The New Premier League season is upon us. Every manager has been out trying to improve their squad and make a statement (Well apart from Arsene Wenger and David Moyes). The fans are expectant that their club will have a great year this year.
Well they can’t all have a great year so here Mike Kehoe gives his Premier League predictions from a neutral, unbiased point of view. Click here for Dave Kehoe’s predictions or click here to see how Mike Kehoe did last year
1 Manchester City will regain the title this season. Many eyebrows were raised when they sacked Roberto Mancini, their most successful boss for half a century. However, Manuel Pellegrini will put City fan’s mind at ease. He has gone about his transfer business early and efficiently. City have a great defence and new signings Fernandinho, Jesus Navas, Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic will add some dangerous dimensions to their attack and midfield. Last summer they failed to improve their squad and lost the title, but this time around they have done a great job in the transfer window.
2 Manchester United are currently in the same situation that City were in last summer. They are champions but have failed to significantly improve their squad while their rivals have got stronger. In fact Paul Scholes’ second retirement will be a loss to the team. While he wasn’t a regular, he featured in 16 league games last season. David Moyes has tried to replace him with Cesc Fabregas but had two bids knocked back. United could also lose Wayne Rooney who is thought to be unhappy at the club and keen on a move to Chelsea. Despite these problems, United will be strong enough to remain in the top two.
3 Chelsea have been given a new lease of life since the return of their most successful ever manager, Jose Mourinho, was confirmed. The efforts of the team were undermined for much of last season by the poisonous atmosphere at Stamford Bridge due to the fans objections to Rafa Benitez’s position in the hot seat. Mourinho’s arrival has removed that problem and he has also added some quality to the squad. Andre Schurrle and Marco van Ginkel will add depth and play key roles throughout the season. They also have Romelu Lukaku raring to prove himself and haven’t given up on signing Wayne Rooney. They will fall just short of toppling the Manchester clubs this season but will push them much closer.
4 Arsenal have frustrated their fans once again this summer. For all the talk of Wenger’s transfer war chest and world class players being linked with the club, they have signed just Yaya Sonogo on a free transfer. On the other hand, they finished last season like a train and it is the first time in years that they haven’t had a star player leave following a long drawn out saga. The team is more stable than it was this time last year and will be likely to slightly improve as a result. Their lack of transfer activity has left them vulnerable to being overtaken especially if they suffer from injuries or a bit of bad luck. Once again they are unlikely to challenge for the title.
5 Liverpool seem to have won the battle of wills with striker Luis Suarez. If he stays they should be a vastly improved side this season. Brendon Rodgers’ good work in the transfer market seems to have continued with the additions of cultured players like Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas. Simon Mingolet will be a safe pair of hands in goal and Kolo Toure is a good short term replacement for Jamie Carragher. The sales of Andy Carroll, Stewart Downing and Jonjo Shelvey mean that Rodgers has managed to improve his squad and make a profit.