Manchester United are my favourites to win the Premier League this season, but I expect an open title race.
Last season from February onwards, there were only the two Manchester clubs in the title race. I’ve always said the Premier League is better than La Liga because the title race is more competitive. This is usually the case however the 2011/12 season was an exception.
You can’t get much more dramatic than Manchester City winning the title with the last two attacks of the campaign. But over the course of the Premier League’s existence, we have had many more exciting title races.
We know United and City will definitely be up there, but the overwhelming 19 point gap between both those clubs and Arsenal should be reduced this term. The Gunners were a wounded animal, yet still finished 3rd thanks to the sublime form of Robin Van Persie. Despite mass speculation over his future, the season is drawing nearer and as I write he’s with Arsenal at pre-season training in Germany.
With the possibility he’ll stay for at least another year, his goals combined with high-profile German Lukas Podolski, should make Arsenal a force to be reckoned with. Fellow new additions Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla mean they have numerous attacking options; Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gervinho and a soon to be fit again Jack Wilshere. Last season Arsenal started started slowly and were playing catch up from day one. They had too many problems off the field to contend with but if they can resolve the Van Persie saga they will better equipped to start well and mount a serious challenge.
Then there’s Chelsea. After their Champions League triumph, Roberto Di Matteo’s side will be desperate to improve on their dismal domestic showing last season. The big money signings of Eden Hazard and Brazilian youngster Oscar proves they mean business as they look to fight for the title. Di Matteo will earn his money’s worth because they will face difficult spells but it depends on how he deals with the test of character. The focus last season was to win the Champions League and they were never really in a position to win the league. This time around their squad should be good enough to contest. Four-way title race.
I draw the line there as I don’t think the likes of Tottenham or Liverpool will be strong enough. However this season’s title race should be more intriguing than last season’s.
My prediction – Man-Utd to win a 4 horse-race.
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