like everybody is flailing and falling in the race for the Champions League places right now and we’ve seen enough improvement in United to think they’ll scramble their way to the final spot.

Spurs look doomed under their jaded coach (more on that in a sec), Chelsea are as inconsistent as they come and even Leicester are in danger of sliding down to the Europa League rungs.

10. Jose Mourinho will have a complete meltdown

It feels like Spurs have so little to play for this season after being knocked out of the FA Cup, facing Champions League elimination and sitting a hearty four points short of fourth place.

And with Mourinho already losing his rag with the limited resources in north London, you just know he’s only a few press conferences away from throwing his players under the bus.

You can expect a meltdown of previously unseen proportions when their bids for both Champions League progression and qualification crash and burn before his eyes.

11. Nick Pope will win the Golden Glove to become England’s number one

If anybody knows how to shore up a defence, it’s Sean Dyche and especially with Pope between the sticks.

There’s been enough mistakes in Jordan Pickford this season for Gareth Southgate to hand the gloves to his Burnley rival and even more so when he boasts an unmatched 11 clean sheets.

And looking at the run-ins of Alisson Becker (who is injured, by the way) and Dean Henderson, you’ve got to back Pope for the individual accolade and a starting spot during Euro 2020.

12. Odion Ighalo will only score one league goal

Everyone needs to calm down with this whole ‘Nigerian R9’ narrative and while we think Ighalo will do a decent job in the cup competitions, we’re not expecting much in the Premier League.

It’s likely that Solskjaer will continue investing his truth in Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial during league matches, so don’t bet on Ighalo bagging more than two goals from his 10 chances.

These are going to look silly in May, aren’t they? Ah well, we tried.

We have no doubt that the Premier League will have plenty of thrills and spills to come, even if the fixture list is shrinking every week, but it’s that joyous unpredictability that makes us love it so much.

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