Barclays Premiership 2009-2010 Predictions

Ross JamisonContributor IAugust 4, 2009

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 14:  Mark Hughes, manager of Manchester City, poses with Carlos Tevez after he signed for Manchester City at City of Manchester Stadium on July 14, 2009 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

With preseason coming to an end and clubs wrapping up deals in the summer transfer window, which clubs are most likely to succed in the Premiership?

As most people will suspect, the main title challengers this year are most likely going to be the reigning champions Manchester United, closely followed by last year's runner up, Liverpool. The big-spending Manchester City will be hungry for glory, while Chelsea will be wanting to show that they are title contenders, and Arsenal will be wanting to bring back their glory days.

With the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid and Carlos Tevez to rivals Manchester City, many people are starting to wonder whether or not Manchester United will uphold their strong title charge they have had for many years. Ronaldo and Tevez were key to Manchester United's domestic league success last year and will be missed.

But with the arrivals of young Ecuadorian winger Antonio Valencia from Wigan Athletic and former Liverpool "fox in the box" Michael Owen from Newcastle, I think the voids left by Ronaldo and Tevez can be filled by the two important signings.

Another key factor to United this season will be England striker Wanye Rooney. With the departure of Ronaldo many pundits think that this season will be the Wanye Rooney show at Old Trafford, and he is expected to bag 20-25 goals in the league.

Narrowly missing out on the league last season, Liverpool will be out to prove a point that they can end their long 19 year wait and win the domestic title. Torres and Gerrard's partnership at Anfield is considered the best midfield-striker link up in the world. With Gerrard desperate to captain Liverpool to domestic glory and Torres hungary for silverwear in England, these two preadtors of the game will be wanting to lead the Merseyside club to glory.

Following United and Liverpool, oil-rich Manchester City will be wanting to show off their big spendings with trophies. Mark Hughes has been busy this summer by bringing big names to Eastlands. City have signed Carlos Tevez from arch-rivals Manchester United, Emmanuel Adebayor from Arsenal, Roque Santa Cruz from Blackburn, Gareth Barry from Aston Villa, and Kolo Toure from Arsenal. These players are all of quality talent and are expected to help City to break into the top four.

After failing to mentain a consistent tile challenge last year, two time champions Chelsea are aiming to try and bring the Premiership title back to the King's Road. During the summer transfer window they have strenghtened their squad by signing goalkeeper Ross Turnbull from Middelsborough, young striker Daniel Sturridge from Manchester City, and Russian midfieder Yuri Zhirkov from CSKA Moscow.

With captain John Terry deciding to turn down a move to Manchester City and Didier Drogba being in good form durin pre-season, Chelsea will be fired up for a title challenge.

The last expected contender for the title this year is North London's Arsenal. The Gunners haven't won the league since 2004 and haven't tasted silverwear since 2005. Having been forced to settle for fourth place in the last two seasons, the Gunners are always looking to improve.

Arsenal have suffered a major blow this summer with the departure of both Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure to Manchester City, both key players at Arsenal during their time there.

But Arsenal have been given a major boost with the return of Czech Republic winger Tomas Rosicky and red-hot form 16 year-old Jack Wilshere in the Emirates cup. Also, midfield duo Andrey Arshavin and Cesc Fabregas are expected to produce some spectacular football this season, and England wonderkid Theo Walcott is always improving. The Gunners have also filled the postiton of centre-back left by Kolo Toure by signing Thomas Vermaelen from Ajax.

With these five clubs eager for Premiership glory, it looks safe to say that it will be a close an exciting title race which looks to produce some spectacular football.