Premier League 2014/15: Top four prediction

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No longer will our footballing brains have to suffer from the nausea, delirium and insomnia that comes from English Premier League withdrawal. While the World Cup cured our symptoms for a short time period, there is nothing better than having our favorite league back every weekend.

Every Premier League season is characterised by drama, and this season will be no different, with potentially one of the tightest top four battles we have yet to see.

With at least seven clubs aiming for only four spots, the question must be asked of who will claim the Champions League qualifying positions? Although we could wait until May, what would be the fun in that?

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4th Place: Manchester City

Although the blue half of Manchester has enjoyed a top two placing for the last half decade, this season will be the most difficult yet for the reigning champions. It has been a very underwhelming summer for a club that has spent lavishly over past transfer windows, and other teams around them have strengthened furiously.

While Eliaquim Mangala and Fernando have been added to the City squad, have they been made any better? Although squad depth is important, improving is necessary - and I do not feel Manchester City have improved this summer.

Squad depth for the sake of squad depth means the talent is essentially the same as last year, and I think that will mean a top four finish - barely - for the noisy neighbours.

3rd place: Manchester United

Will last season indicate the beginning of the end of an empire? Or, will it merely be a footnote in history, an anomaly that is forgotten due to future successes?

This season is the most important season in the history of Manchester United, and under the guidance of Louis van Gaal, it looks set to be a successful one.

Van Gaal looks to have reinvigorated the Red Devils, and - with the high likelihood that more players will be added to the squad - I think Manchester United is ready to re-enter the top four.

Although they probably are not ready to mount a serious title challenge, a third place finish would be on par for Van Gaal and co.

2nd place: Arsenal

Trophies. For more than a decade Arsenal's biggest failure was lack of trophies. Despite being a model for consistency, the counterargument was always the dusty trophy cabinet. 'Wigan and Swansea have won more trophies!' the doubters cried.

However, the trophy cabinet has been dusted off and removed of cobwebs - with two shiny trophies glimmering inside. FA Cup and Community Shield wins leave the Gunners hungry for more, with the taste fresh on their tongues.

That hunger gives Arsenal a legitimate threat to win the Premier League this season, and although I do not feel they are yet ready to win it all, I do think they will finish better than in year's past.

Oh, and did I mention the addition of Alexis Sanchez? If I did not, it should speak for itself.

1st place: Chelsea

In contrary to Manchester City, Chelsea have added squad depth AND improved their team. The additions of Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas make the Blues a very, very scary team this year.

With an attack of Costa, Eden Hazard, Andre Schurrle, Willian and Fabregas barreling down on opposing defences - well, expect to see some goals.

And with Jose Mourinho at the helm, there is no reason Chelsea should not go on to be next season's English Premier League Champions.

Honoroable Mentions: 5th place: Liverpool, 6th place: Everton, 7th place: Tottenham

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