- The Premier League’s ‘Big Six’ clubs have made major changes to their lineup. There may be more transfers as well.
- GIVEMESPORT’s predictions for week one lineups were fairly accurate for some ‘big six’ teams, but missed the points for others.
- Injuries, last-minute transfers and tactical decisions lead to discrepancies in the projected lineup. Some players stand out as unexpected starters. While some have missed playing due to injury or moving to another club.
Premier League football is back on the pitch and on TV for the first time in a few months and the teams are kicking off the 2023/24 season in style.
Manchester City beat Burnley, Newcastle’s Aston Villa, and Chelsea and Liverpool drew 1-1 in an entertaining 1-1 draw. The first game of the week ended on Monday night with Manchester United’s 1-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Every division team has a new look for them as well. With many players changing teams or traveling from abroad. Supporters got a first glimpse of what the club’s future could hold. and what they might expect in the coming weeks and months.
The ‘Big Six’ clubs are especially busy in the market. Pep Guardiola’s City have reached deals for Mateo Kovacic and Josco Guardiol, while Mauricio Pochettino has brought in several players. At Stamford Bridge, with each side looking to upgrade in certain areas. So you can be sure none of these starting XIs are in good shape.
The activity in the transfer market is one of the reasons we face each other today. Last month, the GIVEMESPORT staff predicted what the starting lineup for each of the big six clubs will look like in the first week of the new season. We don’t just look at players at clubs. But also consider who will be moving or joining in the coming weeks.
with the benefit of looking back Some of our calls from July look particularly silly right now. So we thought we could see how wrong our predictions were. Spoiler alert – two of them are bad.
Arsenal – 8/11
Not a bad start for us at all. And this score could have been higher had it not been for a minor injury to a key Arsenal player.
Defense is the hardest part of a Gunners setup to get right. Miguel’s team Arteta is stacked in that part of the pitch. With quality at the back, Aaron Ramsdale is always a safe bet to score, but we think Gabriel Magalhães will pair up with William Saliba in the back four to make his Forest debut, with Ben White and Oleksandr Zinchenko starting in full. back
Although White and Saliba started, Thomas Partey and Jurrien Timber lined up for the other two. The latter is unlikely to appear in the near future. Due to injury he made his Premier League debut.
Our midfield is a good fit, with Kai Havertz expected to be deeper compared to where he plays for Chelsea. Club captain Declan Rice and Martin Odegaard were also caught.
The striker three is almost perfect and would have been possible were it not for Gabriel Jesus’ knee injury. As it turned out, Eddie Nketiah played up front against Forest, scoring the opening goal on Saturday.
Chelsea – 6/11
We dare to speculate on Chelsea in July. They are expected to sign the No.9 and Moises Caicedo before the match against Liverpool begins. Neither of these things happened, although Caicedo is now joining the Blues following a tug of war between the west London club and their rivals on Sunday.
Despite playing in a 4-2-3-1 formation during pre-season But Pochettino surprised Liverpool by opting for a back three. We didn’t expect Axel. Disasi will leave Monaco. But he stood beside Levi. Colvil and Thiago Silva, who we expect to be the starting centre-backs, to score goals. Kepa Arrizabalaga joins Real. Madrid on loan before the match Guaranteed a Robert Sanchez debut and ensured our miscalculation once again.
Ben Chilwell and Reece James will always start if fit. But with Caicedo out of the squad, Conor Gallagher took over after Enzo Fernandez, who also had a solid game against Liverpool.
This is where we really blow it up. Christopher Nkunku’s injury, which will rule him out for a few months, means Carney Chukwumega is given a chance to start, with Noni Madeeke out on the bench. And Dusan Vlahovic, our delegate is not moving to west London like we thought. he could do it Pochettino is reportedly “not confident” with the striker.
Nicholas Jackson was entrusted to lead the defensive line against Liverpool. means Raheem Sterling is our only correct prediction of attack. despite all that But we made even more mistakes when predicting other teams’ lineups…
Liverpool – 9/11
Our predictions for the other teams playing at Stamford Bridge. Sunday’s bridge was much better. Joel Matip may be preferred in defense than Ibrahima Konate, but Jurgen Klopp opted to start the Frenchman to ensure he picks the backline we think Liverpool will use for their first match of the season.
Fabinho is the only thing we can call wrong in midfield, with the 29-year-old joining Al-Ittihad late last month with Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai being joined by Cody Gakpo instead. Those are three players that are unlikely to be seen again. While the Reds continue to search for new members into the engine room
Up front, Luis Diaz and Mohamed Salah both performed well, but Darwin Nunez was left on the bench. Although the pre-season has been impressive. Klopp playing for Diogo Instead, Jota was the third attacker. before turning to the Uruguayan attacker in the second half
Manchester City – 5/11
Predicting how Guardiola will deliver is impossible. because of all the options that the Spanish coach has to offer No wonder we absolutely killed this XI.
Our predictions in defence were very dire. We expected Josko Gvardiol to leave RB Leipzig for Cityzens, which he did, but unfortunately the Croatian started the match against Burnley on the bench. It’s the fact that Guardiola decided not to use the form that City achieved last season, so Rico Lewis, Manuel Akanji and Kyle Walker are in place for Ruben Dias, Gvardiol and John Stones.
The midfield wasn’t much better, Kevin De Bruyne recovered from injury to start the match. Although he was substituted in the first half after receiving another catch. His appearance saw Kovacic drop off the bench, along with Jack Grealish.
Phil Foden and Haaland are doing well, but Riyad Mahrez might not. The Algerian moved to Al-Ahli last month for £30m. All in all a poor attempt by us.
Manchester United – 10/11
We may have had the formation wrong, but we were almost 100% right for United’s debut. There were no surprises in the Wolves defense, with Erik ten Hag picking a line that the supporters were familiar with.
The midfield is a surprise. But only because the Red Devils played Casemiro behind the bank four. Fernandes and Mount were flanked by Anthony on the right. But we think Rashford will play on the left, as it turns out, Alejandro Carnacho is the better option. with Rashford playing an important role in the front
Carnacho’s starting means there is no room for a new signing of Rasmus Hojland, who we think will lead the way. The Danish striker made a pre-season mistake that kept him out of United’s first game. Make sure we can’t clean up here.
United came away with a 1-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on the night, although they had to deal with a scrappy effort from Rafael. Varane to complete this task. Don’t expect them to wait too long to introduce Hojlund to the lineup once he’s fit.
Tottenham Hotspur – 7/11
we ended well with little surprise from Angke Postecoglu for his first Premier League game We went three against five in the defensive line. Both of our full-backs made the wrong choice. Tottenham set to face Brentford with Emerson Royal and Destiny Udoghi replaces Pedro Porro and Ben Davies.
We got a bit out of shape here as well, with Postecoglou opting for a 4-2-3-1 instead of a 4-3-3. Start with Eve Bissouma and James Maddison
Then there was a big absence. We are unsure whether Harry Kane will remain at the club at the start of the season. But it is expected that Daniel Levy will keep his valuable asset. Munich last week This guarantees that we will have at least one false prediction on this team.
Instead, Richarlison teams up with Son Heung-Min and Dejan Kulusevski. That should be an attacking trio in the 2023/24 season, unless Tottenham put some of the Kane funds into the new number nine.
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