Ahhhh, finally. After a summer of turmoil, where we've had to go a whole four weeks without some form of competitive football, the Premier League is back.


Christmas has come early and in the spirit of goodwill, we here at 90min have cobbled together our minuscule footballing brains to predict the outcome of what's sure to be another thrilling season of Premier League action.


Below is a selection of editors and writers opinions about who will finish where, accompanied by some exceptional insight and rationale into the selections made. 


Keep scrolling down for all the views - and watch out at the end for a big collated table of the average predictions at the end.


PositionScott SaundersAndrew HeadspeathChris Deeley
1Manchester City
Manchester CityManchester City
2Liverpool
LiverpoolLiverpool
3ChelseaTottenhamManchester United
4Manchester United
Manchester UnitedChelsea
5TottenhamArsenalTottenham
6WolvesChelseaArsenal
7Arsenal
LeicesterWest Ham
8West Ham
West HamBurnley
9Everton
WolvesLeicester
10Leicester
EvertonWolves
11Crystal PalaceFulhamEverton
12Fulham
Crystal PalaceCrystal Palace
13BurnleyBrightonBournemouth
14Watford
BurnleySouthampton
15SouthamptonSouthamptonFulham
16Bournemouth
BournemouthWatford
17BrightonWatfordBrighton
18Cardiff
NewcastleNewcastle
19NewcastleHuddersfieldHuddersfield
20Huddersfield
CardiffCardiff


What They Said


Scott: There's a real feel-good factor about Liverpool at the moment, and with the signings they've made they could well end up being the best of the rest. But Man City are going to have to fall way short of last season's standards if they're to be dragged into a title race. In all likelihood, that won't happen.


Everything points to Man Utd falling apart at the moment, but while most fancy Jose Mourinho to be out of a job by Christmas, I'll bank on him to stick it out and shoot off at season's end. They and Chelsea are my picks for top four, with Spurs' lack of squad depth being my reason for picking them to miss out.


Wolves 6th? Arsenal 7th? I've been saying since they were promoted that Wolves would finish above Stan Kroenke's lot, and while it was always said as a joke, I'm sticking with it for precisely this reason.


Cardiff have (probably) the worst squad in the league, but may sh*thouse their way from bottom spot with Neil Warnock, while Mike Ashley will likely take the Magpies down and Huddersfield remain short too.


Andy: While all the top six have patched in interesting players, Liverpool have (seemingly) done the most upgrading and should be the biggest mover in that mini league. However, Man City's whatever-the-next-step-up-from-embarrassment-of-riches-is is likely to see them become back-to-back champions.


Honestly, Man Utd, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal I could argue in any order. Big spending West Ham and Premier League newbies Wolves and Fulham could be fun to watch, but I'm backing Everton and last season's surprise story Burnley to underwhelm.


Cardiff look like the division's weakest team on paper, while Huddersfield may have already used up their one miracle. In 18th, I've grudgingly plumped for Newcastle ahead of Watford or Bournemouth because well... Mike Ashley.

Hull City v Newcastle United - EFL Cup Quarter-Final

Chris: You know those memes where the joke is ‘don’t know what’s happening in the PL table, but Cardiff are going to be bottom? '


Well, basically that. Just like last season, pretty much any team in my bottom half here could swap places and actually be fine/be in deep trouble and I wouldn’t be surprised at all. Except Cardiff. 


The top six? Yeah, it’s not exciting, but they’re the top six.


PositionJude SummerfieldJack GallagherToby Cudworth
1Manchester CityManchester CityManchester City
2TottenhamChelseaLiverpool
3LiverpoolManchester UnitedChelsea
4Manchester UnitedTottenhamManchester United
5ChelseaLiverpoolTottenham
6ArsenalArsenalArsenal
7West HamEvertonEverton
8EvertonWest HamWest Ham
9LeicesterCrystal PalaceLeicester
10Crystal PalaceBurnleyWolves
11BurnleyWolvesCrystal Palace
12FulhamFulhamBurnley
13SouthamptonLeicesterFulham
14WolvesWatfordNewcastle
15BrightonSouthamptonSouthampton
16BournemouthBrightonBrighton
17WatfordNewcastleBournemouth
18NewcastleBournemouthWatford
19HuddersfieldHuddersfieldHuddersfield
20CardiffCardiffCardiff


What They Said


Jude: My top five is a prediction I have very little faith in. It could finish in any order bar Manchester City at the top. The only reason I’ve plugged for Tottenham in second is because in Harry Kane you have a striker who banks you between 25 and 30 goals. Liverpool undeniably have an air of optimism and excitement about them but plenty of their summer signings are new to the Premier League and adapting straight away is not a guarantee. 


I’ve written off United and Chelsea, which I’ll definitely regret at the end of the season due to their ability to win games and trophies despite not playing particularly well. Their squads still look a little messy to me though.

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I fear for Huddersfield. The lack of a regular goalscorer could prove their undoing, and the dreadful atmosphere surrounding Newcastle also looks ominous. Kudos to Cardiff in getting promoted but, unlike Wolves and Fulham, their team still looks like a Championship one.


Jack: Man City are the best team in England - by a distance - so they're going to win the league. With the signings of Kovacic and Jorginho, Chelsea could surprise some and finish above THE GREATEST TEAM EVER ASSEMBLED IN THE HISTORY OF MANKIND (Liverpool). And don't let Jose Mourinho fool you, Man Utd will be good this season.


As for the relegation battle, there's a number of teams bad enough to get relegated, but Cardiff, Huddersfield and Bournemouth are the pick of the horrific bunch.


Toby: First of all, let's just clear one thing up - Manchester City are winning the Premier League once more and there isn't a thing that anybody can do about it. Secondly, Chelsea will adapt to Maurizio Sarri's tactics quicker than people think, leading me to predict they will return to the top four at Spurs' expense.

Aston Villa v West Ham United - Pre-Season Friendly

Everton and West Ham should impress after a wonderful transfer window, and I expect Fulham and Wolves to do well not just because of their recruitment, but because of who they have in charge.


At the bottom, Huddersfield will fall foul of second season syndrome, and Cardiff will plummet straight back down. In the race for the final relegation spot, I sense a dreary Watford season to culminate in relegation.


PositionJoe OwensWilfred DuttonWill Imbo
1Manchester CityManchester CityLiverpool
2LiverpoolLiverpoolManchester City
3Manchester UnitedManchester UnitedTottenham
4TottenhamChelseaChelsea
5ChelseaTottenhamArsenal
6ArsenalArsenalManchester United
7West HamEvertonEverton
8EvertonWest HamWest Ham
9LeicesterWolvesFulham
10BurnleyFulhamWolves
11Crystal PalaceLeicesterLeicester
12FulhamCrystal PalaceCrystal Palace
13WolvesNewcastleBurnley
14BournemouthBrightonWatford
15WatfordBurnleyBournemouth
16SouthamptonWatfordNewcastle
17NewcastleSouthamptonBrighton
18HuddersfieldBournemouthSouthampton
19BrightonCardiffHuddersfield
20CardiffHuddersfieldCardiff


What They Said


Will: Liverpool's reinforcements, coupled with their taste of success after last season as well as there not having been a repeat champion in the league for ages, gives them an edge over City.

Liverpool v Torino - Pre-Season Friendly

Wilf: Man City are a given at this point, so it's not even worth the discussion. The top four reflects each of their current squads, and although Chelsea may struggle to adjust to Sarri initially, I could see them going on a Conte-esque streak once they're accustomed to his methods. 


As for the relegation contenders, Huddersfield just haven't strengthened enough, and it just feels like Bournemouth's year after an inactive summer.

Liverpool v AFC Bournemouth - Premier League

Joe: Same top six as last year; although Liverpool's summer business should see them come closest to Manchester City. West Ham to secure best of the rest with Fulham to better Wolves in mid-table. Cardiff to drop straight back down alongside Huddersfield and Brighton and, despite Rafa Benitez's challenges, Newcastle should survive - just.


PositionJamie SpencerKavan FlaviusSean Drury
1Manchester CityManchester CityManchester City
2Manchester UnitedLiverpoolLiverpool
3LiverpoolManchester UnitedTottenham
4ChelseaChelseaManchester United
5TottenhamArsenalChelsea
6ArsenalTottenhamArsenal
7West HamEvertonWest Ham
8Crystal PalaceLeicesterEverton
9EvertonWest HamCrystal Palace
10WolvesFulhamLeicester
11LeicesterBurnleyFulham
12NewcastleFulhamBrighton
13BournemouthNewcastleWolves
14BurnleyBournemouthBournemouth
15SouthamptonSouthamptonNewcastle
16FulhamCrystal PalaceBurnley
17BrightonBrightonSouthampton
18WatfordHuddersfieldHuddersfield
19HuddersfieldWatfordWatford
20CardiffCardiffCardiff


What They Said


Jamie: Manchester City won't walk it quite like they did last season but ought to become the first champions to retain the Premier League title in a decade. I still don't buy into all the Liverpool hype, nor do I believe that Manchester United are in as bad a way as is being made out.

At the bottom end of the table, It will be a swift Championship return for Cardiff, with Huddersfield and Watford following them through the trap door.


Kavan: Man City look the best-equipped side to win the Premier League title this season, although it's notoriously difficult to defend. Liverpool are expected to give them a good run while United are likely to finish in third place. 


I had Chelsea to finish outside of the top four initially, but their late signings leave them looking a formidable squad again and, with Maurizio Sarri now in charge, they could make a statement.

Manchester City v Chelsea - FA Community Shield

The newly promoted sides, bar Cardiff City, have very impressive squads and did some great business during the recently shut window. I see Cardiff returning to the Championship right away and I imagine Huddersfield and Watford will join them as I can't see them finishing higher than anyone else - apart fom the Bluebirds.


Sean: It’s hard to see anyone usurping Manchester City, who looked better than ever in the Community Shield. Of last season’s top four, only Liverpool have strengthened enough to close the gap on Pep Guardiola’s side, but they lack City’s remarkable consistency and are still a few signings short.


Disappointing transfer windows from Tottenham and Manchester United mean that they will struggle to challenge for the title, but with Chelsea coming into the season off the back of an uncertain summer and Arsenal in transition, the top four is likely to remain unchanged.

Cardiff City v Real Betis - Pre-Season Friendly

Like most people, I can't see Cardiff surviving, because they lack the quality of their opponents and Neil Warnock's track record in the Premier League is poor. Watford's constant chopping and changing in the dugout has created an unstable environment which must come back and bite them eventually. As for Huddersfield, it's hard to see the miracle repeating itself.


PositionClub
1Manchester City
2Liverpool
3Manchester United
4Chelsea
5Tottenham
6Arsenal
7West Ham
8Everton
9Leicester
10Wolves
11Crystal Palace
12Fulham
13Burnley
14Bournemouth
15Southampton
16Brighton
17Newcastle
18Watford
19Huddersfield
20Cardiff