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English Premier League 2013-2014 Season Preview And Predictions Part 2
If you haven’t read part 1 then here’s the link to it http://www.letstalksport.org.uk/english-premier-league-2013-2014-season-preview-and-predictions-part-1/.
Manchester United : David Moyes
It’s almost impossible to know what will happen to this Manchester United team now that Sir Alex Ferguson is gone. Moyes has yet to make any marquee signings but has shown intentions of signing Fabregas or Fellaini. Zaha is the only signing that is really exciting the United fans and him starting is not guaranteed. Their ageing defenders like Ferdinand, Vidic and Evra could prove costly but in the mean-time, Evans and Rafael are showing great potential and already proving themselves as good players in the Premier League. There is no doubt that Moyes will have a tough season and mainly a tough start with Swansea, Chelsea, Liverpool, Crystal Palace and Man City all in their first 5 games, so if they want to give themselves any chance of winning the title, they’ll have to hit the ground running early on. I don’t think Moyes will be a failure at Manchester United, I think he’ll need time and this season they won’t win the Premier League in my opinion. I predict that they’ll finish third.
Prediction : 3rd
Newcastle United : Alan Pardew
The French community in Newcastle United keeps on growing, which could be a good thing and a bad thing. If all the players are French or come from French backgrounds, then wouldn’t that give the team a bit more chemistry? The Newcastle supporters might become agitated that the club won’t be producing young English players. They haven’t been too active in the Transfer Market, although they have brought French international Loic Remy on loan from QPR. Their defence isn’t the best but with leader Fabricio Coloccini they can defend against top teams when on form. Their midfield can be questionable at times with Tiote not performing like he used to or Ben Arfa hiding away during games, Cabaye is the only midfielder Newcastle really treasure at the moment and obviously don’t want to sell him. Cisse’s form has dipped since he first arrived, it seems a bit obvious that he wanted a move away from the club by complaining about the shirt sponsorship but then agreeing to wear it when no bids at all came in for him and with new loan signing Loic Remy, Cisse isn’t guaranteed a starting place any more. With no more Europa League games in the way of their season, I think Newcastle can try and start of fresh with a good squad and try to create a team that could be serious contenders for Europa League spots. I think they’ll finish the coming season in 12th.
Prediction : 12th
Norwich City : Chris Hughton
With their fearful second season over, Chris Hughton can concentrate on building his team now, with a bit of money to spend which he has done on Leroy Fer, Gary Hooper and Van Wolfswinkel they can try and push on without players who would prefer to play a long-ball system like Holt and Morrison. Their good start to last season saved them eventually as their form dipped towards the end of the season which could be due to a small squad that Norwich have. They will want to play football that is easy on the eye instead of long-balls, with new boys Hooper and Van Wolfswinkel in attack and players who could create something like Hoolihan or Snodgrass. I don’t expect Norwich to progress immensely and I wouldn’t be surprised if they were caught in a bit of a relegation scrap. I expect that they’ll finish 14th.
Prediction : 14th
Southampton : Mauricio Pochettino
Not liked for having replaced the loved Nigel Adkins but after only a few months Pochettino has proved that he can make any match that Southampton participate in exciting. With their high-pressure game, they beat teams like Chelsea, Man City and Liverpool but would it prove too much over the course of a season? they didn’t even play half a season with such energy and if they try doing that all season long then I fear that by the time May comes, they will be tired. Southampton have a lot of good players like the new signings Dejan Lovren and Wanyama and the old faces Shaw, Clyne, Schneiderlin, Rodrigues, Llanna, Rodriguez, Ramirez and of course Lambert. They have good strength in depth and I think they’ll be the surprise of the season, I think they will come 9th.
Prediction : 9th
Stoke City : Mark Hughes
Mark Hughes is back and he has got yet another point to prove after failing miserably with QPR. Now he has to take on a Stoke side who will still be tempted to revert to old tactics. Stoke haven’t invested a lot, they’ve only really brought in Muniesa and Pieters. They’ve let a few experienced players go like Upson, Nash, Sidbie and Delap. Hughes hasn’t been one to use youth over experience but now he’ll be forced to use what he’s got and as it doesn’t look like he’ll buy a whole lot more he’ll have to get the best out of them. He has a difficult start that includes Liverpool, Arsenal and Man City out of the five first games, so he’ll have to try and keep the fans on board and the players confidence up if he’s going to get through the first half of the season. I think this has got another Mark Hughes failure written on it and I think the potters stay in the Premier League will come to an end soon as I think they’ll finish 18th.
Prediction : 18th
Sunderland : Paolo Di Canio
It’s hard to know what will happen to Sunderland this year with a lot of new players and the famously unpredictable Paolo Di Canio. He isn’t really that proven as a coach and his attitude will probably not be appreciated by most players. Sunderland seemed reliant on Fletcher for a big chunk of last season, Adam Johnson didn’t perform as we expected, James McClean didn’t match his performances from the season before and has now been sold to Wigan. Sunderland have been very active in the Transfer Marker, and especially with new reinforcement for Fletcher, Jozy Altidore and Mignolet replacement Mannone. Their squad looks very weak even though they’ve bought players. Where they end up at the end of the season will rely on Di Canio, he could be the first manager to be gone or could be an unbelievable success. I think Sunderland will just about avoid relegation by finishing 17th.
Swansea City : Michael Laudrup
A great season for Swansea and now they have a South Wales derby to look forward to. How will the club with a small squad cope with the Europa League? They’ve signed ambitiously when signing Wilfried Bony for £12,5m. Laudrup will want to continue the way they play and luckily for Swansea they can because they’ve got the same players as last season with no clubs coming in to take their players and the manager has stayed put so obviously they all believe that this could be the start of something special. I think Swansea need to sign a few more players so they’ve got a squad capable of juggling the Premier League with the Europa League. I think they’ll be like Newcastle in the sense that they will struggle in the Premier League but get far in the Europa League. They won’t get relegated but I think they’ll finish 16th.
Prediction : 16th
Tottenham : Andre Villas-Boas
AVB impressed in his first full Premier League season, getting the most amount of points for a team that finished 5th place, so to say he’s unlucky is an understatement. Now the possibility of losing his best player, or the best player in the Premier League currently, it seems a little unfortunate until we notice that the offer could be within 80 and 100 million pounds so I’d say that’s a reasonable compensation. Spurs have bought good players like Paulinho who proved himself in the Confederations Cup and Roberto Soldado which should really be the finishing touches to a good team. Adebayor and Defoe hadn’t proven to be good enough and Soldado will now take on that responsibility. With Paulinho and Sandro in midfield possibly with Dembele, Tottenham would be one of the best attacking teams in the country with Lennon on the right, Soldado upfront and Bale on the left (if he stays). Their defence maybe needs a few new faces or they might try and let the young players impress in defence. If Bale stays I think Tottenham will be a really good team but I also think that they will be even more unlucky this year by getting more points but still finishing 5th.
Prediction : 5th
West Bromwich Albion : Steve Clarke
Well who saw that coming? Steve Clarke rookie manager taking West Brom to a top-8 position. Clarke has no intentions of believing that it was a fluke season and wants to continue by bringing in Anelka and World Cup semi-finalist and country captain, Lugano. West Brom want to continue their great season and normally I would believe that they could but they don’t have Lukaku any more so more goals need to come from everyone, especially Anelka and Long. West Brom will probably try and be stronger in defence, knowing how Clarke is, he’ll want to get his defence even more organised. I don’t fear for West Brom this season, I think they’ll have a good season and finish in 8th again.
Prediction : 8th
West Ham United : Sam Allardyce
This West Ham team looks like the most complete of the mid-table teams, they have consistent wingers who can do the job, two hard grafting centre-midfielders (Diame and Noble), a centre-forward made for the Allardyce system (Carroll), a persistent captain playing the “No 10” (Nolan) and a reasonably solid defence who have good chemistry. Sam Allardyce will be looking to do what he always does which is keeping his side in the Premier League and it always ends the same way, he keeps his teams up. They signed Andy Carroll on a permanent deal, pleasing the West Ham fans as they were impressed with his performance in his first season for the Hammers. West Ham are almost guaranteed to stay up under Allardyce, I think they’ll finish 11th comfortably.
Prediction : 11th
02 Man City
03 Man Utd
08 West Brom
11 West Ham
13 Aston Villa
20 Crystal Palace
So it looks like two promoted teams to go down and probably Stoke, we know that the battle for relegation will be tough, mid-table will be well battled, the top of the table will be unpredictable, there will be a beautiful side to football in Merseyside, a less-tense approach to a Machester derby, the London teams will look as strong as ever and Norwich still have to travel long distances for any away game.
“English Premier League 2013-2014 Season Preview And Predictions Part 2” written by Seb True
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