Ben Foster backs Manchester City to win the title, with Chelsea finishing second ahead of Liverpool and Man United failing to qualify for the Champions League in predicted 2022-23 Premier League table
- Goalkeeper Ben Foster has tipped Manchester City to retain the Premier League
- The Citizens pipped Liverpool to the title on the final day of last season
- Foster believes that the Reds will finish this season in third place
- Shot-stopper also predicts another disappointing campaign for Man United
Ben Foster has tipped Manchester City to beat Liverpool to the Premier League title once again next season.
Pep Guardiola’s side dramatically clinched the title by a single point on the final day of the last campaign after they came from behind to defeat Aston Villa 3-2.
And former Manchester United goalkeeper Foster believes that the Citizens will lift their fifth Premier League title in just six years next season.
Ben Foster believes Manchester City will lift the Premier League title once again this term
Speaking on his The Cycling GK YouTube channel, he said: ‘There’s no looking past Manchester City this year.’
Guardiola’s side have made the £51million addition of striker Erling Haaland this summer. The Norwegian netted 86 goals in just 89 appearances for his former side Borussia Dortmund.
Foster believes that Haaland will continue his fine goalscoring form in the Premier League. ‘The big signing – Erling Haaland – I just think he could pulverise the Premier League, I really do,’ the England international said.
‘He could score a bucket load of goals. He will have a banging season and take the league by storm.’
City’s title defence has been aided by the signing of Norwegian striker Erling Haaland
The goalkeeper also predicted a third-placed finish for Liverpool, with Chelsea claiming second spot ahead of Jurgen Klopp’s side.
‘I think there will be two teams better than them [Liverpool]. I can’t see them being up there, challenging for the title, I just can’t,’ said Foster.
The Reds have also made an addition to their forward-line, signing striker Darwin Nunez for a club-record £85million from Benfica.
But Foster thinks that it will be ‘interesting’ to see how the Uruguayan fares in his maiden Premier League campaign.
Foster predicts a third-placed finish for Liverpool after missing out on the final day last season
The goalkeeper is interested to see how new Reds signing Darwin Nunez gets on at Anfield
In the race for the top four, the 39-year-old tipped Tottenham to pip North London rivals Arsenal to a Champions League spot again next term.
He said: ‘I’m going for fourth again for Spurs. I don’t think they have the quality to mix it with the big boys right at the top of the table but they are going to be in the Champions League places again.’
Yet Foster does foresee another strong campaign for the Gunners, with new recruit Gabriel Jesus spearheading Mikel Arteta’s side to a fifth-placed finish.
‘Looking at this summer, Gabriel Jesus is a massive signing, massive. I don’t think he gets the credit he deserves. Arsenal have been crying out for that type of player and I think he’s going to do really well,’ Foster claimed.
Foster gave his predictions for the upcoming season on The Cycling GK YouTube channel
Gabriel Jesus has impressed in pre-season for Arsenal since arriving from Manchester City
Foster also envisions another disappointing season for his former side Manchester United under new manager Erik ten Hag.
He said: ‘I’m going for sixth, I still don’t think they have enough to be mixing it in the Champions League places.
‘It’s not going to be as plain sailing as some people think. Erik ten Hag is a great manager and he will get them playing a style of football, but I don’t think they have enough to get back into the top-four.’
United and Ten Hag have been dealt a blow by star striker Cristiano Ronaldo telling the club he wishes to leave to join a team playing in the Champions League.
The 37-year-old Portuguese forward has told United he wants to be released from his £360,000-a-week contract.
Foster tips another disappointing season for Manchester United under new boss Erik ten Hag
Foster was relegated from the Premier League with his former side Watford last season
But Foster does not believe that last season’s issues lie in the hands of his former team-mate Ronaldo.
‘Signing Cristiano Ronaldo was huge and he’s not the problem. Ronaldo did what he was brought in to do – score goals. That’s what you’re going to get from him,’ he said.
At the other end of the Premier League table, Foster expects just Fulham to survive out of the newly-promoted sides from the Championship.
The shot-stopper thinks that Bournemouth and Nottingham Forest will return straight back down to the second-tier along with Southampton, predicting Forest will finish rock-bottom.
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