I wanted to give my predictions for the top leagues in Europe before the season began and I decided to do it all through the same blog post. Here are my 2022-23 season predictions for the Top 5 leagues in Europe.
Bayern Munich have an overload of talent and despite losing Robert Lewandowski, they enter 2022-23 as possibly a stronger unit. The additions of world class players such as defender Matthijs de Ligt and forward Sadio Mane make them clear favorites to win the title. I really like the business Borussia Dortmund did as well and I think it’ll be a closer title race this season. I think Wolfsburg will have a strong bounce back year and FC Koln will struggle despite a strong 7th place finish last year. I think Bochum and Werder Bremen will get relegated and Hertha Berlin will head towards the relegation playoffs for the second consecutive season.
Celta de Vigo
The hardest part about predicting La Liga was trying to pick between Real Madrid and Barcelona for the title because Barcelona really went all out this summer. They added defenders Jules Kounde & Andreas Christensen, midfielder Franck Kessie and forwards Raphinha and Robert Lewandowski. Real Madrid held onto the majority of their squad that won both the Champions League and La Liga title last season but they also added Antonio Rudiger and midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni. I think I have to give the slight edge to Carlo Ancelotti and Real Madrid but it’s going to be a very close season.
The French League is entertaining to watch for the most part and the league is home to some of the best youth players in the world but PSG are just levels above the competition with their talented roster. I think Lyon will have a strong bounce back season to finish second this year with a few strong additions of Corentin Tolisso, Tete and Alexandre Lacazette. I’m very excited to see Takumi Minamino get more playing time with Monaco this season after he made the switch from Liverpool. I believe the three relegated teams will be Angers, Clermont Foot and newly promoted AC Ajaccio. Angers in particular struggled heavily at times last season and they lost a lot of key players this summer and i’m unsure whether manager Gerald Baticle can put all the right pieces together to keep them in the top division.
Out of the top five leagues, Serie A might have the closest battle for 1st place as there is a legitimate argument for about five teams to win the title this upcoming season. I think Inter Milan will find a way to get the job done, I really like their summer additions of goalkeeper Andre Onana and forward Romelu Lukaku. Don’t sleep on Juventus though as they brought back Paul Pogba and they added veteran forward Angel Di Maria and Brazilian defender Bremer. Roma, AC Milan, Lazio and Napoli are all in the conversation for the title as well. I think newly promoted clubs US Cremonse and US Lecce will be relegated along with Spezia.
West Ham United
Manchester City are massive favorites for the title once again as the club sold Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko but replaced them with midfielder Kalvin Phillips and star forward Erling Haaland. They are looking to win the title for the third straight season. Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham continue to improve and will be knocking against the door hoping to steal the title from Manchester City. Chelsea however is in a bit of a transition period now with ownership changes but they should still challenge for top four this season. Manchester United are a wildcard entering this season under new manager Erik ten Hag but they hope the additions of Christian Eriksen and Lisandro Martinez help them compete for top four this season. I believe that Everton and Leeds United will once again find themselves in the lower half of the table but the one Premier League team from last season that I think will be relegated is Southampton.