EPL Predictions: Bold Predictions for Each of the Top 6
With each club bringing in new signings, the Premier League prepares itself to welcome new signings like Sergio Aguero and David de Gea. Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool all have aims of a top four finish, and in some cases, a title push.
But out of six, only four will qualify for the prestigious Champions League competition, and only one will be crowned champions of England. It looks set to be a thrilling season ahead, and here are some of my predictions.
Sergio Aguero Will Score on His Etihad Stadium Debut
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In my opinion, Aguero was a great signing. He has pace, strength and determination, almost like a younger version of Carlos Tevez. To warrant a starting place week in, week out, he needs to prove he can score goals at the highest level.
A good start against Swansea on the opening day would really let him push off the mark, and may see him on his way to becoming one of the best.
Mario Balotelli Will Further Criticise Manchester, Resulting in a Move
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Mario Balotelli is one of the best young talents in world football. His ability is fantastic and his potential clear to see. However, his mental fragility is proving to be a huge obstacle. From throwing darts at younger team members to attempting unnecessary tricks against a team he obviously felt was not worthy of his efforts, Balotelli has been labelled a headcase time and time again.
Recently, Balotelli, like Tevez before him, criticised Manchester. According to Balotelli, the city is not "right" for him. What Balotelli fails to realise is that by criticising the city, he criticises his fans. The majority of City fans reside in Manchester, and therefore is the fans' home. It is therefore unacceptable to publicly slaughter a city, especially when it is their football club that pays the rather fat wage bill.
However, it's proving difficult to change his mentality, and I fear that a couple more outbreaks will occur (maybe due to lack of playing time frustration), resulting in a transfer in summer.
Luis Suarez Will Be Named PFA Player of the Year
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Recently voted Copa America player of the tournament, Luis Suarez has been an instant hit at Anfield. His pace, flair and determination led to an instant connection with the fans.
If Liverpool are to finish in the top four next season, Luis Suarez will be key to the challenge. I have a feeling he will be used as a left winger as well as a striker, especially if Kenny Dalglish decides to adopt a fluid 4-3-3 structure.
Should Suarez play as well as he has done recently, the PFA Player of the Year Award isn't unrealistic.
Fernando Torres Will Finally Shine
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This picture somewhat typifies Torres last season. Isolated. Unsure. However, as Andy Gray said again and again, "Form is temporary. Class is permanent."
Torres is still a deadly striker. His form has been come-and-go recently but that does not mean it won't come back permanently. Should Villas-Boas deliver on his promise to perfect the Drogba-Torres partnership, Chelsea will have two of the best strikers in the Premiership.
Luka Modric Will Move in January
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Harry Redknapp and Tottenham Hotspur are doing everything they can in order to keep their star player. Modric has been subject to many a transfer rumour recently, and with two bids already rejected, a move doesn't seem to be on the cards this summer.
However, January may be the turning point. Chelsea are almost definitely going to make an improved offer, and it's only so long before Modric hands in a transfer request. Personally, I advise Spurs to make the most of the playmaker while he's still plying his trade at White Hart Lane.
Arsenal Will Slip out of the Top Four
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Arsene Wenger is in a bit if a pickle, to say the least. Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas want away, and the bid for Juan Mata looks to have fallen through. Last year, especially towards the end of the season, Arsenal looked shaky. If there is not an improvement, the Gunners may be in the Europa League next season.
A dramatic improvement is not off the cards. But with Nasri's future almost certainly elsewhere and Fabregas under-performing, it's definitely going to be a struggle.
Liverpool Will Take Arsenal's Place
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A club with Liverpool's history and success shouldn't be out of Europe's elite competition for long. Liverpool have looked a different side to that of a year ago under Dalglish, and even the recent poor pre-season results haven't dampened expectations.
With the king back, a competitive squad, new owners and renewed togetherness, Liverpool will look to mount a top four push. John Henry recently stated that the top four was a "must." I don't think he'll be disappointed.
Manchester United Will Again Be Crowned Kings of England
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As a Liverpool fan, this one hurts.
The title race was very close last year, and will be very close again. The rivalry between Chelsea and the two Manchester clubs is at its peak, simply because all three have the ability to win the title this year. All three will be very close come next May, but I think it'll be Manchester United lifting the trophy.
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