Luckily that feeling of emptiness, now that the World Cup is over, will only last a few weeks. Saturday 16 August sees the start of the new Premier League season!!
So how will it shape out? Well as is tradition once a year, I completely abuse my position on this publication, to rant, completely without basis or knowledge, on how the new season will pan out. If you don’t like that, don’t read on.
Here we go….first off, last season’s winners Manchester City. Hmm…I suspect bad times ahead. Yaya Toure was their best player last year and he wants out. This stuff about him not getting a birthday cake is hilarious and I would fire him for being a prat. But City will probably hang on to him – and he will then destabilise the dressing room before being canned in the January transfer window. With Sergio Aguero suffering post World Cup blues and struggling for full fitness, I think City will struggle big time. I predict fourth place.
Manchester United? You can’t help but admire the new manager who will definitely get the club back in shape. But United were so far off the pace last season, it’s a long, long way back. And I think the squad still needs a fair bit of overhaul. I reckon third place.
What of Chelsea? No doubt Mourinho got them buzzing again, but I think he will be so focused on the Champions League (which I tip Chelsea to win), he will let slip in the Premier League. He started to lose the plot towards the end of the last season – so I go for second place.
Liverpool….with Suarez, they are back to where they were before – not even good enough for Champions League. He carried the team last season (just like Van Persie once carried Arsenal). No Suarez means at least 25 less goals. The new signings at the club look average. I think 5th place for the Kop.
And so onto Arsenal. The missing link has always been a star striker. The best striker at the World Cup was Chile’s Alexis Sanchez who is now an Arsenal player. He will make the difference, and his 20 plus goals will I think finally swing the title back to Arsenal.
As for the bottom, I would keep an eye out for Spurs who were mad to sack Harry Rednapp. The new guy at the helm, Mauricio Pochettino, has never won anything. He was fired by Espanyol and despite all the hype, I think his performance at Southampton is the second half of last season was relegation material. I fear he will be taking Spurs that way (before getting fired around March next year).
So to recap...
Premier League order: Arsenal; Chelsea; Manchester United; Manchester City; Liverpool
Champions League: Chelsea
FA Cup: Everton
League Cup: Manchester City