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Premier League predictions, part 2

Is this where the trophy will end up, again?

Is this where the trophy will end up, again?

On Saturday it begins, the 2010/11 Premier League season. Day before yesterday, I wrote my predictions for the 8:th to 5:th spot finishes, here are my predictions for the top four spots:

4. Arsenal
I think Gunners supporters all over the world are still holding their breaths that Cesc Fabregas won’t make that seemingly inevitable switch to Barcelona just yet. He must be the single most important player to a team in the Premier League. With him they are always title contenders. Without him… I can’t even imagine where they would finish.  But I suppose Wenger would as always have a trick up his sleeve and buy a young French or Dutch guy that noone has even heard of and turn him into one of the best in the league in no-time. Still, with or without Fabregas, they will be surpassed by three teams this season.

3. Manchester City
With City’s mad spending they have to be considered title contenders but I don’t think they will win the league just yet, Buying top players is easy if you got the money, but to make those players into a team is harder and takes a bit of time. However, they already have a team that can beat any side in the world now and new boys David Silva and Yaya Toure are quality signings in my opinion.

Wayne Rooney, Man Utd

Wayne Rooney, Man Utd

2. Manchester United
Last season’s predictions focused on how United would cope without Ronaldo. Rather well it turned out with old boys Giggs and Scholes still playing important roles and Rooney having his best season so far. But at the end of the day, they did not manage to go all the way. I can’t see Giggs and Scholes performing to their highest levels any longer and as promising and talented as players like Hernandez, Obertan and Macheda are,  I dont’ think it is enough to bring the trophy to Old Trafford this season either.

1. Chelsea
Last season, the title race was wide open until the last day when Chelsea managed to win by one single point. This year, I can see the Blues clinch the title earlier than that. Finally there is some consistency at Stamford Bridge without players coming and going all the time. I think this plays to their advantage and if players like Essien, Drogba and Cech can stay injury free then Ancellotti certainly has a team strong, technical and organised enough to not just win the Premier League but also finally conquer Europe in the Champions League.

What do you think? Do you think Chelsea will win once again? Or will City or United bring the title to Manchester? Feel free to comment and discuss below!


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Team of the week: Arsenal

Our team this week is Arsenal, also known as ‘The Gunners’. The team from Holloway, Islington in the Northern parts of London plays their home matches at Emirates Stadium. Arsenal currently holds the third place this season, but their ambition is to take it all the way to the top. It’s been 6 seasons since their last Premier League title, will they win again this year?

Arsenal’s manager Arsène Wenger has quite astonishingly led the team since 1996 and the match tomorrow against Liverpool is his 500. League match. Wenger was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2006 because of his achievements as a manager in the English game.

Arsenal has had problems with injured players this season. Danish player Nicklas Bendtner has played for Arsenal since 2004 and scored 9 goals for the Gunners last season. His currently out with an inguinal hernia and is expected back in 4 weeks. With Bendtner and van Persie out, Vela and Eduardo have not been given the chance. Instead Wenger put Arsjavin up front, so it will be exciting to see how this works out in tomorrow’s match. As some of you might remember, Arsjavin scored 4 goals against Liverpool at Anfield last season.

Are you planning to see a Premier League match? Buy tickets here!
And while visiting London, check out what else you should see.

Read more about your team here in our previous Team of the week: Tottenham, West Ham, Burnley, Portsmouth, Birmingham, Hull City, Fulham, Bolton, Manchester United, Chelsea, Wigan, Blackburn, Manchester City, Everton, Wolverhampton, Aston Villa and Liverpool.

Enjoy this weekend’s Premier League matches!

– Hanne –

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