Oh thank god, it's back. It's been almost a month since we had football on tap with the Women's World Cup, Copa America, Gold Cup, Africa Cup of Nations and...well, hasn't it sucked? 


Thankfully, we're back. New season, new players, new dreams, new chances for 90min's finest to make predictions which will humiliate them for weeks and months to come. August: it's good. 


The individual tables are all below and – most important – the collated table, with everyone's predictions added up with maths and science, is at the bottom. People's Twitter handles are linked to their names where they've given their justifications, so feel free to shout at them directly. 


Position​Chris Deeley​
​Scott Saunders​
​Andrew Headspeath
​1Manchester City​Manchester CityManchester City​
​2Spurs​Liverpool​Liverpool​
​3​LiverpoolManchester UnitedSpurs​
4​Manchester United​Arsenal​Arsenal​
5​Arsenal​Spurs*​Manchester United​
​6Chelsea​Chelsea​Chelsea​
​7Leicester​​Leicester​West Ham
​8​West Ham​Wolves​Leicester
​9​Wolves​Everton​Everton
10​​Everton​West Ham​Wolves
​11Southampton​Bournemouth​​Southampton
​12Watford​​SouthamptonBournemouth​
​13Bournemouth​Watford​Watford​
​14Crystal Palace​​Crystal Palace​Burnley
15​​Burnley​Aston VillaAston Villa​
​16​Newcastle​Burnley​Norwich
17​​Aston Villa​Newcastle​Crystal Palace
​18​Brighton​Brighton​Newcastle
​19​Norwich​Norwich​Brighton
​20​Sheffield UnitedSheffield United​​Sheffield United

What They Said

Chris: There are five tiers in the Premier League this season: 1-3, 4-6, 7-10, 11-13, 14-20. The teams are pretty locked into those range of finishes, but exactly where they'll finish in their mini-league is a mystery. 

Except for Man City and Sheffield United, obviously. 
Kyle Walker

Scott: It's just too difficult to see past Manchester City this season, again. They're too good. I've got this nagging feeling that Real Madrid are going to bomb, Zinedine Zidane'll get sacked and Mauricio Pochettino's getting his head turned to the detriment of Spurs. Pie in the sky I know, but we're having fun here.


I fancy Sheffield United and Norwich to go straight back down, while any number of teams from 14th down could join them because they're all as bad as each other. I've picked Brighton though, because they're just that little bit more bad.


*Spurs shout totally dependent on whether Mauricio Pochettino is supported in the transfer market.


Andrew: I fully expect Liverpool to be unable to keep up the heat on City, while Spurs are strengthening well and have the shiny new stadium, lest we forget. Arsenal look the best of the rest, with Chelsea boasting about two xG for the whole season post-Hazard and United still short a few players and the right manager...and board. 


Anyone south of Watford could go down. If Palace lose Wilfried Zaha it could be curtains (obvious point alert), while Villa's signings look a bit 'Fulham'. Sheffield United seem particularly ill-equipped for the rigours of The Barclays, while Mike Ashley's Newcastle are Mike Ashley's Newcastle.


Position​Jack Gallagher
​Jude Summerfield
​Toby Cudworth
1LiverpoolManchester CityManchester City
2Manchester CityLiverpoolLiverpool
3SpursSpursSpurs
4Manchester UnitedManchester UnitedManchester United
5ArsenalArsenalArsenal
6ChelseaChelseaChelsea
7EvertonLeicesterEverton
8LeicesterWest HamWest Ham
9WolvesWolvesLeicester
10West HamEvertonWolves
11WatfordWatfordSouthampton
12BurnleyBournemouthBournemouth
13SouthamptonSouthamptonWatford
14BournemouthAston VillaCrystal Palace
15Crystal PalaceBurnleyBurnley
16Aston VillaCrystal PalaceAston Villa
17NorwichNorwichNewcastle
18NewcastleNewcastleNorwich
19BrightonBrightonBrighton
20Sheffield UnitedSheffield UnitedSheffield United


What They Said


Jack: Player of the Year – Shane Duffy. Young Player of the Year – Shane Duffy. Manager of the Year – Mick McCarthy. 


Jude: Liverpool are good, Manchester City are probably a bit better, Tottenham are worse than both, Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea are all a similar level, but they'll probably finish fourth, fifth and sixth respectively.


Brighton did a bad thing in letting Chris Hughton leave, while I've also cruelly tipped Sheffield United to finish bottom. The fallout in Newcastle if they got relegated would be hugely entertaining, hence their 18th placing.


Toby: I’ve gone for City to win the league again this year, purely because of what Rodri adds to that already incredible midfield. United to sneak top four as Arsenal’s defensive struggles continue and Frank finds his feet testing out youth at Chelsea.


At the bottom, Sheff Utd and Norwich to drop straight back to the Championship, along with Brighton - as I genuinely struggle to see where they will score goals from. Quite the reprieve for Newcastle that, who I think are in for a tough, tough season without Rafa.


Position​Jamie Spencer
Tom Gott​Wilfred Dutton
1Manchester CityManchester CityManchester City
2LiverpoolLiverpoolLiverpool
3SpursSpursChelsea
4Manchester UnitedChelseaSpurs
5ChelseaArsenalArsenal
6ArsenalManchester UnitedLeicester
7EvertonWolvesManchester United
8LeicesterLeicesterEverton
9West HamWest HamWolves
10SouthamptonEvertonWest Ham
11WolvesSouthamptonWatford
12BurnleyNewcastleBournemouth
13BournemouthBournemouthSouthampton
14WatfordWatfordCrystal Palace
15Aston VillaAston VillaAston Villa
16BrightonCrystal PalaceBurnley
17Crystal PalaceNorwichBrighton
18NewcastleBurnleyNorwich
19Sheffield UnitedBrightonNewcastle
20NorwichSheffield UnitedSheffield United


What They Said


Jamie: It's hard to envisage anyone else being quite good enough to topple Manchester City, especially as Liverpool could suffer a sluggish start. 'Ole's at the Wheel' will make a comeback this season, at least enough for Manchester United to return to the top four, while Frank Lampard will get a free pass from Chelsea in difficult circumstances.


Any of the bottom six could go down.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Tom: City are just too good, and the title looks like it will be theirs to lose for at least another year. Unfortunately, it won't be as positive for cross-town rivals United, who begin the season in about as much turmoil as they ended the last one. Expect Wolves and Leicester to give them a real run for their money for sixth.


At the other end, Sheffield United haven't really added much top-flight quality, so expect to see them fighting for their lives early on alongside both Brighton and Burnley.

Wilf: City and Liverpool are a toss-up, but I went with City because a) they've strengthened and b) it's funny. As for the toss-up behind them, I've gone for the Chels because I'm imagining a similar top six sh*tshow-down to last year, and they did it then, plus they need a bit of backing under Super Frank. Oh, also pre-season Ross Barkley is the greatest midfielder I've seen, and Mason Mount is just behind him.

As for the rest, it's a case of 'would this be funny?', 'the data suggests..' and 'Steve Bruce is in charge'.

​Position​Robbie Copeland​
​Ben Carter​
Ross Kennerley​
​1​Manchester CityManchester City​Manchester City
​2​Liverpool​Liverpool​Liverpool
​3​Spurs​Spurs​Arsenal
​4​Arsenal​Arsenal​Spurs
​5​Manchester United​Manchester United​Manchester United
​6​Chelsea​Leicester​Chelsea
​7​West Ham​Chelsea​Wolves
8​​Leicester​West Ham​Leicester
​9​Wolves​Wolves​Everton
​10​Everton​Everton​West Ham
​11​SouthamptonWatford​Watford​
​12​Watford​Southampton​Bournemouth
​13​Norwich​Crystal Palace​Southampton
​14​Bournemouth​Aston VillaBurnley​
​15​Aston Villa​Bournemouth​Aston Villa
​16​Newcastle​Burnley​Crystal Palace
​17​Crystal Palace​Brighton​Newcastle
​18​Burnley​Newcastle​Sheffield United
​19​Sheffield United​Norwich​Norwich
​20​BrightonSheffield United​​Brighton

What They Said

Robbie Copeland: Manchester City and Liverpool should remain in the top two given how far ahead of everyone else they were last season, with City likely edging it again – and the rest of the top six writes itself. West Ham are a bold pick for seventh, but they have done the best business outside the big six. 

At the bottom end, Sheffield United just don't look like they have enough, but fellow new boys Norwich and Villa should be fine.

Ben: Get ready for more of the same at the top end of the table, although Arsenal will break back into the top four and Frank Lampard's Chelsea will bring an end of the Premier League's 'Big Six'. 

Steve Bruce and Joelinton will be settling for Championship football next season, but Aston Villa's scattergun approach in the transfer market will see them climb up comfortably into mid-table.

Ross: Man City are still the best team in the league. The rest aren't, and in order going down from 1st are the sides I predict will be gradually less good. 

Brighton are now the worst team in the league. The rest are better, and in order going up from 20th are the sides I predict will be gradually better.

Consensus Premier League Table


​PositionClub​
​1Manchester City​
​2​Liverpool
​3Spurs​
​4Arsenal​
​5Manchester United​
​6Chelsea​
​7Leicester​
​8West Ham​
​9Everton​
​10Wolves
​11Southampton​
​12Watford​
​13Bournemouth​
​=14Aston Villa​
​=14Burnley​
​16Crystal Palace​
​17Newcastle​
​18Norwich​
​19Brighton​
​20Sheffield United​