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Paolo's preview: Where will Posh finish this season?

Paolo Iantosca looks ahead to the 2020/21 season, with the football leagues returning tomorrow.
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Where will Peterborough United finish this season? 

League One is considered one of the most unpredictable and challenging divisions in England, and the 2020/21 season is expected to be no different. Posh, unfortunately, missed out on the play-offs due to EFL's points-per-game (PPG) system last season. Considering they were only two points behind 2nd place Rotherham United, this was incredibly disappointing.

By May, I predict Peterborough United will win League One this season. The squad won't be able to replicate Ivan Toney's goals this season, and hectic schedule could play an extensive part – especially with lack of depth. But I do expect some of Posh youngsters to step-up this season, including Ricky Jade-Jones, Harrison Burrows and Sam Cartwright. And the League overall is not as strong as previous seasons. 

As long as Posh are injury-free and Jonson Clarke-Harris hits the ground running and Sammie Szmodics replicates his good work, then I can only see Darren Ferguson’s men as champions. Sunderland, Charlton and Blackpool are some other teams to look out for in the race for promotion. 


Other Football Predictions 

Premier League – Manchester City

Liverpool ended their 30-year wait for the Premier League in stunning fashion last season, being the fastest club to win the trophy. And I wouldn't put it past Jurgen Klopp to do it once again this season. However, clubs around them have dramatically improved, whilst Liverpool could be left behind with the lack of depth. 

Chelsea will definitely be challenging for the title after signing Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz – three world-class players. The reason why I have gone for Manchester City is merely down to experience in the Premier League. You can't separate the two teams based on quality except Pep Guardiola's side has significant experience of playing in England. Those three players Chelsea have brought in come may take time to get up to speed in the Premier League.

Championship – Norwich City

People were excited to see a free-flowing and young Norwich City side in the Premier League last season. However, the inexperience shone through and the lack of quality was apparent, as the Canaries were relegated back to the Championship. 

Now, I believe Norwich City will quickly return to the Premier League once again this season. Daniel Farke has kept hold of his star players, including Max Aarons, Jamal Lewis, Ben Godfrey and Emile Buendia. Plus, they have added some Championship quality to their squad throughout the summer. If these players can recreate their form of 2018/19 in which Norwich won the Championship and scored the most goals (93) to achieve promotion to the Premier League, then we can expect to see the Canaries back in the Premier League

League Two – Bolton Wanderers

Bolton Wanderers have been one of the busiest clubs in England throughout the summer, signing 17 players for the upcoming season. Most notable names on that list are Eoin Doyle, who scored 26 goals for Swindon Town last season, midfielder Antoni Sarcevic, who netted 11 goals for Plymouth in 2019/20, and England youth international Billy Crellin. 

The Wanderers have recruited smartly, bringing in players with plenty of experience in League Two, and I expect Bolton to make a swift return to League One this season. Other sides that are likely to fighting around Bolton include Tranmere Rovers and Mansfield. 

FA Cup – Chelsea

With the magic of the FA Cup, it's difficult to pick who will the competition come May. At this moment in time, I'm basing my prediction on the quality of the squad, including fringe players. 

The additions of Havertz, Chilwell, Werner, Ziyech and Thiago Silva will cannonpult Chelsea to challenging for the Premier League. And whilst I expect them to fall short, the FA Cup appears a realistic trophy for Frank Lampard. Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham, Christian Puslic and Callum Hudson-Odoi are more exciting players you can add to an already terrifying squad. 

Champions League – Bayern Munich

Yes, I believe the Bundesliga champions will retain the Champions League trophy in 2021. Bayern Munich's side was one of the most frightening teams in the competition last season, scoring 43 goals throughout the tournament - 18 more than PSG.

To make matters worse for other European clubs, Munich has added Leroy Sane to their attack – one of the most highly-rated wingers in football. Whilst Bayern's defence is vulnerable, their attacking reinforcements can be described as the very best in Europe. Plus, clubs like Real Madrid and Barcelona have yet to rebuild on their tragic European season. 

Chelsea could be the underdogs of the tournament, and with their recruitment, I expect Frank Lampard to reach the final. Manchester City is another team to look out for, although they have yet to address their situation regarding the lack of central defenders and left-back. Nevertheless, the transfer window is open until October and plenty can change.





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