The Premier League Dawns
The wait has finally come to a close. The Barclays Premier League resumes back its rightful throne to entertain, excite and elevate its adoring viewers from the comfort of your own home for the next 10 months. This season without question will provide the right ingredients to make this campaign the most competitive it has ever been. We shall witness some breath-taking moments as the course of the season progresses. It’s just a matter of which team will run the best race in order to clinch that coveted Premier League title. Here we will have a brief club guide on the new arrivals entering the Premier League, our predictions in the fight for survival and of course our potential title challengers on who could be lifting the illustrious trophy come May next year.
Manchester City Current Champions of England. We’re not at their best at times last season but were well deserved winners of the title. Second title in three years whether we like it or not City are a force to be reckoned with. Ideally we expect them to finish at least first or second place but I won’t be surprised if they end up in third spot. Not many major signings were introduced to the club as to previous seasons but Pellegrini made sure he signed the exact players he had targeted to strengthen his squad. A centre-half in Eliaquim Mangala in which they desperately required in my opinion. As well as adding depth in the full back area and midfield with the acquisitions of Bacary Sagna, Fernando and of course the loan signing of Frank Lampard. Chelsea Last season the Blues ended their campaign in third place. Mourinho constantly denied that his side wasn’t ready to win the league. Many believed him to be in denial and that he was playing into mind games. He also reiterated that next season his Chelsea side will mount as serious title contenders. Very bold statement; but I believe Chelsea this season with the signings he has equipped this summer have the strongest squad in the league and are the team to beat. Chelsea lacked a natural goalscorer last season. Mourinho squandered no time in reinforcing his striking options this season by the signing of Diego Costa and of course the return of the Chelsea legend in Didier Drogba. But for me the most exciting signing for Chelsea this summer was the arrival of Cesc Fabregas. Many believe that he can feel the void left by Frank Lampard and provide more to the side on a long term scale. Arsenal For the first time in five years I believe Arsenal can be considered as serious title contenders this season. Off the back of winning the FA Cup last season; their first trophy in nine years. Arsenal seem to be going from strength to strength. Wenger made sure he continued that atmosphere with key signings this summer. The arrival of Alexis Sanchez this summer and Mesut Ozil last season only represents the direction in which this club is heading. Sanchez not only provides his direct approach and pace but another option in the forward line for the gunners. The signings of goalkeeper David Ospina and defenders Mathieu Debuchy and Callum Chambers show illustrate the strength and depth this Arsenal squad have assembled. Only time will tell on what they can achieve within the one or two years, but for me they have considered the dark horses for title race this year. Liverpool Champions League football returns to Anfield after a five year absence. Liverpool the neutrals favourites; with their impressive display last season led them to a second place finish in the league just narrowly missing out on the title to City. Many believe that a new era is dawning at Anfield. Rodgers has this new look Liverpool side playing attractive offensive football. With Champions League football at the helm; Rodgers has attracted a number of players to the club this summer to add strength and depth. Key signings arriving on Merseyside were Lazar Markovic, the trio from Southampton in Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and the most important buy in my eyes Dejan Lovren, adding some steel to leaky defence of last season. It would be very interesting to see how the reds fare this season with the amount of games coming thick and fast this season and the loss of their talisman in Luis Suarez heading to Barcelona. Manchester United
After a dismal display of performances under David Moyes; Manchester United ended their campaign in a disappointing seventh position. This meant that for the first time in over 20 years Manchester United had failed to qualify for European football whatsoever. The departure of Moyes seemed imminent towards the end of the season. The beginning of the summer saw the arrival of the “Dutch Dictator” in Louis Van Gaal; with his proven track record and vast experience United didn’t waste no time in securing his services. Manchester United haven’t acquired many additions to their squad but have spent big with the arrivals of Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera and teenage left-back Luke Shaw. Critics suggest that Herrera could possibly be the ideal replacement for Paul Scholes in midfield. An audacious statement but I guess in the long term only time will tell. I don’t expect United to win the Premier League this season as their still in the transition stage but I do believe they will determine which club will be crowned Champions due to the lack of European Football. Although I do expect them to make the top four and qualify for the Champions League only question is at which clubs expense? As the season commences this weekend it would be fascinating to see the ambition of the remaining clubs and where they expect to finish come the end of the season. I expect Everton and Spurs to be battling it out for that top six finish. I anticipate Everton to pip Spurs for sixth position based on their new signings this summer. Securing the signatures of Gareth Barry and record signing Romelu Lukaku we expect the Toffees to pushing on for something special this season. The fight for survival always seems to leave us guessing, no one appears to be safe. Last season from 11th position and onwards the gap between them and relegation was as slight as two maybe three points. This season we expect no difference. With all due respect but for the new boys coming up; Leicester City, Burnley and QPR we expect to be in the fight and few others. One thing that is guaranteed is that every week the Premier League will provide that unpredictability whether it’s the top or bottom half of the table.