The below post is a guest post and has been written by @PLDiscussed. The @PLDiscussed Twitter account which "talks all things football" and if you haven't given them a follow, then you definitely should. The @PLDiscussed page has predicted who they think will be crowned winners of the Premier League 2020/21 season.
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The Premier League 2019/20 has been now concluded and well, what an eventful season it was. Winning the Premier League was Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool, followed by Pep Guardiola's Manchester City. After Manchester United's win against Leicester City they finished in third position, while Frank Lampard's Chelsea took the final Champions League spot.
Qualifying for the Europa League was Jose Mourinho's Tottenham Hotspur and Brendan Rodgers' Leicester City, who narrowly missed out on Champions League qualification.
Norwich City, Bournemouth and Watford will be plying their trade in the Championship while Leeds United, West Bromwich Albion and either Fulham, Brentford, Swansea City or Cardiff City will be replacing them.
Looking forward to the Premier League season of 2020/21, which will be returning on the 12th September, we'll all be hoping that football can return to how we know and loved. Fans at the ground, chanting heard through the TV (so that you don't hear every breath the commentator makes) and the overall build up to the footballing weekend back to normal. TalkSport revealed that only a third of supporters will be allowed back in stadiums from October, due to the ongoing global pandemic COVID-19.
So, how do we at @PLDicussed think next season will pan out at the top end of the league. For me, currently there are five teams who have got the capability to have a chance of winning the Premier League 2020/21. Those five title contenders are: Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.
I'll firstly address some teams that unfortunately haven't made my top 5: Arsenal, Wolves and Leicester City.
Any of Arsenal, Wolves and Leicester City could easily finish in the top 4 next season, but as for winning the league, I don't think any of the 3 can sustain dominant performances over a season. Arsenal are Arsenal and have the same problems they've had for the last 12 seasons, although they seem to be at the early stages of changing that trend, especially after the appointment of Mikel Arteta. However, Arsenal are still too weak defensively and in the centre of midfield for big games.
Leicester City and Wolves have players of high quality, strong managers in Brendan Rodgers and Nuno Espirito Santo and both sides have a solid footballing identity. I think squad depth will let them down, especially given what they'll be competing against next season. However, I would not be surprised next season for both Leicester City and Wolves to be contenders in the cup competitions.
For the league winners, first up we'll discuss Tottenham Hotspur. Their starting 11 with the likes of Harry Kane, Son Heung-min, Davinson Sanchez and Toby Alderweireld to name names is good enough to match any team in the Premier League. Increasingly, their squad depth is improving with the likes of Lucas Moura, Steven Bergwijin and Giovani Lo Celso. Eric Dier has also just signed a new long-term deal at the club. To top it off, in Jose Mourinho they've got a top class and happy manager - if he gets funds to strengthen in the transfer window.
Next on the list, Liverpool. They need no explanation. Everyone knows the quality they possess all over the pitch and off the bench. With Allison, they have one of the best goalkeepers in world football. With Virgil Van Dijk, Premier League POTY Jordan Henderson, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, Liverpool are a solid outfit. However, will they have the same motivation now they've won the illusive league title? In Jurgen Klopp, they've got the best man for the job.
Now onto Frank Lampard's Chelsea. They have already made some very positive signings in Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech. Frank is constantly improving as a manager and this has shown with their performances throughout the season. Chelsea are defensively solid, although they're prone to the odd soft goal. Reece James at right back is improving and a solid young player. A centre to partner Antonio Rudiger would solidify the defence. They've looked strong in most games but have lacked that clinical edge in the final third to cement their top 4 place this season. Hopefully for Chelsea, Timo Werner can be the man to plug this gap. On the topic of Chelsea, if there are any Chelsea fans looking for an excellent Chelsea podcast, head over to: That Chelsea Podcast.
Now onto the two Manchester clubs: Manchester United and Manchester City.
We will start with Manchester United first. Their form since the league restart has been remarkable and what many expect week in week out. I think it's shown just how heavy that red Jersey can be in front of 77,000 fans and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's mentality has definitely rubbed off onto the players to alleviate some pressure. They've got as strong squad as many clubs in the league but in my opinion, they are lacking a top number 9 and centre back before they'd be considered favourites. It has to be said if they signed someone of the likes of Harry Kane then alongside Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford, David De Gea and Bruno Fernandes they'd have some top quality players. Now they have qualified for the Champions League, I expect a busy transfer window for Manchester United. You may also see the likes of the highly rated Hannibal Mejbri make the first team next season, also.
Now, onto who I predict will win the Premier League 2020/21 season: Manchester City.
Manchester City's squad depth is almost embarrassing. Their second team, position for position would probably still be favourites is most games of a Premier league season. With Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne, Aymeric Laporte, Ederson and Sergio Aguero they're definitely favourites under the relentless Pep Guardiola. I think they'll enter every game as favourites and rightly so.
Overall, I think we should all be looking forward to one of the most highly anticipated Premier leagues in a long time. There are a number teams capable of winning the league. Hopefully we'll also see fans back in the stadiums and the end of this horrendous disease: COVID-19. Thanks for reading.