2019 English Premier League Power Rankings
The English Premier League kicks off on Friday with some new faces joining the familiar contenders. Most clubs shored up their roster with moves during the offseason, with more additions to come before the transfer window deadline. Read on as Nitrogen Sports Blog reveals its very first EPL power rankings of 2019.
Preseason EPL Power Rankings 2019
8. Everton (+17500)
Making the cut of our first EPL power rankings this 2019, Everton have been a sleeping giant for years, and they haven’t won a trophy since 1995. They’ve slowly improved over the last decade, and the appointment of manager Marco Silva has helped take them to the next level.
A 4-0 victory over Manchester United capped some impressive displays last season, and they’ll be hoping to push on with a top 6 challenge.
7. Wolves (+17500)
Wolves have made big name signings over the past two seasons, including a strong Portuguese contingent which has propelled them up the table.
Their chances of them ‘doing a Leicester’ are infinitely slim considering the spending power of the top six, but they managed to match them last season with a win at Chelsea and a point at home to Manchester City.
6. Arsenal (+5800)
The signing of Nicholas Pepe for £72m is a statement of intent from Arsenal, though, they’re still light defensively. The squad always seems to be one missing piece away from glory, and while they should sign Celtic’s Keiran Tierney in the next few weeks, they need a centre-back to complete the puzzle.
Their frontline is one of the best in the league, and they can beat anyone on any given day. That’s why they deserve a spot on this English Premier League power rankings 2019.
5. Manchester United (+2800)
While they’re still a high-profile club commercially, Manchester United hasn’t mounted a serious title challenge in years. A lack of Champions League football will make it hard to sign world-class players, while Paul Pogba’s rumoured move will likely go some way to determining their final position. Harry Maguire has just joined for an £80m fee, making him the most expensive defender ever.
4. Chelsea (+3700)
Despite being subject to a transfer ban, Chelsea have been impressive so far during the preseason. Club legend Frank Lampard promised to give their youth a chance, and he knows many of them well from his spell in midfield. He’ll still have to deal with the lack of a trusted striker, while Eden Hazard’s move to Real Madrid is a massive hole to fill.
3. Tottenham Hotspur (+1800)
Spurs’ hopes of a maiden Champions League win were dashed by the wayside as they lost in the Finals. They eventually slipped down to fourth in the table, but picked themselves up with the addition of Tanguy Ndombélé from Lyon. He should add more energy to their midfield following the loss of Mousa Dembele in January.
Tottenham have also done well to hold on to head coach Mauricio Pochettino, who masterminded their recent upswing. To that, we put them third overall in this English Premier League power rankings 2019.
2. Liverpool (+265)
The Champions League winners must have their eyes firmly set on picking up a first ever English Premier League title. They put up a respectable challenge last year as they pushed Manchester City all the way to the final week, and they’ve retained the key members of their squad.
Alberto Moreno and Danny Ings are the only big names to move on so far, but neither played many games in the first place. It’s always better to keep improving as the world of football moves forward, and they may rue their lack of transfer activity.
In any case, they take the No. 2 spot of our preseason EPL power rankings this 2019.
1, Manchester City (+200)
No surprises here. The 2018-19 winners are also the kings of this EPL power rankings 2019 after breaking all kinds of records, churning out 32 wins in 38 games. They are the heavy favorites to win the title, as they added more talent to their squad by signing Atletico Madrid’s Rodri for £62.5m.
They also seem determined to keep their key personnel, with Vincent Kompany the only one to leave as he joined RSC Anderlecht as Player-Manager. It’s hard to see past their dominance last season, though, they’ll have to avoid being too complacent, which is almost always the case with teams coming off championship campaigns.
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