Every 2020-21 Premier League side’s oldest player

The 20 Premier League clubs have now submitted their 25-man squads for the 2020/21 season. And, the announcements didn’t go down without a stir. Arsenal left out Mesut Özil, whilst Chelsea, who are often the favourites when betting with Paddy Power, included veteran goalkeeper Petr Čech, who is now the club’s technical director, as emergency cover.

Everton – Séamus Coleman – 32 years old

Séamus Coleman arrived Everton in 2009, and the 32-year-old, who also captains the Merseyside team, has featured in all five of his side’s games so far this season.

Aston Villa – Tom Heaton – 34 years old

Tom Heaton joined Aston Villa last season and made 20 Premier League appearances for the Midlands side last term but is yet to feature this season.

Liverpool – James Milner – 34 years old

James Milner has consistently appeared in the Premier League since he made his debut for Leeds United way back in 2002. Now, he’s plying his trade for Liverpool, and still featuring for the Reds at 34, as they defend their title.

Leicester City – Wes Morgan – 36 years old

Wes Morgan is currently in his 10th season at Leicester City, who he led to Premier League glory in 2016. However, at 36 years old, his appearances for the Foxes are now limited.

Arsenal – David Luiz – 33 years old

After two separate stints with Chelsea, David Luiz is now in his second season with London rivals Arsenal, and, at 33, he still often features in the Gunners back four.

Wolverhampton Wanderers – João Moutinho– 34 years old

Since arriving in the midlands in 2018, Portuguese midfielder João Moutinho is yet to miss a Premier League game for Wolverhampton Wanderers. Not bad for a player in their 30s.

Tottenham Hotspur – Hugo Lloris – 33 years old

A regular between the sticks for Tottenham Hotspurs, 33-year-old Hugo Lloris is now in his ninth season at the North London club.

Chelsea – Willy Caballero – 39 years old

At 39 years old, Chelsea’s reserve keeper Willy Caballero isn’t just the oldest player at Stamford Bridge, but the in the Premier League itself.

West Ham United – Łukasz Fabiański – 35 years old

Yet another goalkeeper on the list, West Ham’s number one shot-stopper Łukasz Fabiański is the oldest player at the London club.

Leeds United – Pablo Hernández – 35 years old

Since he arrived at Leeds in 2017, Pablo Hernández has become a fan favourite. However, at 35, he’s appeared just once so far this term.

Manchester City – Fernandinho – 35 years old

Captain Fernandinho is Man City’s oldest player. Now in his eighth season at the club, the Brazilian has played almost 230 times in the Premier League.

Southampton – Shane Long – 33 years old

Now seven years deep into his Southampton career, at 33 years old, striker Shane Long is the club’s oldest player.

Newcastle United – Andy Carroll – 31 years old

At just 31 years old, Newcastle striker Andy Carroll is the youngest player to feature on our list. It’s a close encounter at St James’ Park, as Carroll is just nine days older than goalie Martin Dubravka.

Crystal Palace – Gary Cahill – 34 years old

After a trophy-laden eight years with Chelsea, Gary Cahill joined Crystal Palace last season, and he now holds the status as the most senior player at the club.

Manchester United – Lee Grant – 37 years old

Lee Grant is now in his third season with Manchester United, and is yet to make a Premier League appearance for the Red Devils.

Brighton & Hove Albion – Adam Lallana – 32 years old

After six injury-stricken years with Liverpool, Adam Lallana swapped Merseyside for the south coast this summer, and, at just 32, the Premier League and Champions League winner is the Seagulls’ oldest player.

West Bromwich Albion – Branislav Ivanović – 36 years old

After leaving Chelsea for Zenit Saint Petersburg back in 2017, Branislav Ivanović made a shock return to the Premier League this summer, and, in doing so, became West Brom’s oldest player.

Burnley – Phil Bardsley – 35 years old

Now with his fourth Premier League, Phil Bardsley’s in his fourth season with Burnley, and at 35, he is the oldest player at Turf Moore.

Sheffield United – Phil Jagielka – 38 years old

After 12 years with Everton, Phil Jagielka moved to Sheffield United last season. However, he has made just six appearances for the Blades so far.

Fulham – Tim Ream – 33 years old

United States international Tim Ream is the oldest player at Craven Cottage. The centre-back has been at the club since 2015 but has featured just once so far this season.

Will the signing of Diogo Jota motivate Liverpool’s front three to perform even better?

Many of Liverpool’s supporters had been crying out for a forward player to be brought to Anfield to bolster the team’s attacking options. When the proposed transfer of RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner fell through due to differences in valuation, many fans felt like Liverpool had missed the trick, with the German ultimately ending up at Chelsea. Watford’s Ismaila Sarr was touted as a possible alternative, but again the club were reluctant to strike a deal given the Hornets’ high asking price.

In the end it’s Diogo Jota who has joined the Reds from Wolves in a deal which could potentially rise to a reported £45m. The Portuguese forward is exactly the kind of player to slot neatly into Jürgen Klopp’s system, with pressing one of his greatest attributes. The 23-year-old is a hard worker, energetic both on and off the ball, and possesses a goal threat too – aspects which will all contribute greatly to Liverpool’s defence of the title.

There has been a growing concern that Liverpool’s front three of Sadio Mané, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino are in danger of growing stale in their performances, or that other teams will figure out the best way to defend against them and thus render them less effective. The arrival of Jota by no means suggests that one of the front three will be dropped, but it will be an important reminder that other quality players are waiting in the wings should one of them let their standards slip.

Indeed, both Salah and Mané have started the season in exquisite form, with the former scoring a hat-trick on the opening day against Leeds United, and the latter bagging two vital goals to help Liverpool defeat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Despite concerns that they may be passing their peak, the Reds’ star attackers seem sharper than ever. You only need to look at the odds on any bet exchange to see that one of Mané or Salah is so often the player tipped to open the scoring.

It could prove that the arrival of a player like Jota, who has experience of playing and scoring goals in the Premier League, could well spur Liverpool’s front three on to perform to even higher standards. While Divock Origi has been a loyal backup option for Liverpool’s attack, it has always felt as though his presence in the squad has threatened Firmino, Salah or Mané. Even subconsciously, the level those three perform at each week can breed a sort of complacency, but having Jota around as a new player eager to make a big impact should provide them with even greater motivation to score goals and make assists.

Klopp may well view Jota as an eventual successor to one of those aforementioned forwards. After all, they can’t keep up their scoring figures forever, and the plan might be for Jota to be hitting his peak just as one of Salah or Mané is starting to regress. Klopp is contracted to Liverpool until 2024, and at some stage there will need to be a rebuilding project as the players who brought him so much success are gradually phased out.

Perhaps the reason Liverpool plumped for Jota in the end is that he is a player of immense ambition. This is evident on the pitch as he chases down lost causes, hunts defenders to try and win possession high up the pitch, and gives every iota to bring his team closer to victory. They are qualities Wolves supporters will miss greatly, but those very qualities might just help Liverpool maintain their remarkable standard of domestic performance for a third successive season.

Bayern Munich set to Continue their Domestic and European Dominance

After lifting five trophies in 2020, there is no stronger club in European football right now than Bayern Munich. They won the 2019-20 Bundesliga comfortably by 13 points, claimed the DFB-Pokal with ease, then achieved the crowning glory of winning the Champions League. Starting the new season with yet more silverware, the Bavarian giants have since claimed the UEFA Super Cup and the domestic DFL-Supercup.

Considering that Bayern Munich have won eight Bundesliga titles in a row, not to mention a remarkable European treble last season, it’s likely the team will enjoy yet more trophies. Essentially, any team with ambitions of winning the league must finish above them, which has proven impossible for years.

Such is their utter dominance in Germany, the latest Bundesliga betting odds for Bayern Munich have them priced at 1/8 odds for the title. By comparison, Borussia Dortmund are priced at 7/1 as the most likely potential challengers, while RB Leipzig are 18/1 and considered as outside candidates to make a serious push.

The last team to finish ahead of Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga was Borussia Dortmund, and they have most consistently been the nearest title challengers since then. However, even with the impressive scoring power of Norwegian striker Erling Haaland, they just aren’t packed with the same depth of quality the reigning champions have at their disposal.

It wasn’t all that long ago that Schalke 04 were considered genuine title contenders, yet on the opening day of the 2020-21 Bundesliga campaign, they were completely demolished by the rampant Bayern Munich in an 8-0 rout. That defeat spoke volumes of just how strong the side managed by Hans-Dieter Flick is.

Nevertheless, football wouldn’t be as fun without the occasional surprise. After a gruelling encounter with Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup that went into extra-time, before the German side could secure the European trophy, they had little time to prepare for the next Bundesliga encounter.

The tiredness was more than evident when Bayern Munich travelled to Hoffenheim, who crushed their illustrious opponents 4-1 at the PreZero Arena. Although being jaded from their European exploits was always going to be possible, nobody expected the reigning champions to be humiliated in such a way.

That defeat at Hoffenheim was proof, if ever any was needed, that even the mightiest team in the Bundesliga can stumble. Although, it’s hard to imagine such results being a regular feature of the 2020-21 campaign. Indeed, Bayern Munich went on to pass a significantly challenging test in their next game, taking on Borussia Dortmund in the DFL-Supercup.

Despite blowing a 2-0 advantage, as Borussia Dortmund refused to quit and tied the Supercup duel at 2-2, Bayern Munich had their tireless defensive midfielder Joshua Kimmich to thank, capping his excellent display with the winning goal. Another trophy in the bag and continued expectations of further triumph during the season to come. There will be the occasional blip, of course, but this team tends to bounce back better every time.

Which team will win the Premier League this season?

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The Premier League is back underway with most teams now having played three games. Four clubs currently sit with a 100% win rate, two of which (Leicester City and Liverpool) have been recent winners of the Premier League.

Other clubs, including Arsenal and Manchester City, are also looking strong, despite not having the best of starts to the season.

Many fans are beginning to make futures bets on the Premier League on sites like https://www.stsbet.co.uk. If you’re one of these, you’ll be wondering, which team will win the Premier League this season?

Liverpool

Liverpool finally won the Premier League last season after coming painfully close the year before. This ended a painful 30-year wait that had been tormenting many fans. However, as soon as they’d lifted the trophy, attention turned to whether the Reds would be capable of retaining the crown for a second year.

After a shaky first game which almost saw them lose to newly-promoted Leeds United, Liverpool have returned to their form from last year with victories against Chelsea and Arsenal.

This shouldn’t be too surprising as Jurgen Klopp has made only a handful of changes during the transfer window, a sharp difference to the huge wholesale changes made by other clubs.

Most bookmakers are giving them strong odds, though most only rank them as the second favourite at present.

Manchester City

The club ahead of Liverpool is Manchester City. The Sky Blues have been the strongest challenger to scouse dominance in recent years, though they struggled to match them last year.

With the stress and distraction of their Champions League ban and appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport being decided in their favour, City are looking a lot stronger in 2020/21.

There’s been a major clear out of players during the summer though, with 15 leaving and a further 19 being acquired to take their place. Pep Guardiola appears to be looking for sweeping changes across the squad, with new talent coming in every area.

This will likely mean they’ll need a few games to settle in as a new squad though, so we may not see their best performances until later in the season. This was evident in their 5-2 thrashing by Leicester City, despite controlling two-thirds of the possession in the game.

Chelsea

Chelsea are a club that can never be discounted, though they’ve struggled a bit in the last couple of years. With Frank Lampard now entering his second full season with the Blues, he’s hoping to end this season with at least some silverware.

Getting back into the Champions League this season was important for the club as it brings significant financial benefits. Now they’re there, they need to capitalise on the opportunity.

Like City, there has been a revolving door at Chelsea over the summer, with 23 new players signing with the club and another 13 leaving. They too will likely need a few more weeks to properly bed in.

Bookmakers are giving them good odds, though they’re quite a way off City and Liverpool. The gulf will likely only get bigger if they can’t pick up some good results in the next few games.