The Premier League season came to end on Sunday, bringing the curtain down on another thrilling campaign.
Football’s chaotic nature means the top flight clubs are already well into their planning for next term and there is sure to be plenty of twists and turns in what is likely to be another fascinating season.
Tottenham to struggle…relatively so at least
Tottenham have become the neutrals favourite in recent years, with their aggressive brand of football seeing them twice challenge for the title, only to fall short.
In theory, they should continue their progress next season but their temporary move to Wembley could throw a massive spanner into the works. Spurs (8/1 Premier League outright) have struggled playing there in Europe and their 2017/18 season could hinge on whether Mauricio Pochettino can find a way to transfer their dominance at White Hart Lane to the national stadium.
Manchester clubs will improve
Regardless of Wednesday’s Europa League final result, Manchester United’s (16/5 Premier League outright) season will be looked back on as a disappointment.
City (12/5 favourites Premier League outright) too have failed to live up to expectations in Pep Guardiola’s first year in England.
More money will be spent in the summer and the quality available to Guardiola and Jose Mourinho suggests that both clubs will be able to play prominent roles in the battling champions Chelsea in the title race.
Palace to start fulfilling potential
Love him or hate him, Sam Allardyce put Palace in a strong position following his December arrival. The 62-year-old has guided Palace to safety before announcing his retirement from coaching the side in the 2017/2018 season.
Allardyce’s shrewd January signings have made a huge difference to the team and will ensure Palace can continue their upward curve.
With plenty of quality already at Selhurst Park, the Eagles could well soar next season.
Newcastle and Brighton to survive
This Premier League season saw two of the newly promoted sides relegated but Championship winners Newcastle and runners-up Brighton look well set for decent campaign.
Rafael Benitez did as expected by bringing the Magpies straight back up and is again likely to splash the cash in a bid to turn a squad blessed with mountains of Championship quality into something worthy of staying in the top flight.
Brighton will be enjoying their first taste of Premier League football but have been building for this opportunity for some time and boss Chris Hughton, as Newcastle fans know, is a master at getting the most out of his troops.
With a number of teams treading water in recent years, there is every chance these two could enjoy solid campaigns.
Instability could cost Watford
Stability is an often overlooked virtue in football and appears to be becoming increasingly unpopular, especially with owners who arrive at clubs believing that investment will equal success.
Watford are the main offenders at the moment and with another busy summer in the market, and a ninth manager in five years set to be appointed, they could well pay the price.
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