The National's 2021/22 Premier League predictions

Promoted Brentford get season underway on Friday when they host Arsenal

The 2021/22 Premier League season kicks off on Friday with promoted Brentford hosting Arsenal.

The Bees will be making their Premier League bow and are the 50th club to play in the top tier now in its 30th season.

Manchester City begin their title defence away to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday while European champions Chelsea take on London rivals Crystal Palace.

Manchester United welcome Leeds United to Old Trafford, Community Shield winners Leicester City face Wolves, Aston Villa are away to new boys Watford and Southampton travel to Everton.

Burnley v Brighton and Newcastle United v West Ham United complete Matchday 1.

Our writers have compiled their predictions for what's in store this campaign.

Andy Mitten - European Football Correspondent

Champions: Manchester City

Top four: Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool

Relegated: Watford, Crystal Palace, Norwich City

Top scorer: Edinson Cavani

Surprise package: Brentford

Player of the season: Kevin de Bruyne

Steve Luckings - Deputy Sports Editor

Champions: Manchester City

Top four: Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool

Relegated: Brentford, Norwich City, Watford

Top scorer: Romelu Lukaku

Surprise package: Bryan Gil

Player of the season: Jack Grealish

Richard Jolly - Premier League Correspondent

Champions: Manchester City

Top four: Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United

Relegated: Brentford, Southampton, Norwich

Top scorer: Mohamed Salah

Surprise package: A Grealish-free Aston Villa

Player of the season: Kevin de Bruyne

Dominic Hart - Sports Editor

Champions: Chelsea

Top four: Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool

Relegated: Crystal Palace, Brentford, Newcastle United

Top scorer: Romelu Lukaku

Surprise package: Watford

Player of the season: Romelu Lukaku

Ian Hawkey - European Football Correspondent

Champions: Manchester City

Top four: Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool

Relegated: Brentford, Newcastle United, Norwich City

Top scorer: Romelu Lukaku

Surprise package: Bryan Gil

Player of the season: Bruno Fernandes

Gareth Cox - Assistant Sports Editor

Champions: Manchester United

Top four: Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool

Relegated: Burnley, Brentford and Norwich

Top scorer: Mohamed Salah

Surprise package: Ivan Toney

Player of the season: Jadon Sancho

Paul Radley - Sports Reporter

Champions: Manchester City

Top four: Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool

Relegated: Burnley, Norwich City, Brentford

Top scorer: Romelu Lukaku

Surprise package: Dane Scarlett

Player of the season: Kevin de Bruyne

Jon Turner - Assistant Sports Editor

Champions: Manchester City

Top four: Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool

Relegated: Norwich, Watford, Crystal Palace

Top scorer: Mohamed Salah

Surprise package: Newcastle United

Player of the season: Kevin de Bruyne

John McAuley - Sports Reporter

Champions: Manchester City

Top four: Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United

Relegated: Norwich, Watford, Brentford

Top scorer: Harry Kane

Surprise package: Michael Olise

Player of the season: Harry Kane

Updated: August 12th 2021, 3:23 AM
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