English Premier League Predictions 2014-15

24 Aug

1.  Manchester City
2.  Chelsea
3.  Manchester United
4.  Liverpool
5.  Arsenal
6.  Tottenham Hotspur
7.  Everton
8.  Southampton
9.  Stoke City
10. Swansea City
11. Hull City
12. Aston Villa
13. West Bromwich Albion
14. Newcastle United
15. Sunderland
16.  West Ham United
17. Crystal Palace
18. Queens Park Rangers
19. Leicester City
20. Burnley

Manchester City Pellegrini could field two recognisable teams that could win this league. Certainly go top three and that’s the main reason why I am going for the Blues of Manchester to win. Their Squad has a solidity and consistency about it that makes me think while other teams shall need time to gel City will just be doing what they do, win. There is also the addition of the thought that no matter what money is always available for any new players. City Champions again for me JUST.

Chelsea Mourinho will hate this season. He wants the Trophy sitting in Stamford Bridge beside the Champions League big cup. He may well get one but not both and the trophy to fall be the way is the Premiership. I feel Frank Lampard’s influence on and off the field will certainly contribute in Chelsea not quiet reaching the mark. Diego Costa may well not be enough to win so a very very close second.

Manchester United Louis Van Gaal will add quality players and drive the bad memories of last season out of Old Trafford. Rebuilding invincibility at home and imposing the red devils away will be the Dutchmans big challenge. I need convinced Rooney is the right man for the Captaincy. Close in third but no cigar.

Liverpool Brendan Rodgers has spent well. Proving that Liverpool are a family club who no matter what stick up for players is a lovely welcome to any new signing. The loss of Suarez has not only gave Brendan money to burn but has lost a distraction. Sturrage is a big player this year but somehow it’s time to replace Steven Gerald. A regretting blowing it last season Fourth.

Arsenal There is no team that looks better in attack. As front fives go Wenger is spoilt by riches. Arsenal can embarrass any team with pace skill and guile going forward. The problem is the days they don’t click in attack or the games they come up against brick wall park the bus defending. It’s a big ask but in a league with some of the beat defenders in the world ply their trade it will be the dropped points by dodgy defending that The Gunners will rue. To beat Arsenal is a relatively easy task on paper. Park the bus deny the flair players space and then put in a couple of good balls into the arsenal defence smell the panic and score past what ever under pressure Keeper is between the sticks. Too many show ponies relying on history not enough shire horses doing todays hard work for this cart to get into Champions League.

Tottenham Hotspur I can never figure out what exactly is going on at White Hart Lane. And this is the problem all the ingredients for a cup run or top four sits within the squad but somehow they never really gel and this lack of consistency is the reason Spurs will always be capable of a result but won’t string five good results together. They could well run their north London rivals close but sixth is where I put them.

Everton Seventh the perennial brides maids of Merseyside. The definition of this second group of five in this league. Ran to budget never looking like being relegated but never contenders for championship. A good chance every year to get fourth but this year Manchester United will not be the easy turn they were last year. Good mix within not the biggest of squads so a safe seventh.

Southampton Ronald Koeman will manage like he played solid with skill and if you give him time and space his Saints will strike a shot past you from forty yards. Good solid signings Forster in goal is brilliant who after playing in some of Europe’s biggest stadia will not freeze in big games.

Stoke City Mark Hughes has introduced skill and flair to the Britiania almost unrecognisable from previous manager. Always a solid defence with a deceptively potent attack. No plates in danger in the Potteries a nice ninth.

Swansea sometimes it’s what team turns out at the Liberty and it’s even more inconsistent away from South Wales. They have too much stuborneas though to go down. Dependable in top half tenth.

Hull City The Tigers with Steve Bruce have too much quality to trouble the bottom four but not enough to worry the top six. Good cup runs beckeon and Europe will surprise the Humbersiders most more used to Rugby League but the playing in Europe will drain the squad so no top half. Comfortable in eleventh.

Aston Villa Paul Lambert is well respected but this season he simply does not have the tools to challange. With no real quality and strange rumblings in board room I put Villa in twelth. Not good enough for a second city team. Lambert already has look of man playing our time until a bigger offer comes along.

West Bromwich Albion David Moyes long term assistant Alan Irvine has emerged as his own man and took over at the Hawthorns. First target in the black country is survival. They emerged from the yoyo team tag and consolidating in this league with survival to build another year us what it’s all about unlucky for some (but not for W.B.A.) thirtieth.

Newcastle United As long as the mix of fans demanding a set style of play no matter if the team win, lose or draw, Mike Ashley, and a distrust between club (boardroom and staff) and the passion of the toon army then this club will not challange but do enough to survive. Only good news about being in fourteenth for the magpies is the team below them.

Sunderland Gus Poyet has a team that will win games but it’s weaknesses are there for all to see. The Black Cats deficiencies confine them to bottom half of table. It is a toss up who wins the hotbed derbies in north east it could go either way but I feel that the bragging rights won’t be on Weirside, fifteenth.

West Ham United The eastenders will always blow bubbles at the party they will often make big Sam smile but not enough to rise above sixteenth. The Hammers owners also own Ann Summers and like one of the retail chains catalogues when you look at Sam Allerdyce’s Squad list you often see key parts are exposed.

Crystal Palace Starting the season with no manager is not good that’s the type of thing that gets you relegated. I do feel there is just enough to keep this team up. Maybe the new manager bounce will keep this club up. Seventeenth.

Queens Park Rangers This club, squad, manager and whole package just feels like it’s in the yoyo area between Championship and Premiership. A year up, a year down that’s where this club sits. Relegated in eighteenth.

Leicester City Will enjoy the year take the money gather experience and drop down to Championship to join the yoyo squads. From where this club sat at doors of bankruptcy the passionate East Midlands fans won’t be too upset in nineteenth.

Burnley It’s not if this team go down it’s when. When the celestrial bodies line up and a surprise gets promoted then we all remember Derby County. This promotion keeps this club afloat for next few years. Finishing on twentieth and hopefully not the whipping boys but can’t see anything else.

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