It’s Premier League eve and we simply can’t wait for it all to kick off again.
It’s been a long summer without top-flight English football to watch but now it’s back.
Crystal Palace and Arsenal will raise the curtain on the new season on Friday night – a season that has a World Cup wedged in the middle of it.
What’s going to happen this season?
While we’ve also explained how stats expect the final Premier League table to look and we’ve also tried predicting it ourselves, we wanted to look more short-term.
How will the Premier League table look after eight matches?
How has the summer gone for each club? Are the first few fixtures favourable? Do they still need to dip into the transfer market?
Well, we’ve gone through the first eight gameweeks that take us up to mid-September and predicted each and every fixture. That has formed a Premier League table after each club has played eight matches.
Want to see our predictions? Of course you do…
The new campaign begins with Crystal Palace and Arsenal playing out an entertaining 1-1 draw. Liverpool and Spurs win comfortably, while Frank Lampard earns a draw against a new-look Chelsea.
Erik ten Hag’s era gets off to a disappointing start with a 2-2 draw at home to Brighton, while West Ham manage to take a point off Manchester City.
In the biggest match of the second gameweek, Spurs beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Man City thrash newcomers Bournemouth at the Etihad, while United are still looking for their first win after a 1-1 draw with Brentford.
Liverpool win comfortably again, while Arsenal beat Leicester 2-0.
Man Utd and Liverpool clash on Monday night and, while United draw their third consecutive match, they’ll be pleased with taking a point from Jurgen Klopp’s side.
In the battle of the money, Man City beat Newcastle while Arsenal narrowly triumph over Bournemouth.
Chelsea and Spurs also pick up wins.
United get their first win of the season with a 2-1 victory away to Southampton. Chelsea beat Leicester 3-2 in an entertaining match, while Liverpool see off Bournemouth at Anfield.
Man City overcome their bogey side in Crystal Palace while Arsenal and Spurs both beat newly promoted Fulham and Nottingham Forest respectively.
There’s no stopping Ten Hag’s United now as they beat Leicester 3-1 away from home. West Ham pick up another decent draw at home, this time against Spurs. City see off Nottingham Forest at home, while Arsenal continue their positive start at home to Aston Villa.
Chelsea lose more ground with a draw against Southampton.
Liverpool win another Merseyside derby as Everton’s tough start continues. Spurs and Man City continue to win while there are draw between Chelsea and West Ham as well Man Utd and Arsenal.
Chelsea win the west London derby against Fulham. In the biggest match of the weekend, Spurs take points off Man City once again with a 2-2 draw at the Etihad.
Meanwhile, Palace triumph over Man Utd at Selhurst Park.
Liverpool can only draw away to Chelsea in the biggest game of gameweek eight, while United beat Leeds at Old Trafford.
Arsenal drop points away to Brentford but there’s more wins for Spurs and Man City.
PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE AFTER 8 MATCHES
Well, that would be a quite incredible start to the Premier League season – Man City, Liverpool and Spurs all on 20 points having won six and drawn two of their opening eight matches?
Meanwhile, Arsenal are also unbeaten but having drawn three of their five matches.
Man Utd and Chelsea are already five points off the pace in terms of finishing in the top four with three wins, four draws and a loss from their eight games.
Interestingly, West Ham are also unbeaten but they’ve won just two of their first eight matches.
Down at the other end, Fulham are rock bottom without a win to their name and just three points. To be fair, manager Marco SIlva admitted this week that his side “are not ready” for the new season.
Joining Fulham in the relegation zone are two rather surprising clubs.
Southampton are also winless with just three points. Admittedly, we think the Saints may struggle this campaign.
Leicester are in 18th having not signed a single player so far this summer. Do we think they will get relegated this season? No. Do we think they may get off to a slow start? Yes.
Just above the drop are Everton who just survived the drop last season. Lampard has lost Richarlison and we can’t imagine things are going to improve too much for the Toffees in 2022/23.
Is this how the final Premier League table is going to look? Absolutely not.
But don’t be surprised if the standings look a little like this midway through September.
Then again, we’re probably completely wrong.