The 2022/23 Premier League campaign will go down in history as one of the most memorable in years. At the top of the table, we have a genuine title fight on our hands, however, nobody would have picked one of the two contenders. At the bottom, as many as eight teams are currently living dangerously, and the top flight’s trap door looms large.
But let’s start at the division’s summit. Manchester City are the reigning champions and they are contenders for the crown once again. Should they lift the title this season, it would be The Blues’ fifth success in six seasons, and Pep Guardiola’s juggernaut is approaching dynasty status.
However, their title rivals this term, Arsenal, have taken everyone by surprise. Last season, the Gunners finished way down in sixth place and they have not secured a top-four finish since the days of Arsene Wenger.
However, with just 13 games remaining, Mikel Arteta’s young guns are currently five points clear of the reigning champions and are in genuine contention for their first English top-flight crown in 19 years.
While the top two positions may well be wrapped up, spots three to seven – the Premier League’s European qualification places – are up for grabs. With that being said, let’s predict the top five in the Premier League this term.
1st – Manchester City
Look away now Arsenal fans. Listen, we’re sorry, we love an underdog story as much as anybody. But Manchester City are simply too strong, and they will win the Premier League this season, despite their current gap to the league leaders.
If you are a fan of the Gunners, you can take pride in the fact that a reputable online sportsbook predicts that the North London club will indeed be crowned champions. They have installed Mikel Arteta’s side as favorites for the title this season, and with just 13 games remaining, the title is now theirs to lose.
However, Pep Guardiola’s winning machine is exactly that, a winning machine. In Erling Haaland, The Blues boast the planet’s best out-and-out striker, and he will add to the 27 Premier League goals he’s already bagged before the season is out. The two main title protagonists will meet on April 26th at the Etihad Stadium, and the winner of that clash will have one hand on the trophy… we feel that it will be Manchester City.
2nd – Arsenal
Once again, Gunners, we know, and we’re sorry. But if someone told you at the start of the season that you would finish second in the Premier League and be genuine title contenders for the first time in over a decade, you’d have snapped their hand off.
Arsenal have had a truly incredible campaign, a season better than anyone could ever have imagined. In the end, they will fall just short of Manchester City, who simply have too much firepower for the Emirates club. But the Gunners can still settle for a return to the UEFA Champions League for the first time since the days of Arsene Wenger.
3rd – Manchester United
Erik Ten Hag’s Red Devils are currently just about clinging on to the division’s leaders. They’re 11 points behind league leaders Arsenal with a game in hand.
If United are to win the title for a record-breaking 21st time and for the first time in a decade, they will need to win all 13 of their remaining fixtures and hope that the Gunners and rivals Manchester City slip up on numerous occasions.
We can’t see it happening, especially with tough games against Newcastle, Brighton, and Chelsea all looming on the horizon.
Manchester United have had a brilliant season and they have already wrapped up the League Cup with a 2-0 victory over Newcastle United, the club’s first trophy in six years. Fans of the club will be satisfied with how they have performed under new manager Erik Ten Hag, and he may also bring further trophies this campaign, with United competing for both the Europa League and FA Cup.
4th – Liverpool
This season has been a disastrous one for Jürgen Klopp’s Reds. Over the last five years, his side have gone toe-to-toe with Manchester City each and every season, and they have given as good as they have got. This term though feels like it has been one season too many, and the Anfield club is in need of a rebuild.
That was abundantly obvious in the recent 5-2 drubbing at the hands of Real Madrid in the Champions League. Liverpool though are an experienced team, and they have finished in the top four in each and every one of their German manager’s full seasons in charge. We think they will get it right over the next 14 games and sneak into the top four.
5th – Tottenham Hotspur
The unlucky team that will miss out on Champions League football is Harry Kane’s Tottenham Hotspur. Spurs are currently sitting in fourth place and are six points clear of Liverpool having played a game more than their Merseyside rivals.
The North London club has been inconsistent this term though, and the football under Antonio Conte has received plenty of criticism despite getting results.
We can see Spurs just missing out, especially as three of their final four games are against Newcastle, Manchester United, and Liverpool. They will finish above Newcastle United in 6th and Brighton in 7th, who will secure European football for the first time in the club’s history.
Ken Anucha studied Information Technology at Sikkim Manipal University. He is a gaming and sports enthusiast whose aim is to keep folks in these spheres thoroughly informed and up-to-date.