Friday, 16 August 2013

Quick Premier League Predictions 2013/14


Quiet summer in terms of transfers, despite big talk from Wenger and the board. I don’t for one minute believe they had any intention of ever signing Luis Suarez. Missing out on Higuain and Gustavo will have been disappointing for the fans. Can see them being slightly better than last season but Spurs should pip them to 4th spot this time around.
Verdict: 5th

Aston Villa

Keeping hold of Benteke for another season was the best bit of business they’ve done since they got £20m for Stewart Downing and close to that again for Ashley Young. The relegation battle, if there is one, shouldn’t be as dangerous as last year where they were in real trouble. Can’t see them making the top half.
Verdict: 15th


Without doubt the most promising of the newly promoted sides. Some good additions, particularly Steven Caulker means they shouldn't be in too much trouble with regards to relegation. That’s not to say survival won’t be the ultimate goal for them. It will. And they should get it.
Verdict: 16th


This is a squad of players who up until late October of last season looked unstoppable in the Premier League. Then came the defeat to United, RDM being sacked, Rafa being appointed and the absolute turmoil that followed. Yet the season still ended in a trophy and a 3rd place finish. Add Mourinho (his effect on a squad of players is undeniable), Lukaku (hopefully he gets a proper chance) and perhaps one other forward and they should be champions.
Verdict: 1st

Crystal Palace

I have to say I know very little about the Palace side that won promotion last year other than it was managed by Ian Holloway and heavily influenced by Wilfred Zaha. Holloway is still there. Zaha is gone. Marouane Chamakh is in. That can’t be good.
Verdict: 20th


Now that Moyes has gone I think Everton’s title of ‘Best of the Rest’ after the top 6 could soon follow (although it is worth noting they have beaten Liverpool the last two years).  Personally I can’t see it being a seamless transition and there will be some bedding in. Mirallas is class.
Verdict: 8th


Darren Bent has just signed so it will be interesting to see how he and Berbatov link up. They have a few other decent signings in so should be a better side than last season. Teams won’t like coming to the Cottage but they are notoriously bad travellers and until they sort this out they won’t realistically have a hope of challenging for the lower European spots. A good cup run is a strong possibility.
Verdict: 12th


Renamed the Hull City Tigers as the Premier League gets more and more ‘Americanized’ every year. They have made a few decent signings and should finish ahead of Palace but it will be straight back down to the Championship for Brucey (in the off chance he lasts the full season). I hope Robbie Brady does well.
Verdict: 19th


I can’t imagine even Liverpool fans like Luis Suarez anymore.  The lack of respect he and Wayne Rooney have shown to the two biggest clubs in the land is appalling in my opinion. Liverpool need not fear however as Danny Sturridge should be world class if he realises his potential, Aspas looks a decent buy and Coutinho is a magician. This won’t be the year they break back into the top 4 but they will be closer.
Verdict: 6th

Man City

Mancini, Tevez and Balotelli are gone so City can’t blame a lack of harmony for their failures this season. They’ve spent big this summer on a number of players which can only be seen as a statement of intent. I think with the amount invested this summer they must win the title this year or Pellegrini will go the way of his predecessor.
Verdict: 3rd

Man United

The most uncertain summer in recent memory for the champions. Failed bids for Baines and Fabregas, Rooney not willing to play, would this have happened under Fergie? Maybe. Maybe not. Fergie is gone now however and there is another grim faced Scot in charge. The squad is the same as the one that walked the league last year. Add Wilfred Zaha and potentially another midfielder and they still look like champions to me. However the Fergie effect cannot be ignored. Moyes has never been through squeaky bum time before. Mourinho has. That will make the difference.
Verdict: 2nd


I hate Joe Kinnear. Everything about him. Hate him. My theory is that he was only brought in to force Pardew to resign because they don’t want to pay off the remaining seven years of his contract. On the pitch they look about as good as they did last year but that didn’t serve them well. Essentially the same squad that finished above Chelsea in 2012, chances are they won’t this time.
Verdict: 13th


Surprise package of last season. The most in-form team throughout the Autumn, Chris Hughton has built a team that is difficult to beat. A few good signings, especially Ricky Van Wolfswinkel and they should not have to worry about a  relegation scrap at all.
Verdict: 14th


I like Southampton. Most clubs are content just with consolidation once they get into the Premier League but the Saints seem to be intent on pushing for Europe. Good to see. Lovren and Wanyama are already on board. I’d expect more to arrive before September and I expect Southampton to break the top 10 this year.
Verdict: 10th


I don’t like Stoke. I can’t be the only one who was happy to see Tony Pulis go. Effective as his tactics may have been in their early years in the PL they didn’t win over many fans. I don’t rate Mark Hughes as a manager and hopefully this will be the year Stoke do the decent thing and go down.
Verdict: 18th


No one else to talk about other than Paolo Di Canio really. The controversial Italian who inspired them to a 3-0 win at Newcastle to help secure Premier League status for another year can be a bit hit and miss. I can see him deciding one morning (perhaps inspired by a wayward Adam Johnson shot in training) that he’s had enough and Sunderland aren’t worth his time anymore.  If things click and all works well Sunderland could be comfortably mid-table. I don’t think they will though.
Verdict: 17th


Successfully avoided the mass murderer that is ‘Second Season Syndrome’ last year to finish in the top half and win the League Cup. The main priority this summer has been be adding to the depth of the squad to lessen the effects of competing in Europe. I think their adventures across the continent on Thursday nights will have an adverse effect on their league chances and they will struggle. Wilfred Bony looks a decent player however.
Verdict: 11th


It looks like they may keep hold of Gareth Bale for another year.  Maybe someone at Madrid realised the utter stupidity of paying £100m for a footballer who isn’t Lionel Messi or Maradonna 1986 version. Expect Spurs to be less of a one man team this year with the addition of Soldado and Paulinho, lessening the load on G-Bale (wish that name would catch on a bit more…). A return to Europe’s top table is there for the taking.
Verdict: 4th

West Brom

I like Steve Clarke. He’s done a great job in his first season and looks set to build on that in his second. They won’t miss Lukaku’s goals as much with Anelka there to add a bit of firepower. Hopefully from an Irish point of view Shane Long will hit some decent form. They are Europa League contenders, no doubt.
Verdict: 7th

West Ham

It’s easy to forget (as in I just did until I looked it up) West Ham went into last season as a newly promoted side. With a fully fit Andy Carroll (later on in the year), Kevin Nolan (complete pub footballer, but effective) and Stewart Downing (this is his level, he will be good) West Ham have a very English/Allardyce-ish core to their attack. I reckon they’ll stay in the top 10.


1.      Chelsea
2.      Man United
3.      Man City
4.      Spurs
5.      Arsenal
6.      Liverpool
7.      West Brom
8.      Everton
9.      West Ham
10.  Southampton
11.  Swansea
12.  Fulham
13.  Newcastle
14.  Norwich
15.  Villa
16.  Cardiff
17.  Sunderland
18.  Stoke
19.  Hull
20.  Palace


FA Cup: Chelsea
League Cup: Man City
Best English side in the Europa League: Spurs (Quarter Finals)
Best English side in the Champions League: Chelsea (Semi Finals)
Surprise Package: Cardiff could shock a few.


Player of the Year: Eden Hazard

Young Player of the Year: Wilfred Zaha
Golden Boot: Robin Van Persie

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