EPL Rivalries in the Making

Dan LevyNational Lead WriterJune 28, 2013

With the transfer window in full swing and new managers everywhere around the EPL—there is just one manager, Arsene Wenger, who has been with his Premier League club for more than two years—there are some interesting new rivalries brewing for the 2013 season.

First, obviously, is the potential top six rivalry between Manchester United and Everton. With David Moyes leaving Everton for United, and rumors of Leighton Baines being courted as well, this rivalry may get as heated as any, assuming Everton can afford to keep up.

Speaking of a team from Manchester and a team from Liverpool in a rivalry, could there be a sibling rivalry? Kolo Toure has gone from City to Liverpool and will potentially be facing his brother Yaya twice next season.

The most heated new rivalry for the Premier League may be the oldest rivalry of them all, with Cardiff City and Swansea City set to reignite the South Wales derby after a few seasons apart. This will mark the first time the two clubs, just 42 miles apart along the southern coast of Wales, will play in England's top division.

Speaking of Wales and Cardiff, what about Cardiff native Gareth Bale and his (at least for now) club, Tottenham? Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas used to work for new Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, making that not only a fascinating rivalry, but also one that could potentially decide next year's EPL champion.

Mourinho is no stranger to rivalries, for sure, and he may have more than just AVB looking to knock him off in his Chelsea return. Both Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool and Steve Clarke at West Bromwich Albion previously worked for Mourinho.