There is growing sense of anticipation and excitement as the Barclays Premier League kicks off again on August 17.
Last season, we saw Manchester United win the English championship for a record twentieth time, knocking Liverpool off their historical perch.
Last season also saw the resignation of one of, if not, the greatest manager to he man who promised to do so after nearly 27 in charge, Sir Alex Ferguson.
Manchester City could not maintain the standard that the showed in the preceding year in which they won the league with the very last kick and were second.
Chelsea were third as they could not simply challenge the dominance of the two Manchester clubs.
Then was Arsenal who eventually ousted Tottenham in their final game of the season with their imperious form at the latter stages of the season proving too good for Spurs even though Andre Villas-Boas' men had led the Gunners in the earlier stages. So the question is who will be in the top four this season? Below is my view on how things will shape up this 2013/14 season.
1st - Manchester United
Manchester United start the new season with a new manager in David Moyes who has a difficult task in trying to maintain the winning legacy of Sir Alex Ferguson. Nevertheless, due to the experience of winning the league last year as well as the combined know-how of players such as Ryan Giggs, Rio Ferdinand, Michael Carrick and Wayne Rooney - they have the edge over their rivals. Thus, they should win the league comfortably. But they do need to bring in some new faces in central midfield. The heavily-linked Cesc Fabregas would a real coup should they pull it off and a real statement of intent.
2nd - Chelsea
Chelsea FC has now witnessed the return of the charismatic former manager Jose Mourinho. However, I think that unlike Manchester United, Chelsea have a lot of players who lack the know-how to win the Premier League such as Oscar, Juan Mata, David Luiz, Eden Hazard and Cesar Azpilicueta. Also, it is because of the fact that they lack a world-class striker in their squad. This is why they will miss out even they will closely challenge United.
3rd - Manchester City
Manchester City has been Manchester United’s closest challengers over the last couple of seasons. However, expect all of that to change as since coming to Europe while managing Villarreal, Real Madrid and Malaga, he has failed to win any major trophies and also replicate success he manage in South America.
Also, it is because his transfer dealings so far have been far from impressive.
He has bought in midfielders Fernandinho and Jesus Navas for a combined fee of over £50 million which are needless acquisitions as they have more than plenty of cover in that area.
They should have instead spent this money on Cavani as they desperately need a marquee forward to support Sergio Aguero following the departures of Mario Balotelli and Carlos Tevez. After all, not signing van Persie was what cost them the league last year.
Because of this they will fall behind again in my opinion.
4th - Arsenal
Arsenal should topple Tottenham again in the race for the final Champions League spot due to one simple fact, Arsene Wenger’s know-how and consistency of being in top four every single season. However, if Arsenal to challenge the top three, then the will need to spend and spend big time, although I seriously doubt this will happen any time soon.
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