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Can Jose do it again? (©GettyImages).

Yeah, yeah, yeah, the season doesn't even kick off for another 3 weeks, I'm well aware of this fact.

But for this exact reason, it makes it even more entertaining for me to make some extravagantly bold title predictions now. There is absolutely nothing I enjoy more than eating through my collection of hats at the end of each and every season, because I've been so drastically wrong with my predictions & had some opinions at the beginning of the season that just seem damn ridiculous come May. 

Fortunately for me this is the first year I have bothered to share what I think, so here goes, written proof of my probable failure...

6th: Arsenal. 

I know Arsenal fans hate hearing these words, but sorry, they just aren't a good enough team anymore to be challenging anywhere near the top. 

Its been coming for a few years now, and they have ridden their luck to make the top four in recent seasons. 

Now they are seemingly incapable of attracting world class players and perhaps even unwilling to try. 

Sure, this will all change if they actually do manage to bring in Luis Suarez, but lets be realistic - they wont. Look what happened with Gonzalo Higuain. 

The guy wanted to move to Arsenal, but Arsene bottled it and he moved to Napoli (a considerably smaller club). 

Don't get me wrong, I have a lot of respect for the way Arsene Wenger tries to manage his football team, but we aren't in the 90's anymore, and unfortunately it has all been about money in recent years.

It just isn't possible to pick up a Thierry Henry for fifty pence in 2013. 

It seems Wenger is reluctant to conform to this new way of approaching things. However, we know he has the money available, now he just needs to start spending it, instead of just talking about spending it. 

They need some truly world class players. Yeah, sure, Arsenal already have some brilliant players; Santi Cazorla is a wonderful player, Jack Willshere is one of England's biggest prospects, and Theo Walcott on his day can be unstoppable. But in reality is all too often invisible.

They lack the type of real world class players that would make a Manchester City or Chelsea fan wish they played for them. 

As much as signing Luis Suarez would make a huge difference to my current prediction, if I were an Arsenal fan, I'd be extremely concerned with the lack of a big physical presence in the centre of the field.

With Abou Diaby constantly plagued by injury, they are far too lightweight and will be bossed around the centre of the park by teams with these kind of players.

And no, Arsene. You can not bring back Patrick Viera or Ray Parlour. 

Brendan Rogers summed it up perfectly for me: If Suarez joined Arsenal it would be no more than a 'sideways step'. And considering Liverpool's recent demise, it shows you exactly where Arsenal are. Sorry, Gooners... Not your year! - 6th! 

5th: Liverpool. 

Liverpool above Arsenal?! Liverpool above Arsenal?! Liverpool above Arsenal?! I know what you're thinking (unless you support Liverpool and have probably convinced yourself you'll have the league wrapped up by Christmas) its a brave call, yes. 

However, maybe not as brave as it sounds; I really like the look of the Liverpool squad going into this year. They are pretty solid in every position on the pitch, and with, or without you know who, they have enough quality to finish above Arsenal and make a strong case for the Champions League places. 

Daniel Sturridge has really impressed me since he quite rightly left Chelsea to pursue his wish of becoming a central striker. What a brilliant decision that turned out to be. 

As a Chelsea fan, I struggled to watch Liverpool matches towards the end of last season. 

Daniel Sturridge was in outrageous form! Where did this Sturridge come from?! Why didn't we play him down the middle?! Both questions I never thought I'd ask when I was laughing about how much Chelsea managed to get for him in January. 

On top of this, a player that for reasons I don't quite understand, has gone under the radar a little; Philippe Coutinho. The guy, like Sturridge, looks a magnificent signing already and is developing a near telepathic relationship with Sturridge with a number of assists and chances created. 

Wherever he finds the ball on the pitch he looks dangerous and his dribbling skills are too much for any defence to handle. Next season he will become one of the most sort after and highly rated players in the Premier League. 

The midfield area could do with a couple of new quality signings, as I'm still not convinced by players such as; Joe Allen and Jordan Henderson, but other than that, I think this season will be a much better one than last year. 

And of course, Steven Gerrard will be ever present in all areas of the pitch. On top of this,  Liverpool will not suffer like Arsenal from lack of physicality in the centre, Lucas Leiva loves a challenge, doesn't he?! 

So, yeah, my opinion is that Liverpool with have a much more successful campaign this year. And lets not forget just what a quality manager they have as well. Oh wait, did I forget to mention Mr Suarez? Oh well. Doesn't matter. Getting better! - 5th!

4th: Manchester United. 

Nope, no typo present. Manchester United are my pick for fourth place. They just aren't as good a team as any of the three I have placed above them. 

For a while now I have looked at Manchester United, and with the exception of two or three world class players, seen a very average looking side. 

Robin van Persie is a world class player, as is Wayne Rooney (is he leaving?), and Shinji Kagawa has the potential to be at that level. 

But other than those three, do United have any truly elite players? Nope. Not at all. 

Sure Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand are pretty handy players, but Vidic will inevitably get injured early on and miss the whole season, and Rio? Well he's not a young man anymore, is he?! 

The main problem United have is in midfield. It's just not good enough for a Manchester United midfield. 

Nani and Valencia both showed tremendous promise and never really lived up to expectations. Didn't Nani say he was the new Ronaldo or something?  Michael Carrick is a good player, but is he really Manchester United good? Nope again. 

Ashley young is either fantastic or useless and usually the latter. Tom Cleverly? Yeah he's alright. Not exactly Paul Scholes though, is he?! 

On a brighter note, like I said, Kagawa has the potential to be special and if United are successful in their pursuit of Cesc Fabregas then that will instantly make them a much stronger side. 

For years, you can just tell that Sir Alex Ferguson was bleeding an extra 20 points a season from his players and this year, it'll tell. They need two quality midfielders and a centre back, at least. It's going to be a mighty task for Van Persie to reach the heights he did last year, and if he doesn't, and Rooney goes, there will be big trouble at Old Trafford. 

Sorry about the negativity United fans. I just don't think you have a good enough squad of players. -4th! 

3rd: Tottenham Hotspur. 

Yes, rejoice Spurs fans. It's finally going to be your year. 

After cruelly being denied a Champions League spot by Chelsea winning the competition two years ago, and Arsenal making a late charge last year to secure themselves Champions League Football, Tottenham will finally deliver what they so desperately crave.

To get it out of the way early, I have Tottenham to finish third with or without Bale. Personally I think they should cash in now. It looks as if Real Madrid are willing to part with at least £80 million, which is a disgusting amount of money. 

Yes, Gareth Bale is an absolutely outstanding footballer easily capable of playing for any team in the world, and of course, would be a huge miss. But, £80million?! 

The re-investment Spurs could do with this amount of money could buy them three or four world class players and cement themselves as credible title contenders for the first time in years. Anyway, enough about Gareth Bale. It's starting to bore me now. Real Madrid always get their man.  

What really excites me about Tottenham this year is their new signing Paulinho. This guy is an absolute steal at £17 million and is proven at international level with Brazil. He certainly didn't hurt his credentials with a solid performance against Chelsea for Corinthians last year. 

This is the player that will most influence Spurs' play next year. He can pass, he reads the game exceptionally well, is a tough tackler and chips in with a fair amount of goals as well. An absolute bargain, trust me. 

Other than this, there isn't anywhere Spurs look short to me. Perhaps a tad upfront, but hopefully they'll be able to ship Emmanuel Adebayor off, and with the likely addition of Roberto Soldado to accompany the horribly under-rated Jermaine Defoe, they'll be in the hunt for sure. 

Andre Villas Boas should be able to count on players such as Moussa Dembele, Sandro and Dempsey to perform more consistently than they managed last year. Defensively they look rock solid, and will be hoping Jan Vertonghen makes a speedy recovery. Oh, and they have one of the best Keepers in the world in Hugo Lloris. 

Exciting times for Spurs fans! - 3rd!

2nd: Manchester City. 

Right, this was the toughest decision of the lot, to chose between the two best sides, on paper. After a few minutes thinking and a little bias, I've decided City will come second. 

They are an absolutely outstanding team on paper and it'll now be about trying to fit the swarm of new signings in with the existing group and hoping they quickly gel. 

What confuses me about Manchester City is that, in the last six months, they have sold Mario Balotelli for £20 million and Carlos Tevez for £12 million. Both are tried and tested world class players. 

In their place they have spent £42 million bringing in Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic. This baffles me a little because I feel neither are as good as Balotelli or Tevez and it has cost them £10 million more to do this than they had made. 

Another signing I didn't quite understand the logic behind, was that of Fernandinho. Im not doubting his quality, he's a fantastic player. But £30million? Really?

For an unproven (in a top league), barely capped, 28-year-old Brazilian from the Ukrainian league? I'm not so sure! 

Especially if you consider that Tottenham's singing, Paulinho, the 24-year-old, frequently capped Brazilian midfielder plays in the same position as Fernandinho, and cost nearly half as much. 

But, I suppose money really isn't the issue when you're Manchester City. On the other hand, they have managed to bring in Spain international Jesus Navas from Sevilla for an absolute steal at £15 million. Wonderful player, and of course he'll fit in straight away. It's not as if Manchester City have a lot of attacking midfielders already... 

I don't see any lack of quality in this City side in any position, which isn't really surprising, but if I were to improve anywhere it would be adding another centre-back and if they really fancied blowing some more cash, then maybe another central midfielder too. 

Manuel Pellegrini won't have many excuses available if his side fail to win the title this year after their £90 million+  spending spree, which may well increase before September 2nd, but they still wont win it. 

Close but no cigar. - 2nd!

1st: Chelsea. 

Yes, Chelsea will win it. It's just what Jose does. Walks straight into a club and wins them the league. It's his thing. And I see absolutely no reason why he wont do this again. 

Now Sir Alex Ferguson has retired after 26 years, there is no one better than Jose Mourinho at getting every last bit of effort out of his players.

This Chelsea side has a phenomenal amount of world class stars, including last years stand-out performers; Juan Mata and Eden Hazard. 

On top of numerous new signings, including Andre Schurrle and Marco Van Ginkel, who both look to have the potential for greatness, Chelsea welcome back last years loanees, including the man being forged into the new Didier Drogba; Romelu Lukaku, the promising Belgium; Kevin De Bruyne and the fit again Michael Essien, like a new signing in itself. Also staying around is the resurgent Fernando Torres, who found fantastic form whilst away with Spain, which will excite Chelsea personnel and fans alike, and the evergreen midfielder and Chelsea legend - Frank Lampard, who will be looking to add more silverware to his vast collection and maybe even another contract extension.  

As far as improving the team in concerned, I don't think there are many areas left to fill. 

I would be a bit wary of possible defensive frailties, especially now the ageing John Terry is becoming a bit more susceptible to the odd injury or two, so would maybe add a promising young centre back.

Or they could decide to keep Nathaniel Chalobah as cover instead of loaning him out. Mainly, I think it's just upfront Chelsea need to concentrate on (hence their pursuit of Manchester United want-away Wayne Rooney). 

If Chelsea fail to sign Rooney, Mourinho will have to some how and unlike last year, ensure his strikers are contributing enough goals to seriously stand a chance of winning the tittle. But I think they'll manage it. 

It'll be a close one, but they'll do it. - 1st!

What do you think about my predictions? Agree or disagree? 

 

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