Following my Top 4 predictions, I decided to dive into the other half of the table. While I’m convinced Manchester City is going to raise the trophy again, it’s time to tackle those who are going to have the bottom drop out from under them.
Villa is coming back up after their first ever relegation from the Premier League back in 2019. They were busy in the summer, bringing in 12 new players for £144.5 million. It’s eerily similar to the business Fulham did a year ago, and we all know how well that worked out for them. Oh, you don’t remember? They were relegated back down to the Championship.
Don’t get me wrong, they brought in some quality players. Tom Heaton, Tyrone Mings, and Jota should give the Villains a chance, but I don’t see it happening. They’ll be lucky to be fighting for their lives in April.
After a number of years in England’s top flight, Southampton has gone from a club who could finish top 8 to a club who is lucky to have stayed up the last couple years. This year will be their time, I think.
With the exceptions of James Ward-Prowse and Nathan Redmond I don’t see much happening with them this season. Shane Long and Danny Ings are inconsistent. Che Adams should provide a spark, but he has a lot to prove. Even though they played relatively well against Liverpool in gameweek two, their defense leaves a lot to be desired. Maya Yoshida can only do so much. The relegation dogfight will be back in full swing for the Saints in the back stretch of the season.
Brighton & Hove Albion
Staying on the south coast, we’ve seen a surprising first couple weeks of the season from Brighton. Their four points are good enough for fifth in the table right now. But don’t expect that to continue. So far they’ve dominated a very underwhelming Watford side, and drew a questionable West Ham squad.
Matt Ryan is a solid enough keeper, but the defense doesn’t hold up. They have flashes of brilliance, but can’t stay consistent for a full 90 minutes. While brining in Aaron Mooy was a solid move, the Aussie midfielder isn’t a game changer. Beyond that, they’ll be relying on 35 year old Glenn Murray to bail them out late in games. With that dependence, they’re going to free fall down the table and will be lucky to not finish all the way in the basement.