2010/2011 Premier League Predictions

On the eve of new beginnings, the English Premier League is ready to raise the curtains. We prepare to embark on another exciting journey filled with breathtaking goals, stunning stops, and moments that leave you on the edge of your seat. As always, specualtion runs high and pundits try to pick where they think teams will finish this year. Although the Premier League offers little change from one year to the next, we often find ourselves amazed at certain team’s play (positive and negative). Overall, nobody can predict exactly what will happen, and after all, we’ll have to wait 9 months until a resolution is made anyway. But it’s all about the ride anyway, so let’s throw some opinions around, and see where the EPL train eventually takes us…

PREDICTIONS:
Without much argument, it is safe to say that Chelsea, Man United, and Arsenal will be the main title contenders this year. While some may make an argument for City’s inclusion, they’ve yet to display the consistency and ground out wins that are necessary. European spots will be fought for tooth and nail, especially that final Champions League spot. Here’s how I see things shaping up:

Top 3:
1. Man United – Boost by depth, emerging youth, and addition of Chicharito
2. Arsenal – Great signings, look to be more balanced and deep across pitch
3. Chelsea – Loss of Ballack, Cole, Deco, and Carvalho tough to cope with, especially defensively.

Fighting for Europe:
4. Man City – Added more expensive talent, but will need to gel quickly to obtain CL spot
5. Liverpool – Adding Cole and Hodgson should lift spirits, need Torres healthy
6. Everton – Hot at end of last year, look healthier and more solid defensively
7. Tottenham – Added focus on Europe may distract domestic play, didn’t add to squad
8. Aston Villa – Loss of O’Neill was HUGE. Others may follow him out in a mass exodus

Mid-Table:
9. Fulham – Hughes is a solid gaffer, with a decent team already in place
10. Birmingham – Still have a solid defense, but played well above expectations last year
11. Stoke City – Added a striker, but not much else. Pulis will have to pull out all the stops
12. Bolton – Coyle’s impact will continue to help Trotters improve & become consistent
13. Blackburn– Have not added players to support weak offense. Big Sam needs help
14. West Ham – Avram Grant hopes to mold a squad with potential across the pitch

Relegation Battle:
15. Newcastle – Obviously more competitive than 2nd division. Still work to be done
16. Sunderland – Injuries and squad weakness already in question. Potential to drop
17. Wolves – Lucky to stay up last year despite weakest offense. Definite drop contenders
18. Wigan – Skeleton crew on defense will face relegation battle. Martinez sacking likely
19. West Brom – Face task of finally staying up. Weak defense, but formidable offense
20. Blackpool – Missing pieces that got them promoted (loans ended). Happy to be here

With a few more predictions left to make, let’s round up the post-season awards that will be handed out:

Young Player of the Year: Gareth Bale – TOT
Manager of the Year: David Moyes – EVR
Golden Boot: Didier Drogba – CHE
Golden Glove: Eddie Van Der Sar – MANU
Player of the Year:  Cesc Fabregas – ARS

First Manager Sacked: Roberto Martinez
Most Goals Allowed: Blackpool

It looks to be another exciting season. We can only hope that the level of competition rises once again, and that even more teams challenge for the title, and for European places. Let’s hope for no administration, and some truly remarkable relegation battles. It’s off to the races, enjoy!

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