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View From The Opposition – Leicester City, Southampton

Next up from our Premier League panel, we share the views on both Leicester City and Southampton ahead of the big kick off who experienced contrasting fortunes last season.


Leicester City @NewYorkFoxes

Q. What are the fan expectations?

People seem to be all over the place this year but the average seems to be somewhere around mid-table again this season.

Q. Which position does your team desparately need to improve?

We have not secured a like-for-like replacement for Riyad Mahrez and it remains to be seen if we will be able to cope without his creativity and production. An attacking winger or a productive partner for Jamie Vardy would be a huge boost for us.

Q. Name a player from your club that will shine?

There is a lot of excitement about James Maddison and if he can carry on his production from the Championship, he will be a fun player to watch, especially if he can help bring out the best in his England Under 21 teammates Demarai Gray and Ben Chilwell.

Q. Where will your team finish in the league and how will they do in the cups?

I think we will be nipping at a Europa League spot. We have a lot of young players, so I think a good League Cup run is on the cards but I do not think this will finally be the year we get our hands on the FA Cup.

Q. Predict the title winners, teams relegated and domestic cup winners?

  • Premier League – Liverpool
  • Relegated – Cardiff City, Southampton, Bournemouth
  • FA Cup – Manchester City
  • League Cup – Chelsea

Q. Your thoughts on Palace and how we will do this season?

I think it is going to be a tough season if Wilfried Zaha goes, especially since it has been a quiet transfer window for Palace. Still, Roy knows how to get the best out of your guys and I think you will stay up. I expect Christian Benteke to score a lot more goals this season, which will ease the pressure and could keep you in the middle of the table.

 


Southampton @stmarysmusings

Q. What are the fan expectations?

I think everyone would be happy with returning to mid-table after a difficult season last year. It is really hard to gauge the belief as that same ‘belief’ that was given to the likes of Claude Puel and Manuel Pellegrino faded really, really fast. Get back to us in mid-August for a truer expectation of the fan base.

Q. Which position does your team desperately need to improve?

I still think we need to address the forward position. We have Shane Long, who does not score outside of pre-season, the often injured Charlie Austin and the overlooked Manolo Gabbiadini, who is apparently willing to put up with us for another year despite interest from Italy.

Sam Gallagher has good loan spells in the Championship, but to be determined if he is still about come the opening game of the season. It would be smart and complete what has been a strong summer transfer window to bring in someone who can at least push to be either the starting or back-up striker because we desperately need goals.

Q. Name a player from your club that will shine?

Pierre Emile-Hojbjerg. He had some great performances late last season to help keep us up and has looked strong in pre-season. At just 22 he is starting to come into his own and if he is given a regular opportunity as a starter, he could prove to be a Fans’ Player of the Year candidate, seeing as we love a good midfielder.

Q. Where will your team finish in the league and how will they do in the cups?

I think we will finish anywhere from 10th to 13th. The league, it seems has gotten stronger at the bottom, and promoted teams are making really impressive signings that will make the bottom half of the table an interesting watch. As far as the cups, it is all luck of the draw, but a decent run in the Energy Drink Cup or FA Cup would be nice. We played exceptionally well in the FA Cup and I would personally love a repeat.

Q. Predict the title winners, teams relegated and domestic cup winner?

Manchester City is still the team to beat and I see them repeating as champions. Nervous to predict it, but going away as champions again.

Huddersfield Town managed to stay up last year, but I think they will struggle in year two. Joining them as the three teams relegated will be Brighton and Wolves.

Seeing as Manchester United will not win the title according to my prediction, I expect them to win the FA Cup. I think they have a squad built for a cup run rather than a league title.

Q. Your thoughts on Palace and how we will do this season?

Last year was a tale of two halves for Palace. Roy Hodgson showed he has the belief of the players and that turned the club’s fortunes around, and having the right manager as we BOTH found out is hugely important to successes. It is an ageing squad, however, and could do with some upgrades to maintain the momentum, but I think Palace will finish around a similar position I predicted for Saints.

 

OUR THANKS TO THE GUYS FOR JOINING OUR PREMIER LEAGUE PANEL FOR THE NEW SEASON. WE WILL REVISIT THEIR VIEWS LATER IN THE SEASON.

 

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Jay Crame

Jay Crame

Jay is the founder of TEB and site editor. An avid Palace fan since the late eighties with a passion for music and too many other sports. Presenter and producer of The Meridian Sports Show on 107 Meridian FM.

2 Comments

  1. August 6, 2018 at 12:21 am — Reply

    This has been a good series. Next year you might want to wait until the end of the window to get comments. Lots of contributors do not mention Palace’s recent acquisitions

    • August 14, 2018 at 2:10 pm — Reply

      Thank you for your comments, glad you liked. We have been working on this across the summer so there was always going to be some cross over. Much more difficult once the season gets going to get all the opinions in but pleased we managed to cover all Premier League teams in the end.

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