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Premier League 2013-14: How the table will look in May

Can United defend their crown? (©GettyImages)
Can United defend their crown? (©GettyImages).

GMS Academy member Andrew Burt gives his opinion on how the Premier League table will look come May. What do you think?

1) Manchester City- Manuel Pellegrini has replaced Roberto Mancini at the helm of the Sky Blues and nearly £100 million has been splashed out on the likes of Fernandihno, Jesus Navas and Stevan Jovetic to try and help Man City reclaim the League title from arch rivals Manchester United.

2) Chelsea- The return of the Special One has been well documented in the media and Chelsea will be hoping to mount a genuine title challenge this year. However, Chelsea will need to sign a world class striker to help them achieve this; Wayne Rooney perhaps.

3) Manchester United- Sir Alex Ferguson has finally retired, after nearly 27 years and 38 trophies! David Moyes is his replacement; a daunting task to say the least. This year could prove to be a difficult campaign for United due to the transition period that is bound to take place, plus the failure to add any more world class players to the current squad.

4) Arsenal- At the beginning of June, after it was announced that Arsenal had over £70 million available for the summer transfer window, Gunners fans were feeling optimistic, could this be the year where the eight year trophy drought ends? But the only addition so far is that of Yaya Sanogo on a free transfer. Fans are becoming increasingly frustrated.

5) Tottenham- Spurs could finish anywhere within the top six or seven spots next year, it all depends on where Gareth Bale is playing his football next season; Real Madrid have reportedly made a world record bid for the Welsh winger, but Tottenham will be hoping to hang on to their prized asset.

6) Liverpool- With the exciting additions of Mignolet, Aspas and Alberto to Liverpool's squad, Reds fans must be hoping to break into the much coveted fourth place finish. Luis Suarez has been at the centre of transfer speculation linking him with both Arsenal and Real Madrid, but Brendan Rodgers is hoping he will stay after the Anfield faithful stuck by him through thick and thin.

7) Everton- The departure of David Moyes plus the intense speculation linking Baines and Fellaini away from Goodison Park has been dis-heartening for many Everton fans; however, the arrival of Roberto Martinez could spell the beginning of a new and prosperous era.

8) Swansea- Everyone loves Swansea (with the exception of Cardiff fans); their style of play, the likable manager and the bargain signings...what is there not to love? They have enjoyed two fantastic seasons in the Premier League, establishing themselves as a solid mid-table side.

9) Norwich- The Canaries have been extremely clever in the transfer market so far, bringing in quality players such as Gary Hooper, Ricky Van Wolfswinkel, Leroy Fer, Nathan Redmond and Martin Olsson for relatively low fees. I predict that Norwich will exceed their previous two years in the EPL and finish in the top half of the table.

10) Fulham- Fulham have some genuine talent in their ranks; Dimitar Berbatov and Bryan Ruiz could break into most Premier League teams, the arrival of the experienced Maarten Stekelenburg could prove to be a very shrewd piece of business as the club look to build upon their recent mid-table finishes over the past few years.

11) Newcastle- Quite possibly, the most unpredictable side in the Premier League, a fifth place finish one year was followed by a relegation battling campaign the next. There has been controversy with the new sponsor as well, as star striker Papiss Cisse initially refused to wear the shirts. The countless signings made in January have now had time to blend with the rest of the squad and Newcastle will be hoping for a much better campaign this season.

12) West Brom- Steve Clarke enjoyed a successful first season as the Baggies boss, the loan signing of Romelu Lukaku proved the manager's ability in the transfer market and West Brom finished in eighth place. However, this year will prove to be more difficult, as all the teams around West Brom have been strengthening their squads.

13) West Ham- West Ham were very impressive last season, finishing in tenth. They wasted no time in bringing in loan star Andy Carroll for a club record £15 million, furthermore, they wrapped up the signing of Razvan Rat on a free transfer, proving the shrewd nature in which they carry out their transfer business.

14) Aston Villa- Villa fans were relieved when Christian Benteke signed a new contract, keeping him at the club until 2017, ending all speculation linking the big Belgian with a move away.

Aston Villa were involved in the relegation battle last year, mainly due to injuries and their inexperienced team; this season will probably still be tough for Villa but the future does look bright, with the likes of Weimann, Lowton, Delph and Albrighton improving year after year.

15) Cardiff- With the signing of Steven Caulker recently announced, Cardiff have already shown the impact they intend to have on the Premier League this season, they have also been strongly linked with defensive midfielder Etienne Capoue.

The new owners have been controversial since their arrival, especially as they changed the famous blue home kit; however, they have injected some much needed cash into the club.

16) Southampton- After a very impressive first campaign in the Premier League, Southampton will be hoping to build upon their current squad this summer; Victor Wanyama has already been bought in to bolster their midfield and new signings seem to be on the horizon.

17) Sunderland- With Paulo Di Canio at the helm anything is possible, but in my opinion he is too much of a liability, his ability as a player was undeniable, his ability as a manager is unpredictable. Having said all that, Sunderland have been the busiest club in the league and will try to push for a mid-table finish.

18) Stoke- Although their style of play hasn't won them many admirers, it has been efficient, they have survived in the Premier League for a number of years, however, a lot of teams are starting to figure them out and new manager, and while Mark Hughes has vowed that Stoke will change their ways, it will be difficult with the current squad.

19) Crystal Palace- Having lost Wilfried Zaha at the end of last season, Crystal Palace will find it tough in the Premier League this campaign. Jedniak, Phillips and McCarthy are all key players for Palace and all three will have to be at their best next season if the Eagles are to have any chance of survival.

20) Hull- Like Crystal Palace, Hull are one of the favourites to go down this year. The Tigers now have Steve Bruce at the helm and will need to make some quality signings if they are to avoid relegation.

 

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