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.
Arsenal to finish second ??? Yes, Mesut Ozil is a superb player, but is Arsenal a better team than United or Chelsea ? Arsenal has a long way to go before matching United or City.
How many Arsenal players are able to walk into the United/City/Chelsea starting XI ? IMO, Ozil only. Wilshere to the bench
Arsenal needs to add a quality goalkeeper (DDG/Hart/Cech >> Szensney), quality CB (Are any of Arsenals defenders better than Vidic/Kompany/Ferdinand/Terry etc.) ??, quality DM (Arsenal lacks a strong physical midfield player since Vieria left)& a 20 goals striker. These positions form the spine of any team. Besides, Arsenal squad is very thin with many injury-prone players.
If Arsenal got 4 of the above world-class players, then 2nd is a possibility. But too bad Arsenal didnt, i think arsenal will end up fighting with tottenham (& maybe liverpool) for 4th spot at the end of the season again.
Top 3: United/City/Chelsea (Too close to call for me)
4th spot: Arsenal/Tottenham (Again, too close to call, probably will fight till last game AGAiN)
Ahh… a Manchester United fan? 🙂
Brian, you must be a Liverpool fan with some measure of objectivity, just as I am an Arsenal fan with some measure of objectivity. 🙂
I hope Everton or Hull win the league.
Its a sham when well financed teams dominate tournaments.