Premier League Season Preview

Arsenal:

Arsenal haven’t really signed anyone of note in the transfer window. The lack of additions, particularly in defensive areas will most likely see them unable to mount a serious challenge yet again. The gunners will however have key players such as Jack Wilshere available from the start of the season in comparison to a year ago when he was out through injury. Arsenal should finish in their usual top four spot but however this is by no means a certainty with Liverpool likely to improve under Brendan Rodgers. Giroud looked promising come the end of last season and with Arsenal confidence and keeping key players fit seem to be the most important factors. Should they start well and keep players fit they could be a good proposition for a season point spread bet or backing to lay on Betfair.

Aston Villa:

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Villa were erratic at times last season which left them in some precarious positions and consistently threatened by relegation until the very end. They have already received a timely boost with last season’s top goal scorer Christian Benteke signing a new long term contract. With a couple of promising additions to the squad you shouldn’t see Villa in the same predicament as they were in last season. A mid table finish is the best that they can achieve this season.

Cardiff:

Cardiff city were clear deserved winners of the Championship last season and have already shown their desire to stay in the Premier League this season. Malky Mackay has smashed Cardiff’s transfer fee record three times with the signings of Caulker, Cornelius and Medal. These three will be central to Cardiff’s prospects and it will be a fantastic achievement if they can stay up.

Chelsea:

Chelsea will be confident going into this season with their rivals all undergoing bigger changes regarding personnel. Chelsea however revert back to the man who made them an incredibly successful and hard to beat side in his first spell with the club. With arguably the strongest squad in the league Jose Mourinho will certainly be looking forward to the season ahead.

Crystal Palace:

Everyone has written palace of as a certainty to be relegated and although this may unfortunately be the case they may have something to say about it. Ian Holloway has recruited hungry young players who will have the correct attitude to pull of some shocks this season and although over the course of 38 games they will struggle they may not do quite as disastrously as people are suggesting. Cause for concern would be that they have little in the way of experienced premier league players however in Ian Holloway they have a manager more than capable of motivating a side to over perform and cause problems to any visiting side who take them too lightly.

Everton:

Everton start this season with a complete new staff setup with Roberto Martinez replacing new Manchester Utd manager David Moyes. An already small squad still faces serious danger of potentially losing its two strongest assets in Fellaini and Baines with the transfer window still open and rumours still spreading. If they remain with Everton then there’s no reason why they can’t get back into Europe this season with the additions they have made.

Fulham:

Fulham were very heavily reliant on Dimitar Berbatov last season and it looks set to continue. With new ownership and the promise of investment the Cottagers will certainly need it if they want to finish higher than mid table.

Hull:

Hull really stumbled across the line in winning promotion to the premier league losing their last four games. They may struggle to score goals with no one on their books with a proven record at the top level. The squad lacks depth and premier league experience and sides with Mcshane in defence tend not to do so well in the premier league. Unfortunately for Hull City fans their prospects don’t look to good.

Liverpool:

Liverpool have had the persistent Luis Suarez debacle shrouding their whole summer. They could well improve on last season’s finish and certainly won’t be too far behind their rivals for the top four. Brendan Rodgers has added some interesting recruits to his squad and will be hoping for them to adapt quickly to the demands of Premier League Football. Iago Aspas could certainly be one to watch this season with better players around him.

Manchester City:

Manchester City haven’t hit the headlines too much over the summer period. Since the arrival of Pellegrini they have spent lavishly on bringing in several high profile signings. Fans will still be feeling the disappointment of seeing Roberto Mancini sacked which will certainly apply some pressure on a solid start for the new manager. With no premier league experience it will be interesting to see how quickly Pellegrini can get his team firing. There’s no doubt that they can still mount a serious title challenge for the upcoming season.

Manchester United:

David Moyes has a tough challenge on his hands in retaining the premier league title this season. With little transfer activity and an unsettled Wayne Rooney there may be more reason to go short with regards to a season points spread on United. Whilst David Moyes has been one of the consistently top managers around for a long time he quite literally has an impossible task on his hands. You’d still expect them to challenge although this season may be somewhat of a consolidation.

Newcastle:

Alan Pardew will be itching to get the season started and put behind him the disastrous season Newcastle United had last season. There will be some serious pressure to get some points on the board early with the lack of transfer dealings under re-appointed Joe Kinnear. St James Park could become very hostile if things carry on from where they left off last season. On paper they have some very talented players and will be hoping the likes of Cisse, Ben Arfa and Cabaye can perform on a more consistant basis.

Norwich:

Norwich appear to have bolstered their forward line considerably with the acquisitions of Ricky Van Wolfswinkel and Gary Hooper. Last season Norwich managed an 11th place finish and, but finishing any higher this season will be seen as very unlikely. They should have a squad capable of keeping them out of a relegation scrap this season.

Southampton:

Enjoyed a successful end to last season. Southampton are a side that have really progressed on since appointing Ponchettino as manager. With plenty of attacking options up front they shouldn’t find themselves in any danger of being relegated this season and could be a good shout for a top 10 finish. May be worth keeping an eye on the spread betting markets with the view to taking an optomistic position.

Stoke:

Could well be contenders for relegation this season. They have undergone massive changes. A side notorious for playing a particular brand of disliked but ultimately effective for their objectives could spell disaster as there are too many sides that will finish higher meaning they will be fighting relegation with a more positive style of play. Will this cost them?

Sunderland:

Have wasted no time over the summer in bringing in some top class acquisitions most notably Italian winger Giaccarini. Di Canio certainly has more allure when it comes to persuading players to sign. He has also released a number of players he likely considered bad eggs. Sunderland should improve from last season and could find themselves comfortably clear of the relegation zone much earlier than last season. Sunderland appear to have done some great business in the transfer market, their most notable signing being Giaccarini, an Italian international who will definitely add some quality into a Sunderland forward line which really lacked in firepower last season.

Swansea:

Swansea have added considerably to their squad from last season and they seem to have had no problems in embedding the new signings into their style of play. A string of impressive performances in pre-season are convincing signs for a side that posed a real threat to many of the top sides last season. One potential downfall will be the extra games they will play in the Europa league, however, they do seem to have a style very much suited and could be a very astute investment as an outsider in that competition.

Tottenham:

Losing Bale could be a bigger blow for Spurs than they anticipate. Although they have recruited well teams will not have the same fear factor should he depart white hart lane. They came incredibly close to breaking into the top four last season and they should be a contender once with some very strong additions to their squad.

West Brom:

Will need to replace the goals scored by on loan Chelsea striker Lukaku. They have strengthened defensively in bringing in experienced Uruguayan international centre back Lugano. Steve Clarke is very much an under the radar manager and despite the lack of individuals when looking at the team sheet you get the feeling that collectively they may have enough as a unit to stave of relegation.

West Ham:

West Ham were a solid mid table side last season and you’d very much expect more of the same from them. Most likely to be more solid at home with a dodgy away record. The Hammers have quite literally used a bit of “try before you buy” with regards the permanent signature of Andy Carroll who should be a key player for them.

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