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Predicting The Premier League Winner And Table For The 2020-21 Season

As the 2020-21 Premier League season kicks off on Saturday, where Fulham hosted Arsenal in a 0:3 encounter for the curtain-raiser in a stadium unable to welcome fans and missing one of its four stands.

It represents great symbolism for the campaign ahead: Is anyone really ready to play football? 

Half-baked transfer activity, a farce of a pre-season and an international break that interrupted vital preparation time would suggest no. Alas, we move on.

Football is a business that must continue, and as post-lockdown football in June taught us, it will only take a few matches for everyone to get back up to speed and things to feel pretty normal again. Heck, we might even get some fans in by Christmas.

All of these uncertainties make predicting the Premier League table and the winner for the campaign ahead even more impossible than usual, but have we ever shied away from a challenge? Absolutely not. So let’s give it a go!


20. West Bromwich Albion

The summer business has been solid and well thought through, but as so many promoted sides have found over the past few years, the step up in quality is serious.

It’s tough to have faith that West Brom’s collection of strikers (Charlie Austin, Kenneth Zohore and Callum Robinson) can score the goals that keep them up, while the first run of fixtures (Leicester City, Everton, Chelsea, Southampton, Burnley) is rough.

Once you get into a downward spiral in the Premier League, it’s hard to break out of.

19. Fulham

Fulham have been promoted as a much more settled unit than in 2018, allowing them the chance at a much smoother summer of business. But like with West Brom, it feels like what they’ve done (at least so far) probably isn’t enough.

That could change in the weeks to come, but concerns over the attack’s potency and the defence’s ability to cope are fair. Captain Tom Cairney needs to shine much brighter than he did two years ago, though injuries played a part in his previous struggles in the Premier League.

18. Brighton & Hove Albion

You’re going to start sensing a theme here: When it comes to Brighton, who scores the goals?

Outside of Neal Maupay, who managed a solid 10 last season, the Seagulls badly need Leandro Trossard to step up more regularly and the talented Alexis Mac Allister to explode.

There’s a lot to like about this Brighton side under Graham Potter, but it’s hard to escape the feeling they don’t feel particularly threatening. They’re one of four clear contenders for 18th, and it’s a tough spot to call, but they’re the pick.

17. Crystal Palace

Palace have committed to freshening up their side and getting a little younger in the transfer market, which is a crucial step for them; it had felt a little like they were sleepwalking toward relegation in previous years.

Eberechi Eze will steal focus from opposing defences and keep them more honest toward Wilfried Zaha on the opposite side. That, plus Roy Hodgson’s reliable coaching in the clutch, is what probably keeps them up.

16. Aston Villa

It’s been a nervy summer for Villa as their pursuit of a striker hit dead end after dead end, but Ollie Watkins has finally signed, and he transforms their prospects in the final third.

Add his speed and potency to the fact that this group of players continue to rise to every challenge set to them—the most recent one being a remarkable eight points in four games to survive relegation in July—and it feels silly to bet against them, particularly with Jack Grealish still around.

15. West Ham

Arguably the most difficult team to place in the table, West Ham are, quite literally, anyone’s guess.

On talent levels alone, they’ll be more than fine; Lukasz Fabianski, Issa Diop, Declan Rice and Michail Antonio form a great spine, Tomas Soucek is emerging as David Moyes’ new Marouane Fellaini and they have a glut of playmakers to sprinkle on top.

The concern is just how combustible the club is. When your captain is tweeting angrily about player sales, you know things aren’t quite right—and that’s a threat that constantly hovers over the Hammers and puts them in relegation contention.

14. Newcastle United

A predicted table compiled two weeks ago would have had Newcastle in the relegation zone, no doubt. There was more than a fair share of fortune attached to quite a few of their results last season, and had the same side continued into 2020-21, it probably wouldn’t have gone well.

But the club clearly recognised this, and in recent days, they have pulled off a series of blinders in the transfer market. Callum Wilson, Ryan Fraser and Jamal Lewis have followed Jeff Hendrick (the most Steve Bruce player ever), greatly strengthening the side and solving problem positions.

It’s now pretty easy to see the Magpies gliding to safety.

13. Leeds United

A newly promoted side finishing as high as 13th isn’t such a bold prediction any longer—particularly in light of Sheffield United’s top-half finish last season—but this will still take some by surprise.

Quite simply, it’s all about the manager, Marcelo Bielsa. A figure held up as the tactical inspiration for Mauricio Pochettino, Pep Guardiola and more, his high-pressing, abrasive tactics will take many by surprise and take a while to adjust to.

Add this to the fact that they have bought well—Rodrigo and Robin Koch are very good players—and a quick start (that opening game against Liverpool aside) that sees them sail to safety is coming.

12. Sheffield United

Ah, yes—the ominous second season. So many promoted sides fall foul of it, as it can be so hard to sustain momentum over a break and into another campaign.

A 12th-placed finish would be a drop of four places for the Blades on last season, but most fans would accept a stabilisation campaign. They will be less of an unknown but just as difficult to play against in midfield, just as difficult to break down and just as robust up front.

11. Burnley

Not a single signing in sight for Burnley, which is probably cause for concern.

But Sean Dyche and his men are bomb-proof; a legion of people have predicted them to go down every season since promotion (this writer did last year), and they continually defy those suggestions.

They have a strong, robust spine, England’s best goalkeeper, an excellent prospect in Dwight McNeil and a battering-ram strike force that still bullies defences.

10. Everton

A 10th-placed finish would probably disappoint Everton, but the gap between where they are and where they want to be is absolutely massive—bigger, perhaps, than they realise.

Signing Allan, Abdoulaye Doucoure and James Rodriguez represents potentially transcendent business, but we’re holding back a little on the Toffees because there’s a lot to put in place before they take off. We need to see it.

9. Southampton

If post-lockdown football is anything to go by, Southampton are a rising force that look set to hit the 2020-21 campaign running.

Their behind-closed-doors points tally (18) was bettered only by those of the two Manchester clubs as Ralph Hasenhuttl’s ideas fully set in and his team swept opponents away one by one.

A ninth-placed finish will need Danny Ings to hit top form again, Che Adams to rise up alongside him and the defence to remain as stout and reliable as it was in June and July.

8. Leicester City

We shouldn’t be talking about Leicester City here at eighth because their season prospects should be so much greater.

Their post-lockdown slump saw them slip from third to fifth, missing out on UEFA Champions League qualification as things unravelled a little. It’s hardly an unfamiliar story wherever Brendan Rodgers is involved, and the trend has been that when that happens, Rodgers has struggled to claw it back.

With a crowded schedule because of their Europa League involvement and no Ricardo Pereira (injury) or Ben Chilwell (transferred)—though Timothy Castagne is an excellent pickup—we’re a little down on the Foxes this term.

7. Tottenham Hotspur

Talentwise, Spurs are a top-five outfit, no question.

But the club are up against other issues this season that are beyond their control—namely, the ludicrous playing schedule they face because of their involvement in four competitions.

Thanks to the Europa League qualifiers and the Carabao Cup third round, they could play seven games in September, with the first coming on the 13th. The squad as it stands can’t handle that; they need three or four more through the door to cope, physically, with the demands that beckon.

Perhaps seventh is too much of an adjustment—and were it not for the schedule, Spurs would be higher—but it just seems impossible for Tottenham to play up to their full potential.

6. Wolverhampton Wanderers

While Spurs’ schedule has filled up, Wolves’ looks pretty clean. We’re tipping that as a difference-maker between the two.

Even having lost Matt Doherty to Spurs, Wolves represent one of the strongest clubs in the division, and now they’re able to focus solely on domestic matters, they should rise up the table again.

The quality of Raul Jimenez, Joao Moutinho, Ruben Neves and Adama Traore is undoubted, and the defence will be as strong and combative as ever.

5. Arsenal

Arsenal in fifth is a big call, but they’re on the up, and there’s a lot to like about what Mikel Arteta has done over the course of 2020.

Adding Willian to an already strong attacking corps gives them incredible flexibility in how they line up, while the addition of Gabriel Magalhaes goes a long way to finally shoring things up at the back.

With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang spearheading a tactically sound and intriguing side, they’re in line for a very good season.

4. Manchester United

United have been generally superb in 2020, with Bruno Fernandes representing the final piece in what became a very, very good starting XI.

But it’s clear they need more players to take a big step forward this season. As soon as one of the 11 players they came to rely on during that goal-filled run post-lockdown ducks out, the team will take a step back.

Placing them in fourth is a show of respect for how good they can be but also recognition of the fact that they need three or more new faces to be able to sustain that sort of level all campaign long.

3. Chelsea

Chelsea, they’ve been busy, haven’t they?

Six signings, five of which directly upgrade the first team, have whipped fans into a frenzy of optimism and hope. Can they mount a title challenge, or at least close the frankly cavernous gap to last season’s top two?

The former still feels impossible, but the latter is within their grasp. If they can pull to within 10 or even 15 points of Liverpool and Manchester City (they finished 33 points off the title in 2019-20), riding on the wings of Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, that’s a building block toward a future challenge of their own.

2. Liverpool

The agonising wait for their first Premier League title is over; the 2019-20 campaign, however tumultuous, felt like “mission complete” for Liverpool and their jubilant fans.

It will be interesting to see what their title defence looks like given how this summer’s course has run. While the Reds have invested in just a back-up left-back, passed on Timo Werner and are threatening to do the same with Thiago Alcantara, Manchester City have purchased more aggressively and are threatening to continue, per B/R’s Dean Jones.

1. Manchester City

So, while Liverpool may be 5 per cent flatter, having achieved the ultimate, City will be the opposite. There will be a hunger to them in 2020-21 after a genuinely disappointing previous campaign; the last time Pep Guardiola endured such a season, his side bounced back with 100 points.

None of this is to discredit the Reds’ motivation or professionalism, but in such a tight race between two elite sides, 5 per cent of something either way could decide it. We’ll tip City, the wounded animal with a point to prove, to regain the title this term.

Source: Bleachers Report (RB).

Top 10 Best Muslims Footballers Playing In Top European Clubs You Need To Know

While Christianity is the prevalent religion in Western Europe, there are so many top Muslim Soccer legends in the European alliances. 

Soccer is one of the most libertarian and drawing in sport on the planet, speaking to players from all identities and with various strict foundation. Numerous Muslim football players have been adding to football over a long history. Their fabulous presentation astonish their fans. 

Here is a rundown of the best Muslim footballers playing major parts in the European Leagues: 

1. Karim Benzema (France & Real Madrid)

Karim moustafa benzema is one of the most well known Muslim Soccer Footballer in world, Karim Mostafa Benzema is a French proficient Soccer player who plays as a striker for R.Madrid and the France.

Benzema is a rehearsing Muslim, Benzema do his Ramadan fasting during the Islamic heavenly month of Ramadan. 

2. Riyad Mahrez (Morocco & Manchester City) 

Mahrez is a proficien Soccer player who plays as a winger for Manchester City.

Mahrez is a rehearsing Muslim and in June 2017, he made the Umrah journey to Mecca.

3. Paul Pogba (France & Manchester United) 

Paul Pogba is a French Excellent Soccer player who plays for Manchester United and the French public group.

He is a notable Muslim Soccer player.

4. Frank Ribery (France & Bayern Munich)

Ribery changed over to Islam in the year 2002 by the impact of his better half Wahiba who is of Algerian plummet.

He included the name Bilal after the transformation.

5. Mohamed Salah (Egypt & Liverpool) 

Mohammed salah is well known for his completing the process of, spilling, and speed.

There is no uncertainty that he was the best Muslim Soccer player of 2019. 

6. Sadio Mane (Senegal & Liverpool) 

Mane is an expert Soccer player who plays as a winger for Liverpool.

He is a rehearsing Muslim and once in a while is seen making du’a before the beginning of each match. 

7. Emre Can (Germany & Borussia Dortmund) 

Emre Can is an Excellent and proficient footballer who plays as a focal midfielder for Borussia Dortmund. Can’s name is additionally among the Muslim footballers’ rundown. 

8. Granit Xhaka (Switzerland & Arsenal)

Granit is an expert Soccer player known for his speed and dribbling skills.

He plays as a midfielder for arsenal and he is one of the Muslim group stars at the North London side.

9. Mesut Özil (Germany & Arsenal) 

Özil is a rehearsing Muslim. He reads from the Quran before his matches. He stated, “I generally do that before I go out [on the pitch]. I supplicate and my colleagues realize that they can’t converse with me during this short period. 

Özil is a German expert footballer who plays for Premier League club Arsenal as an assaulting midfielder, yet can likewise be sent as a winger. 

10. Edin Dzeko (Roma) 

As another top Muslim footballer, Edin Džeko is a Bosnian professional footballer who now plays as a striker for Roma in the Italian Serie A.

The sstriker moved to Roma from Manchester City having made his name at the Etihad Stadium for some years.

Wishing you and other Muslim players more success along the way in your career as we look forward to a new football season 2020/2021 across Europe and beyond.

Arsenal Beat Liverpool On Penalties To Claim FA Community Shield 2020

Arsenal celebrates with the Community Shield Trophy as they beat Liverpool at Wembley Stadium on August 29, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Tallis/ pool via Getty Images)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang helped Arsenal to a Community Shield victory over Liverpool at Wembly and hinted that he might be staying at the club beyond his current deal.

The Gunners have won or shared the Community Shield for a 16th time, including four of the last seven. They overtake opponents Liverpool (15). Only Manchester United have won or shared more (21).

Aubameyang, asked on BT Sport whether he’ll sign a new contract: “We’re going to see in these days. Today we take the trophy, that’s it. We are improving. There is still work to do but I’m really happy and it’s an exciting time to be an Arsenal player.”

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, speaking to BT Sport said on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: “Big games, big moments, big players. He has responded really well to that kind of pressure. He was magnificent in the FA Cup final and the same today.”

He then added: “I’m so happy. I knew the challenge we were facing today. Thank you to the players for the effort and the performance.

“The courage of the team [was the most pleasing thing], how aggressive we were without the ball and to break the pressure of Liverpool. I knew in the second half we would suffer. This generates belief, to be able to compete against a team like this in a final makes me happy.”

Aubameyang has now Captained Arsenal to FA Cup and Community Shield glory under Mikel Arteta who joined the Gunners from Manchester City.

Mikel Arteta Tactically Outclassed GUARDIOLA’s Man City To Take Arsenal To FA Cup Final

The men of Mikel Arteta have come out top at the expense of Pep Guardiola for the first time in few years and in the process broken the Manchester City record of 22 marches unbeaten in cups competition.

Arsenal under Arteta has shown great promise, though, it stand in the 9th position on the Premier League table at the moment without any hope of Champions League football next season, but the signs of the future is great.

Thrashing Manchester City 2 : 0 is not a small fit considering that it is one of the hope of Man City of winning major trophy this season. And now even though, Arsenal season is not as good as desired, but it still may hopefully ends well a silverware.

The outcome of Chelsea vs. Manchester United second Semi Final today will complete the match up for the Emirate Cup (FA Cup) Final to be decided in August.

The win coming immediately after Arsenal dusting the English Champion, Liverpool on Wednesday in similar passion, coming from behind to win the game 2 : 1 is a clear statement of intend on the part of Arsenal of what to expect next season.

The tactical superiority is fully responsible, as Mikel Arteta come with a game plan and in the end executed the game plan to perfection against Liverpool and Manchester City.

Concern over the future of players like Aubameyang, Lacazette leaving Arsenal for Champions League football elsewhere is likely to die off, as the team is obviously on the right direction. With transfer market ahead of us all Arteta needs are couple of option in attack and defence, especially the defensive midfield to support young promising players like; Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli, Reiss Nelson, Maitland-Niles and a world class holding and commanding playmaker to stand for Mesut Ozil who obviously has seen his better days in the Emirate to build a formidable team next season.

Virgil van Dijk REJECTS PSG to become highest-paid Liverpool player EVER with A new FIVE-YEAR contract

VIRGIL VAN DIJK will become the highest-paid player in Liverpool’s history with a new £220,000-a-week deal.

The Dutch defender, 28, will commit to a five-year contract — worth a massive £57million — once Jurgen Klopp’s side have the Premier League title in the bag.

And it will end fears that the reigning PFA Players’ Player of the Year will jump ship to Paris Saint-Germain.

The mega-rich French club have made it known to Van Dijk that they would love to sign him this summer — but his head has not been turned.

He currently earns £180,000 a week and could earn another £100,000 on top of that in the French capital.

Instead, Van Dijk is understood to be content to accept the £40,000-a-week rise that will take him ahead of the current top earner Mo Salah.

Egyptian idol Salah earns £200,000 a week.

Van Dijk, who arrived from Southampton for £75m in January 2018.

The deal is understood to be done and dusted but it will not be rubber stamped until next month.

Boss Klopp knows he faces a busy summer with Liverpool also wanting to tie Sadio Mane to a contract that would put him on a par with Van Dijk.

Mane, whose deal runs until 2023, has been in no hurry to extend or accept a £2m-a-year rise since being offered it last November with Real Madrid and PSG circling.

Klopp also wants Gini Wijnaldum, who has a year left of his contract, to extend his stay.

But Divock Origi’s future is on the line, while Xherdan Shaqiri is almost certain to go.

Source: Sun Sports UK.