Welcome to Talk of the Turnstile, season 2014/15, Issue 3
SPECIAL EDITION – Premier League Preview.
So the football league season is finally upon us as Blackburn face Cardiff in tonight’s match. Premier League clubs still have an extra week however, but regardless we will have a look at each of the SoccerStarz teams and their chances in the upcoming Premier League season.
The Premier League curtain raiser will be played out between Champions Manchester City and FA Cup Winners Arsenal. Some call it a glorified friendly but it’s still nice to win a bit of silverware to begin the season… just ask last year’s winner David Moyes.
So with just 8 days until the start of the Premier League Season here are my predictions for the season.
My prediction – 4th (if they get Cavani then I would expect to see them higher) They may have brought Alexis Sanchez in but I still feel City, Chelsea and probably Manchester United are in a better place to finish higher. They will be a lot closer this year as I could easily see top 4 finishing with 5 points of each other.
17th – they will be fighting against relegation. Another season of struggle for the Villians, Vlaar could be on his way and with Benteke out for the first couple of months, I think they will find it hard to pick up points.
Champions, I honestly could see Chelsea finishing as Champions. Still not wholly convinced on Diego Costa but further back they have really strengthened. Fabregas is an awesome signing and with his experience in the Prem will find it the easiest to adapt. Their strength in depth is unrivaled.
Mid-table finish, 12th – Pulis transformed the Eagles towards the end of last season culminating in that stunning 3-3 game with Liverpool. I expect much of the same from them; as Stoke did when Pulis was in charge they will solidify their Premier League status.
6th – With Manchester United coming back into the top 4, Everton will drop a position to 6th. I was struggling to decide between Everton and Liverpool for 5th, but plumped with the Red side of Liverpool. Everton haven’t really improved on last year, Besic the only real new signing. I have them down as winning one of the domestic cups, however.
5th – A Fifth place finish for the runners up from last season. The loss of Suarez will be massive, with a replacement yet to be brought, they need to act fast to do so.. Can Lovren solve their issues at the back? It remains to be seen.
2nd – last years champions will do well to surpass Mourinho and Chelsea. They have strengthened further back with Fernando, Sagna and by the looks of it Mangala, plus the loan signing of experienced midfielder Frank Lampard, whilst Willy Cabellero will provide competition for Hart. Personally I think Chelsea have brought in match winners, for me City haven’t done that.
3rd – anything must be better for the Red Devils after their 7th place finish last time out. Under Louis Van Gaal I would expect some sort of title challenge but on this occasion it may prove too much for them. The priority will most likely be to make sure of Champions League qualification and I think they will achieve that without too much trouble.
8th – Newcastle have brought in some decent signings, Jaanmat and Siem de Jong are great additions as is former Monaco striker Rivere. Hopefully they will make the transition quickly and Newcastle can enjoy another top half finish.
16th – back to the Prem on the first time of asking, safety shouldn’t be too much of an issue this year. Caulker and Ferdinand are good additions to the side and if Remy stays they have a class act on their hands, upfront.
14th – Gus Poyet has tried to bring in some quality and will hope Jack Rodwell will prove to be a good signing. Jordi Gomez has Prem experience and will be a useful addition. Nothing spectacular but I’m sure the Mackem fans will be content with another year in the Premier League
18th – For me potential relegation candidates, if Bony goes is Gomis a good enough replacement? Will be interesting to see how Garry Monk gets on in his first full season in charge. Sigurdsson is a good player but he will need back up to pull them to safety.
7th – They can perhaps finish higher than this but they are still yet to bring in a quality striker. Adebaypr saved them at times last year and unless Soldado finally steps up to the plate, then I could see Spurs having a lack of fire power. Firmly believe Lamela will be on fire this year and he could prove to make up for a lack of a striker.
19th – a season of struggle lies ahead for the Baggies, with no real team changing transfers, Lescott is a decent signing and Ideye has goals in him but still expect them to struggle. One for the drop.
10th – Whilst they haven’t won a pre-season game yet, I still expect a mid-table finish for Allardyce’s boys. Zarate could prove to be a great signing if on song, Valencia had a great World Cup and was prolific for his club team last season and Diego Poyet looks a very decent signing as well.
Below is how I think the final table will look this season.
|10th||West Ham United|
Obviously, plenty of you will disagree so please leave your comments below and have your say on the 2014/15 season.
Thanks for reading I look forward to seeing you again next week.
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