While we do not possess a crystal ball, at least not an effective one, we do like to make a prediction or two, especially when it comes to our football picks and predictions. The Premier League is notoriously tricky to second-guess, but we’ve decided to give it a try by listing precisely how we predict the upcoming 2022/23 season will play out.
Predicting the outcome of a Premier League season, or indeed any individual match is notoriously tricky. While it’s true that the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool are nearly unstoppable, at any point in time, one team can overcome another, and that can not be said about other leagues such as La Liga, Serie A and Ligue 1.
When it comes to Premier League betting, you might well benefit from the opinions and thoughts of our experts and with that in mind, take a look at our run-down of where we believe each of the 20 teams will finish at the end of the season.
Mikel Arteta is starting to help Arsenal get their groove back, and the North London team just ran out of steam in their top-four push last time around, but a good summer of transfer activity will make the Emirates Stadium side a force to be reckoned with in 2022/23.
Fabio Vieira and Marquinhos have already been snapped up, and Man City forward Gabriel Jesus is soon to follow suit. Loaned-out centre-back William Saliba will give the Gunners further options at the back, and there’s also talk of a possible capture of Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans. We predict a very strong season for the club.
Final Position – 4th
Steven Gerrard would have hoped to have gotten more out of his first season in charge at Villa Park, and his remit at the club is more of an organic variety. In other words, don’t expect the former Liverpool man to splash the cash.
The allure of working with Gerrard will help them secure decent acquisitions, and there is talk of a possible capture of Luis Suarez. Aston Villa has some great young talents coming through, and 2022/23 will be one of transition for the Midlands club.
Final Position – 10th
It’s always hard for newly promoted sides to retain their top-tier status, and Scott Parker’s squad isn’t going to fare well in its current form. The players that put in stellar performances in the Championship will have to seriously up their game in order to help keep the south-coast side up.
For instance, Dominic Solanke didn’t exactly pull up trees in his previous spells in the Premier League, but he did rack up 30 goals last season. Ryan Fredericks has come in from West Ham, and that’s about the level of player Bournemouth can attract, and it may not be good enough.
Final Position – 19th
Thomas Frank’s Bees side did amazingly well last season and enjoyed a bright ending to their debut season in the Premier League, winning seven of their final 11 games, but there is a distinct possibility that the club could struggle with the second-season syndrome.
Efforts to retain the services of Christian Eriksen could be key to how they manage in 2022/23, but if they keep hold of the nucleus of the side that impressed in 2021/22, then they’ll be just fine.
Final Position – 12th
Brighton & Hove Albion
The Seagulls completed last season with their best placing ever, and their eight-game unbeaten streak will give them great confidence going into the new season. They are still light in attack and could do with signing a proven goal-scorer.
Boss Graham Potter has already lost midfielder Yves Bissouma to Tottenham, and things could be a little less glorious for Brighton, although they’ll still push well away from the drop zone.
Final Position – 11th
Thomas Tuchel’s side may have reached the finals of both the FA and EFL Cup, but last season was still something of a disaster for Chelsea. They were well off the title pace and were still struggling in the final third, as evidenced by the fact that their top-scorer in the Premier League in 21/22 was playmaker Mason Mount.
New owners will be keen to splash the cash, and you can expect some big-name signings at Stamford Bridge, including potentially Man City winger Raheem Sterling. Tuchel is also going to have to reshuffle his defensive pack following the departures of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.
Final Position – 5th
Patrick Vieira worked wonders at Selhurst Park last season, and the Eagles were once again flying. They are a far more attractive side in possession, and the former Arsenal legend has got Palace moving in the right direction.
Sam Johnstone has come in from West Brom, but they will likely be without loaned-in midfield talent Conor Gallagher, and Vieira will need funds to push on in 2022/23.
Final Position – 13th
When you consider just how much money Everton has spent on players over the past few years, you’d really expect the Toffees to have more to show for their efforts. Frank Lampard was supposed to be the manager to turn things around, but the inexperienced boss almost got the club relegated.
The club’s owners may not be willing or able to offer Lampard a lot of money to invest, and having already seen Brazilian international Richarlison leave for Tottenham, more exits could prove troubling for the Merseyside club.
Final Position – 14th
We’ve been here before. Fulham impresses in the Championship and then fails to stay above the drop zone and inevitably goes straight back down. Can Marco Silva prevent a similar chain of events? Probably not.
Take, for instance, Aleksandar Mitrovic. A player of obvious quality. The Serbian banged in 43 goals last season, and if he managed even a third of that total in the Premier League, the Cottagers would have a fighting chance, but we don’t see it happening.
Final Position – 18th
The Elland Road side narrowly escaped the drop last season, having to win on the final weekend in order to do so, but the year ahead might prove even more problematic for American boss Jesse Marsch.
Leeds United may well see a number of their stars leave with Raphina set to move away, and talk of midfielder Kalvin Phillips doing likewise and such departures could spell real problems for the club.
Final Position – 17th
The Foxes have arguably been punching above their station for a while now, and the upcoming season may be a struggle for Brendan Rodgers’ men. They suffered with injuries to key personnel last season, and a lot depends on whether the King Power Stadium side loses their top performers.
Youri Tielemens is strongly tipped to leave, and James Maddison is also attracting attention, and though the club is well used to selling their prized players, it’s a situation that only pays off if new additions are brought in to effectively replace them.
Final Position – 9th
Jurgen Klopp will be delighted to have tied down Mohamed Salah to a new long-term contract, and even though Sadio Mane has left for Bayern Munich, we still feel Liverpool will be the only side to get anywhere near Manchester City in 2022/23.
Darwin Nunez has come in from Benfica, and further additions are likely; and Klopp’s strength in depth showed their capability of battling in all competitions, and you can expect more of the same this time around.
Final Position – 2nd
It’s churlish to say it, but Pep Guardiola’s side certainly missed having an out-and-out striker to bag them 20-30 goals a season, though this didn’t stop the club from scoring freely, and the signing of Erling Haaland is frankly an addition that should frighten the opposition into submission.
We predict City will march on to a third successive Premier League title and might finally bring them the Champions League trophy they’ve been praying for. Even the loss of players such as Raheem Sterling won’t stop the Etihad Stadium ship from motoring along.
Final Position – Champions
It’s a decade since Sir Alex Ferguson called time on his Old Trafford reign and last season was arguably a new low for the club. However, the appointment of Erik ten Hag will be a game-changer, and we predict good things for Man United in 2022/23.
The departure of Paul Pogba is long overdue, and even if Cristiano Ronaldo leaves, which is very possible, we think that the new Dutch boss has the pulling power to bring in big names to help boost the stock in the club.
Final Position – 4th
You can’t ignore the money that’s going to be pouring into the Toon Army coffers from their Saudi Arabian backers, and Eddie Howe did well to bring in just the right players last season, and if they invest wisely and not just for the sake of it, Newcastle United will push on in a big way next season.
Howe will have to make sure not to bring in players who are chasing a high wage and instead seek out individuals who can be part of a team ethic. Some, rather bravely, feel that Newcastle United might even challenge for a top-four spot in 2022/23, but it may be a season too early for such talk.
Final Position – 6th
Promotion may have come a little too early for the City Ground side. Steve Cooper did a superb job to get Nottingham Forest back to the top tier for the first time since 1999, but keeping them up will be a Herculean effort.
Forest don’t currently have a squad that will challenge those who will be fighting them to avoid the drop, and they’ll have to work hard in the transfer market, and we don’t think they’ll be able to prevent anything other than an immediate return to the Championship.
Final Position – 20th
The Saints’ stay in the top tier is down almost entirely to a great team ethic and the man-management skills of boss Ralph Hasenhuttl, and we think the south-coast side may have a fight on their hands in 2022/23.
The key to their survival is whether they can persuade James Ward-Prowse from seeking a departure from the club he has represented manfully for 11 seasons. The Southampton captain may be tempted by a step-up, and St Mary’s fans will have to pray he chooses to stay loyal to his local club.
Final Position – 16th
Antonio Conte was brought in last season after the disaster that was the brief tenure under Nuno Santo, and the Italian has pushed the North London team past their local rivals and into the Champions League.
Spurs have already signed Ivan Perisic, Yves Bissouma and Richarlison, and they will be fighting to retain their top-four status, but we don’t think they’ll manage it and a season of adjustment is on the cards.
Final Position – 6th
A big reason that Wolves will struggle in 2022/23, and why they have done so for the past season or two, is a distinct lack of a cutting edge. Bruno Lage marshalled his defence very well indeed but without a regular goal-scoring spearhead; the Molineux outfit are likely to fall down the Premier League pecking order.
Raul Jimenez has been tasked with getting the goals that Wolves need to stay in mid-table, but the Mexican has had injury concerns, and the pressure will be too much for him to shoulder on his own.
Final Position – 15th
West Ham United
David Moyes has secured 6th, and 7th place finishes in the past two seasons and even got the Hammers to a European semi-final last time around. Can they achieve more? We doubt it, and West Ham fans may have to be a tad more realistic in their expectations.
If the London Stadium side fails to keep hold of Declan Rice and Jarrod Bowen, then things could get challenging for Moyes.
Final Position – 8th
1Manchester City2Liverpool3Manchester United4Arsenal5Chelsea6Tottenham7Newcastle United8West Ham United9Leicester City10Aston Villa 11Brighton12Brentford13Crystal Palace14Everton15Wolves16Southampton17Leeds United18Fulham19Bournemouth20Nottingham Forest