We’re less than two weeks away from the start of the Premier League season – and we can’t wait.
It’s been a long summer without a men’s international tournament to keep us occupied.
But the wait is almost over and the 2022/23 Premier League campaign is just around the corner.
It’s the time of year that we start picking our predictions ahead of the new season.
While we’re all entitled to our own opinion, it’s the opinion of experts that we should all listen to.
And there aren’t many people who know the Premier League more than a certain Harry Redknapp.
Having managed West Ham, Portsmouth, Southampton, Tottenham, QPR and Birmingham in the top-flight, it’s fair to say Redknapp knows the Premier League inside-out.
So, what are his predictions ahead of the new season?
Well, he appeared on the ‘Back of the Net – The AFC Bournemouth Fan Channel’ YouTube and ranked every Premier League club into tiers from ‘Relegated’ to ‘Title Fight.’
He also gave reasons behind his selections.
Check out his predictions below:
VIDEO: Harry Redknapp ranks every Premier League club into tiers
On Bournemouth: “I don’t want to think about Bournemouth going down. I hope the atmosphere will play in their favour.”
“I could see Brentford and Fulham being sucked in. No Eriksen and Ivan Toney – maybe people will be used to playing against him.”
In Danger (14th-17th)
- Nottingham Forest
On Southampton: “I don’t see Southampton going down but it’ll be tight at the bottom. I see them being in the bottom eight.”
On Everton: “The team that scares me and I’m desperate for them to do well because I love Frank. I’ve got a nasty feeling Everton are going to have a tough year. No money to spend. I thought last year they were poor. They’ve lost their main man. What a terrible state to be in.”
On Nottingham Forest: “I think Nottingham Forest have recruited well.”
- Aston Villa
- Crystal Palace
On Newcastle: “A little bit early for Newcastle to push for Europe but I certainly don’t see them being in a relegation scrap. Around about 8th, 9th or 10th. They’re decent and they’ve got great support, 55,000 Geordies in their black and white shirts.”
On Brighton: “I think Burn is a massive loss. I think Brighton will be okay.”
On Aston Villa: “Villa should be okay.”
On Crystal Palace: “Palace have done decent but Gallagher has gone back to Chelsea but they’ve got a couple of good players. I see them doing well again.”
- Manchester United
- West Ham
On Tottenham: “I think Tottenham are going to be the biggest improvers. I can see Tottenham running Liverpool close for second. I really do think they’ve got a good squad this year.
On Manchester United: “Ten Hag will only be as good as the players they bring in. If they don’t bring in good players, they won’t be any better. Eriksen is a good signing, he’s a good player for them but they’re still short. Shaw is a good player but will he stay fit? Without Ronaldo, they would have been bottom six. Take him out the team and what did you have? People talking about tracking and pressing, we all get carried away. It’s not all about pressing and working it’s about people who can win games. 20 goals? Big goals, winning games. I think he’s fantastic.”
Title fight (1st-2nd)
- Manchester City
“I think it’s going to be Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham.”
*The ranking of clubs aren’t in specific position order*
So, Redknapp hasn’t made too many left field predictions – certainly not at the top anyway.
However, it’s perhaps a slight surprise that he has Brentford to be relegated considering their 13th-placed finish last time out.
He also couldn’t hide his fear of his nephew, Frank Lampard, and his Everton side.
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