Arsenal will be a force to be reckoned with. The Gunners have been absolutely terrific this summer in their friendly matches with four out of four possible wins. They started by beating Singapore 4-0, and continued their form with a 3-1 win versus Everton. Then Lyon was crushed 6-0, before the new German Supercup champions Wolfsburg were beaten 1-0. Petr Cech is a new additon to the squad that really can make an impact and bring Arsenal one step closer to another trophy.
Southampton will still give the top teams trouble. Last year we saw Southampton drawing against Chelsea twice, winning versus Arsenal at home and winning against Manchester United at Old Trafford. This summer they have lost several good players, but they lost many last year as well and we all saw how that went. Ingenious manager Ronald Koemann has brought Juanmi from Malaga and Soares from Sporting to the club to fill this summers gaps.
Norwich is going to be relegated. I’m sorry, but I don’t see how Alex Neil’s men are going to stay in the Premier League. The squad is thin, especially in defence, a couple of early injuries will really hurt their game. Norwich have to do something extraordinary on the transfer market to stay in the division next year as well.
Manchester City will not be in the top two this year. City have some incredible players in David Silva, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero, but it will not be enough to win another Premier League trophy this year. The 4-1 defeat versus Real Madrid was far from convincing, along with the 4-2 defeat against Stuttgart, even thought they’re just friendly matches. Manchester City is on their way down and need new blood to change course.
We’ll see no teams with more than 85 points this year. Last year we saw Chelsea managing 87 points from 26 wins and 9 draws. This year the Premier League will be more competitive, and we might see this years winner with just above 80 points or even slightly below. Chelsea have made small moves on the transfer market this summer, only signing Begovic and Falcao on loan. It’s been the case for previous Premier League champions that when they do not renew their squads with hungry blood, it’s hard to retain the title. Their neighbour Arsenal looks stronger than in a long time, and with Petr Cech between the goalposts teams will have a harder time scoring against them. Manchester United have bought some quality players. With Schweinsteiger and Depay they might be able to mount a title race already this season. Manchester City will always pick points from the top teams, along with Tottenham, Liverpool, Southampton and Everton.
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