Prediction: Premier League top five
Manchester City will the biggest casualties from the top five this season
With the influx of new signings and managerial changes to Premier League clubs, this season has started in effulgent fashion. Teams are becoming especially stronger at home, and securing points away from home seems like an enormous task nowadays.
Interestingly, the traditional top four teams battling for glory is archaic this season. In fact, there are presently six teams fighting for the trophy, and this claim was backed by Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger.
With that, here are my top five EPL final outcome predictions come end of season:
5) Tottenham- Andres Villa Boas summer signing spree has seen the team secure quality players. The Acquisition of Ajax’s Eriksen is obviously the bargain of the summer for Spurs; his vision and emphatic passes are simply attractive- a player, rivals, just can’t hate
The major reason of Spurs activeness in the transfer window is to secure a top four finish on the log, as they hope to avoid last season’s mishap. However, I don’t see any of that happening; their new players are yet to blend with the old players, and the quality advantage of other teams fighting for the same spot. The sale of influential talisman, Gareth Bale Is also bound to play a minor role in spurs missing out of UEFA Champions League football next season.
4) Liverpool- The Reds have been absentees from the Uefa Champions league for 3 seasons now, but are set to fight for a champion’s league spot this season. The vindications for this
renewed belief are; the holding on to their Uruguayan dictator Luis Suarez, quality signings in the transfer market, and the massive improvement of former Chelsea outcast Daniel Sturridge. A fourth place for the reds is certain this season, even more destined to England losing on penalties.
3) Manchester United- its unusual to find the devils in such a low placed position- finishing 3rd on the log is tagged as ‘’losing’’ to the English giants. And one can’t deny the culprit of this mentality was installed by Alex Ferguson. Unfortunately, his retirement from the club has
seen a new face in the dugout, who is having a torrid times replicating his predecessor.
David Moyes was trusted to lead the devils to eminence, but early signs are, ostensibly, showing that it might take more years than predicted. There is no denying that Moyes is a fantastic and competent manager who has shown his tremendous works at Everton, but predictably, he has struggled to port his intelligence to the red side of Manchester, much of that is down to United being a bigger club. Despite the devils having a shaky start, a third place finish or below is realistic.
2) Chelsea- The return of Mourinho to Chelsea was gracefully received. Not just for the London club alone, but for the media, and rivalry he brings to the league. He is the sort of manager that plays to his own game, an illustration of that is the benching of a player who was the best player for the blues last term. His almost positive start to the season would continue in my opinion, and that would yield a higher placed finish for Chelsea unlike last season.
1) Arsenal- when Arsene Wenger failed to sign during the early stages of the summer transfer, majority of the fans was calling for his sack. It got more dreadful for the manager after his side were drubbed at home to Aston Villa in the opening fixtures of the Barclays premier league. In a strange twist of fate, the audacious signing of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid calmed the heated storm.
Albeit, a section of the faithful were still unsatisfied and wanted a striker. But the improvement of majority of the players has seen that thirst quenched; citing Olivier Giroud as an example. The former Montelliper striker struggled to produce goals last season, and replicate the form of former striker Robin Van Persie. Ozil joining the already creative Arsenal midfield has apparently been the turning point in the positive direction for the North London club. And with the return of some highly influential first team players from injuries imminent, and Arsene Wenger’s opportunity to strengthen the squad in the January transfer, it omens what to expect from Arsenal this season - winning the English Premier League.
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