>Premier League Preview

>Having seemingly only just ended, the Barclays Premier League will be back in business tomorrow, with last years runners up Manchester United looking to have the advantage on rivals Chelsea to win back the trophy. Unless Manchester City make a huge leap, it is hard to believe that anyone else has the money or depth of squad to break the two-team cartel.


At the bottom anything could happen. Surely Blackpool can’t survive? Surely Newcastle are back for good? VN thinks that Birmingham could be vulnerable this season, although the Ryan Babel rumour is interesting. VN expects Midlands neighbours the Baggies to just avoid boing-boinging back down again, while Wolves will come down with a serious bout of second-season syndrome. Last season Wigan were only saved by the awfulness of Burnley and Hull, and the points deduction that condemned Portsmouth. Their first day opponents, West Ham, will have to be careful, as will Stoke and Bolton, who’s uninspiring tactics are increasingly being found out.


The most interesting battle is for 3-7, with a tightly matched group of clubs fighting for European football. Last seasons monopoly breakers Tottenham will face even more pressure from Manchester City this time around, particularly if they fail to beat them at home on the first day. Unless Arsenal buy a goalkeeper that will actually win them points, they will find their default position of ‘the best of rest’ under real threat this year, not just from the City billions, but from Tottenham buoyed by Champions League football, and almost certainly some new players. However, if the Chinese takeover of Liverpool goes ahead, there may not be many North London trips to the Champions League, as they will almost certainly be able to join the blue half of Manchester in buying a spot in Europe’s top competition. The currently managerless Aston Villa, and a thin Everton squad won’t put up much of a fight beyond Christmas. 


Champions-Manchester United
Runners up-Cheslea


Going on a European tour-
Manchester City (3), Arsenal (4)-Champions League
Tottenham Hotspur (5), Liverpool (6)-Europa Leage


Going down-Blackpool (20), Wolverhampton Wanderers (19), Birmingham City (18)

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One Comment to “>Premier League Preview”

  1. >Blackpool, wigan and One from Wolves, West ham and "Spurs" for the drop :PDave Thomas

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