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Premier League: My top five prediction

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With the Premier League now in full swing passing the half-way point in the season it is now time for to reassess early predictions which now look wide of the mark. We can now see the stronger and weaker points of each side, and each manager can now work out the tactics needed to get past opponents at the business end of the campaign.

Interestingly, the traditional top four teams battling for glory have changed this season. In fact, there are presently six teams, if not seven fighting for the trophy, and this claim was backed earlier in the season by Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger.

With that, here are my top five Premier League final outcome predictions come end of season:


5) Everton I think the Toffees will make UEFA's European League this season, however unfortunately I think they will just miss out on the Champions League, but only on fine margins one would imagine.

It was meant to be a horror of a season at Goodison Park, with David Moyes jumping ship everyone at the club was going to have to pull together.

But they have surpassed those expectations thanks to some astute signings by Martinez, with Belgian starlet of Romelu Lukaku  coming in along with a few other acquisitions.

All those additions have played their part so far and a Europa League target seems very realistic for Everton.

Lukaku needs to keep banging in the goals and the team need to carry on their resolute defending, but with luck and form anything can happen.

4) Liverpool- It's been three seasons now since we've seen Liverpool in Europe's elite competition, but if I speak truthfully over that duration they haven't particularly deserved it. However, now we are starting to slowly see the Liverpool of old and they're looking good.

Although the Reds have suffered a few disappointing results during this campaign, these have been masked by what have been brilliant ones. For example, they could only draw against West Brom but that was after they beat Everton 4-0 in the Merseyside derby.

Liverpool need to qualify to progress and they cannot really go another season without European football.

Luis Suarez, their star performer, is bound to leave if he doesn't get what he has longed for such a period. 

3) Manchester City- The Citizen's form cannot continue for much longer, can it? There's no denying at all that the blue side of Manchester has been much better than that of the Red, and when they finish above them, they usually do it with style.

I have no doubt that the Citizens will finish above Manchester United, but I don't think that they have the credentials to win, not this season anyway. It's clear that it will be a very close call of who wins and who doesn't, but I think it just won't be Manchester City's year. T

he injuries picked up by Sergio Aguero may just prove the decisive factor.

Third place is a target which won't fulfil all of the ambitions of Manchester City, but will give them something to build on for next season. I think the cup action, and massive fixture pile-up will just be Manchester City's downfall in the second half of the campaign.

2) Arsenal- When Arsene Wenger failed to sign during the early stages of the summer transfer, the majority of 'fair weather' supporters were calling for him to get the sack.

But it only got worse for the manager, after his side were drubbed at home to Aston Villa in the opening game of the Barclays Premier League.

In a strange twist of fate, it needed the £42.4m signing of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid to bring Wenger out of the lions den.

Frenchman Olivier Giroud has really stepped up to the plate to ease that pressure, putting Arsenal's desire for a new striker on the back foot for now. The former Montelliper striker had previously struggled to emulate Robin Van Persie, but now he is seen as a unique individual rather than just a replacement.

Ozil has been a fantastic signing, and really has got the Arsenal squad looking like a real driving force this season. But I don't think they will win the title, I think Wenger should have strengthened in January and the fact that he was to only get Kim Kallstrom means the Gunners may just be pipped to the post by Chelsea.

1) Chelsea- The return of Jose Mourinho to Chelsea last summer was gratefully received. Not just for the London club alone, but for the fans sake, and the rivalry he brings back to the Blues which they didn't have during his six years away from the club.

Mourinho knows what he wants, there's no denying it, and some of his methods can sometimes be very controversial. Some of his decisions may prove controversial, but there is most certainly method to his madness.

Mourinho's master-class against Manchester City proved just how good his team are, in their disposal of a team who hadn't lost at home all season. They looked like title winners on Monday night and again lived up to their name against Newcastle on Saturday. The team look like winners.

Can they do it? It would come as no surprise to me or many other fans worldwide.

 

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