English Premier League Preview: Prepare for More of the Same Plus One

illya mclellanSenior Analyst IJuly 23, 2010

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 03:  Antonio Valencia of Manchester United is challenged by Yuri Zhirkov of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford on April 3, 2010 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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The "big four" and Manchester City could naturally be called "the big five." From this point on, it will be. The big five are gearing up in the belief that they will be the big five. This of course means others among the chasing pack will provide the surprises that City have in the last few years.

Of course, there have been teams that have put together runs to rival the now financially-superior Manchester side. The reality is that now Manchester City are again strengthening their squad, which means theoretically they should improve their statistics. Which, statistically, will put them into the top four.

Seems exceedingly obvious really, but perhaps it isn't. You can choose to question and therefore attempt to identify potential questions for those who may deign to look. It is the nature of those who follow a thing to be enamoured of it, searching for information.

Conjecture and so on, it will be what it always is—ridiculously paid dudes who run around playing a game. A lot of those caught up in the world's economic machine look on wistfully at the people who they played sport with earlier in life end up playing for a living. Incidentally, people become drawn to these games and form emotional attachments to the entities that the game comprises.

Players, managers, teams etc.

Apart from the ball, these are extremely important features of the game and devotion to these entities is fierce in its potency. Much like religious zealots, the fans sometime appear. Although, recently in the Premier League we have seen a less passionate following for some of the bigger teams, otherwise known as "plastic fans."

Manchester City should probably end up with a lot of new fans in the coming years. It is interesting to note that some new fans will be passionate, there will be a few who are relatively unconcerned with the results. But an interesting point is that Chelsea recently enjoyed a glut of success and they have been a club that was in a similar position to City.

Both of these clubs had their fortunes changed considerably. This is, of course, not a new thing in the game, clubs across the globe enjoy prosperity according to fate, the bounce of a ball in some cases throughout the history of the sport.

The challengers will be the usual suspects: Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool, and Manchester City. Of course, there are also the likes of Everton and probably four or five other teams from the rest that will experience good runs.

The games are interesting and the historical information brings it into peoples minds in a powerful manner, meaning that the folklore of the game is sometimes more important to people than the present. New fans always love the mythology of the clubs.

Can Manchester City this season create their own myths or will the established elite again politely show them the way it is done? Always entertaining and watchable, the new season brings new initiatives, new signings, and new surprises. Hopefully, some of those who failed to shine at the World Cup can remind us why we were under the impression they might.