sport news MICAH RICHARDS predicts the Premier League 1-20 in his guide to the new season 

After a brief break, the Premier League is back once again this Saturday as newly-promoted Fulham get ready to host an Arsenal side buoyed by their FA Cup success.

While there hasn't been too long off between the end of last season and the beginning of the new one, there has been plenty of change with clubs splashing the cash in the transfer window.

Chelsea have led the way this summer by spending £230million and counting and they will be desperate for a title assault this summer while Manchester City will go all out in their bid to topple Liverpool at the top of the table.

Here, Sportsmail's new columnist Micah Richards has given his predictions, as well as what stars to look out for, ahead of the 2020-21 Premier League campaign... 

Sportsmail's new columnist Micah Richards has given his predictions ahead of the new season

Sportsmail's new columnist Micah Richards has given his predictions ahead of the new season

MANCHESTER CITY

MICAH'S ONE TO WATCH

Phil Foden - Age: 20, Position: Midfielder

Let's stop the talk about Foden being one for the future. This is his time, this is his season. He is not here to replace the departed David Silva, he's here to write his own story. 

Foden will be playing regularly for England in 12 months. We know about his special ability and already have seen enough glimpses of it. I have no doubt he is ready to shine — for Pep Guardiola and Gareth Southgate.

THE GAFFER - Pep Guardiola

City's football under him has been majestic and it's puzzling how a squad packed full of world-class stars lost nine league games and ended up 18 points behind Liverpool. Guardiola will be desperate to wrestle the title back. The title race will be tighter this season.

BEST YOUNG PROSPECT - Luke Mbete-Tabu, 16

Widely tipped by coaching staff to make an impression this season, the speedy left-footed defender is an excellent passer of the ball, powerfully built and has already drawn comparisons with Vincent Kompany. The former Brentford academy prospect will train with the first team this season.  

MICAH'S PREDICTION: 1st

Manchester City will have a point to prove after Liverpool beat them to the title last season

Manchester City will have a point to prove after Liverpool beat them to the title last season

LIVERPOOL

MICAH'S ONE TO WATCH 

Joe Gomez - Age: 23, Position: Defender

It's so hard to pick out the key players from the champions, as they have got world-class players from front to back. So I'm nominating Gomez as my one to watch as I believe he's got so much more in his locker. 

He is England's best central defender — without a shadow of a doubt — and I want to see him become a real leader this season. I know he can do it.

THE GAFFER - Jurgen Klopp

Transformed Liverpool into English, European and world champions playing a breathless style of football to rival the club's teams of the 1970s and 80s. The challenge is to maintain standards and defend their title. Will be intriguing to see how they fare as the hunted rather than the hunters.

BEST YOUNG PROSPECT - Harvey Elliott, 17

Since joining from Fulham, the winger has made a big impression on Jurgen Klopp with his talent and attitude. Eager to learn from senior stars Jordan Henderson, Gini Wijnaldum and Mo Salah and occasionally plays left-back against Salah in training. That versatility is serving him well.

MICAH'S PREDICTION: 2nd

Liverpool will have it all to do to successfully defend their title after a tough summer window

Liverpool will have it all to do to successfully defend their title after a tough summer window

MICAH'S ONE TO WATCH

Paul Pogba - Age: 27, Position: Midfielder

You might think it obvious to pick the biggest name from one of the biggest teams but I gave this choice plenty of thought. I've highlighted Pogba because there are no excuses for him at United now.

He's got Bruno Fernandes alongside him, exciting forwards in front of him, he's fit and looks happy again. He's got the stage — now let's see the fireworks that we know he's got the talent to produce. 

THE GAFFER - Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

The baby-faced assassin has proven he can hold his own as a Premier League manager. The combination of Bruno Fernandes behind Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford has brought back the flair. Still plenty of ground to make up on the top two, though.

BEST YOUNG PROSPECT - Shola Shoretire, 16

United staff are buzzing about a talent that some regard as the best in Europe of his generation. The winger and playmaker made his UEFA Youth League bow at 14, starred in the FA Youth Cup this year and has a contract that underlines his value. Expected to make his first-team debut this season.  

MICAH'S PREDICTION: 3rd

Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes are crucial to Manchester United's fortunes in the new term

Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes are crucial to 's fortunes in the new term

CHELSEA

MICAH'S ONE TO WATCH

Timo Werner - Age: 24, Position: Striker

What an exciting signing this is! I watched him more than 20 times for RB Leipzig last season and I will say with confidence that he will challenge for this season's Premier League Golden Boot. 

Frank Lampard's team are set up for him to thrive and the word I'd use to describe Werner is 'electric'. Watch him cut in off the left or hang off the shoulder of the last man. He'll get a minimum of 20 goals.

THE GAFFER - Frank Lampard

Some say he had a poor season, taking Chelsea from third to fourth and losing the Cup final. Others argue he performed fantastically to secure a Champions League place with a transfer embargo and losing Eden Hazard. He's now been backed with signings and top four is the minimum target.

BEST YOUNG PROSPECT - Billy Gilmour, 19

Chelsea saw a glimpse of what Gilmour is capable of last season and his season-ending injury was a big blow. The small Scot is a classy, confident midfielder who likes to conduct play with his passing range. He has a great attitude and work ethic too, making him a manager's dream.

MICAH'S PREDICTION: 4th

Chelsea have spent big this summer, signing the likes of Timo Werner and Kai Havertz

Chelsea have spent big this summer, signing the likes of Timo Werner and Kai Havertz

ARSENAL 

MICAH'S ONE TO WATCH

Bukayo Saka - Age: 19, Position: Winger

He's played left-back, left-wing — I've even seen him operate as a right wing-back. Versatility, however, does not disguise his talent and he is going to become a big figure for Arsenal in the coming years.

Manager Mikel Arteta has huge faith in this 19-year-old and the fact he played 38 times in all competitions last year shows the regard in which he is held. Expect further progress.

THE GAFFER - Mikel Arteta

Won the FA Cup but Arteta still deemed Arsenal's season a disappointment. Top four is a must according to the Premier League's youngest manager. 

Can be ruthless — Mesut Ozil hasn't played since March — and is tactically astute. There are more reasons to be cheerful than fearful.

BEST YOUNG PROSPECT - Miguel Azeez, 17  

England U18 midfielder Azeez has been at Arsenal since he was five, earned comparisons with Gunners legend Patrick Vieira while idolising Sergio Busquets and shone for the club's youth sides, playing for the U18s and U23s well before his time. He is eligible for England, Nigeria and Spain.

MICAH'S PREDICTION: 5th 

Bukayo Saka and Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang will be looking to shine once again for Arsenal

Bukayo Saka and Pierre Emerick- will be looking to shine once again for Arsenal

TOTTENHAM

MICAH'S ONE TO WATCH

Harry Kane - Age: 27, Position: Striker

You might see this as another cliched selection but it is nothing of the sort. Yes, Kane is England's captain and Tottenham's main threat but he still has things to prove. If he wants to leapfrog Karim Benzema and Robert Lewandowski and be recognised as the world's best No 9, he has got to score the goals that will help his team win something. 

He had a really bad injury last season, but still scored 18 in the league and will want to show he is firing on all cylinders this time around.  

THE GAFFER - Jose Mourinho

The 57-year-old arrived at Spurs claiming he couldn't be happier, though it hasn't all gone according to plan. Occasionally, moody Mourinho has shown his true colours. This will be his first full season in charge and the pressure is on to end Spurs' longest trophy drought since the Second World War.  

BEST YOUNG PROSPECT - Japhet Tanganga, 21

He has just signed a new five-year contract and already looks a composed and sound centre back. He can also play full back, and made his Premier League debut on the right against Liverpool in January. He held his own against the champions elect and is an exciting prospect.

MICAH'S PREDICTION: 6th

Jose Mourinho will look to Harry Kane for inspiration during his first full season in charge

Jose Mourinho will look to Harry Kane for inspiration during his first full season in charge

WOLVES

MICAH'S ONE TO WATCH

Raul Jimenez - Age: 29, Position: Striker

The first time I saw Jimenez, I thought to myself: 'Is he a bit slow?' Then I watched him at the Etihad Stadium last October, when Wolves beat Manchester City 2-0, and he totally changed my mind. He held the ball up, he brought people into play and City couldn't handle him. 

He looked the real deal and went on to prove it, ending the Premier League season with 17 goals and scoring another 10 during their long Europa League campaign. He will continue to thrive.

THE GAFFER - Nuno Espirito Santo

Last season's slog started with a Europa League qualifying win over Crusaders in July 2019, and ended more than 12 months later in August 2020. Nuno handled it all superbly and led Wolves to seventh. Will be eyeing an assault on the top six this season.  

BEST YOUNG PROSPECT - Pedro Neto, 20

The Portuguese forward started only nine league matches last season but everyone at Wolves is hugely excited about him. Neto prefers to operate on the right of a three-man attack and is quick, skilful and direct. He has all the raw materials required to become a star.  

MICAH'S PREDICTION: 7th 

Raul Jimenez will yet again be looking to standout for Wolves under Nuno Espirito Santo

Raul Jimenez will yet again be looking to standout for Wolves under Nuno Espirito Santo 

LEICESTER CITY

MICAH'S ONE TO WATCH

Caglar Soyuncu - Age: 24, Position: Defender

His first year in England was a great success but it would be wrong to underestimate the role Jonny Evans played in helping him settle down. Evans had an excellent season but I'm looking for Soyuncu to progress again. 

Leicester are an excellent side and if they are going to remain around the top six, pushing for the top four, their defence is going to be crucial.  

THE GAFFER - Brendan Rodgers

A collapse in the second half of the season saw Leicester miss out on the Champions League. But at least Rodgers and that little notebook he loves to scribble in will feature in the Europa League. He will look to juggle that alongside their domestic campaign, which could prove tricky.

BEST YOUNG PROSPECT - Luke Thomas, 19

Brendan Rodgers turned to Thomas in the final stages of last season, when senior left-back Ben Chilwell was ruled out with a foot injury, and the academy product stepped up well. He should see plenty of action given Leicester's involvement in the Europa League.

MICAH'S PREDICTION: 8th 

Caglar Soyuncu will be crucial for Leicester if they want to make the top six again next season

Caglar Soyuncu will be crucial for Leicester if they want to make the top six again next season

EVERTON

MICAH'S ONE TO WATCH 

Richarlison - Age: 23, Position: Striker

It has been a difficult couple of years for Everton, who really need to start finding consistency, but the one man who has always captured my eye is their Brazilian striker. 

Sometimes you look at him when he is scowling on the pitch, and you wonder if he is frustrated but I've got no doubts he could play at a higher level. He's Everton's best performer by a mile.  

THE GAFFER - Carlo Ancelotti

A talented tactician and someone who is used to winning. Evertonians miss Europe and want Ancelotti, a three-time winner of the Champions League, to take them there. 

He said survival was his priority when he took over in 2019. Now he needs to move towards the right end of the table. 

BEST YOUNG PROSPECT - Jarrad Branthwaite, 18

Branthwaite was one of the few reasons for Carlo Ancelotti to be cheerful during the season finale. They will look to recruit another centre-back but know the 18-year-old is capable of stepping up. He's 6ft 5in, left-footed and fearless. The only question mark is over his agility.  

MICAH'S PREDICTION: 9th

Everton will look to Richarlison to make the difference following a difficult couple of yeaes

Everton will look to Richarlison to make the difference following a difficult couple of yeaes

MICAH'S ONE TO WATCH

Michail Antonio - Age: 30, Position: Forward

I've got to give Antonio a bit of love. I remember coming up against him when he played for Nottingham Forest, when he was a young winger who put his head down and didn't look at the bigger picture. 

To see how he has developed into a striker, who can time his runs and finish well, is a testament to the hard work he has put in to improve. He scored 10 goals in the Premier League last season and will get plenty this time.  

THE GAFFER - David Moyes

Experienced manager with a point to prove, especially after his first spell that saw him replaced by Manuel Pellegrini after guiding them to safety. Now's

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