Predicting the 2022/23 Premier League: Top 4, signings, surprise team & more

    We are now just days away from the start of the 2022/23 Premier League season, meaning the soon-to-be-proved-foolish This Is Anfield predictions are upon us!

    The action gets underway on Friday night when Crystal Palace entertain Arsenal, before Liverpool begin their campaign with a trip to Fulham on Saturday lunchtime.

    It promises to be another fascinating season in the top flight, as clubs battle it out for titles, top-four finishes and to avoid relegation.

    Here’s how This Is Anfield’s writers are predicting the league campaign to pan out…

    Matt Ladson

    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, December 22, 2021: Leicester City's manager Brendan Rodgers during the Football League Cup Quarter-Final match between Liverpool FC and Leicester City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, December 22, 2021: Leicester City's manager Brendan Rodgers during the Football League Cup Quarter-Final match between Liverpool FC and Leicester City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

    Top four:

    1. Liverpool
    2. Man City
    3. Spurs
    4. Arsenal

    Relegated: Everton, Leeds, Bournemouth

    First manager to be sacked: Brendan Rodgers. No signings and he’s been found out.

    Surprise team: Nottingham Forest

    Best new signing: Sterling’s a great signing for Chelsea, and think Jesus will do very well at Arsenal.

    Golden Boot: Mo Salah. Refreshed and settled.

    @mattladson

    Jack Lusby

    MILAN, ITALY - Tuesday, December 7, 2021: Liverpool's Neco Williams applauds the supporters after the UEFA Champions League Group B Matchday 6 game between AC Milan and Liverpool FC at the Stadio San Siro. Liverpool won 2-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

    MILAN, ITALY - Tuesday, December 7, 2021: Liverpool's Neco Williams applauds the supporters after the UEFA Champions League Group B Matchday 6 game between AC Milan and Liverpool FC at the Stadio San Siro. Liverpool won 2-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

    Top four:

    1. Liverpool
    2. Man City
    3. Spurs
    4. Chelsea

    Relegated: Everton, Leeds, Fulham

    First manager to be sacked: Thomas Tuchel

    Surprise team: Nottingham Forest

    Best new signing: Relatively speaking, I can see Neco Williams being huge for Forest!

    Golden Boot: Mo Salah

    @LusbyJack

    Joanna Durkan

    MUNICH, GERMANY - Friday, August 7, 2020: Ivan Perisic during a Bayern Munich training session at the Saebener Strasse training ground ahead of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match against Chelsea FC. (Photo by M. Donato/FC Bayern Munich)

    MUNICH, GERMANY - Friday, August 7, 2020: Ivan Perisic during a Bayern Munich training session at the Saebener Strasse training ground ahead of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match against Chelsea FC. (Photo by M. Donato/FC Bayern Munich)

    Top four:

    1. Liverpool
    2. Man City
    3. Chelsea
    4. Spurs

    Relegated: Everton, Fulham, Bournemouth

    First manager to be sacked: Ralph Hasenhuttl

    Surprise team: Nottingham Forest

    Best new signing: Ivan Perisic. He’s a free transfer, after all.

    Golden Boot: Mo Salah

    @JoannaDurkan_

    Jack Sear

    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, March 13, 2022: Everton's manager Frank Lampard during the FA Premier League match between Everton FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC at Goodison Park. Wolverhampton Wanderers won 1-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, March 13, 2022: Everton's manager Frank Lampard during the FA Premier League match between Everton FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC at Goodison Park. Wolverhampton Wanderers won 1-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

    Top four:

    1. Liverpool
    2. Man City
    3. Spurs
    4. Chelsea

    Relegated: Leeds, Fulham, Bournemouth

    First manager to be sacked: Frank Lampard

    Surprise team: Brentford

    Best new signing: Erling Haaland

    Golden Boot: Mo Salah

    @JackSear

    Henry Jackson

    LEICESTER, ENGLAND - Saturday, July 30, 2022: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates with the trophy after the FA Community Shield friendly match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at the King Power Stadium. Liverpool won 3-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

    LEICESTER, ENGLAND - Saturday, July 30, 2022: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates with the trophy after the FA Community Shield friendly match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at the King Power Stadium. Liverpool won 3-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

    Top four:

    1. Liverpool
    2. Man City
    3. Spurs
    4. Chelsea

    Relegated: Bournemouth, Fulham, Brentford

    First manager to be sacked: Hope it’s Lampard, reckon it will be Hasenhuttl, but don’t rule out a shock Tuchel sacking! Chelsea are odd.

    Surprise team: Nottingham Forest

    Best new signing: Gabriel Jesus

    Golden Boot: Mo Salah

    @HenryJackson87

    Karl Matchett

    LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, December 19, 2021: Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane applauds the supporters after the FA Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Liverpool FC at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The game ended in a 2-2 draw. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

    LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, December 19, 2021: Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane applauds the supporters after the FA Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Liverpool FC at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The game ended in a 2-2 draw. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

    Top four:

    1. Liverpool
    2. Man City
    3. Spurs
    4. Chelsea

    Relegated: Southampton, Fulham, Bournemouth

    First manager to be sacked: Scott Parker

    Surprise team: Crystal Palace

    Best new signing: Boubacar Kamara, Cheick Doucoure or Raheem Sterling.

    Luis Sinisterra and Erling Haaland a notch lower, just because they have to do amazing just to match expectations.

    Golden Boot: Kane and Salah in another mildly frustrating sharesies.

    @karlmatchett

    James Nalton

    LEICESTER, ENGLAND - Saturday, July 30, 2022: Manchester City's Erling Haaland during the FA Community Shield friendly match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at the King Power Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

    LEICESTER, ENGLAND - Saturday, July 30, 2022: Manchester City's Erling Haaland during the FA Community Shield friendly match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at the King Power Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

    Top four:

    1. Man City
    2. Liverpool
    3. Arsenal
    4. Spurs

    Relegated: Brentford, Bournemouth, Fulham

    First manager to be sacked: Scott Parker

    Surprise team: Brighton

    Best new signing: Gabriel Jesus

    Golden Boot: Erling Haaland

    @JDNalton

    Sam Millne

    STOKE-ON-TRENT, ENGLAND - Saturday, January 25, 2020: Swansea City's manager Steve Cooper applauds the supporters after the Football League Championship match between Stoke City FC and Swansea City FC at the Britannia Stadium. Swansea City lost 1-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

    STOKE-ON-TRENT, ENGLAND - Saturday, January 25, 2020: Swansea City's manager Steve Cooper applauds the supporters after the Football League Championship match between Stoke City FC and Swansea City FC at the Britannia Stadium. Swansea City lost 1-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

    Top four:

    1. Liverpool
    2. Man City
    3. Spurs
    4. Chelsea

    Relegated: Nottingham Forest, Fulham, Southampton

    First manager to be sacked: Steve Cooper

    Surprise team: Leicester

    Best new signing: Erling Haaland

    Golden Boot: Mo Salah

    @sam_millne

    Jeff Goulding

    Erling Haaland joins Manchester City on five-year deal. (Handout photo from Manchester City FC)

    Erling Haaland joins Manchester City on five-year deal. (Handout photo from Manchester City FC)

    Top four:

    1. Man City
    2. Liverpool
    3. Chelsea
    4. Man United

    Relegated: Everton, Fulham, Leeds

    First manager to be sacked: Lampard. Under pressure by Christmas, gone with them in a relegation struggle.

    Surprise team: Think Forest will do well.

    Best new signing: Haaland. As much as I hate to say it, he’s a phenomenal player.

    Golden Boot: It’s toss-up between Salah and Haaland.

    Although Salah will have a great season, I’ll go with Haaland.

    @ShanklysBoys1

    Steven Scragg

    LEICESTER, ENGLAND - Saturday, July 30, 2022: Liverpool's Darwin Núñez (R) celebrates after scoring the third goal during the FA Community Shield friendly match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at the King Power Stadium. Liverpool won 3-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

    LEICESTER, ENGLAND - Saturday, July 30, 2022: Liverpool's Darwin Núñez (R) celebrates after scoring the third goal during the FA Community Shield friendly match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at the King Power Stadium. Liverpool won 3-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

    Top four:

    1. Liverpool
    2. Man City
    3. Spurs
    4. Chelsea

    Relegated: Fulham, Brentford, Leeds

    First manager to be sacked: Jesse Marsch

    Surprise team: Nottingham Forest

    Best new signing: Darwin Nunez

    Golden Boot: Mo Salah

    @Scraggy_74

    Dan Clubbe

    LEIPZIG, GERMANY - Thursday, July 21, 2022: Liverpool's Darwin Núñez (L) celebrates with team-mate Mohamed Salah (R) after scoring the second goal during a pre-season friendly match between RB Leipzig and Liverpool FC at the Red Bull Arena. Liverpool won 5-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

    LEIPZIG, GERMANY - Thursday, July 21, 2022: Liverpool's Darwin Núñez (L) celebrates with team-mate Mohamed Salah (R) after scoring the second goal during a pre-season friendly match between RB Leipzig and Liverpool FC at the Red Bull Arena. Liverpool won 5-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

    Top four:

    1. Liverpool
    2. City
    3. Spurs
    4. Chelsea

    Relegated: Brentford, Fulham, Bournemouth

    First manager to be sacked: Lampard

    Surprise team: Leeds

    Best new signing: Darwin Nunez

    Golden Boot: Mo Salah

    @dan_clubbe

    OUR 2022/23 PL SEASON PREVIEWS

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