Even as stands remain empty, football fans around the world still have a lot to look forward to in the Premier League this season.
From the return of Leeds after a long hiatus to Liverpool’s attempt to defend their title. Tomiwa Ojo (@10qmedia) is joined by top football pundits Yemi Adesanya (@yemitm442) and Amos Joseph (@communeamos) to preview the 2020/21 Premier League season.
GB:What tactical trend(s) do you think will take prominence this season?
Yemi: I doubt we will see anything uniquely different this season by way of tactical trends. I am however quite excited to see how Leeds shape up and set up in the Premier League.
Amos: I expect most of the managers to deploy a 4-3-3 formation.
Tomiwa: I don’t really expect anything new but I expect most of the coaches to lay more emphasis on building from the back, especially the brave ones. To deal with the top teams that press high up the pitch. We have seen Arteta show us glimpses of that.
Arteta is showing building from the back could be a thing.
GB: Which battles/matches are you mostly looking forward?
Yemi: As a Manchester United Fan, the first game I look out for is the fixture against Liverpool; then maybe United v City and Arsenal; but outside the team I support. I would be watching Leeds games for obvious reasons.
Amos: Manchester City vs Chelsea will be great to look out for.
Tomiwa: Marcelo Bielsa’s will be great to see, especially against the top sides, just as we have seen against Liverpool in their first match. Liverpool vs Manchester City both legs will also be interesting to see as I expect the title to be between the two.
Bielsa in the Premier League is an interesting proposition.
GB: Possible breakout star(s) to keep an eye on.
Yemi: There’s a young man who just signed for Fulham; Alphonsus Areola from PSG; really good Goalie, but largely unlucky with the clubs he has been at bar his time at Villareal. I would be keeping an eye on Olley Watkins at Aston Villa and Feran Torres at Manchester City. Also look out for a few youngsters at Liverpool, Curtis Jones, Rhian Brewster and Neco Williams.
Amos: Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic.
Tomiwa: Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood is one to look out for, maybe he already broke out last season, this should be the season for his emergence.
Manchester City’s Phil Foden, Leeds Kalvin Phillip, Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah are also some to keep an eye on. Also 18-year-old Wolves record signing – Fabio Silva.
GB: Predict the top four in descending order
Yemi: Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United.
Amos: Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham.
Tomiwa: Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal.
GB: Which three are you tipping to go down?
Yemi: Fulham, West Brom, West Ham /Brighton.
Amos: Fulham, West Brom, Newcastle.
Tomiwa: West Brom, Brighton and Burnley.
West Brom are common candidates to go down.
By May 2021, we will know how well our pundits will do as Prophets.