After what has been a long summer full of sports, the return of the Premier League is only a few days away. We have decided to give a team by team summary to keep our readers up to date before the football kicks off. Will give our predictions of where each team will finish.
Arsenal (Last Season: 3rd)
Arsenal have strengthened their squad heavily this summer with Podolski, Giroud and Cazorla joining their ranks. But captain Van Persie’s decision to leave for rivals Manchester United will hit Arsenal hard, as he almost single-handedly carried Arsenal last season. Top 4 will be their aim and they will need a recognised goal scorer to take them there. Its Going to be an interesting season for the gunners as they try to end their 8 year trophy less run.
Tak Prediction: 4th
Ash Prediction: 4th
Aston Villa (Last Season: 16th)
Had a terrible last season and were nearly dragged into the relegation battle. There will be a better atmosphere in the stadium now with Paul Lambert in charge. He’s a really bright young manager. I still think it will be a difficult season for him. Not many major signings during the summer but they’d be hoping Darren Bent is injury free and firing at all cylinders. Villa will be hoping for a mid table finish this season as they continue their recovery after the McLeish era.
Tak Prediction: 11th
Ash Prediction: 12th
Chelsea (Last Season: 6th)
After turning their season around last year to win the Champions league and F.A Cup the pressure will be firmly on Roberto Di Matteo to deliver silverware for Chelsea this season. Backed by Abramovich’s millions, the Blues have enjoyed a productive summer in the transfer market, securing the purchases of young talent in the shape of Eden Hazard, Oscar, Marko Marin and- if you listen to the rumour mills- potentially Victor Moses and Cesar Azpilcueta. What will really determine Chelsea’s sucess however is whether Fernando Torres can finally start to pay back his £50 million price tag and replace Chelsea hero Didier Drogba as Chelsea’s goal machine.
Tak Prediction: 3rd
Ash Prediction: 2nd
Everton (Last Season: 7th)
Everton fans will no doubt be in good spirits after retaining their manager David Moyes, in what has been a summer full of managerial vacancies. Season after season Moyes secures Everton a comfortable top half finish on one of the Premierships smallest transfer budgets. However holding onto key players this summer was key for Everton, and they’ve managed to do it whilst bringing back former player Steven Pienaar- who had an excellent return loan spell- and Scot, Steven Naismith on a free from Rangers, which will no doubt but them in a brilliant position to improve on last years form and challenge for a European Spot.
Tak Prediction: 8th
Ash Prediction: 7th
Fulham (Last Season: 9th)
Interesting times at Craven Cottage. With Martin Jol leading the club in the right direction next season shouldn’t be a problem for Fulham. A rather quiet transfer period with play maker Danny Murphy and striker Andy Johnson leaving the cub. Jol has been able to bring in Hugo Rodallega on a free which is a great piece of business. They have also been able to retain the services of Clint Dempsey for the time being and Moussa Dembele who is wanted by a host of clubs. Mid-table would be a success for Fulham again this season, many expect them to finish there and I don’t think anyone should expect anything else from them.
Tak Prediction: 9th
Ash Prediction: 8th
Liverpool (Last Season: 8th)
After the clubs worst ever league position, many would like to forget last season. Kenny Dalglish did manage to win the League Cup but couldn’t avoid being sacked. Brendan Rodgers was brought in to replace him, the attractive style football will take time to implement. Liverpool have signed striker Fabio Borini from Roma and creative midfielder Joe Allen from Swansea, rumours suggest Dempsey will be next to join. Luis Suarez will be key to Liverpool’s chances he has the ability but requires the finishing touch to go with it. The squad seems more stable this season and are slowly adjusting to the new style of football but a top four finish is not within their reach yet.
Tak Prediction: 5th
Ash Prediction: 6th
Manchester City (Last Season: 1st)
After winning the Premier League in dramatic style last season, City will be looking start where they left off at the beginning of this campaign. Although City have made little movement in the way of transfers this season- only signing Jack Rodwell so far- they still- for me- have the strongest squad in the league. I think the top three will be a lot closer this year,but, with a rejuvenated Carlos Tevez and ever improving Sergio Aguero I believe the strength and depth of City’s squad will prove too much for their rivals.
Tak Prediction: 2nd
Ash Prediction: 1st
Manchester United (Last Season: 2nd)
United ran City all the way last season and after leading for most of the season lost out to their ‘noisy neighbours’ on goal difference. Sir Alex has strengthened wisely during the summer, the purchase of Kagawa will add much-needed creativity to the midfield and the imminent signing of Arsenal captain Robin Van Persie has the potential to make United’s attack one of the most feared in the world. On current signing’s however, I don’t think United will be able to bring the title back to the red side of Manchester this season. Although, Van Persie is one of the most prolific marksman in Europe, keeping him fit won’t be easy, but what really concerns me is the lack of a leader in the midfield and back up in defence. Which is why I believe- unless they strengthen further United can only hope for domestic glory this season.
Tak Prediction: 1st
Ash Prediction: 3rd
Newcastle United (Last Season: 5th)
After what was a great season for the Toon Army, they will be trying to build on their impressive 5th position finish. A rather quiet summer period apart from their attempts to bring Andy Carroll back. Papiss Cisse will be the key player for them next season and will need to continue his great goal scoring record. Yohan Cabaye, Hatem Ben Arfa and Tim Krul will be very important to there hopes of securing a European finish. They might struggle to reach the heights they did last season but they will be in and around the same position for this season.
Tak Prediction: 7th
Ash Prediction: 5th
Norwich City (Last Season: 12th)
Finishing mid table was an amazing achievement for Norwich as many predicted them to be relegated, but the departure of Paul Lambert to Villa will see the canaries struggling to reach the height they did last season. Chris Hughton will have a major task in securing their Premier League Status and will be a tight finish for them. They were able to hold on to their key player Grant Holt and his performances will be key to them this season.
Tak Prediction: 15th
Ash Prediction: 14th
PART 2 COMING SOON..