2019-20 Premier League Preview: Can Manchester United and Chelsea Keep Their Grip on The Top 6?

Posted By Uttiyo Sarker on August 7, 2019 - Last Updated on August 8, 2019

This 2019-20 Premier League preview will examine whether Manchester United and Chelsea have done enough to solidify a top-six place. Like two fishes in the same pond, United and Chelsea now struggle to regularly solidify a top-four finish.

The fact that Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal have both boosted their squads with quality signings makes a UEFA Champions League spot that much difficult to attain. In the hands of relatively inexperienced managers, both fallen giants have taken a calculated risk to usher a brighter future.

It wasn’t too long ago when the title race was being decided between the two sides. Now they fight to keep their stronghold in the European slots of the Premier League.

We’ll learn a lot about Manchester United and Chelsea on matchday 1. But first, here’s a look at the squads heading into the season.

Manchester United 2019-20 Premier League Preview

Last Season: 6th
Last Time Champions:
2012/13
Stadium:
Old Trafford, Manchester
Nickname:
The Red Devils
Manager:
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Key Additions: Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Daniel James
Best Player: Paul Pogba (when he’s happy, anyway)

A happy and motivated Paul Pogba would go a long way towards keeping Manchester United in the top 6.

Since legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013, Manchester United have only made the Premier League top-four twice. This shows just how far they’ve fallen from grace.

Under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, they looked invincible for a period of time last season. Then a harsh reality check brought them back to square one. However, United have looked a sharper side in pre-season and better prepared for the season ahead.

Their real downfall has been an inconsistency in form. Can OGS find the right formula to fix that? Expect a wild ride throughout the upcoming campaign.

 A bit of United history:

  • The were founded in 1878 (as Newton Heath LYR FC) and as Manchester United in 1902
  • Man U has won the English top division 20 times (most among any PL club).
  • They are the only Premier League club to win the European treble.
  • They are the most decorated English club with more than 40 trophies.
  • This includes 5 FA Cups (last being 2015-16), 3 European/Champions League (last being 2007-08) and one Europa League (2016-17).

Why you should like United:

  • You’ll have a lot of friends. United are one of the top brands in all of football.
  • They operate with a high-voltage attacking style.
  • Their youngsters are exciting to watch on the field.
  • They have American owners and are traded on the NYSE (MANU)?

Manchester United betting odds: (odds via DraftKings Sportsbook NJ)

  • To win Premier League: +3300
  • To finish top 4: +100
  • To finish top 6: -500
  • Relegation: +100000
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Manchester United Outlook:

Manchester United have been going up and down in the proverbial soccer ladder in recent years.  

However, new dawn could be at bay after a potentially profitable summer. Not only were bright signs displayed in pre-season, but their transfer blitz before the Premier League is encouraging.

Record-setting right-back transfer Aaron Wan-Bissaka has already looked the real deal with his “you shall not pass” vibe. Daniel James blistering speed, I think, will cause nightmares for defenders. Record-setting transferee Harry Maguire is among the top English centre-backs and will exponentially solidify their defence.

Given how positive OGS has been in preseason, for me, shows United should be serious contenders for the top four. They have reinforced their defence — something Arsenal and Spurs have not done. They have signed a combination of proven and promising players with a 90’s United winners’ mentality which, I think, is necessary to bring back the Champions League nights back to Old Trafford.

Chelsea 2019-20 Premier League Preview

Last Season: 3rd
Last time champions: 2016-17
Stadium:
Stamford Bridge
Nickname:
The Blues
Manager:
Frank Lampard
Key Additions: Christian Pulisic, Mateo Kovacic (permanently)
Best Player: N’Golo Kante

Can Christian Pulisic replace enough of Edez Hazard’s production for Chelsea to finish top 4 again?

Chelsea are an unpredictable bunch. As seen last season, they’ll be a trainwreck one week, while winning the UEFA Europa League another. With the transfer ban imposed by FIFA for malpractices, their summer was a quiet one.

Then again, when you play with fire and break the rules, you’re bound to get burned. Frank Lampard’s been handed a hoard of responsibilities, perhaps one too many. Chelsea still boasts an exciting, young attack full of potential, but the Premier League’s competitiveness could turn out to be too hot to handle.

A bit of Chelsea history:

  • Compared to other clubs, they’re just babies, having been founded in 1905.
  • They have won the Premier League 5 times.
  • They have won the FA Cup 8 times (the third most in England).
  • Chelsea has 1 Champions League trophy (2011-12) and 2 Europa League titles (including one this past season).
  • They are the first English club to have won the European Treble (Champions League, UEFA Europa League and European Cup Winners’ Cup).

Why you should like Chelsea:

  • Christian Pulisic.
  • Former NYCFC star Frank Lampard is their manager.
  • Their away kit resembles the USMNT’s jersey…intentional?

Chelsea betting odds: (odds via DraftKings Sportsbook NJ)

  • To win Premier League: +3300
  • To finish top 4: +110
  • To finish top 6: -455
  • Relegation: +100000
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Chelsea Outlook:

Chelsea have really been affected by the transfer ban, further slowing their rise to becoming title-contenders.

Considering that owner Roman Abramovich has splashed well over $1 billion since taking over in 2003, spending on transfers has been his pleasured hobby. You gotta use the shady money somewhere, right? (Man City ownership nodding head in approval)

However, luckily for the Blues, wonder-boy Christian Pulisic was snapped up before the transfer ban. He’s the total excitement package fans should trust upon to provide the goods.

Mateo Kovacic’s permanent deal should also smoothen up their midfield. Lampard’s quick-paced, attacking style, along with his trust upon blooming youngsters, brings plenty of positive signs.

However, Chelsea’s defence is still full of issues. David Luiz is a walking time-bomb and the others are either too young or just not good enough. It’s their defensive hiccups which, I feel, will hold them back from competing for a top-four spot. Lampard needs to hope too many problems don’t creep up to end up compromising their chase for Europe.

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Last Season: 6th
Last Time Champions:
2012/13
Stadium:
Old Trafford, Manchester
Nickname:
The Red Devils
Manager:
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Key Additions: Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Daniel James
Best Player: Paul Pogba (when he’s happy, anyway)

Since legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013, Manchester United have only made the Premier League top-four twice. This shows just how far they’ve fallen from grace.

Under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, they looked invincible for a period of time last season. Then a harsh reality check brought them back to square one. However, United have looked a sharper side in pre-season and better prepared for the season ahead.

Their real downfall has been an inconsistency in form. Can OGS find the right formula to fix that? Expect a wild ride throughout the upcoming campaign.

 A bit of United history:

  • The were founded in 1878 (as Newton Heath LYR FC) and as Manchester United in 1902
  • Man U has won the English top division 20 times (most among any PL club).
  • They are the only Premier League club to win the European treble.
  • They are the most decorated English club with more than 40 trophies.
  • This includes 5 FA Cups (last being 2015-16), 3 European/Champions League (last being 2007-08) and one Europa League (2016-17).

Why you should like United:

  • You’ll have a lot of friends. United are one of the top brands in all of football.
  • They operate with a high-voltage attacking style.
  • Their youngsters are exciting to watch on the field.
  • They have American owners and are traded on the NYSE (MANU)?

Manchester United betting odds: (odds via DraftKings Sportsbook NJ)

  • To win Premier League: +3300
  • To finish top 4: +100
  • To finish top 6: -500
  • Relegation: +100000
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Manchester United Outlook:

Manchester United have been going up and down in the proverbial soccer ladder in recent years.  

However, new dawn could be at bay after a potentially profitable summer. Not only were bright signs displayed in pre-season, but their transfer blitz before the Premier League is encouraging.

Record-setting right-back transfer Aaron Wan-Bissaka has already looked the real deal with his “you shall not pass” vibe. Daniel James blistering speed, I think, will cause nightmares for defenders. Record-setting transferee Harry Maguire is among the top English centre-backs and will exponentially solidify their defence.

Given how positive OGS has been in preseason, for me, shows United should be serious contenders for the top four. They have reinforced their defence — something Arsenal and Spurs have not done. They have signed a combination of proven and promising players with a 90’s United winners’ mentality which, I think, is necessary to bring back the Champions League nights back to Old Trafford.

Chelsea 2019-20 Premier League Preview

Last Season: 3rd
Last time champions: 2016-17
Stadium:
Stamford Bridge
Nickname:
The Blues
Manager:
Frank Lampard
Key Additions: Christian Pulisic, Mateo Kovacic (permanently)
Best Player: N’Golo Kante

Chelsea are an unpredictable bunch. As seen last season, they’ll be a trainwreck one week, while winning the UEFA Europa League another. With the transfer ban imposed by FIFA for malpractices, their summer was a quiet one.

Then again, when you play with fire and break the rules, you’re bound to get burned. Frank Lampard’s been handed a hoard of responsibilities, perhaps one too many. Chelsea still boasts an exciting, young attack full of potential, but the Premier League’s competitiveness could turn out to be too hot to handle.

A bit of Chelsea history:

  • Compared to other clubs, they’re just babies, having been founded in 1905.
  • They have won the Premier League 5 times.
  • They have won the FA Cup 8 times (the third most in England).
  • Chelsea has 1 Champions League trophy (2011-12) and 2 Europa League titles (including one this past season).
  • They are the first English club to have won the European Treble (Champions League, UEFA Europa League and European Cup Winners’ Cup).

Why you should like Chelsea:

  • Christian Pulisic.
  • Former NYCFC star Frank Lampard is their manager.
  • Their away kit resembles the USMNT’s jersey…intentional?

Manchester United betting odds: (odds via DraftKings Sportsbook NJ)

  • To win Premier League: +3300
  • To finish top 4: +110
  • To finish top 6: -4550
  • Relegation: +100000

Chelsea Outlook:

Chelsea have really been affected by the transfer ban, further slowing their rise to becoming title-contenders.

Considering that owner Roman Abramovich has splashed well over $1 billion since taking over in 2003, spending on transfer have been his pleasured hobby. You gotta use the shady money somewhere, right? However, before the transfer, wonder-boy Christian Pulisic was snapped up.

The youngster has all the tools to be as good as, perhaps even better than Eden Hazard in running the show. He’s the total excitement package fans should trust upon to provide the goods. Mateo Kovacic’s permanent deal should also smoothen up their midfield. Lampard’s quick-paced, attacking style, along with his trust upon blooming youngsters, brings plenty of positive signs.

However, Chelsea’s defence is still full of issues. David Luiz is a walking time-bomb and the others are either too young or just not good enough. It’s their defensive hiccups which, I feel, will hold them back from competing for a top-four spot. Lampard needs to hope too many problems don’t creep up to end up compromising their chase for Europe.

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