EPL Clubs Set to Take Major Steps Back in 2013-14

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EPL Clubs Set to Take Major Steps Back in 2013-14
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Tottenham Hotspur are trying to keep hold of Gareth Bale amid strong reported interest from Real Madrid.

Every team goes into the new season full of hope, anticipation and eager to improve on the previous year’s showing. By the end of it, some will have bettered their expectations and played through as a cohesive unit, while others will resemble a routed battalion in the Napoleonic War. Looking at 2012-13, Manchester United and QPR are good examples of both ends of the spectrum.

This list picks the teams that are most likely to finish below either the standards they set last year, or what is widely expected of them in general.

Naturally it’s difficult to make too many predictions until the transfer window is over, as, especially during the summer, situations can change faster than the English weather. So, obviously we’ve had to take this into account, and on some slides the prediction is based on the chances of an integral player—e.g. Suarez at Liverpool—leaving the club or not.

All stats are courtesy of Transfermarkt unless linked otherwise.

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