With the 2013/14 Premier League campaign just around the corner, it's time to look at which teams could finish inside the top six.
Here are my predictions:
I feel this prediction will be accurate if Arsenal go another season without spending big.
Arsene Wenger’s side lacks depth in the back four, and many feel players such as Per Mertesacker isn’t quick enough for the pace of the Premier League.
If Arsenal don’t spend in January I can’t see them finishing any higher than sixth place - but luckily, if rumours are true, players like Steven Jovetic and Gonzalo Higuain could be joining this summer.
This was one of the hardest decisions to make, but Liverpool have done some good business this summer so far; with signings such as Iago Aspas, Kolo Toure and Simon Mignolet, they will look like the team to beat next season.
Brendan Rodgers had his Liverpool side playing some brilliant football towards the end of the season, with their attacking fluidity going forward and the creativity of new signing Coutinho, who proved himself to be a vital cog in the Merseyside outfit.
They could well be within a shout of a Champions League finish this season.
4. Manchester City
Manchester City will be in for quiet season in my mind. With new manager Manuel Pellegrini taking the reins at the Etihad Stadium, this season seems to be a time to rebuild the squad.
The additions of Jesus Navas and Fernandinho will prove to give the squad a boost, but losing quality players like Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli will call for a rebuild.
Rumours also still persist around players like Edin Dzeko, Aleksandar Kolarov and Joleon Lescott leaving. So it will be interesting to see who will still be in the blue half of Manchester when the new season kicks off.
Pellegrini also has no Premier League experience, so that’s why I can't see Manchester City making a huge impact next season.
This will by far be my most controversial decision, but if Tottenham sign the calibre of players they are being linked with, I can’t see them getting anything less than third place.
I think Andre Villas-Boas’s side will be a force to be reckoned with next season, but only if they keep hold of key player Gareth Bale.
With Brazilian midfielder Paulinho set to sign next week, and players such as Leandro Damiao possibly arriving, there will be exciting times ahead for Tottenham fans.
2. Manchester United
With Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement, many will feel Manchester United will be slipping up this season after winning the league title in stylish fashion last season.
The arrival of David Moyes will boost Manchester United to gain a manager with Premier League experience, and man who did a great job with Everton, introducing some great players to the Premier League on a shoestring budget.
On the other hand, I see this title race going right down to the wire, but I just can’t help but Manchester United will narrowly miss out to a manager with experience in winning trophies.
Chelsea would arguably look the most stable for a Premier League title this season. The self-proclaimed Special One returning to Stamford Bridge, it could prove to be a wise to decision to bring him back to English Football.
The Portuguese manager has already won the Premier League title twice with Chelsea before, and the Blues have got on to a head start in the transfer market by signing Andre Schurrle and Marco van Ginkel. This could prove to be a successful season ahead for Chelsea Football Club.
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