Premier League 2022/23 Season Predictions
Soon upon us will be the beginning of the 30th Premier League campaign. It’s safe to say that we’re all counting down the days until the league is back and there’s not long left to go.
Less than a month remains until the 5th of August and the first league game of the new season where Crystal Palace will host Arsenal. Before that, we have a month to speculate how we think the next Premier League will go down.
Starting with the breakout star of the season!
Breakout Star of the Season
There are a lot of exciting young players in the running to make their league debuts.
Young players breaking out and securing first team places is always fantastic to see. Whether they keep going and reach the top or falter out to lesser careers.
This coming season, I think the biggest breakout star will come from Manchester United and their forward prodigy Alejandro Garnacho. The Argentine has been phenomenal for United in the youth team, he was United’s best player as they won the FA Youth Cup.
He is a quick, dynamic dribbler with an excellent eye for goal. He has that South American passion and desire to go to the very top. He has already earned a senior call up from the Argentinian national team but has yet to break out at senior club level, featuring for just 12 Premier League minutes so far in his career.
This will all change next season, new manager Erik ten Hag has already confirmed that Garnacho is part of his plans and will be a first team player next season. It’s exciting times for Garnacho himself and Manchester United.
Most Surprising Team of the Season
Every season, we have that one team who just completely out performs their expectations. We’ve seen Leicester City win the league off the back of almost being relegated back in 2016, we’ve seen newly promoted Sheffield United as heavy favourites to be relegated and finishing top half. Last season Brentford were the over performers.
This season, I can see Nottingham Forest over performing and avoiding relegation. They are a team with great history who no doubt deserve to be in the top flight. But legacy isn’t enough to keep you in a league, you need a good squad of players. They have unfortunately lost James Garner and Djed Spence, who both have returned to their parent clubs after their loan spells ended.
They have recruited well to replace these players and have added even more quality and depth. They have signed Dean Henderson on loan from Man United, right back Julian Biancone and Liverpool’s Neco Williams to name a few. They will be hungry to stay in the Premier League and build an even stronger team in years to come. Their ultimate plan and dream would be to see the Champions League trophy return to The City Ground.
Nottingham Forest 8/11 to stay up with Bet365
Golden Glove Winner
The golden glove award goes to the goalkeeper with the most clean sheets. Usually, the goalkeeper of the champions wins the award, as that team will have usually defended the best. Last season was a slight exception to this, Ederson and Alisson shared the award after both accumulating 20 clean sheets.
This season I can see being very much similar. Man City and Liverpool will continue to be in and around the top of the table and their goalkeepers will rake in the clean sheets. Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy could also have a case, depending on who else Chelsea sign for their defence after agreeing a deal to sign Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli.
With everything considered, our pick for golden glove winner next season is Ederson. His Man City defence combined with his own quality gives him a real chance of retaining the award and winning it for a record fourth time in a row.
The Playmaker of the Season
The playmaker award goes to the player with the most assists in a season. It was Mohamed Salah who won the award last time out, and it was quite the year for him as he also won the golden boot.
This season, I think the award will be heading toward a Manchester City player that goes by the name of Kevin de Bruyne. The Belgian has won the award the most times since it began in 2018. He also holds the joint record for most assists in a season with 20. With new strikers Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez to aim his crosses at, de Bruyne is set for a ground-breaking season.
The Golden Boot
We have some new candidates for the golden boot award coming into the 22/23 season. Some fresh goalscoring faces that will be looking to make their mark on Premier League history by claiming a golden boot award.
Erling Haaland will be right up there, he has signed for Manchester City after his Dortmund buy-out clause was activated.
He is one of the hottest young strikers in Europe with a fantastic goal record. Adding a player of this nature to a team that creates what feels like thousands of chances, is a scary thought. If the Norwegian can stay injury free he has great potential to win the golden boot.
Similar can be said for Liverpool’s new man Darwin Nunez. He scored plenty for Benfica last season and will likely have a place up top in Liverpool’s XI for most games. We are yet to see an out and out striker be Liverpool’s main source for goals in the Klopp era, they have instead relied on the quality of their wingers. But with Mané out the door, they will need some extra goals.
Despite the arrivals of these two talented strikers, I think the golden boot will remain in familiar hands. The goal scoring prowess of Mo Salah is something that cannot be underestimated, and he will be determined to secure yet another golden boot and show Liverpool why they extended his contract.
Mohamed Salah 9/2 to finish as top goalscorer with Bet365
Manager of the Season
The manager of the season award is a very tough one to call, we have seen plenty of league winning managers win the award, but not always. Sometimes it’s a manager who has wildly over performed with their squad that takes home the prize. For the last 5 seasons, the manager award has been passed between Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp, but this season there could be a change in the tide.
Manchester United’s new boss Erik ten Hag will be hungry for Premier League success and will work extremely hard to get his side where they should be. If he can get United competing again, he will definitely be up there.
Spurs manager Antonio Conte has title ambitions of his own. The Italian has built a fantastic Spurs squad and will look to lead them to the title and a second manager of the season award for himself.
I can see the award going to Erik ten Hag, I firmly believe United will improve massively and even if they don’t win the league, the improvement seen will make the Dutchman a worthy winner.
Player of the Season
The Premier League player of the season award is one of the most prestigious around. Last season the award went to Mohamed Salah. Which was extremely well deserved after he won both the Golden Boot and Playmaker of the Season award. He will be looking to retain the award next season. Kevin de Bruyne will also be trying to get his hands on the award again. Those two are most definitely the favourites.
Surprisingly, I think the award will end up in the hands of Spurs striker Harry Kane. I can see him exploding in his first full season under Antonio Conte’s management. His linkup play with Son and Kulusevski will continue to be a staple and he will lead Spurs as they look to make the top four again.
The Top Seven
The top 7 places of the Premier League table all secure a European place, whether it’s Europa Conference football, Europa League football or the Champions League. I think we will see a similar roster of sides competing for these spots.
UEFA Europa Conference League
I think that it will be West Ham United who finish 7th and reclaim a spot in the UECL. The Irons have been a fantastic side to watch under David Moyes, they reached the semi-final of the Europa League last season, beating teams such as Sevilla and Lyon. It’s fair to say, Moyes has his side punching well above their weight and he will continue to do so.
UEFA Europa League
I think the two sides who qualify for the Europa League will be Arsenal and Tottenham. Last season, both sides played little to no European football, which helped them improve their league performances. They looked fitter and in way better form than previous seasons, which is why they were both competing for the top four.
This coming season, Arsenal will be playing Europa League football and Spurs will be playing Champions League football. The additional games will cause the sides to drop off compared to last season and falter away from the top four.
Newcastle United 9/4 to finish in the top six with Bet365
The Top Four
One of the most heavily debated topics all year round is the top four. With the Premier League being as competitive as it is, it’s a very tough one to predict. But we’ve managed to narrow down our picks.
- 4th- Manchester United
- 3rd- Liverpool
- 2nd- Chelsea
- 1st- Manchester City
I believe Man United will re-enter the top four under Erik ten Hag, finishing fourth. I also see them winning the Europa League.
Liverpool will slightly drop off, the loss of Sadio Mané will be noticeable, and they will struggle to reach previous heights.
Chelsea will be unlocked after signing Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly. They will be revitalised and finally compete for the title under Tuchel.
Chelsea’s advances will not be enough, and Man City with Erling Haaland will win a third league title in a row, equalling the record set by Man Utd back in 2009.
Of course, we could be completely wrong… Don’t forget to let us know your PL predictions over on the TVSPORTGUIDE Facebook page!
Author: Jude Sutcliffe