In this blog post, I will cover who I think will be the title contenders, the surprise packages, key transfers, what I think of the newly-promoted clubs and my predicted table for the season. Enoy!
Title ContendersDespite all the factors to be considered, I still believe there will be only 3 contenders for this seasons trophy.
This season will be somewhat "unknown territory" for the Champions as it's the first season without Sir Alex Ferguson at the healm at Old Trafford, David Moyes has alot to live up to, let's face it there will never be another Fergie again, but I think with a young side and the star quality within the team - United will do well this season. However, I am concerned that they haven't signed a big-time player so far in this summer transfer window compared to their rivals.
As United couldn't take No for an answer with Cesc Fabregas, the lingering is Ronaldo returning or not?, there has been no real hints for the fans of United to reassure them that they are going to buy someone by September 2nd. They may suffer the same fate as City did the previous season if they fail to do so, I don't see United doing any better than 3rd if this is the case. However, if they do make a big impact signing then I don't see why they can't make a claim for the trophy again.
Apart from last season, City have done what they usually do which is spend, spend, spend. Not going to lie though, they have invested in good quality players in Jesus Navas, Fernandinho, Negredo & Jovetic - but the question is always the same: Can the new additions gel into the City team and can the team work together as a cohesive unit to win back the premier league crown.
I honestly think the new players may impress, but the constant rotation of forwards and teams will be unsettling and in my opinion, it won't work and City will suffer in the title race for it.
The special one has returned!
And once again Mourinho's influence on the team has proven well currently in pre-season and has attracted interest from many players looking to leave their clubs to join up with Mourinho & Chelsea. However, they did miss out on Cavani & Falcao who went to Monaco & PSG for the money which is a big mistake in my opinion - and the Rooney transfer saga continuing, we won't know until September 2nd if their pursuit will continue. One problem with Chelsea is their strike force in my opinion - the addition Schuurle is an interesting buy and I can't wait to see how fits into the midfield hotly contested by Lampard, Mata, Oscar & Hazard. However, Torres needs to be sold - Chelsea will be making a loss but to win the title they need a big-impact striker to partner with Lukaku & Ba.
Once again 4th place will be hotly contested by Spurs (If they keep Bale), Arsenal (If they loosen the grip on their wallets), Liverpool (If they keep a reluctant Suarez) & possibly Everton.
Surprise PackagesIn my opinion, considering the signings made by these teams, I believe these 2 teams will be a surprise to us all this season.
The addition of Gary Hooper and Van Wolfswinkel will be a strong attacking force with their current team, I wouldn't be surprised if they finish in the top 10.
After an impressive season last year with their main striker Michu and now the addition of their record signing Wilfred Bony - they should finish in the top 10 depending on stamina as I believe they will have a strong european run this season.
Key TransfersLuis Suarez - I think it's out of order on Liverpool's part to not meet the promises made by the club to the striker so he can leave, I'm guessing only until a team pays an extortionate price for the striker that they won't sell him. This will cost Liverpool dearly if this is a repeat of the Tevez fiasco.
Arsenal - They have only made 1 transfer of the unknown French player Samongo and unfortunately, without spending more money I don't see how Arsenal will possibly put up a good fight for the top 4 this season with teams getting more and more competitive.
Tottenham - It's the ever-growing question ~ Will Gareth Bale leave Spurs for Real Madrid for £85 million. If they do,decide to seel Bale, Spurs will struggle without the winger - however, unlike Arsenal they have purchased two star quality players in Soldado for a club record fee & Brazillian star Paulinho with rumours going round of Anzhi forward Willian taking an interest in joining the club.
Promoted SidesThis season, the three new clubs main objective should be - survival.
Cardiff City - Only decent signing - Caulker from Spurs
Crystal Palace - No Zaha, no hope
Hull City - Tom Huddlestone signing
The new teams will find it very difficult to survive or to make any impact with the lack of star quality signings during this transfer window, the welsh derby will be one to watch this season - money differences with the other teams will set them apart from the rest.
Premier League Table Prediction1. Chelsea
2. Manchester United
3. Manchester City
9. West Bromwich Albion
10. Norwich City
11. Newcastle United
12. West Ham United
16. Stoke City
17. Aston Villa
18. Cardiff City
19. Crystal Palace
20. Hull City
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Let the season begin!