Predictions for 2018-19 Premier League standings

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Ahead of the 2018-19 Premier League season kicking off, our writers have predicted how the PL table will look next May when the final ball is kicked.

I know, we are brave souls…

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Let us know what you think about these selections below.

And, of course feel free to post your own predictions in the comments section.

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Joe Prince-Wright
1. Man City
2. Liverpool
3. Manchester United
4. Tottenham Hotspur
5. Arsenal
6. Chelsea
7. Everton
8. West Ham
9. Wolves
10. Leicester City
11. Southampton
12. Fulham
13. Bournemouth
14. Newcastle United
15. Crystal Palace
16. Burnley
17. Brighton and Hove Albion
18. Watford
19. Huddersfield Town
20. Cardiff City


Nicholas Mendola
1. Man City
2. Man Utd
3. Liverpool
4. Chelsea
5. Arsenal
6. Spurs
7. Everton
8. West Ham
9. Leicester City
10. Crystal Palace
11. Fulham
12. Newcastle United
13. Wolves
14. Brighton and Hove Albion
15. Southampton
16. Burnley
17. Bournemouth
18. Watford
19. Huddersfield Town
20. Cardiff City


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


Andy Edwards
1. Manchester City
2. Liverpool
3. Arsenal
4. Tottenham Hotspur
5. Chelsea
6. Manchester United
7. West Ham United
8. Everton
9. Leicester City
10. Crystal Palace
11. Bournemouth
12. Wolverhampton Wanderers
13. Burnley
14. Fulham
15. Southampton
16. Watford
17. Newcastle United
18. Brighton & Hove Albion
19. Huddersfield Town
20. Cardiff City


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


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

Lopetegui, Casemiro, Marcelo react to Super Cup loss

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Real Madrid fell apart in extra time of the UEFA Super Cup on Wednesday, losing 4-2 at the hands of cross-town rivals Atletico Madrid.

And new manager Julen Lopetegui says it was not down to desire, even considering how many trophies Real has lifted in recent seasons.

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“These players have won a lot of titles but I do not think that their hunger for titles was missing tonight,” he said. “Last year in La Liga things did not go right for them. We want to get the best out of the team and start picking ourselves up after losing this title. We were all excited for this trophy.”

Losing his first serious match doesn’t bode well for Lopetegui, though his club sold Cristiano Ronaldo, didn’t start Luka Modric, and still came close on Wednesday.

Marcelo didn’t want to talk about transfers.

‘”We need to change our mindset because we have a whole season ahead of us,” he said. “I don’t make the signings. The squad looks good to me. We are united as a group. We played a good game until extra time.”

Casemiro has his coach’s back.

“Any team is bound to miss Ronaldo,” he said. “He is a great player, but he left and we cannot talk about him now, the same with Zidane. We have to talk about the coach, Lopetegui, he is doing a great job. We did good things and we must improve other aspects. The players here are trying to do our best to win titles for Real Madrid.”

Rooney bags two more, including free kick (video)

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Wazza has done it again.

The 32-year-old DC United forward scored for his MLS side against the Portland Timbers, days after producing the tackle/cross heard ’round the world (or at least England and MLS).

Rooney’s perfect run met a terrific ball from Yamil Asad and restored a deadlock between the two sides.

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And this one, well, it doesn’t need much explanation (except to ask if the walls and goalkeeping in MLS are that substandard?

Report: NISA to join USL D-III in applying for USSF sanctioning

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The National Independent Soccer Association will join the USL D-III in applying for Division III sanction from United States Soccer Federation sanctioning by the Sept. 1 deadline for Fall 2019 play, according to Soc Takes.

The nascent league has been quiet since founder Peter Wilt left his post in order to run the new USL D-III side in Madison, Wisconsin.

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The report says there will be as many 10 clubs, and that the league will utilize the European soccer calendar.

Where will the teams be, Soc Takes has some clues:

Soc Takes was previously provided a list of eight cities with their identities embargoed. Three of those cities were in California, while the other five were spread across the country. NISA may have “As many as 10” teams in their application. The source remains confident of a submitting a successful application.

Soccer in America is going to be a complicated follow soon, as NISA is one of at least three groups attempting to compete against the very strong MLS-USL-USL3-PDL alliance. Get your proverbial popcorn ready.

Porter: I should be “in the mix” for USMNT job after Vermes

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Caleb Porter is feeling recharged after a season away from soccer, and would be interested in the United States men’s national team job if the federation is interested in hiring him.

The Athletic’s Paul Tenorio spoke with Porter about leaving Portland, his decision to decline the Orlando City job, and the vacant USMNT.

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As for his level of interest, the canny operator only put the thinnest veneer on it. Look no further than his endorsing Peter Vermes, who has signed a new Sporting KC deal since the American job opened up. From The Athletic:

“If you’re going American, Peter Vermes, for me, he is the guy that deserves the shot,” Porter says. “I believe that. That guy deserves to carry the torch of our national team. Peter Vermes, in my opinion, based on what he’s done in our league, he’s proven it as an American coach. If you don’t go with Peter Vermes, I think, based on what I’ve proven, I’m in the mix with another two or three guys who deserve consideration and I’d be open to talking.”

Porter says he doesn’t know what his next job is, though he’s assumed it will be in club soccer, and used some salty language to say there’s only job he wouldn’t take: Portland’s Cascadian rival, the Seattle Sounders.

The club that lands the MLS Cup and NCAA College Cup winner will have a fantastic and inspired coach, but let’s hope that USMNT general manager Earnie Stewart goes in a different direction. Porter may ultimately succeed in such a role, but already carries USSF baggage after failing to lead the U.S. U-23s into the Olympics before he took the Portland job.