The Football League has kicked off and the new Premier League season is almost upon us, everyone is making their predictions. The fans of all clubs will be hoping for great things but I think all fans will join together in hoping that Liverpool never have to wear their away or third shirts! (Have you seen them?) Here is my alternative look at the new season.
More Televised Matches
With Sky showing more matches than ever before and BT entering the market, there will be no shortage of live football. This will mean that every week we will be able to enjoy Premier League, Football League, and European matches. Sky’s coverage is always top quality and BT seem to have pumped a lot of money into making this work. It will be interested to see who comes out on top.
With Cardiff joining neighbours Swansea and the rest of the top flight for the first time it will provide a brand new derby. The three promoted teams will find it tough but everyone has a chance of doing well in such an open division. Yeovil town have reached the Championship for the first time and Bournemouth for the second. Also for the first time since 1988 Newport County will be playing in the Football League.
125 Years of the Football League
It’s the 125th anniversary of the Football League this year so expect celebrations, fireworks and excitement. Sky Bet have taken over from Npower as the official sponsor for the new year, increasing Sky’s dominance within football. On the opening weekend there will be some special fixtures featuring the original founder members of the Football League.
It’s been a managerial merry-go-round this summer, with Ferguson, Mancini, Benitez and Moyes all leaving their posts, their replacements will have a lot of pressure to cope with. Mourinho has returned to Chelsea and should slot back in nicely, however Pellegrini at Man City and Moyes at Man United have a bit more uncertainty surrounding them.
As always there have been plenty of comings and goings during the transfer window. Man City have spent more money than most countries have in the bank in signing Fernandinho, Negredo and Jovetic. Chelsea have brought in Schurrle and Liverpool have brought in Mignolet. All of these will hope to influence the destination of the title at the end of the season.
No matter what happens in the coming season, it will definitely be exciting and there will be many twists, turns and surprises throughout the year. With two weeks to go everyone will be getting nervous. The shirts are ironed, the grass is trimmed and the players are ready. Let’s get this show on the road! Let me know what you are looking forward to in the new season in the comments below.