- Who is going to win the Premier League?
Only one of the group believes Pep Guardiola won't pick up his first Premier League medal.
Rob Palmer: Manchester City.
Conor Kelly: Man City.
Rob Canavan: Chelsea.
Adam Kelly: Man City.
Ste McGovern: Man City, but wouldn’t it be so typical of Jose Mourinho to spoil it for us all and win a fourth title?
How will the Top 6 look come the end of the season? (1-6)
Manchester City and Chelsea are the two favourites to make up the top two places in the league, while Liverpool (4) and Spurs (3) got the most votes to finish outside the Champions League spots. Only Rob Palmer thinks the Reds will finish fourth again.
RP: Man City - Chelsea - Arsenal - Liverpool - Man United - Spurs
CK: Man City - Chelsea - Man United - Spurs - Arsenal - Liverpool
RC: Chelsea - Man City - Man United - Arsenal - Liverpool - Spurs
AK: Man City - Chelsea - Man United - Arsenal - Spurs - Liverpool
SM: Man City - Man United - Spurs - Chelsea - Liverpool - Arsenal
Who’s going down?
Consensus is that Huddersfield should look forward to their parachute payments already, while Canavan believes Stoke City -- a consistently mid-table team -- will face the drop this year. Southampton fan Palmer is sick of the sight of the Cherries.
RP: Burnley, Huddersfield and Bournemouth, on the final day.
CK: Huddersfield, Burnley, Brighton.
RC: Burnley, Huddersfield, Stoke.
AK: Burnley, Huddersfield, Brighton.
SM: Huddersfield are going to be fun, but surely can’t stay up. I’d love Brighton to stay up, but equally can’t see it unfortunately. Swansea City did a great bit of business in getting Tammy Abraham on loan, but that defence is wojous and they haven’t improved it a tap.
Who is going to be this season’s dark horse?
There's always one team who defies the odds and does better than expected, but there's no real agreement on who that will be this season.
RP: Brighton, I think they can upset the odds and get a nice, comfortable mid-table finish. Hughton one of the best at managing underdogs.
CK: I think Watford will do better than expected.
RC: Newcastle United.
AK: Crystal Palace.
SM: Should be Bournemouth, but signing Jermain Defoe on a massive three-year-deal is going to have so many knock-on effects. So I’m going to say Newcastle will finish top half.
Who is the first manager to lose their job?
RP: Slavan Bilič.
CK: Mark Hughes.
RC: Mark Hughes.
AK: Slavan Bilič.
SM: Frank De Boer, just to be different.
Is Harry Kane going to retain the Golden Boot, or will someone else be the top goalscorer this season?
RP: Manolo Gabbiadi- nah, Gabriel Jesus.
CK: Harry Kane again.
RC: Alexandre Lacazette.
AK: Romelu Lukaku.
SM: Romelu Lukaku.
Who will be the Player of the Year?
RP: Sadio Mané.
CK: Kevin De Bruyne.
RC: Bernardo Silva.
AK: David Silva.
SM: Paul Pogba.
More importantly, who is going to be the best Irish performer?
If ever there was a set of answers that proves Conor and Rob Canavan spend too much time together, this is it.
RP: Harry Arter (or dark horse Shane Duffy).
CK: Sexy Jeff Hendrick.
RC: Sexy Jeff Hendrick.
AK: Jeff Hendrick.
SM: Stephen Ward, obviously.
Who is going to win the Champions League?
RP: Real Madrid, as fuckin' usual. Would love Juventus to do it, but I can't look past Real. Anticipating a Juve-Real final again anyway.
CK: Real Madrid or Barcelona.
RC: Bayern Munich.
AK: Bayern Munich.
SM: PSG, if they sign Kylian Mbappe. Don’t @ me.
Here’s where you likely embarrass yourself: what is your mad prediction for the season ahead?
Last season Palmer claimed Hull City would finish with less than 12 points, while Conor predicted City would win the title by twenty points. The lads are going to have to try really hard to beat those bad bets.
RP: Lacazette to scrape 10 goals. Not quite as bad as Vincent Janssen for Spurs last year, but enough to draw a comparison.
CK: Jose Mourinho to leave/be sacked at the end of the season.
RC: Alan Shearer to wholeheartedly embrace xG.
AK: Kyle Walker to score a free kick against Spurs in either game.
SM: Antonio Conte to walk away from the Chelsea job before the end of the season.