Barclays Premier League Preview: Hull City
Manager: Not Applicable
Stadium: KC Stadium (Capacity: 25.450)
Captain: Michael Dawson
Top Scorer: Abel Hernandez (20)
Biggest Signing: Jonathan Edwards (Free)
Last Season: Promoted (Championship)
Hull City have recently been rocked by the departure of Steve Bruce but will still fancy themselves to threaten some of the more well established teams in the division.
They have Premier League pedigree and with business still to be done they could yet strengthen an already talented squad.
Edwards in action for Peterborough.
Abel Hernandez was lethal last season ending the season with 20 goals in the Championship and a further two in other competitions. In the midfield they also have experienced operators in Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore.
There is plenty of time for Hull to lure Welsh striker Hal Robson-Kanu to the KC Stadium before the end of August.
Due to bouncing straight back up the players that were relegated are much the same and will know just how tough and unforgiving the Premier League can be.
Jonathan Edwards (Peterborough United, Free)
Sone Aluko (Fulham, Free)
Ryan Taylor (Released)
Hull are still looking for a goalkeeper keeping tabs on both Crystal Palace’s McCarthy and Cardiff’s Marshall. They are also leading the race for Robson-Kanu. They could also see another departure as fellow promoted club Middlesborough are interested in Harry Maguire.
My Hull City XI (4-5-1): 1 A.McGregor; 12 H.Maguire, 6 C.Davies, 21 M.Dawson (Captain), 26 A.Robertson; 27 A.Elmohamady, 14 J.Livermore, 8 T.Huddlestone, 10 R.Snodgrass, 11 S.Clucas; 9 A.Hernandez
Barclays Premier League Preview: Leicester City
Manager: Claudio Ranieri
Stadium: King Power Stadium (Capacity: 32,312)
Captain: Wes Morgan
Top Scorer: Jamie Vardy (24)
Biggest Signing: Ahmed Musa (£15 million)
Last Season: Champions
Prediction: Europa League
Leicester City…what a season! What a team! What a manager!
What they did was incredible but now the hard work begins for Ranieri and his squad, the loss of Kanté is a blow but Leicester have a chance this season to become a big club.
It is highly unlikely they will win the league again, they could though realistically achieve a place in the top seven therefore securing some form of European football. it is critical they push on and stick to the gameplan that served them so well last season.
Leicester are a spirited side and Ranieri will have no problem bringing the team together to try and make Leicester a consistently strong side, this relies on two things, firstly keeping things simple and secondly not thinking about last season too much.
As well as key departures they have made some really big signings, Ahmed Musa is lethal and him partnered with England striker Jamie Vardy and the Foxes should not be short of goals.
Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, £15 million)
Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover 96, £2.6 million)
Nampalys Mendy (OGC Nice, Undisclosed)
Luis Hernandez (Sporting Gijon, Free)
N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea, £30 million)
Jonny Maddison (Yeovil Town, Undisclosed)
Joseph Dodoo (Rangers, Undisclosed)
Jacob Blyth (Motherwell, Free)
Paul Konchesky (Gillingham, Released)
Mark Schwarzer (Released)
With Riyad Mahrez still a target for both Chelsea and Arsenal there could yet be dealings to be done in the east Midlands. Leonardo Ulloa is also reported to be seeking a move but Leicester’s squad does seem to be looking close to finalised.
New signing Ahmed Musa.
My Leicester City XI (4-4-2): 1 K.Schmiechel; 17 D.Simpson, 5 W.Morgan (Captain), 6 R.Huth, 28 C.Fuchs; 26 R.Mahrez, 4 D.Drinkwater, NA N.Mendy, 11 M.Albrighton; NA A.Musa, 9 J.Vardy
Barclays Premier League Preview: Liverpool
Manager: Jurgen Klopp
Stadium: Anfield (Capacity: 44,742)
Captain: Jordan Henderson
Top Scorer: Roberto Firmino (10)
Biggest Signing: Sadio Mané (£34 million)
Last Season: 8th
Prediction: Europa League
Liverpool one of the most successful English clubs of all time blessed with great players and even greater managers.
Klopp is now the man in charge following the sacking of Brendan Rodgers and with a whole pre-season behind him and his own transfers in the mix can Klopp fix the club?
The squad is littered with internationals and young talent that can ignite the Premier League, this club clearly has ambitions to get back to where they once were as kings of Europe.
Klopp is having an effect.
Anfield is a wonderful venue and Liverpool need to match that venue with the quality of football and the German is building a squad to do that.
They have recruited well stealing another Southampton player in Mané and also bringing in some cheaper recruits.
Sadio Mané (Southampton, £34 million)
Georginio Wijnaldum (Newcastle United, £25 million)
Loris Karius (FSV Mainz 05, £4.7 million)
Ragnar Klavan (FC Augsburg, Undisclosed)
Joel Matip (Schalke 04, Free)
Alex Manninger (FC Augsburg, Free)
Jordon Ibe (AFC Bournemouth, £15 million)
Sergi Canos (Norwich City, £2.5 million)
Jerome Sinclair (Watford, Undisclosed)
Martin Skrtel (Fenerbahche, Undisclosed)
Jordan Rossiter (Rangers, Free)
Kolo Toure (Celtic, Released)
Jose Enrique (Released)
A big spending summer sees two goalkeepers and two attacking midfielders arrive to bolster both attack and defence but they lose bright spark Ibe. Max Meyer is still a target for Klopp. Uncertainty still looms over the future of Mario Balotelli, Joe Allen, Brad Smith and Christian Benteke.
Mané looks like a key signing.
My Liverpool XI (4-2-3-1): 22 S.Mignolet; 2 N.Clyne, 17 R.Klavan, 32 J.Matip, 18 A.Moreno; 24 J.Allen, 7 J.Milner (Captain); 20 A.Lallana, 19 S.Mané, 10 P.Coutinho; 15 D.Sturridge