Premier League Preview and Prediction: Crystal Palace vs West Ham

Competition: Premier League – Crystal Palace vs. West Ham

Venue: Selhurst Park – Saturday, October 15 – 17:30 BST (12:30 EDT)

Match Odds: Crystal Palace 1/1 – Draw 12/5 – West Ham 11/4

Match Preview 

Crystal Palace welcome London rivals West Ham to Selhurst Park this week for Saturday’s evening kickoff in the Premier League and we’re hoping it doesn’t disappoint.

With Palace unbeaten in their last five (W3 D2), they come into the game as strong favorites knowing that a win would move them above Manchester United, at least until Monday night.

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With losses such as Yannick Bolasie and Mile Jedinak this summer, there were questions asked about how Palace can move forward. However, the signings of Christian Benteke and Andros Townsend have affirmed Palace’s ability to attract great players and they look to have recovered well from a poor start to the campaign.

West Ham on the other hand have strengthened and are yet to reap the rewards with marquee signing Andre Ayew ruled out of action since the opening day and Dimitri Payet struggling for consistent form. The team are really struggling to pick up and a lack of depth up front has left them without a settled striker.

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After a very good season last year, fans were expecting better of the Hammers in their first campaign in their new home but if results do not turn around quickly, a managerial change would be seriously considered by the board.

The Hammers won the corresponding fixture 3-1 last October, before the two sides drew 2-2 at the Boleyn Ground later in the season. Palace have only won one of their last four home games against West Ham.

Team News

Crystal Palace are without new signing Jonathan Benteke, who has a knee injury, while Scott Dann, Papa Souare and Loic Remy are also sidelined through injuries.

West Ham have as many as nine first-team players struggling with knocks. Gokhan Tore, Sam Byram Arthur Masuaku, Andy Carroll, Andre Ayew and Diafra Sakho are all out. Jonathan Calleri, Havard Nordtveit and Aaron Cresswell are all slight doubts but could all be line to make the squad if passed fit.

Key Points

Crystal Palace’s last five: D/W/W/W/D

West Ham’s last five: L/L/L/L/D

Key Stat: West Ham have lost their last four away matches in the Premier League.

Key Player: Dimitri Payet – The French winger is in fine form after a goal during the international break followed a glorious goal at home to Bournemouth in his last league outing. This is a huge game for the Hammers and they will need a strong showing from their main man if they are to take anything from the match.

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Score Prediction

Crystal Palace 2-2 West Ham – This should be a closely contested affair as these London rivals will both see this as a chance for three points. West Ham need the result more, but Palace are in decent form. We’re going with a score draw.

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Payet is “100% staying” – Just how much of a boost is that for West Ham?

After following up an incredible debut Premier League season, West Ham United’s Dimitri Payet put in some excellent performances at the European Championships, increasing speculation that he would leave the East London club. Lewis Addley explores how much of boost it is for The Irons that he has reportedly confirmed he will stay beyond the summer…

Dimitri Payet has arguably played the best football of his career since arriving at West Ham United in the summer transfer window of 2015. His performance levels at both Euro 2016 and during the 2015/16 season left many tipping the 29-year-old set-piece king to move to one of Europe’s elite clubs this summer.

However, the Frenchman has now reportedly committed his future to West Ham by saying he cannot wait to lineup in front of the fans in their new stadium.

“I’ve heard about all the interest and I’m flattered,” Payet told The Sun. “But I love West Ham. We had a fantastic season and I can’t wait to play in the Olympic Stadium. I’m 100 per cent staying at West Ham, I love the club. I can tell the Hammers fans that.”

His quotes will come as music to the ears of any West Ham fan as they’d have been worrying about losing their world-class midfielder. But just how much of a boost is it to the club?

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Win percentage:

West Ham won 16 of their 38 Premier League games last season. Payet made 30 appearances and in those games The Hammers won 15 times.

In their eight games without the Frenchman they managed to win just once. So their win percentage is substantially higher with Payet in the team at 50% than without, where they managed just 12.5%.

While West Ham won more games with Payet in the team it is worth mentioning they didn’t actually lose without him, winning once and drawing the other seven. With that in mind it would have been interesting to see just how many of those seven draws could have been wins with Payet’s influence in the final third.

Free-kick king: 

For West Ham and France, Payet has scored 17 goals since the start of the 15/16 Premier League season. Six of those goals have come directly from free-kicks. His ability from a dead-ball situation makes him one of the most deadly in European football and he seems to be able to find the top corner no matter how big the opposition wall is.

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Goals and assists:

In his 30 appearances in the league last season, Payet netted nine goals and racked up 12 assists. He ended the season as West Ham’s joint top goalscorer and their highest scoring midfielder.

Passing: 

Payet’s passing stats from the 15/16 Premier League season were impressive. He managed 1003 successful passes with a pass completion of 81%. He also created 116 chances for his teammates with 104 key passes. As we know, ball retention is so important and the Frenchman is one of the best with the ball in the final third of the pitch.

Attracting summer signings:

Potential signings will want to play alongside the best players in the world. Given how well Payet performed last season and in the Euro’s it would be fair to suggest he has been playing at the very top level.

With Payet committed to the squad, West Ham may have an increased chance of convincing summer transfer targets to join and play alongside one of the best players in Europe in an 80,000-capacity stadium.

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How much of a boost is Payet’s commitment for West Ham? 

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Leicester vs West Ham

Competition: Major League Soccer – Leicester City vs. West Ham United

Venue: King Power Stadium – Sunday, April 17 – 13:30 BST (08:30 ET)

Match Odds: Leicester 17/20 – Draw 13/5 – West Ham 16/5

Match Preview

Leicester welcome West Ham to the King Power Stadium on Sunday afternoon as the Foxes look to take another huge stride towards an astonishing Premier League title.

Claudio Ranieri’s men picked up a fifth-straight league win by beating Sunderland 2-0 last weekend and remain seven points clear of Tottenham with five games to play. The Foxes need three more wins to claim the title.

Leicester will be confident heading into Sunday’s game. They have not only won five in a row, but have kept five consecutive clean sheets too – all while playing under intense pressure at the top of the table.

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Their turnaround this season has been simply magical and another win on Sunday would move them ten points clear off Spurs, who don’t play until Monday night.

West Ham will travel to Leicester looking to do London rivals Tottenham a huge favour. However, they are still fighting for their own objective, with a top four place far from out of the question.

The Hammers crashed out of the FA Cup in their quarterfinal replay against Manchester United on Wednesday night but will now look to bounce back with what would be a highly impressive victory should they pull it off.

Slaven Bilic’s men are just five points behind Manchester City in fourth place heading into the weekend and cannot give up on their Champions League dream just yet.

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Leicester won the reverse fixture 2-1 back in August before beating the Hammers by the same scoreline after extra time at home in the third round of the League Cup in September.

West Ham have not beaten the Foxes away from home in the Premier League since 2000, so a win here would come as a major surprise.

Team News

Leicester have no injury concerns heading into another huge game for them as they close in on a historic Premier League title. However, Matthew James is unlikely to make the squad as he is short of match fitness. Shinji Okazaki will hope to continue to start in place of Leonardo Ulloa alongside Jamie Vardy in attack.

West Ham have no fresh injury concerns ahead of Sunday’s game. Sam Byram is still out, so Michail Antonio will likely continue at right-back, while Diafra Sakho is a doubt and is unlikely to feature. Andy Carroll should continue to spearhead the attack after netting a hat-trick in his last league outing.

Key Points

Leicester’s last five: W/W/W/W/W

West Ham’s last five: W/W/D/D/D

Key Stat: Leicester have kept a clean sheet in seven of their last eight home games in the Premier League and come into the game off the back of five-straight shutouts.

Key Player: Dimitri Payet – While Leicester are favourites to win this game, West Ham have one of the league’s most dangerous players at their disposal. Payet has contributed to seven goals in his last seven appearances and has now created 94 chances for teammates this season – an average of 3.8 per game.

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Score Prediction

Leicester 1-1 West Ham – Leicester have been flying of late and look unstoppable. However, West Ham have enjoyed a wonderful season of their own and will arrive at the King Power Stadium looking to spoil the party, while enhancing their own hopes of Champions League qualification. This could be a hard-fought battle and West Ham could well end Leicester’s five-game win streak, adding excitement to the title race before Spurs play on Monday night.

FA Cup Preview and Prediction: Manchester United vs West Ham

Competition: FA Cup Quarterfinal – Manchester United vs. West Ham

Venue: Old Trafford – Sunday, March 13 – 16:00 GMT (11:00 ET)

Match Odds: Manchester United 19/20 – Draw 12/5 – West Ham 3/1

Match Preview

Manchester United host West Ham in a crucial FA Cup quarterfinal game on Sunday afternoon, with both sides eyeing a trip to Wembley if they can win here.

The Red Devils fell 2-0 to Liverpool in the Europa League on Thursday night, following on from Sunday’s 1-0 loss at West Brom in what has been another tough week for Louis Van Gaal.

United looked to be in good shape before the West Brom defeat, having won four on the bounce, but they are back under pressure and fans will be desperate to see them beat West Ham on Sunday.

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The Red Devils lost at home to Arsenal in the quarterfinals of last year’s FA Cup and will be desperate not to repeat that as they are just one game away from a Wembley appearance.

Manchester United’s FA Cup run: Third Round (H) – Sheffield United (1-0) – Fourth Round (A) – Derby County (3-1) – Fifth Round (A) – Shrewsbury Town (3-0) 

West Ham will arrive at Old Trafford in high confidence and will be out to upset the hosts in what should be an entertaining game.

The Hammers have won four in a row in all competitions and look to be in great shape. They have picked up impressive results against big clubs all year and will be out for another scalp in this one.

Slaven Bilic will be desperate for a trip to Wembley with his West Ham players. His side are unbeaten in six in all competitions and are a tough side to break down.

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These two sides played out a 0-0 draw in their Premier League meeting at Old Trafford in December and another close-fought battle is expected on Sunday.

West Ham’s FA Cup run: Third Round (H) – Wolves (1-0) – Fourth Round (A) – Liverpool (0-0) – Fourth Round Replay (H) – Liverpool (2-1 AET) – Fifth Round (A) – Blackburn Rovers (5-1) 

Team News

Manchester United have a number of injury worries ahead of this one. Juan Mata is suspended, while Wayne Rooney, Luke Shaw, Phil Jones and Ashley Young are all injured. Antonio Valencia and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson are doubts but Jesse Lingard should return to the side after missing Thursday’s loss at Liverpool through suspension.

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic will be without Sam Byram as the right-back is ineligible. James Tomkins and James Collins both remain out but they are the only injury worries for the Hammers. Victor Moses, Enner Valencia, Joey O’Brien and Winston Reid are all back from injuries and will be in contention.

Key Points

Manchester United’s last five in all competitions: W/W/W/L/L

West Ham United’s last five in all competitions: D/W/W/W/W

Key Stat: Manchester United are unbeaten in ten games against West Ham (W6 D4).

Key Player: Dimitri Payet – The West Ham playmaker has been sensational this season. He has notched four goals and four assists in his last five games and looks to be in the best form of his campaign. If United fail to contain him, the Hammers will likely emerge victorious.

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Score Prediction

Manchester United 1-1 West Ham – This should be a really tight battle between two clubs desperate for a trip to Wembley. United’s form has dipped again off the back of a poor week and West Ham are not the sort of side they will be able to outplay. The Hammers look sharp and will expect to earn a replay at the very least.

Podcast: MLS opening weekend, NYCFC’s defensive woes & West Ham discussed

In this week’s MLSGB Podcast, Zack Walford sits down with Louis East and Jamie Ives to look back at an incredible opening weekend of MLS action as the 2016 campaign got off to a flyer.

The team will discuss whether New York City FC should be deeply worried about their defensive struggles, despite winning on Sunday, and will finish with a look at in-form Premier League side West Ham United, who are chasing a top four spot.

Be sure to comment below, or get in touch on Twitter with your views on the topics discussed.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: West Ham vs Sunderland

Competition: Premier League – West Ham United vs. Sunderland

Venue: Upton Park – Saturday, February 27 – 12:45 GMT (07:45 ET)

Match Odds: West Ham 5/6 – Draw 13/5 – Sunderland 16/5

Match Preview

West Ham welcome Sunderland to Upton Park on Saturday lunchtime for a clash between two teams with very different aspirations as we enter the final third of the Premier League season.

The Hammers are currently in seventh, hunting down a European spot and have a chance to heap the pressure on Manchester United and Southampton who sit above them.

With the advantage of playing before their rivals, Slaven Bilic’s side can lift themselves to fifth with victory and they’ll come into this game with confidence after a resounding 5-1 win away at Blackburn in the FA Cup last weekend.

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Judging by the high standards West Ham have set themselves this season, it’s fair to say they’ve stuttered slightly in the Premier League recently – since a run of three consecutive victories, they’ve managed just one win in their last five (D2, L2).

Sunderland, by contrast, are scrapping for every point in a relegation dogfight at the bottom of the table as they sit in nineteenth, although they’re only one point off safety.

Sam Allardyce has had the luxury of two weeks to prepare his players for yet another vital fixture and they’ve been on a warm weather training trip to Dubai, following an excellent 2-1 win at home to Manchester United last time out.

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The Black Cats have lost just two of their last seven games (W3, D2) and will be hoping that they are just starting to find some form at a crucial time in the season.

The reverse fixture provided entertainment and eventually ended in a 2-2 draw at the Stadium of Light back in October.

Team News

Winston Reid (hamstring), Enner Valencia (ankle) and Andy Carroll (hip) could all return to the squad for West Ham this weekend following injuries, while Diafra Sakho (thigh) who has been out since November is back in full training but may not be risked. Joey O’Brien (hamstring) and James Tomkins (calf) remain out.

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Sunderland have a number of injury doubts heading into this one. Billy Jones (hip), Younes Kaboul (ankle), Jan Kirchhoff (hamstring), Seb Larsson (knee), Jeremain Lens (hernia) and Duncan Watmore (ankle) are all likely to miss the game with injury.

Key Points

West Ham’s last five: L/D/W/L/D

Sunderland’s last five: L/D/L/D/W

Key Stat: Sunderland have failed to win away from home against a Premier League side in the top 12 this season (P8, W0, D1, L7).

Key Player: Dimitri Payet – It’s impossible to look past the Frenchman as the key player in any West Ham game at the moment. He’s in the form of his life and is a frightening prospect for any defence. With seven goals and five assists in 19 Premier League appearances this season, he’s bound to be the difference once again this weekend.

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Score Prediction

West Ham 2-1 Sunderland – West Ham will fancy their chances against a Sunderland side that don’t travel particularly well. Sam Allardyce returns to another of his former clubs and will make life difficult for the Hammers, but the home side should have enough to edge it.

FA Cup Preview and Prediction: Liverpool vs West Ham

Competition: FA Cup Fourth Round – Liverpool vs. West Ham United

Venue: Anfield – Saturday, January 30 – 17:30 GMT (12:30 ET)

Match Odds Liverpool 29/10 – Draw 12/5 – West Ham 29/10

Match Preview

Liverpool play host to West Ham in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday evening in what is a repeat of the 2006 final that saw Liverpool fight back from 3-1 down to win on penalties.

Liverpool are facing their third match in seven days here. They booked a Wembley date with Manchester City for February 28th after their League Cup semifinal victory over Stoke City on penalties on Tuesday.

But with plenty of key players having played that match, Jurgen Klopp could rest some of those stars for the West Ham game, especially as they head to Leicester City on Tuesday night.

If the Reds do advance to the fifth round, it will mean they play at least seven matches next month as the fixtures just keep coming. So some big decisions lie at the German manager’s door on what to prioritise.

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Christian Benteke could lead the line for Liverpool after starting on the bench against Stoke. He started both games against Exeter City in the third round of this competition.

For West Ham, the 2006 FA Cup final has been the closest the club has come to winning silverware since 1980. With the Hammer’s league form so strong, and with the scalps they have been pulling off, they could well go deep into this year’s FA Cup.

This competition gives them their last chance of winning silverware before they leave Upton Park for their move to the Olympic Stadium next season.

West Ham can take huge confidence from completing a league double over their counterparts on Saturday, scoring five goals and conceding none in the two league matches against Liverpool.

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With longer rest time than their opponents too, they could inflict some serious damage on the Reds.

Dimitri Payet is a man that Liverpool will need to halt, as the Frenchman has been so impressive since joining from Marseille in the Summer. One defeat in eleven has seen the Hammers move up into sixth place in the league, one place above the Reds in seventh, so this should be a close battle.

Team News

The match comes too soon for the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Philippe Coutinho, Martin Skrtel and Divock Origi, while Danny Ings and Joe Gomez are long-term absentees.

West Ham recently lost Carl Jenkinson for the season. James Tomkins, Michail Antonio and Mark Noble are racing to bit fit, while Andy Carroll is expected to be back in training next week. Diafra Sakho is still missing through a knee injury.

Key Points

Liverpool’s last five in all competitions: D/L/W/W/L

West Ham’s last five in all competitions: W/W/W/L/D

Key Stat: Liverpool haven’t conceded a goal at Anfield in the FA Cup since 2012, which coincides with the last time they got to the final, when they played Chelsea in a 2-1 loss.

Key Player: Dimitri Payet – When Payet is on the pitch West Ham look a totally different side. He is West Ham’s top scorer and leader in assists and is a true fan favourite. He can cause problems for a Liverpool backline that has been decimated by injuries in recent weeks and he is more than capable of unlocking the door that can send West Ham to the next round.

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Score Prediction

Liverpool 0-2 West Ham – A first league double over Liverpool since 1952 will give the Hammers huge amounts of confidence going into this one. Injuries on both sets of teams deplete the matchup of key players. But West Ham are confident away from home as victories over Arsenal, Manchester City and their opponents Liverpool have already shown. Whoever wins will be feared in round five.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: West Ham vs Chelsea

Competition: Premier League – West Ham United vs. Chelsea

Venue: Upton Park – Saturday, October 24 – 15:00 GMT (11:00 ET) 

Match Odds: West Ham 13/5 – Draw 14/5 – Chelsea 10/11

Match Preview

West Ham United welcome Chelsea to Upton Park for an intriguing London derby in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

The Hammers are flying after an impressive 3-1 win away at Crystal Palace last weekend extended their current unbeaten run to six games (W4, D2).

Slaven Bilic’s side are fourth in the Premier League table and will be looking to further establish their credentials with another positive result here.

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West Ham have already recorded wins over Arsenal, Liverpool and Man City this season, although those successes all came away from home.

Their form at Upton Park has left a lot to desire so far this season, with just one win from four home games (D1, L2), so the Irons will be looking to put that right on Saturday.

West Ham’s Premier League record: P9 – W5 – D2 – L2

Chelsea make the short trip across London hoping to record back-to-back victories for the first time in the Premier League this season.

The Blues beat Aston Villa 2-0 at Stamford Bridge last time out but still find themselves in the bottom half of the table after a disappointing start to the campaign by their very high standards.

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Jose Mourinho will be hoping his side avoid suffering a hangover from their tricky midweek Champions League game in the Ukraine against Dynamo Kiev, which ended goalless.

Chelsea’s Premier League record: P9 – W3 – D2 – L4

The last meeting between these two sides saw Chelsea edge a 1-0 win on the same ground back in March 2015.

Team News

West Ham will be without Victor Moses who is on-loan from Chelsea and cannot face his parent club. Winston Reid (back) and Alexandre Song (ankle) will miss the game through injury, while Joey O’Brien is also a doubt (leg).

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Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois (knee) remains a long-term absentee for Chelsea, while Branislav Ivanovic (hamstring), Pedro (knock) and Loic Remy (knock) are all major doubts.

Key Points

West Ham’s last five: W/W/D/D/W

Chelsea’s last five: L/W/D/L/W

Key Stat: West Ham have only beaten Chelsea once in their last 18 meetings in the Premier League (D3, L14).

Key Player: Dimitri Payet – The Frenchman has been a joy to watch this season with five goals and three assists already to his name after just nine games. He can cause trouble for any defence.

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Score Prediction

West Ham 1-1 Chelsea – West Ham are full of confidence and come up against a Jose Mourinho side who will be focusing on not losing the game. It should be a tightly contested London derby and a draw seems the likely outcome.

2015/16 Premier League Predictions: Winners, losers and everything between

The 2015/16 Barclays Premier League season is just a couple of days away as one of the most hotly anticipated days in the football calendar edges ever closer. But for those looking past the opening round of fixtures, there’s another long campaign ahead with drama, thrills and spills guaranteed.

New teams, managers and players have arrived ahead of what looks set to be a close-run season at either end of the table, with sides strengthening across the division over the course of the summer.

The Premier League is almost impossible to predict, but we’re going to have a go anyway because who doesn’t like to sit back at the end of the season and think: ‘Wow. I didn’t see that coming.’

Will Chelsea retain their title? Will Harry Kane manage to replicate his scintillating form from last year? And will Sunderland ever go down? Read on to find out what our editor, Louis East is predicting for the 2015/16 Premier League campaign:

Title winners: Chelsea

Chelsea fully deserved their success last season as they ended up winning the title by eight points, despite a relatively poor end to the campaign by Jose Mourinho’s high standards. They may not have changed too much over the summer, but they didn’t need to. They were easily the best side in the country last time out and should be too strong once more, although they can expect to be pushed right to the end by Manchester City, Arsenal and possibly Manchester United.

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Relegated:  Norwich, Watford & Leicester

Always difficult predicting who will go down before a ball has even been kicked, but three teams have to be selected here. It’s easy to go with all three promoted sides but I’m expecting Bournemouth to hold their own in the top flight and so I think Leicester City will join Watford and Norwich in falling through the trapdoor. Without Nigel Pearson, the Foxes were doomed last year. Now he’s gone, it’s hard to see them staying up. Sunderland are always lingering near the danger zone but Dick Advocaat looked to turn things around and they should survive yet again.

Player of the season: Wayne Rooney

Eden Hazard lit the Premier League up last term but hasn’t looked as sharp so far in preseason and Wayne Rooney’s opportunity to play as the lone striker should see him pick up his first Player of the Year award since the 2009-10 season. He played as a striker that year, netting 26 times, and the England captain should find himself at the heart of everything United do going forward this year as they look to be serious title contenders once more.

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Best young player: Raheem Sterling

Raheem Sterling’s controversial move from Liverpool to Manchester City has seen the player attract plenty of criticism from those in and around football, but his quality cannot be questioned. Still just 20, Sterling has the opportunity to kick on and develop further at City and will look to record his best season yet under Manuel Pellegrini this year.

Golden Boot: Harry Kane

Few could have predicted what Harry Kane went on to achieve during the 2014/15 campaign but the young Spurs forward ended the year with 21 league goals and didn’t even establish himself as a first-team regular until October. He now has a full season to shine and should better his goal tally. Many are predicting his performances will dip, but he only seemed to improve last year and will be a better player from his experiences.

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Surprise package: AFC Bournemouth

Bournemouth won the Championship in fine style last year, scoring more goals than anyone else with the second best defence in the league. The jump to the Premier League is a big one but there is a sense of real optimism around the club that they can hold their own in the top flight. Eddie Howe is a great young coach and should guide his team well clear of relegation as they look to be this season’s surprise package.

Shock of the season: Brendan Rodgers first to be sacked

Life as Liverpool manager has been tough for Brendan Rodgers. After narrowly missing out on Premier League glory in the 2013/14 season, the Reds dropped down to end last year in sixth, with that final day 6-1 defeat to Stoke one the fans were left devastated by. They start this season at the Britannia but Steven Gerrard and Raheem Sterling have gone and will leave Rodgers with further problems to fix. A flurry of new signings have arrived again but Rodgers might not have long enough to get them to gel this time around with pressure mounting rapidly.

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Signing of the season: Dimitri Payet

It was tough to neglect Petr Cech here as the goalkeeper will make Arsenal a much better side, but overall I think Dimitri Payet will prove more important to West Ham than Cech will to Arsenal this year. Payet arrives at the Hammers from Marseille off the back of a stellar season in France as he picked up 17 assists with seven goals in 36 league games. Only Lionel Messi made more successful through-balls in Europe’s top five leagues than Payet and he should ensure West Ham have a year to remember in what will be their last at the Boleyn Ground.

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Manager of the year: Mark Hughes

Mark Hughes has done a fine job with Stoke since taking over from Tony Pulis two years ago and doesn’t always receive the praise he deserves. Another fine summer of transfer business has seen the Potters strengthen with the likes of Glen Johnson, Marko Van Ginkel and Ibrahim Afellay arriving. Add that to the fact that Bojan will be back fighting and Hughes should have a Stoke side capable of replicating the stunning performance of Southampton last year.

What are your predictions for the 2015/16 Premier League season?

TRANSFER ROUNDUP: Liverpool agree SIXTH move of summer, West Ham closing on £32m deal

Daily transfer roundup (Thursday, June 25)

MLS Rumours

Wolves winger Bakary Sako was in the United States last week after rumours emerged he could join the New York Red Bulls on a free when his contract expires at the end of the month. He is reportedly on the club’s Discovery List. (REPORT)

Sevilla defender Cicinho is set to terminate his contract to force through a move to join Toronto FC. (REPORT)

Premier League Rumours

Liverpool have had a £12.5 million bid for Southampton right-back Nathaniel Clyne accepted. The Englishman will now have to agree personal terms before becoming the club’s sixth summer signing. (REPORT)

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West Ham United have agreed a £10.7 million deal for Marseille midfielder Dimitri Payet and will pay the French international £21.4 million over a six-year contract if a deal is finalised. (REPORT)

Arsenal have reportedly made an £8.5 million move for Chelsea youngster Charly Musonda as two Blues players could join in the next few weeks with Petr Cech close to signing. (REPORT)

Done Deals

New York City FC have extended the loan of Manchester City’s Shay Facey until the end of the season. (REPORT)

Everton have completed the £4.3 million capture of Spanish winger Gerard Deulofeu, who spent the 2013/14 season on loan at the club. (REPORT)