Premier League: 2013-2014 top half prediction

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Last year Manchester United won the Premier League title with ease, with little or no one else even posing a threat.

This season could be a lot different with new faces, new mangers and new rivalries.

GMS' Andy Helliwell offers his opinion on which clubs will finish in the top half of the table, what position they will finish and the reasons for his predictions.

Tenth: Southampton - After a successful season back in the Premier League, the Saints will look to build on last year with a lot of young talent and a host of new signings including Victor Wanyama from Celtic.

Ninth: West Ham United - Managed by experienced manager Sam Allardyce, the Hammers will expect great things next season and I fully expect them to achieve a top half finish. The signing of Andy Carroll will help them on their way.

Eighth: Swansea City - This season will be very exciting for the the Welsh club with European football to look forward to. The acquisition of Wilfred Bony will also aid their chances and I can see them having an excellent season.

Seventh: Everton - Now managed by the Spanish born Roberto Martinez, Everton can look forward to a decent Premier League season - especially if they can hold onto Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini.

Sixth: Liverpool - The Reds have never won the Premier League as we know and I don't think that will be changing anytime soon. They have a decent squad and a decent manager which should see them cement a good position in the table.

Fifth: Arsenal - A lack of signings and a host of departures could see Arsene Wenger's men slip out of the Champions League for the first time in a considerable number of years. However there are still a couple of days left in the transfer window for Arsenal to change this.

Fourth: Tottenham Hotspur - Although the departure of Gareth Bale looks imminent, they have bolstered their squad with a heap of signings including Roberto Soldado and Erik Lamela. This could be a very promising season for Spurs which could see them return to the Champions League.

Third: Manchester United - The reigning champions have had an emotional Summer, losing club manager and hero, Alex Ferguson. Now David Moyes is in charge and although he is a experienced manager, United is a tough challenge and I don't think he will be able to follow in the footsteps of his predecessor.

Second: Chelsea - The return of 'The Special One' has raised the spirits of many Chelsea fans and I can see this being a very successful year for the Blues.

First: Manchester City - My favourites to lift the Premier League crown are City due their spending spree in the summer. Also the acquisition of manager Manuel Pellegrini could see them go all the way and reclaim the title.

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