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5 Pre-season Premier League Predictions That Went Wrong

Hundred years on from now, few are likely to forget about how Leicester City, who were 2000-1 to win the Premier League title​, ended up winning the league by trumping all of the big guns. 


These are the kind of things that probably happen only in football and help capture the imagination of the fans.


Even this year, many predictions have gone down the drain, in what has been an extremely exciting season of Premier League football. After all, football never fails to surprise people.


We take a look at pre-season predictions that have been proved wrong this season:

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1. Burnley getting relegated

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​When the Clarets achieved promotion from the Championship in the summer, many expected them to follow the familiar route of going down after just a single season in the top flight.


But, Sean Dyche's men have proved their doubters wrong with the help of physical and pragmatic football, giving them a look of Tony Pulis' Stoke City side of the old (if you don't look at the absence of Rory Delap in there). 


Their home form, which was the fourth best in the league at a point of time, had them sitting pretty in the top ten spots. They have lost some games in recent times, but the wins they picked up in the first half of the campaign have reaped benefits. 


They are currently 15th in the league and six points away from 18th-placed and relegated Hull City.

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2. Sergio Aguero under Pep Guardiola's coaching to be top goalscorer

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​Diego Costa, Sergio Aguero and Harry Kane are three of the best strikers in Europe, but following Pep Guardiola's appointment as manager, it was thought that Aguero would be in the driving seat to win the Premier League Golden Boot. 


However, Kane has been the most consistent goalscorer this season, and has shown a knack for scoring in bunches. 


Experts thought him winning the accolade last season was a one-off, but with his continued improvement, he has shown that he is one of the top strikers in the world. 


The Tottenham Hotspur man has been challenged well by Romelu Lukaku who has racked up an impressive tally of 24 goals. 


Till the penultimate round of fixtures, the Belgian was leading the race, but Kane's four-goal blitz against Leicester City now sees him at the top with two goals more than Lukaku, six more than Costa and eight more than Aguero. 


The Argentine international has scored 18 goals, but has found it tough to nail down a spot in the starting line-up, especially because of the emergence of Gabriel Jesus.

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3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic being too old for England

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​When 35-year-old Zlatan Ibrahimovic joined Manchester United for free from Paris Saint-Germain, many believed that the big Swede would not be a success at Old Trafford.


But, he carried on from where he left off in Paris, scoring on his debut against Bournemouth and going on to score as many as 28 goals in all competitions for the Red Devils, before seeing his season ended by a serious knee injury in the Europa League. 


The impact that he has had at Old Trafford and the amount of love that he's got from the fans has been immense, despite having played just a single season at the club that needed a goalscorer after finishing fifth last season.

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4. United and City grappling for the title

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When Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho ended up becoming managers at rival clubs once again, many felt that they would be fighting for the title at the top of the league.


Both managers ended up spending over £150 million on players in the summer transfer window in a bid to strengthen their hopes of winning the league in their debut seasons. 


However, things have gone wrong for both of them and as things stand, one is scrambling for a top four finish and the other is going to finish sixth. 


Instead, Chelsea and Tottenham, who were deemed to be outsiders to claim the title, went hammer and tongs at each other in the race for silverware, with Antonio Conte emerging as a champion in his first season in-charge at Stamford Bridge.

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5. Leicester City to challenge for European spots

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Many expected Leicester City to challenge for the European places after winning the title last season, but things went south for them very quickly.


Leicester were stuck in the relegation zone in mid-season, before they sacked Claudio Ranieri under controversial circumstances. Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez were no way near their best and the sale of N'Golo Kante affected them in a significant manner. 


The appointment of Craig Shakespeare turned things around, but they were never expected to keel over to that extent that they'll go down exactly a season after being crowned champions. 


A buoyant win over Sevilla in the Champions League helped and they recovered to creep up to just outside the top-half of the table, behind south coast clubs Southampton and Bournemouth. 


As things stand, they are currently 11th in the table.