Barclay’s Premier League 2013/14: predictions of top six places

Last year, only Sunny got it right. Manchester United won the first place. I got two of my predictions right: Chelsea for third and Spurs for fifth.  I was too biased. This time I will try to be more objective. None of the other predictions offered by other blog readers got anything right.

This year’s transfer window is shut. We know who are the players in each team.

There are a few reasons why its tough to make predictions this year. First, new managers in Manchester United, Manchester City, and Chelsea. A good manager with good judgment and motivational skills can be worth as much as 10 points. Only Manuel Pellegrini is new to the English league teams and players. Jose Mourinho can update quickly. The Man U players will  dither between doubt and faith, and the British media will relish putting Moyes in Ferguson’s shadow,  Is Moyes good enough to lead them to silverware? We will see. Second, there are many new foreign players. If not additions to your team, reinforcements in your competitors’ teams. New players can make either a positive or negative difference. Tottenham has bought so many good players, they are almost a new team. Likewise Sunderland.

The teams with the most fearsome strikers are Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea. They have the clinical finish, the experience and can change a game even in the last minutes of a game. It is already tough to make predictions in normal circumstances, but with these additional variables, it becomes less predictable than ever before.

However this uncertainty is what makes the BPL more fun than any other leagues! Having thought deeply for ten minutes (haha), here are my predictions:

1st place:  Manchester City – the squad is scary and the engineer will be able to put the pieces together and foster greater harmony

2nd place:  Arsenal – will play with authority and a mean defence, but if a January addition of a special striker can be done, may even be champions.

3rd place:  Manchester United – most of the time Moyes will be under great pressure, players disturbed by doubts and a certain Rooney.

4th place: Chelsea – some too old, some too young, and I don’t like Mourinho’s narcissism.

5th place: Liverpool – I want them to beat Spurs.

6th place: Tottenham Hotspur – if they are hit by injuries, maybe Everton will be sixth.

Please add your predictions in the comment box. Love to hear your thoughts.

Blogpastor’s BPL 2012-13 football season predictions

The transfers are almost done and all the teams in the English Premier League have played three matches. Now is a fair time to make some predictions of the teams that will make it to the top six. Here are my predictions:

Man cityChampions:  Manchester City will retain their title. Depth of the squad is a very important indicator of championship potential. The number of matches played by a club in the premier league is legion, more than any European league. Wear and tear, fatigue and injuries is not uncommon. Man City has the best squad. Their forwards are all fearsome internationals. No other team has as much firepower, or should I say, petro-power in attack, midfield and defence. Now with Tevez looking like scary demon he was before, I expect them to be the biggest goal-scorers. I think they will go beyond the Group of Death but not to the semi final stage of the UEFA Championship.

arsenal

Runners up would be Arsenal. This is a surprise pick, ya? I think with RVP this team had a chance at being champions. But without him, they should be satisfied, indeed elated if they could grab a close second. Their defence is growing in confidence and if they keep being mean and stingy, they will lose less points to lower ranking teams. I believe all four cylinders will be firing consistently within a month or two.  I hope to see Abou Diaby do a Van Persie this year – be injury free for one whole season and be a Goliath in the midfield, even as Carzola plays the Davidic part.

chelseaThird will be Chelsea because the midfield has been completely revamped and they seem to be already playing telepathically and creatively.  Drogba is gone; Lampard is aging; Terry gets injured more often; and Petr Czech no longer seem unbeatable: change is in the air, and this means they will lose points. But I expect the the Torres-Eden axis to be toxic and hazardous enough to get them to third.

Fourth will be Manchester United. Rooney and Ferguson are not in bed together and this is disastrous. Furthermore, Ferguson Man utdkeeps praising Van Persie to goad Rooney but this tactic may backfire due to the distrust in their relationship.  Will their purchase of injury-prone Van Persie from Arsenal, become a 24 million dollar mistake they will regret? Probably, expect an injury to restrict his time on the field. Their midfield was the strongest in the league whenever they were champions and now it does not look as formidable and creative. In addition, their defence has been as injury plagued as Arsenal’s two seasons ago. Is Man Utd being in fourth position shocking? Yes it is. Fourth position will be the unthinkable torpedo that will sink the career of Ferguson……….finally. The hairdryer will move up to the boardroom, and Pep Guardalio will replace him.

Fifth will be Tottenham Hotspurs. They should have kept Harry Redknapp. Now instead of a man motivator they got in AVB,  a player destroyer. But they have good players so a fifth to them should be worth celebrating.

Liverpool fans should take comfort that the painful change the team is undergoing will land them a creditable sixth this season, so they will get into the Europa Cup games in the next season.

You should disagree with all of the above if you are a real fan. Yes my predictions is more fire than cold logic. Of course it has to be. We are talking about the BPL not accountancy. Like to hear your predictions in the comment box.

EPL football circus still fun

Let's be friends again...Looks like my predictions at last has two on target and two misses. Man City and Man Utd were rightly placed first and second in my prediction. I expected Chelsea with Torres in form to be in the third place but it was not so. I expected Arsenal in fourth but they surprisingly came in third. Tottenham did better then expected, and Newcastle and Wigan and Swansea were the surprise packages.

This was truly the most exciting EPL season in decades. It was so surprising and unbelievable it almost seemed staged by Asian bookies or Middle Eastern oil money. The Queen Park Rangers taking the lead is fairy tale. Even more incredible the two goals in injury time! What if Barton had not been sent off? The drama on the faces of Man City and Utd fans over the game beamed live simultaneously are all good TV suspense and emo swings. Even the Arsenal’s 3rd place seemed oddly suspicious with the last moment replacement of experienced goalkeeper Ben Foster with his number 2. No wonder all the money and eyeballs are on EPL: it is still the most engrossing, watchable football circus in the world.

Good to know that Mr Air Asia managed to keep Queen’s Park Rangers up for another season.

Too soon

Like funeral clothes discarded

This crimson red misery

Stained with tears and fears of a faltering hope.

Eleven atheletes in disarray

Pacing up and down, back and forth

Kicking and flicking

To patch together a win

Perhaps a point.

Red-faced over one who has ears only

For Gallic style and ideals

For the beautiful game

That the feet and hearts of boys

From many nations

Cannot carry nor hoist

With honours

For the season ends too soon

Too soon.

Blogpastor’s English Premier League 2011/12 predictions

Arsene-Wenger-frustrationIn keeping with a tradition of an annual prediction of the English Premier League, I have reluctantly decided to post something here. It’s been agony to see Arsenal’s best players sold to competing teams and to see them replaced by veterans who may have already played their best several seasons ago. Doing this prediction thing is not as fun as before, especially as Arsenal are perhaps on the borderline of missing out on one of the top four slots. So disenchanted have I been, I have given away my genuine Arsenal jersey to a blogger friend up north in Petaling Jaya. I still have an Arsenal key chain. Maybe that will go too…..if Arsenal is not in the top four.

These are my predictions for the current season:

Manchester City Premier League ClubFirst, Manchester City: because they used oil money to buy five of Arsenal’s best players, though two are not in the squad.

Second, Manchester United: because it is a team in transition with several new team members.

Third, Chelsea: because Abrahamovic’s money has given them a lifeline.

Fourth, Arsenal: how can I call myself a fan, if I leave them out of the top four. Somehow they will beat Liverpool and Tottenham to this last spot.

What is your take?

Blogpastor’s English premier league championship 2010/11 predictions

EPLArsenal to win the championship as the young guns have matured, played together and toughed it out over the last few years and added needed people. When a consistent steady goalkeeper is added in January, Arsenal’s trophy cupboard, empty in the last few years, should brighten up in 2011.

Manchester United will be second. Ferguson is master of the negative split and in the second half of the season expect a strong surge from Manchester United.

Chelsea is an experienced team but the squad has been whittled down and the players are over the hill. Age and injuries to key players,  will see them lose vital points in the second half of the season.

Manchester City will push Tottenham Hotspur to the sidelines and pip them to be fourth in the league table. They deserve it, after all that oil money that gushed out to buy ready-made players.

Never had my predictions come out right in all these years, so hope to do better this time round.

“Dear, don’t bother to come home”

Elaine in the centerI have followed English football since I was in secondary school. I was even in Bolton, England. The closest I got to a football match was shopping at Tesco under the Reebok Stadium. My daughter Elaine does not follow football. She asks the odd question and get answers from me (Arsenal fan), Joshua (Chelsea fan), and Matthew(Liverpool fan). Yet she has entered the Old Trafford of the Manchester United in front of RooneyFootball Club and watched a football match where the host played West Ham Utd. You can call this grace! The person who worked got nothing; the one who was not even looking experienced the Old Trafford atmosphere. I sent her a terse message on her wall in her Facebook, “Dear, if you decide to become a Man Utd fan, don’t bother to come home. Love, Dad” 🙂