The English Premier League is without a doubt the most exciting league in the world. Whether your interested who will win the league, finish in the top 4 or who will be relegated, there is something for everyone. In this article I am going to give my predictions for the 2010/2011 season.
For me this one is a no brainer. With Blackpool's failure to add to an already weak squad, I think they will become the whipping boys of the premier league. Get ready for some high scoring games with Blackpools involvement.
Wigan had a lot of poor performances during last season and I think that this poor form will continue. The only hope I have for Wigan is there never say die attitude, which they displayed in their 3-2 victory over Arsenal last year.
The Premier League's yo yo team. They are constantly being relegated and then promoted. I believe they will put up a good fight but simply put they arn't as talented as most Premier league teams. I expect them to fight till the last day of the season.
Wolves had a good season last year, but I expect they will find things tougher this season. However, they have a talented bunch of players,and an experienced manager in Mick McCarthy. As a result of this combination, I think that Wolves will narrowly avoid the drop
Newcastle will have a solid enough season this year. There will be a few problems along the way but I think they should avoid the drop. They have most of their premier league players from 2 seasons ago and a very capable manager in chris hughton.
Bolton will once again finish in a comfortable mid table spot. I hope for the sake of the Bolton fans, that Owen Coyle will be able to get his team to play attractive football rather that the long ball tactics which they have been forced to endure.
The future seems bright for West Ham. After a shocking campaign last year i can see them putting on some wonderful matches this season. With Avram Grant in charge of the helm I can certainly see West Ham having a good season.
I can see Sunderland having a great season this year. They have a very solid team and have got four quality players in Craig Gordan, Michael Turner, Lee Catermole and Darren Bent. With Steve Bruce in charge they shouldn't have any problems, except for beating Newcastle.
Tony Pulis has had a very successful time in the Premier League and i can see this continuing in the coming season. While his tactics may sometimes be ugly, everybody likes Stoke because they are huge underdogs. I really can see Stoke having a fantastic year this time round and with players like Tuncay and Huth at the helm they shouldn't have much bother.
Last season Blackburn had a good year and I can see them improving on this. I think that Blackburn's most valuable asset is Sam Allardyce. He is very good at guiding premier league outfits into high positions.
Last season Birmingham had a great year and I for one can see this occurring again. While they lost last season's hero Joe hart, they have replaced him with the more than able Ben Foster. A mid table finish is the best that this side can hope for.
When Roy Hodgson departed Fulham, I for one thought they might struggle. However they have replaced him with Mark Hughes. This was an excellent decision on Fulham's part and i can see them having a really good year once again this time round.
While this position may seem poor for a team of Everton's standard, I just cant see them out doing any of the higher placed teams. Last year Everton had a poor start but came good, if they can avoid that this season then a higher position may be on the cards.
Aston Villa have had a great time under Martin O Neill's leadership and i can see that continuing once again. If they want to finish in a higher position they will have to hold onto both Young and Milner as well as secure the service of a clinical finisher.
This may surprise a lot of people but I genuinely cant see Liverpool breaking into the top 4. They have a quality manager in Roy Hodgson and they have managed to hold on to all there major players but I think Liverpool's biggest problem is their back up to the first team. Over a long and challenging season i think this will be Liverpool's downfall.
Once again I havn't put one of the big four in the top 4. I feel that Arsenal didn't make any quality signings this summer apart from Chamakh. There captain, Cesc Fabregas isn't completely committed to the cause and they don't have a quality goalkeeper. I expect them to challenge for a place in the top four but I can see them falling short.
Spurs seem like they can do nothing wrong. Great manager, great players and great fans. They have a large squad with a good mixture of experience and youth. Even Nicolas Anelka has backed Spurs to win the league this year but I think this is a step too far. I expect Spurs to have an intense race with Arsenal to finish fourth in the league and I can also see them reaching the quarter finals of the Champions League.
Now if not putting Arsenal and Liverpool in the top four caused controversy , then not having United in first or second place will certainly cause some. I fell that United won't challenge for the league today because there team is very old and I also feel it lacks quality. I think that a poor season this year will make Ferguson realise that players such as Ferdinand, Scholes and Berbatov aren't good enough for United. Hopefully this season we will see Ferguson placing younger talent in his teams more often.
Last year Man City fell at the final hurdle and failed to qualify for the Champions League. However this season I have no doubt that they will qualify for the most illustrious competition in Europe. They have infested heavily in top quality talent this summer and they already had a very strong team. I am expecting this team to be the most entertaining throughout the season.
I have no doubt Chelsea will win the league. They have an old squad but the quality is certainly there. Hopefully we will see Chelsea give their younger players, such as Matic and Sturridge, get more game time. I think Chelsea will wrap up the league with a few weeks to go and will put up a big challenge in the Champions league.