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Its Barclays Premier League time!

August 17, 2013

So after a long long summer break, here we are, the Barclays Premier League begins again!

The 2012-13 season was a little low on standards with not many classics or thrilling matches, but this season, its gonna be even better!

Arsenal haven’t yet made a marquee signing this transfer window, and I know somewhere deep down that Wenger’s pieces will JUST sustain the season maybe with a hard fought 4th place. Its tough this season, tougher than ever, with 6 teams fighting for the top 4 places.


(A) The Top 6:
1. Manchester City
2. Chelsea
3. Manchester United
4. Arsenal
5. Tottenham
6. Liverpool

Explanation:- Manchester City will enjoy the top all season-long. Chelsea will fight with Manchester United in the first half of the season, but in the latter half, Arsenal might grow stronger and fight for the 3rd position and lose by a small margin of 3-4 points. Manchester United, according to me, won’t be dominating against the top teams. They might sweep aside the mediocre teams, but I can’t see them overcoming the likes of Chelsea and ManCity without Sir Alex. They will feel something missing, they will. Tottenham will always be in the fight for 4th position, but will screw their chances by losing points against mediocre clubs. Liverpool will be a big gap away from Tottenham, although they stand 6th.

(B) The Golden Boot:
1. Sergio Aguero
2. Robin Van Persie
3. Luis Suarez
4. Gareth Bale (If he doesn’t leave for Madrid)
5. Negredo/Dzeko (The one who is preferred by Pellegrini)

Explanation:- Manchester City will score and score and score, no need of an explanation for that, David Silva might just assist the most number of goals this season. But from what I’ve learnt, Manchester City NEED Sergio Aguero. They may have the Dzekos, the Negredos and the Jovetics, but they have been needing Aguero even when they had Balotelli and Tevez. Robin Van Persie, I hate him, every other Arsenal fan does. But he’s classy. I JUST can’t see him NOT scoring 20+ again. Suarez is always there, up against the best, but the problem is, Liverpool will concede goals. They might thrash a team like Hull City by 6-0 but they won’t be consistent. I see Suarez missing chances and still finishing 3rd. Gareth Bale, I don’t need to say a word after that. Of course, I believe Roberto Soldado is a fantastic addition to the Spurs’ squad, but I don’t see him scoring 20+ this season. Some other players who have shone in the pre-season and might just tip off Negredo/Dzeko are Arsenal’s Theo! or Giroud! COYG!

(C) Players to watch out:
1. Jesus Navas (ManCity)
2. Andre Schurrle (Chelsea)
3. Arouna Kone (Everton)
4. Roberto Soldado (Tottenham)
5. Philip Coutinho (Liverpool)

Explanation:- Jesus Navas is a brilliant signing, he nails crosses 😛 . And yes, he will come good for ManCity in the second halves of their matches. 60-90 mins is totally Navas’ time to run beyond the tired left-backs and nail in crosses. Schurrle, because he’s Mourinho’s signing and Mou’s words in press conferences indicated that Schurrle is there to play, he’s an important part in Chelsea’s strategies. Kone had been very good for Wigan last season, and Everton signed him for a small amount. He can score around 12-15 this season. Roberto Soldado is the kinda goal poacher tottenham need with Bale and Lennon nailing in crosses. He’s good with the head, excellent tap-ins and his finishing skills are good enough for him to score 15-20 goals this season. Not in the race for golden boot, but he will definitely play an important part in Tottenham’s fight for 4th place. Coutinho showed in the second half of the season how mature a player he is at 21. He’ll be the one to push Liverpool forward, along with Suarez (If Suarez stays for another season).

(D) Expected to shine again:
1. Juan Mata
2. Eden Hazard
3. Santi Cazorla
4. David Silva
5. Yaya Toure
6. Marouane Fellaini

Explanation:- Juan Mata and Eden hazard hold the key to Chelsea’s success. Along with them, I feel Romelu Lukaku would be given playing time. His performances for West Brom were worth giving him a chance now. Santi Cazorla, the little magician. Honestly, he’s amazing and highly underrated in the Premier League. David Silva is always there, and not to forget, Toure Yaya. His has turned around dull ManCity performances into world-class single-handed (or rather single-legged). Fellaini mustn’t leave Everton in the closing days of the transfer window, Everton with Roberto Martinez need him more than ever this season. I believe Everton will still be good! They will challenge Liverpool for the 6th spot, but the Moyes-factor might affect them in the first half.

(E) Surprise Packages for 2013-14:
1. Wilfried Bony
2. Lewis Holtby
3. Alex Oxlade Chamberlain
4. Wilfred Zaha
5. Fulham signings

Explanation:- Swansea Boss Laudrup expects Bony to be good enough for Premier League. Michu, Bony, Dyer, Routledge will all make Swansea a tough team to beat. Lewis Holtby has been forgotten after his low fee signing last January. But given enough playing time, I feel he can show AVB he deserves a starting spot alongside the Bales, Lennons and Dembeles. The OX! Chambo! He’s had a decent pre-season, running at defenders, putting in nice crosses. He’ll get a good amount of playing time for the Gunners. Zaha is technically gifted, he’s at ManUtd, he will groom really well. I don’t expect him to start in more than 15-20 matches, but when he plays, he will show sparks of genius.  Now Fulham have made fantastic additions this window. The likes of Marten Stekelenberg, Amorebeita, Adel Taraabt and his new addition Darren Bent. Fulham, with Ruiz and Berba, might just challenge for the 6th position.

Come On You Gooners!!!! 😀
Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud might be the top scorers for the Gunners. Santi Cazorla will display another amazing skillful season. Jack Wilshere won’t be at his best, but I expect Aaron Ramsey to fill up the mid-field void. I definitely believe this won’t be their season without a couple of big signings, but they will fight! They will display wonderful football, they will topple the big teams in their respective matches, and yes…. “IN ARSENE, WE TRUST”

That’s all folks!

One Comment
  1. Navaneeth permalink

    Man City do stand apart from the others… with a squad like that and with SAF gone they are clear favourites for me..

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