The new Premier League season is almost upon us, and with anticipatation building rapidly following a particularly productive deadline day, we decided to have a go at predicting how it’ll all go both domestically and on the continent.

From who we think will win the Champions League and FA Cup, to who we expect to scoop the end-of-season awards at The Dixies, here’s our verdict for the upcoming campaign.

And once you’ve rated/slated our picks, why not have a go yourself in the comment section below?

DAVE DOWNIE

Premier League – Final Table
1.Manchester City
2. Liverpool
3. Tottenham
4. Manchester United
5. Arsenal
6. Everton
7. Chelsea
8. West Ham
9. Wolves
10. Fulham
11. Crystal Palace
12. Leicester
13. Burnley
14. Watford
15. Bournemouth
16. Southampton
17. Brighton
18. Newcastle
19. Huddersfield
20. Cardiff

Brief paragraph on where you placed Everton and why…

Deadline day was crucial for us. One of my main concerns when Marco Silva took over was the big disparity between the system and football he prefers and the personnel we had.

The signings address that acutely, with pace movement and versatility ousting the rigid, cumbersome outfit we were last season. I think he’s happy with what we have and it makes for an exciting season and hopefully plenty of shots and goals!

Chelsea seem to be in a mess and I think they’re vulnerable in the top 6 and may not be the only ones. People always call for me to be more positive, so there you go! UTFT!

How many points will Everton finish the season on?

66

Will we end our Anfield hoodoo during the 2018/19 campaign? (brief paragraph)

No, but I think we will draw. I don’t think we’ll go there to defend.

And how many away wins do you think we will get at the top six?

Two

Who will win the Champions League?

PSG

Who will get furthest from England’s representatives?

Liverpool

Who will win the FA Cup? (If you didn’t say Everton, how far will we get?)

Spurs (Everton to reach quarters)

Who will win the League Cup? (If you didn’t say Everton, how far will we get?)

Everton. This is the year it all changes.

Who will win Everton’s Player of the Season Award?

Gylfi Sigurdsson. Big year for our record-signing and I think he’ll deliver in spades.

Who will win the PFA Player of the Year award?

Gabriel Jesus

Who will be Everton’s top scorer and how many will they net?

Richarlison – 15 goals

Who will be the Premier League’s overall top scorer?

Gabriel Jesus

Who will Everton’s signing of the season be?

Richarlison

Everton’s breakthrough star/young player of the season?

Ademola Lookman – we’re keeping him for a reason.

And, describe what the standout moment of the entire season will be…

Lifting a trophy at Wembley for the first time in 24 years thanks to a Ross Barkley own goal in the League Cup final against Chelsea.

PADDY BOYLAND
Premier League – Final Table
1. Manchester City
2. Liverpool
3. Tottenham
4. Manchester United
5. Chelsea
6. Arsenal
7. Everton
8. Leicester
9. Wolves
10. Fulham
11. Crystal Palace
12. Burnley
13. West Ham
14. Brighton
15. Bournemouth
16. Southampton
17. Watford
18. Newcastle
19. Huddersfield
20. Cardiff

Brief paragraph on where you placed Everton and why…
There will inevitably be teething problems as Silva begins the process of implementing his style, but Everton appear to have enough to finish ‘best of the rest’ after strengthening in key areas during the window.

Anything more, though, seems a tad unrealistic – even with Arsenal and Chelsea in transition.

How many points will Everton finish the season on?
55

Will we end our Anfield hoodoo during the 2018/19 campaign? (brief paragraph)

No – but there will be a palpable change in mentality for games of this ilk. And that, at the very least, helps lay the foundations for future improvement.

And how many away wins do you think we will get at the top-six?

  1. There’s still a cavernous gap between the top-six and the rest

Who will win the Champions League?

Barcelona

Who will get furthest from England’s representatives?

Manchester City

Who will win the FA Cup? (If you didn’t say Everton, how far will we get?)

Arsenal. Everton to make the semi-finals

Who will win the League Cup? (If you didn’t say Everton, how far will we get?)

Manchester City. Everton out in the fifth-round.

Who will win Everton’s Player of the Season Award?

Richarlison. An exciting signing, regardless of the bizarre view that appears to have taken hold outside of L4.

Who will win the PFA Player of the Year award?

Kevin De Bruyne

Who will be Everton’s top scorer and how many will they net?

Tosun with around 15 league goals.

Who will be the Premier League’s overall top scorer?

Mohamed Salah. It’s a toss of the coin though between the Egyptian, Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero.

Who will Everton’s signing of the season be?

Richarlison. Varied skill-set gives Everton an extra dimension.

Everton’s breakthrough star/young player of the season?

I initially plumped for Mason Holgate, who has the attributes to thrive under Silva, but the arrivals of Yerry Mina and Kurt Zouma mean that the youngster could find himself struggling for minutes this season. As such, I’ll back Richarlison to win Young Player of the Season and Ademola Lookman to influence games initially from the bench.

Lower down, Joe Williams and Fraser Hornby have the potential to push for first-team minutes before the season is out.

And, describe what the standout moment of the entire season will be…

Not one moment as such, but do expect to enjoy watching Everton again this season.

After a hugely disappointing 2017-18, that would be a big step in the right direction…

SARAH HALPIN
Premier League – Final table
1. Manchester City
2. Liverpool
3. Manchester United
4. Spurs
5. Chelsea
6. Arsenal
7. Everton
8. Burnley
9. West Ham
10. Leicester
11.Wolves
12. Crystal Palace
13. Fulham
14. Bournemouth
15. Brighton
16. Watford
17. Huddersfield
18. Southampton
19. Newcastle
20. Cardiff

Brief paragraph on where you placed Everton and why…

I’ve predicted Everton to finish 7th, as I feel that this season is all about Silva putting his first stamp on the side.

We’ve seen Brands and Silva take action over the summer to move on the players that were not going to be part of their plans going forward and have also made exciting and promising additions to the side.

It will take some time for the new boys to bed in, but I think we have a pretty strong side with lots of talent, pace and flair. I think it has to be our aim this season to finish ‘best of the rest’ and to see tangible improvements in our style of play and establish this new identity in the way we play football.

How many points will Everton finish the season on?

68

Will we end our Anfield hoodoo during the 2018/19 campaign? (brief paragraph)

I’m not so sure that we will end our Anfield hoodoo this year. I would love to think that will turn out to be the case. But if I’m honest, I’m not too confident that we will go there and win. We all know how good of a side they are (frustratingly)..add to that the signings they’ve made this season, Anfield is always a tough place to go. I think we will beat them this season, but at The Grand Old Lady.

And how many away wins do you think we will get at the top six?

I think we will get 2 wins away against the ‘top 6’ this season.

Who will win the Champions League?

I think Manchester City will win the Champions League this season; they’ve got an incredibly talented side that play beautiful football. It’s not quite happened for them in Europe yet, but I predict we might see that change this time around.

Who will get furthest from England’s representatives?

Manchester City

Who will win the FA Cup

Spurs (EFC to reach the quarter-finals)

Who will win the League Cup?

Everton. We are so desperately overdue a trophy, it would be massive for our Football Club.

Who will win Everton’s Player of the Season Award?

From what I’ve seen of Richarlison so far in a blue shirt and also what we saw of him for large parts of last season for Watford I think he will be EFC’s player of the season..tremendously excited about this guy.

Who will win the PFA Player of the Year award?
Kevin De Bruyne. For me, De Bruyne is one of the best passers of the ball I have ever seen, the talent he has cannot be taught. He is a joy to watch…except against Everton!

Who will be Everton’s top scorer and how many will they net?
Cenk Tosun. 22.

Who will be the Premier League’s overall top scorer?

Harry Kane

Who will Everton’s signing of the season be?

Bernard (I hope)

Everton’s breakthrough star/young player of the season?

I know he has been around the first team already for a while now, but I think this could be a huge season for Mason Holgate. Immensely talented young player. I would like to see him properly establish himself as one of Everton’s starting centre-backs.

And, describe what the standout moment of the entire season will be…

Moment of the season will be seeing Seamie Coleman lift a trophy at Wembley! UTT!

MARK MOSEY
Premier League – Final Table
1. Man City
2. Liverpool
3. Man United
4. Arsenal
5. Tottenham
6. Chelsea
7. Everton
8. West Ham
9. Wolves
10. Bournemouth
11. Leicester
12. Burnley
13. Crystal Palace
14. Fulham
15. Newcastle
16. Watford
17. Southampton
18. Cardiff
19. Brighton
20. Huddersfield

Brief paragraph on where you placed Everton and why…

I can see us recapturing out “best of the rest” crown with relative ease. Clearly there will be a lot of attacking talent on offer, meaning that we will continue to brush aside weak opposition at Goodison – but the most successful teams that the Premier League has ever seen are founded on a rigid defence and a disciplined back five, and we’ve seen no evidence of that thus far in pre-season

How many points will Everton finish the season on?

We’ll just about break the 60-point barrier and make it on to 62

Will we end our Anfield hoodoo during the 2018/19 campaign? (brief paragraph)

Stylistically, we seem well set up to go to opposition grounds and cause damage on the counter. A fluid front 4 is terrifying for most teams in the league, meaning we’ll definitely find the net against opposition we’re so used to firing blanks against. The defensive issues however, along with the inevitably of Everton, means that we’d do almost anything for a point (which I can see us getting).

And how many away wins do you think we will get at the top six?

For all the reasons mentioned above, I can see us going to at least one ground and grabbing a win. A Sunday win at Stamford Bridge in front of the Sky cameras will be our only “big six” victory.

Who will win the Champions League?

Manchester City, on the assumption that they can keep Sergio Aguero fit. They’ve been unlucky with the draw at early stages in recent years, but I think this will be their year.
Who will get furthest from England’s representatives?

Which English team will get furthest?

City as mentioned, but equally can see Liverpool being their usual terrifying self in Europe

Who will win the FA Cup? (If you didn’t say Everton, how far will we get?)

Arsenal, with Everton reaching the final

Who will win the League Cup? (If you didn’t say Everton, how far will we get?)

Man City, with us making the quarter-finals

Who will win Everton’s Player of the Season Award?

Richarlison

Who will win the PFA Player of the Year award?

Kevin De Bruyne

Who will be Everton’s top scorer and how many will they net?

Cenk Tosun on 19

Who will be the Premier League’s overall top scorer?

Harry Kane

Who will Everton’s signing of the season be?

Lucas Digne could be a revelation at left back, but I think for pure flair and excitement reasons I’ll stick with Richarlison.

Everton’s breakthrough star/young player of the season?

Hoping that this could be Kieran Dowell – certainly been given chances to impress in pre season, and we’re approaching his do-or-die stage as a professional.

And, describe what the standout moment of the entire season will be…

A Wembley win in the semi final of the FA cup, sealed by a Bernard free kick in the dying stages….

MIKE DE ASHA
Premier League Table
1. Manchester City
2. Liverpool
3. Spurs
4. Arsenal
5. Chelsea
6. Manchester United
7. Everton
8. Leicester
9. West Ham
10. Crystal Palace
11. Brighton
12. Wolves
13. Bournemouth
14. Fulham
15. Southampton
16. Burnley
17. Newcastle
18. Watford
19. Huddersfield
20. Cardiff

I think it would take a miracle from Everton, mixed with an absolute calamity from one of the top six for Everton to finish any higher than seventh this season. This season is about regaining a sense of stability and creating a platform to plan for and build from in the 19/20 season.

However, with the new additions in mind, Everton should have enough to claim seventh place while also having a significant go at one of the cup competitions.

How many points will Everton finish the season on?

55. I don’t see us having enough to trouble the top six, but enough to see off any competition for seventh.

Will we end our Anfield Hoodoo during the 2018/19 season?

It’s difficult to say. But I feel comfortable in saying this; with Marco Silva in charge, if they beat us it’ll be because they were the better team rather than because Everton wilted.

And how many away wins do you think we will get against the top six?

There are definitely a couple of very attainable scalps there. As with my answer to the last question, I expect Marco Silva to set up a team to win those games, which definitely makes winning these games a lot more likely than the last couple of seasons…

Who will win the Champions League?

Juventus. They gamble needs to pay off and I really hope it does. They’ve tried absolutely everything else, bringing in the one player who has been most synonymous with this trophy in recent times is the final throw of the dice for them. Bringing a 31-year-old Leonardo Bonucci to the club shows that for Juventus it’s really now or never. With the uncertainty that currently embroiling Real Madrid, they have an excellent chance of pulling it off.

Who will get furthest from England’s representatives?

Manchester City. They haven’t lost anyone significant and with the emergence of the likes of Phil Foden and the addition of Riyad Mahrez, Guardiola even more options within an already daunting squad. While Liverpool have made some very good signings, they still haven’t added any major depth to their squad that you feel is really necessary for Klopp’s side to thrive over an entire season. I can’t really see United or Spurs mounting any significant challenges after the summer they’ve had, but that could all be very different come January!

Who will win the FA Cup?

This is Everton’s best chance of a trophy. The new players are given time over the early weeks and months and if all is going well then they’ll have had long enough to fully grasp Silva’s methods before the business end of the season starts. But I think we’ll probably see Chelsea or Arsenal win it again and not appreciate it. Sigh.

Who will win the League Cup?

I think Spurs will. Pochettino really needs to add a trophy to his CV and the pressure will be on Levy to deliver something after a summer where they didn’t buy a single player. This would be a very attainable win for them. Everton, obviously, will end up at City away in the fourth round and that will be the end of that.

Who will win Everton’s player of the season award?

Richarlison. A young exciting player who can create and score goals and seems to work very hard. Not sure you’d get great odds on it, to be honest.

Who will win the PFA Player of the Year award?

Leroy Sane. Last season was an outstanding arrival onto the stage of the Premier League elite. But after an inexplicable summer off he can really hit the ground running and won’t be suffering the burnout that many do towards the end of a post-World Cup season.

Who will be Everton’s top scorer and how many will they get?

I don’t think you can look past Cenk Tosun. He was very clinical in a team that offered him very few chances. In a much more creative line-up you would assume he’ll have many more opportunities. I’d expect him to get over 15 league goals this season.

Who will be the Premier League’s overall top scorer?

Sticking with my tip for PFA Player of the Year, I think it’ll be a straight shoot-out between Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane. There are so many goals in that City side not to back one of them to end up as top scorer.

Who will Everton’s signing of the season be?

Richarlison. As I referenced earlier, Everton have lacked a quick and direct presence on the left wing in recent times. A summer without football will do him the world of good after the 60+ consecutive games he played in the Brazil and then at Watford. With a season of Premier League football under his belt too, he could really impose himself on the competition this season.

Everton’s breakthrough star/young player of the season?

Joe Williams. He had a good season on loan at Barnsley last season but has suffered with injury throughout this pre-season. All the noises are that Silva has been very impressed with him when he has been involved with training. This could be the year that Dominic Calvert-Lewin really kicks on too, without the pressure of having to be the first choice striker he could quietly thrived under the coaching of Silva.

And, describe what the standout moment of the entire season will be…

Enjoying watching football matches involving Everton again, I hope. I’m not even going to think about scenarios or possibilities. Just enjoying and looking forward to the games would be a half decent start for this season.

ROB VERA
Premier League – Final Table
1. Manchester City
2. Liverpool
3. Spurs
4. Chelsea
5. Arsenal
6. Manchester United
7. Everton
8. Leicester City
9. West Ham
10. Burnley
11. Wolves
12. Fulham
13. Bournemouth
14. Brighton
15. Watford
16. Southampton
17. Crystal Palace
18. Newcastle
19. Huddersfield
20. Cardiff

Brief paragraph on where you placed Everton and why…

Everton is facing transition in terms of both the players on the pitch and the system being adopted. The good news is that an injection of chance creation, pace, and hopefully goals ought to ultimately deliver a team that is better by the end of the season than at the beginning.

The ebbs and flows of “the project” in (another) Year 1—and especially the growing pains that come with overhauling a back line—will create headwinds in the pursuit of the Top 6.

The key will be the performances and what they tell us about the potential and growth on display.

If Everton stay relatively healthy, 7th feels about right. Any slippage—and there could certainly be some from United especially—and Everton could steal a place in the Top 6. But heart of hearts, it’s 7th for me.

How many points will Everton finish the season on?

60

Will we end our Anfield hoodoo during the 2018/19 campaign? (brief paragraph)

Yes. There are enough new players—and certainly a new manager—who won’t carry the scars that we’re all burdened with. Having a lineup that enables us to do some pushing and pressing of our own against the red curse gives us a fighting chance and I think a win at Goodison is finally on the cards.

And how many away wins do you think we will get at the top six?

2

Who will win the Champions League?

Juventus

Who will get furthest from England’s representatives?

City

Who will win the FA Cup?

Spurs (If not now, WHEN?). We’ll make a valiant run to the semi-final.

Who will win the League Cup?
Everton (Damn right I said it.)

Who will win Everton’s Player of the Season Award?

Gylfi Sigurdsson

Who will win the PFA Player of the Year award?

Kevin De Bruyne

Who will be Everton’s top scorer and how many will they net?

Richarlison—19 goals

Who will be the Premier League’s overall top scorer?

Mo Salah

Who will Everton’s signing of the season be?

Richarlison

Everton’s breakthrough star/young player of the season?

Richarlison

And, describe what the standout moment of the entire season will be…

Yerry Mina’s late header off a Sigurdsson cross at Goodison to deliver a long overdue win against the shite. He will dance. Latin dancing will infect the blue half of Merseyside the way the Macarena infected America once upon a time. Bad YouTube videos and GIFs will plague the land. And it will be glorious.

CONNOR O’NEILL
Premier League – Final Table
1. Manchester City
2. Liverpool
3. Chelsea
4. Manchester United
5. Arsenal
6. Spurs
7. Everton
8. West Ham
9. Wolves
10. Leicester
11. Fulham
12. Burnley
13. Palace
14. Southampton
15. Bournemouth
16. Newcastle
17. Watford
18. Brighton
19. Huddersfield
20. Cardiff

Brief paragraph on where you placed Everton and why…

Seventh would be a realistic and solid position for the Blues to finish this season. I still feel the gap to the top six is still a little too far away for us. A seventh place finish would lay solid foundations for Marco Silva to build on.

How many points will Everton finish the season on?

60

Will we end our Anfield hoodoo during the 2018/19 campaign? (brief paragraph)

No. I’d love to think we would and crave the day we do – but going on recent form, I’ve came to the conclusion that I’ll never see an Everton win at Anfield.

And how many away wins do you think we will get at the top six?

One, and I wouldn’t bet against it being against Manchester City.

Who will win the Champions League?

Juventus

Who will get furthest from England’s representatives?

Manchester City

Who will win the FA Cup? (If you didn’t say Everton, how far will we get?)

Everton, of course! – but if not, Manchester United, with us beaten in the quarter-finals.

Who will win the League Cup?

Manchester City. We are simply cursed in this competition, and will no doubt crash out in the most typical Everton way possible. Probably against lower league club away from home.

Who will win Everton’s Player of the Season Award?

Seamus Coleman

Who will win the PFA Player of the Year award?

Sergio Aguero

Who will be Everton’s top scorer and how many will they net?

Cenk Tosun with 20 Goals.

Who will be the Premier League’s overall top scorer?

Sergio Aguero

Who will Everton’s signing of the season be?

Bernard or Richarlison.

Everton’s breakthrough star/young player of the season?

The obvious choice is Ademola Lookman – but my dark horse bet would be Fraser Hornby.

If we don’t bring in another forward the big man could well be given a chance to shine. And trust me, he has all the attributes to be a top centre-forward.

And, describe what the standout moment of the entire season will be…

Has to be a trophy win. Either the League Cup or FA Cup, in Everton’s position you can’t be choosy. Failing that, a win at Anfield!

RYAN REYNOLDS
Premier League – Final Table
1. Manchester City
2. Liverpool
3. Manchester United
4. Tottenham
5. Chelsea
6. Arsenal
7. Everton
8. Leicester
9. Wolves
10. West Ham
11. Crystal Palace
12. Burnley
13. Bournemouth
14. Watford
15. Fulham
16. Southampton
17. Brighton
18. Newcastle
19. Huddersfield
20. Cardiff

Brief paragraph on where you placed Everton and why…

Seventh. We have added significant pace in attack and look like we are going to shore up our defence by the end of the window. They were the two biggest weaknesses for us last season and we scraped into eighth. We can go one better despite it being a season of consolidation.

How many points will Everton finish the season on?

Around the 60-odd points mark.

Will we end our Anfield hoodoo during the 2018/19 campaign? (brief paragraph)

Don’t be silly. I think we will go there and get a draw, but we will show 10 times more than what we have in previous outings there. And how many away wins do you think we will get at the top six?

I think we could get wins at Chelsea and Arsenal.

Who will win the Champions League?

Barcelona will get its name back on the trophy.

Who will get furthest from England’s representatives?

Manchester City.

Who will win the FA Cup? (If you didn’t say Everton, how far will we get?)

Manchester United. We will go on a good run and make it through to a quarter final, but get knocked out by Manchester City.

Who will win the League Cup?

Everton. Surely we can win something this year? I think this is the most winnable of all the trophies up for grabs.

Who will win Everton’s Player of the Season Award?

Hopefully not Jordan Pickford again. I think we will see the best of Gylfi now that he has pacy players either side of him.

Who will win the PFA Player of the Year award?

Eden Hazard. He’s just a superb player who will thrive under Sarri.

Who will be Everton’s top scorer and how many will they net?

Cenk Tosun. 15 goals.

Who will be the Premier League’s overall top scorer?

Romelu Lukaku.

Who will Everton’s signing of the season be?

Richarlison. The kid is just so exciting. He is going to make a lot of people look silly this season and the price we paid will look like a bargain.

Everton’s breakthrough star/young player of the season?

Kieran Dowell. He finally has a manager that has faith in him and will allow him to be the creative player we all know he can be. I’d expect him to have an impact on the team this season.

And, describe what the standout moment of the entire season will be…

Richarlison to seal a hattrick in the 93rd minute in front of the Gwladys St end to take Everton to a 4-3 Derby win over Liverpool. Silva rips off his clothes in celebration and runs towards the players with arms aloft, wearing Speedo Mick inspired swimmers.

NICK PREBBLE
Premier League – Final Table
1. Liverpool
2. Man City
3. Arsenal
4. Chelsea
…………………
11. Everton

Brief paragraph on where you placed Everton and why

11th as I’m a bit of a miserable bastard. I’m not confident in our strikers contributing enough and think our attacking midfielders will be keeping us above water. We’re too good to go down though (!).

How many points will Everton finish the season on?

46

Will we end our Anfield hoodoo during the 2018/19 campaign?

YES. The law of averages dictates that we should get at least another win in this decade.

And how many away wins do you think we will get at the top six?

Can see us nicking one at Spurs and Anfield, the others no chance. 2.

Who will win the Champions League?

Inter Milan

Who will get furthest from England’s representatives?

Man Utd

Who will win the FA Cup? (If you didn’t say Everton, how far will we get?)

Burnley. Fourth round for Everton.

Who will win the League Cup? (If you didn’t say Everton, how far will we get?)

Man City. Quarters for Everton

Who will win Everton’s Player of the Season Award?

Although this is contradicting an earlier point, Cenk Tosun.

Who will win the PFA Player of the Year award?

Lukaku

Who will be Everton’s top scorer and how many will they net?

Siggy with 13 goals

Who will be the Premier League’s overall top scorer?

Lukaku

Who will Everton’s signing of the season be?

Richarlison

Everton’s breakthrough star/young player of the season?

Dowell

And, describe what the standout moment of the entire season will be

Being 1-0 down to Liverpool in the 93rd minute of the FA Cup third round tie and Jordan Pickford grabbing a last minute equaliser as the ball bobbles round from a Kieran Dowell corner and ricochets off his left glute.

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