Premier League 22/23 Predictions – Our Verdict For The Upcoming PL Season

Manchester City's Fernandinho lifts the Premier League trophy following the Premier League match at The Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Picture date: Sunday May 22, 2022.Manchester City's Fernandinho lifts the Premier League trophy following the Premier League match at The Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Picture date: Sunday May 22, 2022.

The Premier League is just days away now, and it’s setting up to be another superb season ahead. With that in mind, we’ve picked out some of our main predictions for the season, including:

  • Premier League Winners
  • Top Goalscorer
  • Top 4 prediction
  • Relegation prediction

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PREMIER LEAGUE WINNER – MAN CITY (8/13)

Having just edged out Liverpool to win the league last season by a point, MAN CITY haven’t messed about when it comes to strengthening for the new season. The one thing they lacked last season was an out and out goalscorer, with Kevin De Bruyne finishing top scorer in the league for them with 15 goals. They’ve bought in goal-scoring machine Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund, who netted 22 goals in just 24 games for the German side last season. 

Manchester City's Ilkay Gundogan (centre right) celebrates scoring their side's first goal of the game during the Emirates FA Cup fourth round match at Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Picture date: Saturday February 5, 2022.

Other notable signings include Kalvin Phillips from Leeds, who can bolster their centre midfield ranks, and Julian Alvarez from River Plate, who made an impressive start to his career in Argentina and looks set to fill the void left by Raheem Sterling’s departure to Chelsea. 

They lost just three games last season, and finished with the joint least goals conceded. With the added firepower of Haaland, they could be virtually unstoppable this season and it would come as a bit of a shock if they were to slip up. One thing is for sure, they’re going to be brilliant to watch – unless they’re playing against your club!


TOP GOALSCORER – ERLING HAALAND (11/4) OR HARRY KANE (11/2)

Now we’ve put up two picks for top goalscorer, and both should take some beating. First up, ERLING HAALAND for Man City. The Norwegian superstar scored 62 goals from just 67 games in the Bundesliga for Dortmund, and he’ll now have the supply of De Bruyne/Foden/Grealish/Mahrez/Cancelo. If that doesn’t strike fear into opposition defenders, we don’t know what will! 

New Manchester City signing, Erling Haaland during a presentation of new signings at Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Picture date: Sunday July 10, 2022.

Providing he stays fit, he really should be hitting 25+ goals in the league for City this season. But, that’s the slight niggle we have about him. He does tend to miss part of the season through injury. He missed ten games in the Bundesliga last season for Dortmund, and if he misses that many this year he could have some catching up to do. 

One player who rarely misses games through injury is HARRY KANE. Tottenham’s main man missed just one PL game last season, and once Conte came in no other player scored more goals than him in the PL. He clearly struggled under Nuno Espirito Santo, but thrived under Antonio Conte. The Italian has got Tottenham playing some brilliant football, and with Kane he knows he just needs to get the supply to him and he will find the back of the net. 

Harry Kane vs Burnley 2021/22 Premier League Season

He has an almost telepathic relationship with Heung-Min Son, and with January signing Dejan Kulusevski also chipping in with eight assists since joining, he now has that supply he’s been craving for. He does tend to start the season a little goal shy, but he’s been scored five goals in four pre-season games, so if he does hit the ground running this season he will be difficult to catch. The 11/2 on offer looks huge for a player who is guaranteed to take penalties and who has scored 20+ in five of his last eight seasons (the other three he still scored 17+).


TOP FOUR PREDICTION – MAN CITY, LIVERPOOL, TOTTENHAM, CHELSEA (14/1)

As already discussed, we can’t see anything but another title victory for MAN CITY (1st). They’ve strengthened in the right areas (apart from possible LB but they still have time to bring someone in), and with Erling Haaland they have that out and out goalscorer they have been lacking since Sergio Aguero departed. Their starting XI is formidable and their bench players would walk into pretty much every other team in the league – they should take all the beating this season.

Manchester, UK. 15th January 2022. Ederson and Jack Grealish of Manchester City celebrate after their team win during the Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Picture credit should read: Darren Staples / Sportimage Credit: Sportimage/Al

Although they’ve lost one of their star players in Sadio Mane, LIVERPOOL (2nd) can yet again chase Man City home in the title race. Jurgen Klopp is that one manager every club (except maybe City) would want in charge of their team, with his passion on the sidelines and dominant playing style something the Premier League has had the pleasure of for quite some time now. They’ve brought in Darwin Nunez to their front three, and with January recruit Luis Diaz looking like another fantastic addition, they should cement their place as the second best side in the country. 

Stadium San Siro, Milan, Italy. 16th Feb, 2022. Champions League football, round of 16, 1st leg, Inter Milan versus Liverpool FC; MOHAMED SALAH, VIRGIL VAN DIJK, Liverpool celebrate their 2nd goal from Salah in the 85th minute Credit: Action Plus Sports/A

Next up, TOTTENHAM (3rd). Since Antonio Conte came in to replace Nuno Espirito Santo, they’ve looked like a different team – they have discipline, a winning mentality and arguably two of the best attackers in world football. This could be the year they finally lose their ‘spursy’ tag. They’ve made some astute signings this summer, notably Perisic, Bissouma and Richarlison, and if they can kick off the way the ended last season, they should give the top two most to think about. 

Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur celebrate a goal to make it 1-0 - Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City, Premier League, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, UK - 1st May 2022Editorial Use Only - DataCo restrictions apply

Finally, CHELSEA (4th) should have enough quality to grab that last Champions League spot from the likely challengers of Arsenal and Man United. Thomas Tuchel has been patient in the transfer market, but has bought in a couple of fantastic additions in Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly. Granted, they’re still a defender or two shy, but they still have time to bring them in and the new owners have proved they aren’t afraid to splash the cash. They finished last season a bit inconsistent, but if they can string together a few wins they should guarantee themselves another year of Champions League football.

Raheem Sterling for Chelsea FC


RELEGATION PREDICTION – BOURNEMOUTH, FULHAM, BRENTFORD (100/1)

BOURNEMOUTH (20th) could be in for a difficult season, with their lack of ambition in the transfer window a serious worry. Currently they’ve bought in two players from the Championship (Marcus Tavernier from Middlesbrough and Joe Rothwell from Blackburn) and signed Ryan Fredericks on a free from West Ham. That doesn’t scream out huge improvement to their starting eleven, and they will need to do that if they want to stay in the Premier League. It almost feels like they’re resigned to going back down and are strengthening for the following season in the Championship. Scott Parker is a fantastic young English manager, but he will have his work cut out if he harbours plans of becoming a fully fledged PL manager with Bournemouth, unless they step it up in the transfer window. 

Bournemouth's Jefferson Lerma (left) and Reading's Danny Drinkwater battle for the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match at the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth. Picture date: Tuesday March 15, 2022.

This could also be a tough year for FULHAM (19th), who don’t seem to have strengthened sufficiently and this is a completely different challenge to the Championship. Bringing in Bernd Leno from Arsenal is a wise move, as is Joao Palhinha from Sporting Lisbon, as they both have the necessary experience to give them a bit of hope. They’ll also be hoping Aleksandar Mitrovic can finally prove he is a worthy Premier League striker, after a poor three goals last time he played in the top league. There is also still a chance they could sign more players, but at the time of writing we can’t see much hope for them, and it looks like it could be another season of despair for Marco Silva’s men. 

Finally, it could be a tough second season in the Premier League for BRENTFORD (18th), who may struggle to cement their place as a regular in the top division. Thomas Frank has worked wonders for the Bee’s, but he’s lost one of his players from last season in Cristian Eriksen, who has rightfully returned to one of the bigger clubs as Man United have snapped him up on a free transfer. They’ve brought in some promising youngsters, including Aaron Hickey and Keane Lewis-Potter, but both will need to adapt to the Premier League quickly if they’re going to help keep them up. Of the three we’re backing to go down, they have the best chance of staying up, but after their heroics last year we fear this season might be too much for them.

Ivan Toney Brentford


*Odds Correct At Time Of Writing – 11am Wednesday 3rd August*

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