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Premier League 2017/18 Team-By-Team Guide

THE new Premier League season is now just days away. Here’s Callum Wilson’s expert team-by-team guide – do you agree with his ratings?

Arsenal (12/1)

Things are far from rosy at the Emirates, with insecurity permeating from management to the playing staff – in a variety of separate ways. Having let most of the squad run down their contracts to their last year, there’s a great deal of uncertainty at the Gunners. Lacazette could provide the catalyst for a push for the title, but I think they’ll fall short. (7/10)

Bournemouth (750/1)

Eddie Howe has blown a breath of fresh air not only into Bournemouth, but the Premier League in general. Staying up last year with relative ease, I can see the Cherries having an equally successful season this time around. A fit Callum Wilson and Josh King partnership is an embarrassment of riches for such a new club to the scene. (5/10)

Brighton (1500/1)

Brighton gained a lot of admirers last season for their direct style of play, and a never say die attitude. Chris Hughton has the Seagulls in decent shape, and I expect them to finish just above the relegation spots. Jamie Murphy is one to keep an eye out for. (4/10)

Burnley (1000/1)

Sean Dyche has been terrific since being appointed at Turf Moor, smashing expectations on a shoe-string budget compared to direct rivals in the Premier League. I don’t expect them to be as strong as the team around them this season, however, and are one of my picks to go down. (2/10)

Chelsea (7/2)

This is a tough one. It’s always hard to write off the previous seasons champions, but I think the Blues will struggle with European football unless signing are made to improve the squad. Bakayoko and Kante are a formidable partnership in midfield, and I think they will be just knocking on the door of the top three. (7/10)

Crystal Palace (750/1)

It’s all change at the Eagles, with Frank de Boer having the task of filling the giant shoes of Sam Allardyce. Zaha has been ripping it up in pre-season, and I think he’ll be a key player for them this year. (5/10)

Everton (80/1)

The big-spenders in relation to their position in the league, the Toffees have made a number of key signings. However, too many cooks spoil the broth and I think Koeman will struggle to gel the 10+ new additions quickly. (6/10)

Huddersfield (1000/1)

The Terries have not been shy in spending cash this transfer window and have made many astute signings. Most notably, I think Tom Ince will play an integral role in their battle for safety. However, I think they’ll be among the bottom three and heading back to the Championship. (2/10)

Leicester (250/1)

Still suffering from a monumental hangover from doing the unthinkable, the Foxes have been in a relative slump since winning the Premier League. Iheanacho could provide a much-needed youthful exuberance boost at the King Power. (5/10)

Liverpool (12/1)

It’s all gone a bit quiet at Anfield after a promising start to the transfer window. Mo Salah was a statement of intent from Klopp and co, but it’s stagnated since. Van Dijk would give me more hope of them achieving anything this season. (7/10)

Manchester City (15/8)

In my opinion, Pep and City have had the best transfer window by far. Pinpointing areas where the side was lacking, a complete overhaul in defence has led to a formidable back-four. My personal pick for the 17/18 winners. (10/10)

Manchester United (9/2)

The glaring hole from last season’s improved United was clearly who was going to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic. However, Romelu Lukaku has the potential to be a Premier League winning calibre striker. I think they’ll run rivals City close, but will just fall short of the finishing line. (9/10)

Newcastle (500/1)

Rafa Benitez has been a man of his word and stuck with the Toon during their plight to the Championship. Uncertainty at board-room level is always going to be a distraction, but I think Newcastle have enough to stay in the Premier League this time around. (4/10)

Southampton (250/1)

It’s been a strange old time down at St Mary’s, with the club providing more of a feeder club to bigger teams than focusing on keeping the squad together. I think their success hinges on the movement of star centre back Virgil Van Dijk, and losing him could prove troublesome for the Saints. (5/10)

Stoke (750/1)

If Stoke don’t have Jon Walters and Glen Whelan – are they really Stoke? Joking aside, the spine of the team has been removed and losing Arnautovic to a team so close to them in the table seems like terrible business. I think Mark Hughes will be one of the first managers to go, and I can genuinely see them fighting for relegation. (3/10)

Swansea (1000/1)

Paul Clement revitalised the Swans last season, and will be hoping for the opposite of what happened last time around. Sigurdsson will be a huge miss if he does join Everton for a reported £50m, and how the club re-invest the money will determine the location of the club’s future. (4/10)

Tottenham (10/1)

Spurs fans will be figuratively slamming their head off the table, after year-upon-year of steady growth not being fully exploited by chairman Daniel Levy. A second-place finish last year is more than respectable considering wage budgets, but a failure to sign a single player thus far will prove detrimental to the North London club. Wembley will also be a factor. (7/10)

Watford (1000/1)

Trouble in paradise at Vicarage Road, with the futures of many playing staff looking uncertain. What they do have, however, is a remarkable manager in Marco Silva, who I’m sure will attract attention should Watford start the season well. I’m not convinced however, and I think they may even be in the bottom three come May. (3/10)

West Brom (1000/1)

Tony Pulis has recruited none other than Gary Megson to aid his attempt at basically just maintaining mid-table for the Baggies. Rondon showed promise last year, and are probably certainties to comfortably beat the drop and finish somewhere between 11th-15th. (5/10)

West Ham (500/1)

I like the way the Hammers are going about things, and going against the grain of previous transfer policies. Instead of signing relative unknowns to the Premier League, a nucleus of Joe Hart and Javier Hernandez will not necessarily pull up any trees for the side – but are sure to be consistent in a league they have previous experience in. (6/10)