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Final FOARcast – Top Six for ’17/’18 PL Season

11 of us put our heads together over the week and made our individual Top Six predictions for the upcoming season.

Here are the results and the combined FINAL FOARcast!


Some of the reasons and justifications listed below by Team:

 

LIVERPOOL



Hamir – Yes I believe this is the year when we end our misery and reign atop England again. Klopp knows what mistakes we made and now with or without Virgil and naby we’re ready to challenge and win. Our attack has never looked better under klopp and it’ll take us through.


Christian – training sessions and team planning pay off. The team showed a lot of improvements, tactically playing together as well as individually. Convincing performances by new players and several youngsters now – surprisingly – look ready for first team, providing a level of squad depth not expected after just 3 signings yet. Should Couts stay and VVD come, the title is us.


Eric – I put us on 2nd last year but I believe that keeping Coutinho and signing that certain center back puts us in the best possible option to win the league. Our depth has increased, the youngsters have shown they’re viable options and we’ll fancy the league the most over every other competition.


Shankar – Winning the title may be a little far fetched idea this season with our shaky defense but top 4 is ours to lose. My prediction for top 6 this year if we don’t sign VVD or Keita this Summer.


Ves – Yes, for once, I’m going to be optimistic enough to go out on a limb and say we will finally win the title. I honestly feel this team is now ready. The potential addition of Virgil van Dijk would only strengthen our team further. I think we have the best starting line-up in the league. We had the best starting line-up in the league last season too – it never lost a game. We suffered because of lack of Mane during the AFCON and to a lesser extent later in the season because of injury, but now with the addition of Salah and the backup option in Ryan Kent, we won’t lack pace in attack because one player is missing. Coutinho is staying for one more year, I have no doubts about it. With the “Magician” pulling the strings from midfield, Firmino’s workrate upfront, and the pace of Mane and Salah, we will be unstoppable. Van Dijk would certainly improve us defensively, but even without him, we should be able to outscore anyone.


Joe – I found this ranking difficult to do because the transfer window isn’t closed yet. But based on a theme that a consistent and settled approach will yield much fruit, I went for a Liverpool title-win. It remains to be seen if the squad can handle additional European competition and more importantly if they have learned to beat teams from the bottom half. I am hopeful they have…which means that I have to fancy us to take it and end years of hopeful misery with beyond ecstatic achievement.

CITY


Pranav – Fucking oil money has unfortunately made them a very formidable team. Very strong first XI with a good, deep squad.

Aamir – How can you not win the league when u have spent THAT much! And even though defense wins you titles but there will always be an exception for teams who have overwhelming riches upfront and City have plenty. Pep is a cheque book manager and he has spent heavily again but atleast he guarantees titles. Their attack just might drag them over the line.

Christian – buying sh…loads of top players do not guarantee a top team straight away, it will take time, with Pep’s unique style more difficult to implement. Furthermore, the pressure will be felt all over the place. Guardiola must deliver trophies, or he will be fired. Bad for him he had to replace the GK twice – if Ederson does not shine right away, there will be further trouble ahead.

Jason – great attack, but only Fernandinho as a proper midfielder, Kompany their best centre back is most often broken and they need to settle a new back 5.

CHELSEA


Hamir – The champions are a strong side but European football added it’ll be too much for conte and the blues so they will fall short of defending it and will not be in title contention by the time May arrives.



Aditya – Probably the luckiest team last season, managed with a paper thin squad and a good first XI, with almost no injuries. Morata is a brilliant addition while Bokayoko certainly looks to be quality. However, the bane of last season (lack of depth) has not much been resolved. Incoming Bokayoko, Morata and Rudiger have in turn seen Matic and Ake move on, with Costa seeming destined for the door as well. I believe the additional strain of Champions League is going to show on this squad and impact the league performance.


Eric – Chelsea have bought well and will add some serious bodies in the coming weeks still. Second best manager in the league, he’ll take them places.


Ves – Antonio Conte enters his second season. A year ago, he inherited a very complete squad and added/recycled some unexpected solutions (Moses, Alonso) and signed the centre-midfield sensation in N’golo Kante. Also, his methods seem to have caught many Premier League managers on their heels, and the title is rightfully theirs. This time around it will be different, they will be ready for him. Has he improved the squad? I don’t think so. Morata is a very good player, as good as Costa in my opinion if not better, but Costa’s filthy style was very important for their team last season, and he had developed a great partnership with Eden Hazard. Now Morata has to fill those filthy shoes. Let’s see how he does.

They’ve sold Matic and signed Tiemue Bakayoko of AS Monaco. Basically, they’ve replaced a proven Premier League player, a proven winner, with a talented youngster. We all know there are two ways in which that could go. Antonio Rudiger on the other hand is a very good addition to the back line that already seemed impeccable last season shielded by Kante. The acquisition of Willy Caballero on a free transfer to replace their backup keeper Asmir Begovic doesn’t seem relevant at all.

All in all, I think it will be impossible for them to replicate their league run from 2016/17, and I feel finishing third after a season like that won’t be a big deal, even though it will seem disappointing to their fans.

SPURS


Eric – Difficult season for Spurs. Playing at Wembley will cost them lots of points. Teams will find ways to deal with them. And so far they haven’t signed anything. Breakthrough season for Harry Winks though.


Aditya – A bold prediction, but not driven by my dislike for the other teams. They’ve kept their squad together (walker is replaceable), have had 2 seasons to gel, perform consistently and surely the rewards must come (ala Atletico Madrid and Dortmund). Add to the fact that they don’t/can’t focus on Europe (unlike the other big boys) and I think they should manage with a small squad. This is the last change saloon as I could see Kane and Alli moving on next season.


Aamir – Spurs came 2nd last term and kudos to Poch for getting so much out of a quality yet limited squad AGAIN. But with no addition to their squad yet again i cant help but think eventually their luck will run out. They might sign someone in August though but it still wont be enough and finally we may see Spurs drop out of top4. Everything will depend upon the fitness of Kane again. They have been lucky with injuries as well in the past couple of years.

SCUM



Keith – United… just hate them and Maureen and everything they stand for. Just for that reason I refuse to place them in the top 4. They will grind out results but they will also draw to many games and the style of play will ensure the crowed gets on their backs. Lukaku will not be the total answer and again it will take some time for all the new arrivals to gel.

Joe – One of the guiding themes I went with is “FUCK the scum”. Hence, I put them in fifth (but only in deference to that Oily Portuguese’s enviable second season record).


Pranav – United fell behind due to a bad start last season but still came close to top 4. Jose is smart enough not to let that happen. Although there squad has not improved significantly.

Eric – Mourinho’s new bus is dire, lacks any beauty but the quality of the players is enough to see of the lower half of the table teams. Pogba and Lukaku will turn up for those and get decent numbers.


Hamir – The scum will fall short of top 4 on the last day. Although they’ve spent a considerable amount surprise surprise but they are boring and Moaninho will spend his energy moaning and others will take advantage.

ARSENAL


Aditya – Poor old Arsenal, the whipping boys. Forever in the 4th place, never able to capitalize, and now with the competition, I can see it only getting worse. Lacazette is undoubtedly a good addition, however, with Giroud looking set to move on, lack of depth in the striking department (Welbeck is becoming their Sturridge) and likely departure of Sanchez, Arsenal certainly don’t seem to be on the up. However, the biggest issue with this club is Wenger, sucking the whole club into a spiraling downward vortex. A bad season and potentially last one for Wenger? I think so.

Aamir – Lacazette is a quality addition to the team and with Sanchez and Ozil already there, it might prove a deadly combo. But again its Arsenal and Wenger. They ll bottle the season like they always have at some stage of the season. Also uncertainity over Sanchez’ future will hover above their head throughout the season.

Ves – Wenger had a turbulent 2016/17 with a large number of the club supporters wanting him out, but he weathered it somehow, as is his well-known custom. Winning the FA Cup certainly helped. They’ve missed out on a Champions League spot for the first time in a very, very long while, and while they say Europa League doesn’t attract great players, they managed to sign Alexandre Lacazette. The former Lyon striker was wanted by many Liverpool supporters (including me at one point), and we must congratulate Wenger and Arsenal for managing to land him – all things considered. Kolasinac had a great pre-season and it seems he will make a difference for them, though I still consider him an average player overall. Not better than what they already had in Monreal and Gibbs. However, should Ozil and Sanchez stay put, it should be enough to get them over the line in the top-four race.

Eric – Arsenal has done an Arsenal window. Should’ve parted with Ozil and Sanchez and push on. But they won’t, so that’s that.

 

 

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  • NorseDweller

    So much for unadulterated, blind optimism…

  • gegenpressing

    Contract extension for Ryan Kent- 5 years

  • gegenpressing

    Where’s Dembele? Is he in Paris, Dortmund or Barcelona? Lol

    • anonymous98345

      its like where’s waldo

      • gegenpressing

        Yup yup….could turn up anywhere…I better check my wardrobe cos Dembele could be lurking in there….

        • OldFlaky

          Why would he be there?

          • gegenpressing

            Hiding from Dortmund en route Barcelona…

  • gegenpressing

    BVB just rejected a Barca bid for Dembele

  • Riiseandshine

    1.liverpool
    2.liverpool.
    3.liverpool
    4,liverpool
    5.liverpool
    6.liverpool….

    Yeah that’s right…we’re going to dominate!!!!! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a474368a8f079a4305a0fe1b41203a2640842b03e1aa918ae8514cc0205e9ba4.gif

    • gegenpressing

      Not sure that’s what it means to dominate but….Ultimate warrior gets me every time…Why not?

      • Riiseandshine

        It means the other five teams folded and we played our youth teams and ladies team in there instead…

    • anonymous98345

      you always have the best gifs

      • Riiseandshine

        Google 😁

    • OldFlaky

      He looks a bit green, but where is Kermit?

      • Riiseandshine

        Day off today..back tomorrow though if there’s no new signings 😤

        • OldFlaky

          Seems Liverpool Echo kidnapped your Kermit…

          • Riiseandshine

            😡 those b@st@rds

  • Sanket

    1 United (Mourinho’s fabled second season)
    City (Pep not there just yet)
    Liverpool (Weaker squad but Klopp)
    Chelsea (Thin squad but Conte)
    Arsenal (Europa will be tough on Gunners)
    Spurs (The Curse of Wembley continues)

    • gegenpressing

      Think Arsene will just write off the Europa and field a reserve 11 unless they reach quarters. He knows that if they don’t do well in the league, his position will be untenable…

  • I don’t buy all this Wembley being a jinx for Spurs. It’s a new ground for them to play for sure…but the whole issue could be overstated.

    • Onyx

      It’s not a jinx for them. It’s the fact that every man and his horse wants to play at Wembley. So every halfwit from Brighton and Hull Albion will go there with an idea to actually win.Like we’ve seen all these lads turn up at Anfield, fancying playing here. Goalies having their best games ever over here. They’ll have the same issues.

      • I can understand the distance between the crowd and the pitch…and that part is likely a bit ‘less intimate’…other than that, the issues are overcomable. They need to manage the crowd control and fan segregation.

    • gegenpressing

      Spurs’ pressing game is ideally suited for a small pitch. An expansive pitch like Wembley will make it very difficult for them to suffocate good passing teams. I expect most of the top6 to pick points there. Think it has been overstated how it will affect them but doubt their home record there will be anything like White Hart Lane…If they lose/draw some of their first 5 matches there, it will start to play on their minds as well, like it did in the CL…

    • anonymous98345

      pitch size for Wembley is 7245 square meters. White hart lane is 6700. Anfield is 6868. http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/781009/Premier-League-club-pitch-size-sportgalleries
      Means spurs have to cover a field 8% larger than last season.
      This will mostly likely be completely meaningless information but there you go.

  • Stan Dinaround

    Aamir, Pranav…. hang your heads in shame…

    • Awwww 😂

    • Koma

      Lol just saw this.

      • Stan Dinaround

        Is that because you held your head in shame and could only see your feet?

  • Drewster

    We’re gonna win the league! Ha. I say that every year and I start of the season believing it. I do actually think our first team is strong enough to win it though and its about time we had some luck with injuries this year. I think we can give it a strong run.

    Maybe I am biased but I cant see scum doing much more than they did last year, hopefully with out the luck they had (offside goals etc.)

    City have to do well with what they spent

    Tottenham will be there or there about, Chelsea will be Chelsea

    1st Liverpool
    2nd City
    3rd Chelsea
    4th Tottenham
    5th Arsenal
    6th Scum although I would prefer relegation

    • Stan Dinaround

      I have no doubt what so ever we will do the quadruple this season…

    • Adam Taylor

      Exactly!
      City will be inconsistent too many new players to bed in,
      Chelsea lost their top goal scorer and have Europe to contend with now,
      Spuds haven’t added anything and can’t play at home,
      Arsenal are just Arsenal (Expect Wenger out cries by the end of Sept),
      Scum hahaha.
      LFC all the way!

  • RedNeve

    I wish I could believe we’ll win it but I’m struggling. Utd and City have spent massively (Again) and I don’t think they’ve stopped yet! We will undoubtedly give it our all and it’ll be a great season but, I think we’re still a bit thin.
    Really hope I’m wrong

    • Stan Dinaround

      Shitty have spent heavily, but l;ike PSG, they will be investigated and fucked up the bum by UEFA as they try to appear unbias and willing to enforce their own rules……..

      Hahahahahahhaahaha! got yah!

  • Ash

    Honestly, just Salah really as an improvement and we win the league? I just don’t see it myself. I’d love to be wrong and get swept up in the emotion but without a couple of extra quality signings we’re fighting for top 4 again.

    • Onyx

      Not just Salah, the group improved collectively, Grujic, Ings and Gomez won’t be out for an entire season again. Youngsters stepped up in quality and all that.

      • Ash

        I’m just not seeing that we’ll win the league on the basis our 3rd/4th choice striker is back and the youngsters are improving. They’ll be great for depth but I don’t see them featuring in alot of games and making those game defining moments.

        • It’s exactly the squad depth we missed last season.

          • Ash

            ALl the other teams have better squad depth than us though. I just don’t see how we’ve improved more than other teams that we’ll be winning that’s all. I’m just being a realist.

          • I don’t think they do. Every other team has squad issues just like us. Look at Chelsea. They’re replacing Costa with Morata. Costa has done a LOT for Chelsea since arriving. Morata, while a good player, will he able to replace him properly? Also, Hazard (their best player) will miss the start of the season. Plus they’re replacing Matic with Drinkwater.
            United? Lukaku replacing Ibrahimovic? Matic replacing Carrick? Downgrades in both cases. Lindelof is an additon but so far he seems ridiculous.
            City have strengthened their full-back and AM department, and signed a new goalkeeper who still needs to prove himself. Remember, Bravo was also thought an excellent keeper before coming to England. But at CB they’re still gonna rely on Kompany, Stones and Otamendi.
            What have Spurs done? Sold Walker and that’s it.
            Arsenal signed Lacazette and Kolasinac, but Arsene is definitely unable to keep them motivated throughout the season, and if they lose Sanchez, it won’t be looking good for them.

          • Ash

            Matic is much stronger than Carrick and will protect the back 4 better and can go forward and hit better long range shots. They got Lindehof too which I think will be better than Jones/Smalling perhaps. Morata will be more fluid in the Chelsea line up with Pedro,Willian,Hazard. Ibrahimovic possibly going back to Utd and I don’t think Lukaku will be that bad tbh.

            I don’t care about Arsenal, they’ll always tail off. I still expect Chelsea or City to be up there with the names they’ve brought in. Chelsea have Bakayoko when he’s fit too and Rudiger in defence.

            Spin it any way you like and they’ve all brought in more quality, whether it be for first 11 or squad depth they’ve improved(minus Spurs).

          • Carrick has been a big difference-maker in that midfield, whenever he played they looked much more stable and controlled the game better. Matic is a good player, but lacks much intelligence to be able to replace Carrick. Lukaku is a mid-table team player, small-time mentality, you saw that clearly against Real. Ibrahimovic, even if he gets back, he’s 36 ffs, coming off an ACL injury.
            Morata needs to adapt first. He’s never had to fight PL centre-backs with no brains that kick you in the shins twice per second. They will miss Costa badly. Not to mention Hazard, even with Willian and Pedro able to deputize. Bakayoko and Rudiger are also new players to the league, let’s see how that goes.

          • Ash

            So your red tinted glasses say we’ll finish above chelsea and united. Chelsea just because they don’t have Costa.(There’s a dubious argument especially as they can freely score without Costa.

            We’ll need a lot of luck to finish top. I think we’ll get less luck than Utd,Chelsea and City.

            You can’t seriously tell me that we have more quality than all of those teams just by getting Salah and having TAA,Grujic, Kent, Woodburn coming through.

            If you believe that I’ll have to respectfully disagree with you.

            I want to be wrong but right now that’s my belief.

          • Freely score without Costa? Let’s see how that goes in competitive games. So far they’ve played one, and couldn’t beat Arsenal.
            I respect your opinion of course, and we can agree to disagree.

          • Ash

            It also comes down to how well teams defend too. We’ve made no major improvements in defence this window. Moreno looks better but others last season were much more solid and most of them have the same defenders, plus maybe more if they’ve bought any.

          • Jason Patel

            I don’t get how United enter the equation. They had trouble scoring enough goals last year, but have only replaced Ibrahimavic with Lukaku, which makes them weaker. Not enough to go from 6th to 1st as some think.

          • Ash

            I didn’t put them in the debate😏 They signed Matic and Lindehof too.

          • Jason Patel

            Yeah, but they were already good defensively. I didn’t go for us to win it either. Hopeful we can be in the running.

          • Ash

            Other places I checked put more reasonable arguments forward but seems some people writing here just put anything positive and not necessarily the facts/truth.

          • Jason Patel

            Well it’s good if people are starting to think we can win things again. Personally I don’t think it’s possible anymore to guarantee winning the PL. There’s 6 good teams and you have to hope your team clicks and have luck with injury. My current worries for us would be injury to Hendo or one of Lovren and Matip, as I feel that’s where the cover is weakest.

          • I feel we will run city much closer this time , it will be peps year, us n chelsea will push them till april, because i see them doing well in pl n us going deeper in cl than city or chelsea. thats why i have put city chelsea us n spurs top4. city united have lost zlatan their trump card, he won them many matches n many coaches found a way to stop mou scoring n breaking his defense.

          • Jason Patel

            This is what we need to do. Put ourselves in contention, then who knows what can happen?

          • Yup if we finally free ourselves from the curse of injuries this season we might surprise many

          • Jason Patel

            I expect Chelsea, city and spurs to challenge, hopefully we can too, but it’s a hard job to predict before the window closes!

    • Adam Taylor

      Lost Walker added nothing and playing at Wembley this season which is a jinxed ground for them

      • Ash

        Oh I know that Wembley may be a factor for them but I still don’t think having Salah and a couple of younger lads available will turn is into title winners.

        • Adam Taylor

          I agree but we live in hope, stranger things have happened in football of late. The team together is more experienced as with Klopp now, and the youngsters are a little older and wiser they will start breaking into the first team Solanke will be a great sub to have. No ACON so we will be better than last season fingers crossed! But holding on to Coutinho will be vital for us I just hope FSG put glory over money.

          • Ash

            I want to be proved wrong. I’ll gladly be proved wrong. We need more luck, more quality too and then maybe, just maybe.

  • Kloppmeister

    Haha seems we’ve all thrashed arsenal. For the boys who predicted we win the league, I hope you’re right and I eat my words.

  • put those Scums below Arsenal 😂

  • we do have really strong start 11 which can beat any european team but is our squad deep enough to last the full race… i doubt that, a sustained challenge for title requires a much stronger squad than ours or better luck with injuries, unless some miracles happen i dont see us winning the title.

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