Premier League 2018/19 Team Guide
The Premier League has roared back into action for the 2018-19 season, with Manchester City picking up where they left off last term.
The champions comfortably beat Arsenal 2-0 in their opening game. Is anyone going to challenge them this time around? Here’s a guide to all 20 top-flight clubs from the Coral News Team, in order of how likely they are to win the title…
Manager: Pep Guardiola’s possession-based philosophy has transformed City into one of the best teams in Europe.
Star players: Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling
New arrivals: Riyad Mahrez was the club’s only major addition this summer. He’ll be determined to show he belongs on a bigger stage.
Who to watch: Bernardo Silva could become increasingly influential. John Stones will look to continue his World Cup form and cement his position in defence too.
Upcoming fixtures: Huddersfield Town (H), Wolverhampton Wanderers (A), Newcastle United (H)
Odds: City are 8/13 to become the first side to defend the title since 2009.
Manager: Jurgen Klopp has turned Liverpool into a devastating attacking side who press with real intensity.
Star players: Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane
New arrivals: Alisson, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri improve Klopp’s options in goal, midfield and attack. Naby Keita could be a genuine star in England.
Who to watch: Andrew Robertson will look to push on after a great first year at Anfield. Daniel Sturridge also has a point to prove.
Upcoming fixtures: Crystal Palace (A), Brighton & Hove Albion (H), Leicester City (A)
Odds: The Reds are 7/2 to win a first title since 1990.
Manager: Jose Mourinho has been a serial winner throughout his career, but does his defensive approach get the best out of the attacking talent in his current squad?
Star players: Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez
New arrivals: They brought in Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant, but Mourinho wanted more new faces.
Who to watch: After starring in France’s World Cup win, can Pogba reach that level consistently at club level? Luke Shaw has a chance to finally establish himself at left-back.
Upcoming fixtures: Brighton (A), Tottenham Hotspur (H), Burnley (A)
Odds: United are out at 11/1 to win the title.
Manager: Maurizio Sarri’s Napoli side played some of the best football in Europe. But it’ll take time for Chelsea to reach that level.
Star players: Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kante, Cesar Azpilicueta
New arrivals: Chelsea spent big to sign Kepa Arrizabalaga as a replacement for Thibaut Courtois. Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic add real quality in midfield.
Players to watch: Ruben Loftus-Cheek is pushing for more action after impressing in Russia. It’s a big season for Ross Barkley too.
Upcoming fixtures: Arsenal (H), Newcastle (A), Bournemouth (H)
Odds: Over the last four years, Chelsea have finished 1st, 10th, 1st, 5th. It’s 14/1 that they continue the pattern and win the title. They’re 8/13 to seal a top-four finish.
Manager: Mauricio Pochettino has transformed Spurs into top-four mainstays with his intense pressing and coaching abilities.
Star players: Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli
New arrivals: Spurs became the first Premier League side since 2003 to not sign anyone in the summer transfer window.
Who to watch: Kane will be looking to win the Golden Boot back after leading the World Cup scoring. Spurs’ small squad means Lucas Moura could get plenty of playing time.
Upcoming fixtures: Fulham (H), Man Utd (A), Watford (A)
Odds: Pochettino’s side are 14/1 to top the table, or 8/13 to finish in the top four again.
Manager: Unai Emery has a big job on his hands after Arsene Wenger’s 22-year reign came to an end. Sorting out the defence will be a priority.
Star players: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey
New arrivals: Lucas Torreira, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Bernd Leno should help to sort out the backline. Stephan Lichsteiner’s experience could be valuable. Matteo Guendouzi is an exciting midfield prospect.
Who to watch: Ozil will want to prove a point after a miserable World Cup. Hector Bellerin and Alex Iwobi could develop their game under Emery’s guidance.
Upcoming fixtures: Chelsea (A), West Ham (H), Cardiff City (A)
Odds: The Gunners are 15/8 to get back into the Champions League spots.
Manager: Nuno Espirito Santo guided Wolves to the Championship title last season. Big things are expected of his side this season.
Star players: Ruben Neves, Diogo Jota, Joao Moutinho
New arrivals: Portugal internationals Moutinho and Rui Patricio add real experience and know-how. Record-signing Adama Traore is a wildcard. Loanees Raul Jimenez and Jonny Castro have bolstered the squad.
Who to watch: Neves has a chance to showcase his obvious talent. Conor Coady was very commanding in the Championship. Will he be able to make the step up?
Upcoming fixtures: Leicester (A), Man City (H), West Ham (A)
Odds: Nuno’s side are 11/10 to finish in the top 10. They’re also a 25/1 shot to break into the top four.
Manager: Marco Silva takes charge of his third Premier League side in three seasons. If he sticks around, he could take them to the next level.
Star players: Jordan Pickford, Seamus Coleman, Gylfi Sigurdsson
New arrivals: Everton were big spenders, bringing in Richarlison, Lucas Digne, Yerry Mina and Bernard. Andre Gomes and Kurt Zouma have signed on loan too.
Who to watch: Richarlison’s £40m fee raised eyebrows but he’s got real talent. Digne and Gomes will want to get back on track after disappointing spells at Barcelona. Pickford had a superb World Cup and should be increasingly influential.
Upcoming fixtures: Southampton (H), Bournemouth (A), Huddersfield (H)
Odds: The Toffees are 16/1 to get into the top four – the shortest odds of anyone outside the usual suspects.
Manager: Claude Puel’s patient approach steered Leicester well clear of the drop after his arrival, though it’s not particularly popular with players or supporters.
Star players: Jamie Vardy, Harry Maguire, Kasper Schmeichel
New arrivals: James Maddison and Rachid Ghezzal should help to fill the void left by Riyad Mahrez. Ricardo Pereira is an upgrade at right-back and Jonny Evans is a £3m bargain.
Who to watch: Harry Maguire could really push on after a superb World Cup. Wilfried Ndidi and Adrien Silva have the makings of a tidy midfield pairing.
Upcoming fixtures: Wolves (H), Southampton (A), Liverpool (H)
Odds: It’s 4/5 that the Foxes land a top-10 finish, while it’s 11/10 that they come anywhere in the bottom-half.
West Ham United
Manager: Landing former Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini to replace David Moyes is a coup for West Ham. The Chilean has been appointed to bring better football to the London Stadium.
Star players: Marko Arnautovic, Felipe Anderson, Jack Wilshere
New arrivals: It’s been a summer of change in East London. As well as Anderson and Wilshere, Lukasz Fabianksi, Andriy Yarmolenko and Issa Diop are amongst 10 new signings.
Who to watch: Wilshere will be determined to prove he can still cut it at this level. Javier Hernandez could have a bigger role under Pellegrini too.
Upcoming fixtures: Bournemouth (H), Arsenal (A), Wolves (A)
Odds: The Hammers are 13/10 to finish in the top half. But they’re more likely to be stuck in the bottom half at 4/7.
Manager: After saving Palace from the drop last term, Roy Hodgson will be setting his sights higher this season.
Star players: Wilfried Zaha, Lukas Milivojevic, Andros Townsend
New arrivals: Palace have done well to land Max Meyer on a free transfer. Vicente Guaita should improve them in goal and Cheikhou Kouyate adds midfield might. Jordan Ayew could be a handy loan signing.
Who to watch: Christian Benteke can’t have a worse season than he did last year. Patrick van Aanholt is also a real threat from left-back, but as ever, if Zaha plays well then Palace usually do too.
Upcoming fixtures: Liverpool (H), Watford (A), Southampton (H)
Odds: It’s 9/5 that Hodgson guides the South Londoners into the top 10. But he may have to settle for another bottom-half finish at 2/5.
Manager: With Rafa Benitez in charge, Newcastle will be confident of staying up at the very least.
Star players: Jamaal Lascelles, Jonjo Shelvey, Ayoze Perez
New arrivals: Salomon Rondon, Ki Sung-Yueng and Fabian Schar are amongst the new additions at St. James’ Park.
Who to watch: Schar looks like a real bargain in defence and Rondon should supply the cutting edge that the Magpies lacked last season. Perez is developing into a very tidy attacking player.
Upcoming fixtures: Cardiff (A), Chelsea (H) Man City (A)
Odds: Newcastle are 11/5 to finish in the top ten for the second year running. But it’s 7/2 that they go down.
Manager: Mark Hughes signed a new deal after keeping Saints up last season. He’ll hope to steer well clear of the relegation battle this time around.
Star players: James Ward Prowse, Ryan Bertrand, Mario Lemina
New arrivals: Angus Gunn and Danny Ings have arrived to strengthen the side at both ends of the pitch. There are high hopes for Stuart Armstrong and Mohamed Elyounoussi.
Who to watch: Injury limited Ings to just 14 league appearances in three years at Liverpool. He’ll be desperate to make up for lost time. Lemina could push on after an impressive first year in England.
Upcoming fixtures: Everton (A), Leicester (H), Crystal Palace (A)
Odds: Southampton are 11/2 to go down, but it’s 8/5 that they finish in the comfort of the top 10.
Manager: Eddie Howe’s progressive approach has taken Bournemouth from League One to four successive seasons in the Premier League.
Star players: Josh King, Callum Wilson, Nathan Ake
New arrivals: The Cherries splashed the cash to sign Diego Rico and Jefferson Lerma from La Liga. Signing David Brooks from Sheffield United is the sort of player they usually target, but with a big £11.5m price tag.
Who to watch: Lewis Cook played his way into the England squad last season. He could become a real star. If Wilson can stay fit, he could be a prolific scorer.
Upcoming fixtures: West Ham (H), Everton (A), Chelsea (H)
Odds: It’s 9/4 that Howe leads Bournemouth to a top-half finish for the second time in their history. They can’t afford to be complacent though – they’re 5/1 to go down.
Manager: Sean Dyche’s meticulous work on the training ground has turned Burnley into an established top-flight club. No away side relishes a trip to Turf Moor.
Star players: James Tarkowski, Chris Wood, Jack Cork
New arrivals: Matej Vydra, Ben Gibson, Joe Hart and Vinnie Steels have strengthened the squad with Europa League football possibly on the horizon.
Who to watch: Gibson should become an important member of the defence and Hart is looking to rebuild his reputation after a few tough years.
Upcoming fixtures: Watford (H), Fulham (A), Man Utd (H)
Odds: Despite finishing seventh last season, Burnley are just 7/2 to go down this term. It’s 3/1 that they secure another top-half position.
Brighton & Hove Albion
Manager: Chris Hughton did very well to keep Brighton up last term. His transfer business suggests he wants to play more expansively this year.
Star players: Pascal Gross, Lewis Dunk, Jose Izquierdo
New arrivals: Brighton were very active, bringing in 16 signings. Eredivise top scorer Alireza Jahanbakhsh is the club’s new record buy. Yves Bissouma has real promise in midfield.
Who to watch: Teams know all about Pascal Gross now. Can he continue to deliver? The Seagulls will need Jahanbakhsh to ease the goalscoring burden on Glenn Murray. And Martin Montoya brings experience and top-level experience to the full-back area.
Upcoming fixtures: Man Utd (H), Liverpool (A), Fulham (H)
Odds: Brighton are just 2/1 to go down this season.
Manager: Slavisa Jokanovic guided Fulham through the play-offs playing exciting, attacking football. He won’t change his approach in the top-flight.
Star players: Ryan Sessegnon, Tom Cairney, Aleksandar Mitrovic
New arrivals: Fulham became the first promoted side to spend over £100m this summer. Jean Michael Seri is the pick of the new signings, though Andre Schurrle, Alfie Mawson and Luciano Vietto could all be smart additions.
Who to watch: Sessegnon took the Championship by storm after being moved from left-back into a more advanced role. Can he make the step up? Mitrovic still needs to prove he can perform at this level.
Upcoming fixtures: Tottenham (A), Burnley (H), Brighton (A)
Odds: Despite their spending, Fulham are 2/1 to be relegated. But if things click, a top-half place isn’t out of the question at 9/2.
Manager: David Wagner has performed miracles to get Huddersfield into the Premier League and then keep them there. Can he continue to defy the odds?
Star players: Steve Mounie, Christopher Schindler, Alex Pritchard
New arrivals: Eight players joined during the summer, including wingers Adama Diakhaby and Ramadan Sobu, and Borussia Dortmund left-back Erik Durm.
Who to watch: The Terriers need more goals from Mounie and Laurent Depoitre. They both look capable of getting them if they’re given more support.
Upcoming fixtures: Man City (A), Cardiff (H), Everton (A)
Odds: Huddersfield are 10/11 to go down, while it’s also 10/11 that Wagner works his magic and keeps them up.
Manager: Javi Gracia was appointed to replace Marco Silva last January and will look to stamp his authority over the team this year.
Star players: Troy Deeney, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Etienne Capoue
New arrivals: Watford sold Richarlison for big money but kept their powder dry. Their biggest signing was a £12m deal to sign Gerard Deulofeu on a permanent deal after last season’s loan.
Who to watch: The Hornets will expect more from Andre Gray after a disappointing first year at the club. Will Hughes has the talent to influence games from midfield too.
Upcoming fixtures: Burnley (A), Crystal Palace (H), Tottenham (H)
Odds: Watford are 5/1 for a surprise top-half finish. It’s 5/2 that their season ends with relegation heartbreak.
Manager: Neil Warnock is a wily veteran, but top-flight success has eluded him so far.
Star players: Junior Hoilett, Aron Gunnarsson, Joe Ralls
New arrivals: Bobby Reid is a very interesting addition in attack. But Harry Arter is the only one of Cardiff’s six signings with substantial experience at this level.
Who to watch: Reid impressed against both Manchester clubs in the cups last year. Will he be able to perform that well consistently? Greg Cunningham could catch the eye at left-back too.
Upcoming fixtures: Newcastle (H), Huddersfield (A), Arsenal (H)
Odds: The odds suggest the Bluebirds are in for a long season. They’re 8/15 favourites for the drop. It’s 11/8 that they keep their Premier League place.
For more Premier League odds click here.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing