Aston Villa, Wolves & West Ham

Here at Who Knows Wins we are all about the fans, so for our Premier League Preview we have handed the pen over to the fans. We have asked an avid supporter from each club to give us their predicted final league position and the reasons why.

Here's what they think...

Aston Villa – Rob Lawry, season ticket holder

Aston Villa are back in the Premier League after a 3 year absence and are investing heavily in remaining in there.

Aston Villa have invested heavily in reshaping their squad under the stewardship of Villa fan Dean Smith. To date 12 players have been signed and it’s expected that 2 further players will be added which sends out the message that Aston Villa are back in the Premier League to stay! 

The first 3 months of the new season will be pivotal in shaping Villa’s season and it’s imperative the new players settle into their new surroundings quickly. Many of the new players have not experienced the Premier League but Smith has compiled a squad of young hungry talent that will have to find their feet and grow quickly.

The managers philosophy of attacking football stood Villa in good stead in the second half of last season and expect to see more entertaining football and a few surprising score lines along the way. 

Other local hero Jack Grealish will be crucial in Villa’s success and keeping him fit will crucial to Premier League survival. Jack should now be pushing to become an England regular and he has the ability to do so.

I’m confident that Villa will surprise a few this season and the aim has to be minimum of survival, however, I’m quietly confident that Villa will be nearer the middle of the table rather than the bottom. 

Either way I’m sure it’ll be an entertaining season backed by a huge Villa following throughout the season. 

Prediction: 12 - 14th

 

Wolves – Ed Fleet, hardcore fan & stat monster

There has been a lot said about Wolves lack of business this transfer window compared to their rivals. However, you have to remember that it is the likes of Everton, Leicester & West Ham who needed to improve to catch Wolves.

With the addition of Cutrone adding more firepower and some invaluable additions in the back line I think we’re very well placed to match our final position from last season. I’m sure the Europa league will play its part but In Nuno Wolves arguably have one of the best managers in the league at the moment. As a fan base we have to trust he’ll get the job done!    

I am excited to see how the season unfolds and I’m sure Wolves will continue to be the pride of the Midlands!

Wolves – Final Position = 7th

 

West Ham – Brett Juniper, armchair manager

The Hammers have added further firepower and quality going forward over the summer break with Fornals and more importantly Haller, who I expect to top score, looking to more than fill the gap left by Arnautovic who had all but switched off towards the end of last season

But it is the return of the mostly injured Yarmolenko, Wilshire and (leaving the best until last) Lanzini, which will mean this years attack will be a big step up from last and something that most opposition defences will not relish playing against. I expect a few memorable scalps of the big boys.

There will be goals, and plenty of them, as an attacking style returns to East London. Unfortunately not all of these will be at the right end as defencive frailties, especially at full back, the inevitable silly mistakes and more attacking style will result in not too many clean sheets at either end this season. 

A good start could see us looking up to the top 6, but I expect our customary wobble at some point to result in a good battle between ourselves, Wolves, Everton and Leicester for the best of the rest, which we will just be pipped to by Wolves.

Prediction - 8th