Here we are again. The beautiful moment in which someone lays their cards on the table and predicts the Premier League winners.

I never predict before the season because teams can surprise but I did have a secret table locked away which I can now share.


Predicted finish: 4th

Fourth? Are you nuts? Arsenal are on fire! Yes the Gunners have started fantastically. They sit top of the table already having dropped only five points from a possible 24. Arsenal have been producing some simply wonderful football embellished with some flicks and triangular passing seen usually by Barcelona.

They have been on fire: losing only to Aston Villa on the opening day. A lot of Arsenal fans were slamming Wenger after that 3-1 defeat to the Villains but they turned it around, largely due that man Mesut Ozil. He has revolutionised the North London outfit providing the glue this Arsenal team have needed and being part of almost every Arsenal goal already.

And I couldn't talk about Arsenal without mentioning Ramsey, another player on fine form and Arsenal's top scorer at the moment. So why have I put them in fourth?

Well they only have three natural centre backs. All it takes is for two to get injured and they'll be scrounging for youth or make-shift full backs to play there.

They need to strengthen defensively if they are to have any chance for me. I'm not a massive fan of Szczesny either, not least because I have to Google his name every time I write it.


Predicted finish: 1st

Three words. The Special One. Jose Mourinho is a massive influence on my decision, not to mention Chelsea's smorgasbord of attacking talent.

Their squad is enviable to all in the Premier League, bar Manchester City, and the strength in depth is scarily good. Chelsea are starting to pull it together, you can see it.

The fluid goal-scoring, attacking football propped up by a solid defence, the right blend of youth and experience and the best manager in the world at the helm.

They will be relentless this year, a real force and I can see Premier League minnows getting smashed at Stamford bridge. Chelsea to win it for me.


Predicted finish: 6th

As much as I would love for them to prove me wrong I think sixth will be the best Liverpool can get this year. Suarez and Sturridge will score goal after goal and those two will be feared but I don't think it'll be enough.

The first 11 is strong but looking on the bench there isn't much to turn to if the game isn't going their way. Although I like the FSG (Liverpool's board of directors) for their philosophy of young players, players like Aspas, Luis Alberto and the more home-grown Sterling do not provide enough quality to change a game.

It will be a lot closer than previous years though, a tight three way race for fourth with Liverpool, unfortunately, finishing sixth. Best of luck to you Brendan.


Predicted finish: 2nd

I like Manchester City. They play good football and attack fluidly with some quality world class players. Their squad is superb, like Chelsea's, it is sculpted by money and aimed at adopting foreigners for the Mancunian war.

It is disappointing that only Hart is a regular home-grown first team starter but the overseas lads win them games. The figure of Yaya Toure and the goal-scoring prowess of Aguero is key in their title push and judging on their early season form I think City will be right up there.

Not quite beating Chelsea though.


Predicted finish: 3rd

This one is bound to cause controversy. I've heard people tell me they won't make the top four and I've heard people tell me they'll win it again. I'm going with third: Ferguson was the man.

His influence on the team patched over quite a number of holes in the squad. They have players covering but I question the quality of these back-ups.

Their squad is actually a lot worse than Chelsea and City's and I would argue Arsenal's too. So why will they come third? It's Manchester United. They just have to be up there.

Moyes does need that bit of time to make it his team and stamp his style of play on the Red Devils but he'll pull it together eventually. Rooney and Van Persie will be key and will probably carry United at times.

They'll creep ahead of the late season floundering Arsenal and sneak in at third. The more I write the more I'm doubting my own opinion.


Predicted finish: 5th

The face of Andre Villas Boas (pictured above) says it all. Just what does he have to do to break that elusive top four. Sorry, Andre I still won't back you.

He has a good squad, a Champions League worthy squad, but Arsenal will be too good for them. Not much else to say but they could well prove me wrong. The current form of Andros Townsend is only to be admired. And if his form should drop there's Erik Lamela waiting to take his spot, a man on fire for Roma last season.

Then Soldado, a proven finisher, or Defoe, similarly attributed. Eriksen, Sigurdsson, Paulinho, Sandro, Vermaelen, Lloris. They have some real quality in their ranks.

They could prove me wrong. But I can only see the usual closely ran fourth place battle and Arsenal coming out on top.

There you have it. The six teams in with a shot at the title this year. As I'm looking back I'm doubting what I wrote but come May I might be proven right or horribly, horribly wrong.

Whatever happens, it's the Premier League. We're in for a roller coaster regardless.

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