My 2013/14 Premier League predictions

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My 5 top and 5 bottom predictions

I’m sure you’re as thrilled I am for the return of the 2013/14 football season. Especially given it could be one of the most tightly contested seasons in recent years, I’ve offered my thoughts on the five top and bottom Premier League teams, their signings as well as their opening fixture performances.

My predictions for the 2013/14 season.

1st Manchester City

Manuel Pellegrini’s emergence, along with Jesus Navas, Alvaro Negredo and a rejuvenated Edin Dzeko, could be the perfect ingredients for the winning title this season. The manager’s arrival has created an instant buzz around the Etihad, one of belief and togetherness. They’ll want to forget the weekend’s result and with a squad as vast as theirs, this won’t be a problem.

Key player – Yaya Toure

2nd Chelsea

Mourinho’s return to the Bridge is the exact injection Chelsea needed. They weren’t frantic in the transfer market, and rightly so. They had a title contending squad last season and just needed direction. Although I don’t see them slipping up this season, I don’t think they have enough firepower to contend with City.

Key player – Oscar

3rd Manchester United

Succeeding a manager of Sir Alex Ferguson’s caliber is never easy and although David Moyes’ arrival has been slick, his lack of summer signings will seriously hinder any chance of winning the title in his first season. United will be challenging the title come May, but their squad is hugely inferior to Chelsea and Man City’s

Key player – Robin van Persie

4th Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs are building a squad with Gareth Bale’s departure in mind, with that they’ll lose goals and direction in their team, but they gain around £80m. Spent wisely, a buoyant Spurs will pip Arsenal to the final Champions League spot.

Key player – Roberto Soldado

5th Arsenal

Wenger’s men impressed me with their 3-0 victory over Fenerbache last Wednesday, it’s going to take similar courageous performances to help carry them through the season. Had the Gunners sealed a number of players before the start of the season, then a top four would’ve been possible. Expect unsettled players and fans this season.

Key player – Mesut Ozil

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16th Fulham

Fulham appears to be a team with little ambition, there was a reported £200m takeover bid during the summer and few signings has taken place since. Scott Parker will be a welcome addition for Martin Jol’s squad but expect the reliance of this season, to be placed on the shoulders of Dimitar Berbatov, again.

Key player – Dimitar Berbatov

17th Cardiff City

Cardiff fans will hate to admit it, but they’re currently the second best Welsh outfit in the Premier League. Malky Mackay’s primary objection should be to avoid relegation, but with Gary Medel, Steven Caulker and Andreas Cornelius now on the books – and Frasier Campbell highlighting just what a threat he can be in their 3-2 victory against Man City – I think they’ll just miss the drop.

Key player – Frazier Campbell

18th Sunderland

As much as I have enjoyed Paolo Di Canio’s brand of energy as a premier league manager, I am not sure it is suited to managing elite level players. His way of publicly humiliating is players is great for the fans but terrible for team morale. I think this will impact his season. I also think the change of playing staff will impact their season. Too many seasoned, battle hardened players have left, too closely too one another. They have signed some decent players but a lot of them are unproven in the world’s most competitive league.

Key player – Jozy Altidore

19th Hull City

Unlike Cardiff, who appears adequately setup for life in the Premier League, sadly the same can’t be said for Hull. Whilst they’ve made a number of signings such as Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore from Spurs, I feel as though Steve Bruce will find it difficult to gel a squad of loaned and out of favoured players. Whilst his squad has shown glimmers of hope during their opening fixtures, I believe they’ll plunge straight back down.

Key player – Tom Huddlestone

20th Crystal Palace

Ian Holloway has already made an abrupt and cheeky return to the league following his rant on the opening day of the season. He’ll need much more than referees on his side if Palace is to remain a Premier League team. Unfortunately, from what I’ve seen of his team so far, it looks like they’ll be rooted to the bottom of the league for much of the season. Expect fireworks on the touchline, but much fewer on the field following Wilfred Zaha’s departure.

Key player – Dwight Gayle

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jmarah_arnold1
jmarah_arnold1

Spot on on the key player prediction for Man City and the prediction of Arsenal not making the top four. But I think the rest will not come through! Liverpool to win the title, Man City to finish 2nd, Chelsea 3rd, and Everton to get 4th.

GTA1000
GTA1000

Playing sick this epl


GTA1000
GTA1000

My Spanish La La Liga Top 4

1. Barcelona

2.Real Madrid

3.Athletico Madrid

4.Real Socidad

GTA1000
GTA1000

My Top 5

1.Aresnal

2.Chelsea

3.Man City

4.Liverpool

5.Man U

essempa
essempa

I am an Arsenal Fan and I think our main rivals are city, Chelsea and man u. If we get through these games with a win draw loss we still have  chance at the league, however I do think arsenal will drop off in the run in. I think in the end it will be a true battle between Chelsea and Man City (United aren't the united with SAF)

Chelsea/Man City 1st

Arsenal 3rd

KAIHIGHDALE
KAIHIGHDALE

1-Chelsea

2-Man City

3-Man Utd

4-Liverpool

5-Arsenal

16-Fulham

17-Hull

18-West Brom

19-Sunderland

20- Crystal Palace

dummerplumber
dummerplumber

I hope you are right Joey, City will have to improve dramatically though!

DanSayers
DanSayers

The amount of comments with regards to arsenal having a poor defense? Have you all been brainwashed by the media? Second best defense in the land last year and best away defensive record with alot of players out at times. I'm sure you people telling me this will be telling me mertersacker is shite. GERMAN first choice centre half. A Country who is lightyears infront of out own. 

Toon69
Toon69

1st - Chelski, 2nd - Manc Cutey, 3rd - Arsenil, 4th - Manc Usa, 5th - Toon ;-) .... 16th - Spurts, 17th - Toffees, 18th - Krystal Palace, 19th - Scumland, 20th - Druids.... anyone can dream, lets hope this and my euro lottery numbers come true :-)

Toffee84
Toffee84

I think that the to four will be 1; Man City, 2; Chelsea, 3; Man Utd 4; Liverpool. Although Arsenal have spent heavily on Ozil I don't think that their defence is anywhere near good enough for a top 4 finish. Sagan isn't the full back he was a couple of years ago. And koscielny is accident prone. Tottenham have spent the money wisely but in my opinion they have brought in to many faces too quickly and without a ore season together they will struggle in the first few weeks. By then I think that the top four will be out of reach. Being an Everton fan has killed me to say that te red half will be in the top four but they have started the season very well and keeping tree clean sheets in a row is an achievement given the competitiveness of the league. My three to go down are 18; Sunderland, 19; Cardiff 20; Crystal Palace. Sunderland for me looked like relegation fodder when they played Palace the other week as they looked toothless without Altidore and at the back they haven't got that real leader that can grab a game by the short and curlys. And although Cardiff have broken their transfer record three times in the summer I don't think it will be enough for them. I don't think that Hull wil go down because Bruce has made two very shrewd signings in Huddlestone and Livermore. Both being proven Premier league midfielders who can pick out a pass and help the other lads with their experience along the way. I also think that my team (everton) will be in the top 10 but no where bear Europe this year as it was always going to be a transitional season. The signing of Lukaku is one that us Toffees can look forward to and Barry in the middle of the park is also a clever move. The jury is still out for me over McCarthy but what I saw of him last season at Wigan he looked a good player. Whether £13m I'd too much we shall see.

BFord_Celtic
BFord_Celtic

Here goes. LFC fan myself,  very excited about about what Rodgers is doing at Liverpool got a good young squad with some great experience thrown in. Chelsea fc managed by mourhino, quality squad say no more. United still a great squad, jury still out over moyes, fergie retiring is a massive blow. wenger and Arsenal are crying out for silverware Ozil is a great signing. City, new manager under massive pressure great squad. Tottenham have spent big and added a lot to their squad will they gel quickly?

1. Chelsea

2. Liverpool

3. Man utd

4 Man city

5 Arsenal

6 Tottenham

Bottom 3

Palace, Hull,Cardiff

what LFC have in their favour is no European football this season that's why I have them up there. YNWA Hopefully my predictions are shite and we are crowned champions at the end of the season

saintsean123
saintsean123

1. City, great squad, great strength in depth

2. Chelsea, great squad, just lacking a world class striker like City have

3. Spurs, have spent the Bale money very well and have a great squad, if they can gel quickly

4. Liverpool, great transfer window, kept Suarez and added quality, one midfeider short of a title challenge.

5. Arsenal, Poor defense, But great midfield and Mesut Ozil, what a singing!!!

6. United, good squad, not great, had a great manage, now hes gone and they react by overspending on Fellaini... Needed someone who could unlock a defense, like Fabregas, Modric etc...

By the way, Im a Southampton fan so the prediction isnt biased at all... Hoping we can achieve a top 10 finish this year. COME ON YOU SAINTS

DayOShea1984
DayOShea1984

1st Man Utd (same as last year, hard to break down, major threat in attack, grinding out results)

2nd Chelsea (a lot of exciting players, mourinho to get the best out of them)

3rd Man city (mehhhhhhhhh)

4th Arsenal (safe for this season??)

5th Spurs (will be fighting for top 3 next season??)


16th  Sunderland (How many times are we going to see an unrecognisable sunderland team at start of season)

17th Cardiff (some good buys but not strong enough)

18th West Brom (Could be really wrong about this)

19th Hull City Tigers (Can't see them being strong enough over the season)

20th Palace (spirit alone wont help)

liam141091
liam141091

Joey were do ya think tha toon will finish then ?

danwarde
danwarde

1.chelseaChelsea have a strong club with alot of debt. I think the signings have been minimal but there wasnt alot for them to boost the team and fans morale now that jose is back.2.ArsenalArsenals team on paper may not look the strongest but minus the mesut ozil signing they looked a very good team. Alot of versitile players and now that they signed ozil it just adds more quality and boosts morale.3.manchester cityPellegrini is very hands on if you ask me, he dis well with malaga with the team he had. New signing are an abwolite quality but in my eyes it will need alot of time for players to jel and to gain consistency throughout the campaign. 4.manchester unitedDavid moyes will have a difficult season becuase of the shoes he has to fill. He already inherited a brilliant team bit in my eyes his signing of fellaini was weak, almost like hes turning United into everton lol.5. LiverpoolBrendan rogers has done a great job in the time hes been at Liverpool. He has gradually built a good team with a number of good signings in coutinho and aspas, with sturridge on form and suarez only a few games away I tip the scousers to compete this year.

didds
didds

I man united fan I am worried big time. Ed woodward is totally to blame. Dont blame moyes. If united dont win it I hope chelsea or arsenal. Id say city chelsea and the rest fighting for 3rd and 4th.

didds
didds

Ha just seen someone said liverpool were goin to win the league. I am laughing that much I have to leave this page and change my underwear cuz I think I pissed myself. DELUDED

paul oshaunessy1
paul oshaunessy1

1 City

2 Chelsea

3 Spurs

4 Utd

5 Liverpool

6 Arsenal

16 Cardiff

17 Hull

18 Fulham

19 Palace

20 Sunderland

adam_cooke
adam_cooke

I think there is a massive misconception with arsenal and there defence, and if you look at last season you will see only man u had a better defensive record than arsenal, I'm going chelsea and arsenal top 2 with the manchester clubs fighting for 3rd and 4th

liam141091
liam141091

Could see top five been 1st Chelsea 2nd man city 3rd arsenal 4th man u 5th Liverpool don't think spurs will be up there as a think there squad needs time to gel with the influx of new recruits

Rampage101
Rampage101

Top 5

1. Liverpool (strong in attack. Strong in defence) 

2. Arsenal (with a better start to the season)

3.Chelsea (not convinced with their strikers)

4. Man City 

5. Man United (Don't rate Moyes)

Bottom 5

16. Newcastle

17. Fulham

18. West Brom

19. Sunderland

20. Crystal Palace


poisonpearce
poisonpearce

I agree with this, with the exception of Fulham. I think that they are building a good squad with experience and I rate Martin Jol as a manager. I think they will be a lot further up, above Newcastle, Norwich, Southampton and West Brom who I think will be in the bottom 5. Spurs could do extremely well if the new players gel and Kyle Walker improves. If rumors are true that Lloris is a wanted man, Spurs will pray they keep him as he is an excellent cat.

liam141091
liam141091

Chelsea all way for me a think there strength and depth will prove pivotal when the fixtures pile up

DesmondK
DesmondK

Every year Arsenal are written off, every year Spurs and/or Liverpool are tipped to finish above us. 

Joey, you said "building" a team, you know from your experience in teams with 7+ new players that's a lot of egos to manage, a lot of cohesion that needs to be gained and spurs haven't been impressive so far. The NLD was their first real test and they never looked like winning it. 

Spurs have potential but it can easily go the other way and people don't get on, can't gel or don't step up. AVB is a good manager but change takes time, so many new players in the dressing room that if they hit a bad patch and the pressure mounts things could get bad. Arsenal on the other hand kept all their players that finished 4th last season and added a keeper, a very capable DM and finally a play-maker to replace what we lost in Cesc.

We improved our squad, although not by enough to be runaways at the top. Utd are weaker, City are not finding it easy, Chelsea have turned into a hyper defensive team that have no place for a player like Mata anymore? It;s only Liverpool that people need to look out for this season. 

mike_a_horne
mike_a_horne

Glad to see that Di Canio's tackle at Steve Harper's testimonial has not influenced Joey !!!

murtan
murtan

I just dont know what people are getting at when they are saying Arsenal are having a bad defence.
I know Arsenal are short on depth in squad, but with the same defending players still all here, having conceded less goals than any other team except City.

With the arrival of Özil Arsenal will also gain that threat in the last third of the pitch that they have been lacking. He will make runs, pick out passes, dribble his player with ease, score goals, he is not another player, if people were excited by the signings of Shinji Kagawa, Andrei Arshavin, Oscar and so on (players in similar positions) their mouths should literally be drooling right now as Özil is better than ANY of the current #10s in EPL.

Add to that a Giroud who has proven himself in the beginning of the season including being Arsenals star-man in the pre-season.

I don't know if I'm deluded or just wishful, but I can see Arsenal finish above Man U, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham this season.

chawimehdi841
chawimehdi841

I have a feeling this year Chelsea ill be champion

Joey B
Joey B

Game of opinions people. Its great to hear some peoples take on it. If you disagree with somebody, reply to them why. Its all about debate this piece. At the end of the season we can all see who was right... Or wrong!

goodnessumoren
goodnessumoren

I think December will furnish everyone with reasonable opinion, on how the league table will look like. Barton's table is much of fantasy EPL prediction, not even worth placing a bet on. And though I respect his opinion, I think his reasons are emotion laden and unsound. If Arsenal, Man City, Man United, Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool end December with a gab range of less than 8 amongst themselves, then I will tell Barton who wins the league with 90% precision of it to be correct .

Shack_Track
Shack_Track

I disagree with most of Joeys predictions, although I think his thought process is correct mostly, I just don't see how you can say that spurs will take 4th ahead of Arsenal when they brought in ozil who is world class and spurs' only world class player got shipped out. 

george_m_b
george_m_b

I feel as though Fulham may end up even lower than you have predicted. Just don't get the feeling they will ever get a good run together. Sunderland and palace both seem certain for the drop. Not sure about the third relegation place but if I had to say I'd go with hull or Cardiff. Similarly to you I believe spurs will get 4th but Liverpool or arsenal both have a shout. As a QPR fan I worry Chelsea might top the table !! Would much rather see city there. Chelsea may just have to many creative midfielders and not be able to keep the squad happy (one can hope!!)

stickyblaze
stickyblaze

Genuinely think Liverpool should be somewhere in the top 5..all the teams u mention have good players but lack stability.And there's also no way u can convince me that Totenham will finish above Arsenal. Like i said Stability is crucial/Critical! Stability Stability Stability!

Shanegavin93
Shanegavin93

I myself would put Liverpool were Arsenal are

murtan
murtan

missing last season* after City when it comes to conceding goals.

Davewaanzin
Davewaanzin

I would go for:

1: Chelsea (Hazard + De Bruyne great player if Mourinho keeps giving him chances)

2: Man U (Fellaini great player; not great last months but clearly needed to leave Everton => will explode at ManU )

3: Man C (too many big ego players like eg Nasri; Kompany great there but defenders don't win titles)

4: Liverpool (Mignolet best keeper in PL; and Suarez will return)

5: Tottenham (Chadli one to watch)

I am afraid Arsenal will be the victim this year. Ozil great signing but defence is very bad.

16 West Brom

17 Sunderland

18 Hull

19 Fullham

20 Crystal Palace

robbie22
robbie22

@Davewaanzin the prem is not entirely about belgium my friend. but I like your enthusiasm

JacktheGooner
JacktheGooner

On what basis is that? We had second best defensive record last year? We have brought in a very capable defensive midfielder (Flamini). Arteta, Podolski and Vermaelen all set to come back. Our squads been together for 3-4 years now. Players developing at the right time plus just added one of the best 10 players in the world with one of the best managers in the world. Sorry but we get written of every year by so called 'pundits' but I strongly believe we will challenge. Joey should know the key twinning anything is a strong stable squad and again really not sure where the 'bad defence' label has come from. JACK

Davewaanzin
Davewaanzin

Bad defence of Arsenal is maybe a bit too much to say. I like the young attacking full backs but at CB I just don't think they will have lots of problems: Mertesacker getting older and slower. Koscielny not bad, but in my opinion very unpredictable. Vermaelen (another Belgian sorry) not at same level as some seasons ago. Maybe Sagna is the answer, but I still believe he is more of a full back.

Also sorry for my positive vibe about the Belgians, but it is true that a lot of them really stood up last season. And then I am not yet mentioning Benteke and Lukaku. I truly believe that Debruyne (best player of Belgium squad at the moment) and Chadli (a rising star but easlily injured) will be amongst the revelations this season. We will see of course whether my predictions will be true :-)

I really love the Premier League and have another point of view because I am not from the UK. We should maybe come back to this topic when season is over?