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Premier League season preview: Part 4

There’s just hours to go until the first kick off of the 2016/17 season, and we have already previewed the season for 15 of this seasons teams, here is the last five for you.

Swansea City
It’s been a topsy turvy summer for Swansea City. They have lost almost every single striker at the club, with Alberto Paloschi, Eder, Bafetimbi Gomis and Andre Ayew all leaving the Liberty stadium.

As a replacement, they have brought in Spanish duo Fernando Llorente and Borja Baston, the latter of which they have smashed their club record fee for.

They have also lost club captain Ashley Williams who has moved on to Everton, replacing him with Mike van der Hoorn, a relatively unknown Dutch centre-back.

With such widespread changes in personnel at the club, the Football Faithful team were in agreement that 2016/17 could be a difficult campaign for the Swans, but a season where they might survive…just.

Predicted position: 17th

Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur. They looked like they could be Champions with just a few games to go, but Mauricio Pochettino’s men ran out of steam at the last minute, and slipped into third place behind bitter rivals Arsenal.

This summer, Pochettino has added more firepower in the shape of Vincent Janssen, whilst also strengthening the midfield with the addition of Victor Wanyama.

However, there doesn’t seem to be a lot happening at White Hart Lane this summer, whilst everyone else around them is strengthening massively.

What with the added pressures that Champions League football will bring, we wonder Spurs can replicate their fantastic season once again.

Predicted position: 6th

Watford

Watford sacked their manager Quique Sanches Flores last season, despite an excellent campaign that saw the Hornets maintain their position in the Premier League.

Since then they have added a few new faces, including the club record signing Isaac Success, Christian Kabasele, Juan Zuniga and Brice Dja Djedje. They have also brought in young Jerome Sinclair from Liverpool who moves to Vicarage Road for mor first team opportunities.

However, despite their activity in the summer, second season syndrome could strike the club, but we feel that despite that threat, Watford will be safe and continue their journey beyond this current campaign.

Predicted position: 15th

West Bromwich Albion

The Boing Boing Baggies where once famous for their up and down journey between the Premier League and the Football League, but in recent years have found stability in the top flight, finishing 14th last season.

However, a quiet summer so far where only Matt Phillips has joined the club from QPR, as well as the constant threat of Saido Berahino’s departure could see West Brom slide towards the relegation places once again.

Jonny Evans has been linked with a move to Arsenal whilst James Chesters has also been linked with transfer to Aston Villa.

We predict a difficult season for the Baggies, one which could could result in the ultimate heartache, relegation.

Predicted position: 18th

West Ham United

The Hammers, a new home and new belief under Slaven Bilic. They looked a realistic possibility for the top four at times last season, but just faded away in the closing weeks of the season.

They have however has an excellent summer transfer window so far, bringing in Andre Ayew from Swansea City for a record £20.5million.

They have also brought in Havard Nordtveit, Sofiane Feghouli, Gokhan Tore and Ashley Fletcher.

Feghouli in particular looks like he has the potential to be a key player for West Ham this season as they look to progress once again.

However, like Tottenham, with everyone else strengthening around them it won’t be easy.

Predicted position: 8th

Full predicted Premier League standings 2016/17


About Ben Guest

Hi, I’m Ben, one of the Editors here at Football Faithful. I’ve been writing articles for a number of years. If you need do contact me, feel free to send me a tweet.

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