1. The Contenders are Evident
Based on what we have seen over these past few weeks, three teams look like they will fight for the title. All of the three are pretty much guaranteed Champion’s League spots. The teams are Manchester United, Manchester City, and Chelsea. David Moyes will come under much scrutiny for his work in the transfer market, or lack thereof, but his first match in charge of the champions went well as the Red Devils obliterated Swansea to the tune of 4-1. Although Rooney’s behaviour was the talk of the match, Moyes looks to have a good season ahead of him. Manchester City look as complete as ever. Their squad’s depth rivals any ocean and quite frankly, all of their players are hungry. Jesus Navas, Toure and Dzeko all starred as Manchester City beat Newcastle with a scoreline of 4-0. Chelsea look to be dangerous under Mourinho as Chelsea beat newly promoted Hull 2-0 thanks two an absolute cracker from Frank Lampard’s free kick.
2. Aston Villa are Dark Horses for European Competition
Expect mid table teams like Everton and Aston Villa to push for the 6th spot. Aston Villa seem to have found their feet after convincing, but controversial, 3-1 victory over Arsenal. Their youngsters from last season have gained one year of Premier League experience, and if Benteke delivers this season they could be dark horses. If Everton can hold on to Baines and Fellaini, you can expect them to reach new heights this season. However, with a new manager don’t be surprised if they fall behind Liverpool this season as they get used to Roberto Martinez’s style. The battle to be the best team in Merseyside looks intriguing.
3. Liverpool Are Going to Have A Tough Season
Despite Suarez not playing, Coutinho, Aspas, Mignolet and co. should have easily dispatched Stoke. After making multiple signings, Liverpool must gel and become cohesive as a unit before they can challenge top English clubs like they used to. Their best player wants to leave, that never helps. Tactically, I believe they have yet to find the right formation to incorporate their stars into one well-oiled machine. If they do manage to do so sooner rather than later, expect them to finish 6th, before Aston Villa.
4. Arsenal Need to Part Ways With Wenger
No longer is heard loud cries of “In Wenger we trust” within the Emirates. Everywhere you look, pressure is mounting on Wenger to spend… and to spend BIG. Arsenal haven’t won a trophy in 8 years. This has led to Arsenal having to part with star players like Henry, Fabregas, Van Persie and Nasri. Arsenal parted ways with 17 players this offseason. They signed a young frenchman from France’s second tier league. It is widely understood that Wenger loves developing talent and turning them into world-beaters, but it is also well-documented that Arsenal have turned into a selling club. Expect his contract not to be renewed and for Arsenal to finish outside out of the Champion’s League. Even if Arsenal do sign Cabaye, they need more depth and more talent to challenge England’s best.
5. This Will Be One Hell of a Season
From the battle of the top three to the relegation battle, every weekend has at least one fixture that you can not miss. My prediction for the top four this season: Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United, and Tottenham. It looks as if the promoted sides will struggle this year, as it doesn’t look like there is any firepower in those teams, as none of them scored a goal over the weekend. If Bale does stay, the battle for the top four will be truly something for the history books. Although an Aguero wonder-goal might not decide the winners, the top three will be very closely contested. Come May, who knows what might happen? However it’ll be a great treat for fans.