It's time for probably the biggest football festival on the planet to begin.
The Premier League is just on the brink to kick-off its season. So, here is a short glimpse of what is awaiting us in the 2013/14 season.
The 2012/13 season wasn’t the best for English football fans as none of the four English teams even managed to qualify for the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League.
But nevertheless, the EPL season produced some new shining stars in the form of Gareth Bale, who is undoubtedly the most debated footballer currently on the planet. The EPL season was also successful in giving birth to new rising talent like Christian Benteke and Romelu Lukaku.
The transfer market was really busy this summer, not only for the players, but for the mangers too. We will certainly miss Sir Alex Ferguson sitting on his shinning red chair at Old Trafford, Roberto Mancini with his light blue scarf and Rafael Benitez, calm as he always is.
But we will see some new faces in the dugout too.
We will see the arrival of Jose Mourinho who brought Chelsea home the trophy the last time he was with them. We will see David Moyes turn from a blue to a red as he takes charge of Manchester United.
There hasn’t been any major transfers into the Premier League as speculated. But the suspense of Wayne Rooney, Cesc Fabregas and Gareth Bale’s future is destined to remain until the close of the window.
As for the relegation zone, QPR, Reading and Wigan Athletic will have to stay away from the top English football league for at-least a year and we will welcome new arrivals, Crystal Palace, Hull City and Cardiff City this season.
Cardiff will become the second team from Wales to play in the Premier League after Swansea City. We will have all eyes on the first ever Wales Derby to take place on November 3.
The season kicks off on August 17 with Liverpool taking on Stoke City. The first of the big matches will be on August 26 with Manchester United taking on Chelsea at Old Trafford.
The season is scheduled to finish on May 11.
The English teams have been quiet in the transfer market this summer, which may just give them the boost over the team chemistry in the beginning stages of the campaign. Manchester City though, have been the biggest spenders among the teams this summer.
The managers seem quite happy with the squads and had decided to work on what they already had. A lot of focus is expected to be on how the clubs use their young talent in the season. Are the clubs only going to use them in the pre-season friendlies, or we are going to see them play in the EPL too?
We saw Manchester United play many youngsters in the form of Wilfried Zaha, Adnan Januzaj and Jesse Lingard during their pre-season tour.
Teams like West Ham United and Aston Villa will have to be aware of the new arrivals this season. Villa and West Ham just managed to extend their stay at the EPL last season. Looking at the way the Hull City, Cardiff City and Crystal Palace played last year, it would not be very surprising to see these teams overshadow some of the big guns in the EPL. These teams have some great talent packed up in their bags and we will just be waiting to see these teams unleash the talent they possess.
The battle at the top of the table has always been one to watch-out for. It has recently been a three-way battle between Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City. But after analysing the performances of teams like Arsenal, Tottenham and Everton in the past season and in the pre-season friendlies, it seems that we maybe up for a treat as these three clubs are expected to battle it out for a top four finish too.
Having a look at recent performances of the teams during the pre-season tours, it seems that Chelsea and Manchester United may be the ones to pick up the cup with Manchester City and Tottenham filling up the other two spots.
United seemed a very stable side with positive vibes coming after seeing the young talent also making a mark. Wayne Rooney’s future doesn’t seem crystal clear, but United won’t be affected if he departs, because they have got a whole lot of players waiting to play.
Chelsea seemed strong as well with players like Romelu Lukaku stepping up.
They have a strong mid-field in the form of Eden Hazard and Juan Mata, who are considered to be one of the finest players in the world.
On the other hand City had contrasting results this summer, they played very well against teams like AC Milan where they won the match 5-3, but looked in poor form against Arsenal where they lost 1-3.
With some new players coming into the squad, the team doesn’t look very stable. Tottenham on the other hand are going through a very important course which may just change the complex of their performance in the coming season.
Gareth Bale’s future is not certain, but Tottenham managed to sign some talented players like Roberto Soldado from Valencia and Paulinho, who impressed everyone in the Confederations Cup.
Tottenham had a bizarre performance against AS Monaco, without Gareth Bale, and they lost that match 2-5.
Probably the only reason they din’t mange to finish in the top four last season and don’t seem to achieve the ultimate goal this season.
So only time will tell which team will be victorious and which teams will have to wait for another season.
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