Concerns for the 2019-20 Premier League

In less than two months, the 2019-20 Premier League season will begin with last year’s runners-up Liverpool hosting Championship title-winners Norwich City.

Will Manchester City and Liverpool be as dominant this year as they were in 2018-19? Can Tottenham mark their first season at their new stadium with a serious title push? Could club legends galvanize the fallen giants of Chelsea and Manchester United? Should the pressure be on Unai Emery at Arsenal?

In the 2018-19 Premier League, the Gunners’ performances were not especially convincing, especially at the back. Although Lucas Torreira showed his tenacity in the first half of the season and fellow midfielder Matteo Guendouzi displayed potential, Emery’s troops relied largely on the clinical finishing of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

If Arsenal do not recruit well, they could be at risk of being behind not just the elite, but also progressive, well-structured clubs such as Wolves, Leicester and Everton.

Norwich are wise not to overspend as recklessly as Fulham did last summer and Daniel Farke’s fledglings should have enough to beat the drop; Sheffield United could struggle amid ownership disputes.

Aston Villa’s stature means they have ambitions loftier than mere consolidation, as will fellow claret-and-blue-kitted West Ham United.

Graham Potter proved an excellent coach at Swansea but implementing possession play in a likely relegation battle with Brighton could be challenging; although he can take heart from the work of Eddie Howe along the coast at Bournemouth.

There are many exciting innovative coaches in the south, including ‘Klopp of the Alps’ Ralph Hassenhuttl at Southampton and Javi Gracia, who did superbly to lead Watford to an FA Cup Final last season.

Amid these developments, Roy Hodgson remains a rigid 4-4-2 disciple who could come under a bit more scrutiny at Crystal Palace this term, although Sean Dyche and Rafa Benitez have done superbly with limited backing at Burnley and Newcastle respectively.

Amid the excitement, there have been some red flags raised and especially for punters of notorious online books here

Changes in Upcoming Leagues

There has been talk about significant changes concerning the future of the Euro Super League. Although not directly impacted by the outcome of the Premier League, this could affect all future matches, 2020 aside.

900 clubs are said to have arranged a meeting in Madrid to talk about these reforms and it would appear to be a worrying time; especially for England-based supporters of elite clubs who would not be able to see their team play away without travelling across Europe.

The implemented changes would begin to affect the UEFA competitions from 2024; one of the biggest changes could see is the restriction of teams outside of the ‘big five’ leagues.

This is said to try and protect the league and to do so by including clubs strictly part of the elite such as Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Barcelona.

While there is immediate excitement for next season’s Premier League, there are also concerns for the long-term health of our game.