It was an end of an era when David Moyes left the club this summer, with supporters worried about the club future, weather they could keep up the top half finishes over recent years, and so far they have. Everton season has surpassed expectations with only 1 defeat this season and a win away from 2nd leaves Everton in a better place than hoped for. Roberto Martinez has brought a more attacking style to the Merseyside outfit, with flowing football being played. The additions of Lukaku from Chelsea has been the loan of the season with 8 goals already scored, he has brought a new dimension to the team. The ever-reliable Barry has been solid in the heart of midfield given the more offensive players a base to play upon. Although with January coming around other teams around them shall be adding more players, and Everton do not have the money to do that. With the busy Christmas fixtures ahead I do not think Everton will have the strength in depth to cope.
Position = 7th
New owner, new hope, new expectations but these have weighed heavily over Martin Jol, as we saw another sacking. Fulham’s performances have been below par this season, and combined with a lack of effort from the players has resulted in the manger losing his job, with Fulham in the relegation zone and 3 point away from safety. Fulham have players with quality but are an ageing side with the likes of Berbatov, Riise, Duff, Parker etc are reaching the end of their careers and I feel this squad needs a complete overhaul. Mr Khan has a lot of money but he is more sensible with it meaning transfers shall be of a reasonable price with moderate wages. Another area of problem is the lack of pace to hurt teams Bent the only one who run a team down, they are slow and predictable. You could also question the work rate of the offensive players inc. Berbatov, Ruiz, Bent, Taarabt. Do they do enough for the team to be included in the match-day squad. One thing which gives them, encouragement is that they have had a good home record over the years and it will be needed in this battle they are in, and to he honest with a bit of January investment they should be all right.
Position = 14th
The referee blow the final whistle at the KC Stadium, cue the celebration El Mohamady. Steve Bruce has guided Hull to 11th place in the Bpl and that’s an achievement. For a squad low in premiership experience and quality they have been excellent in all departments. Firstly they are well drilled and disciplined with their back 5 hard to breakdown and with a good defence it just takes a set piece to unlock the other team which they have been doing. Although they have has a good start, Sagbo is just not up to scratch, will not score a goal and if their defence goes missing they could be in big trouble, and that’s a major problem hence survival will be very hard and to be honest they do not have the quality to survive in this league meaning they will be relegated.
Position = 18th
Having been outside of the Ucl for 4 years and in decline, this was the season where Brendan Rogers hoped Liverpool could reach the top 4 again with a much improved squad. Thus far it has been a fruitful year so far in the top 4 and possibly with a chance for their first title since 1990. Firstly Liverpool have formed the best partnership in the league with the SAS Army (Sturridge and Suarez) scoring 20 goals between them this season. Also they have a much improved Jordan Henderson which add steel and energy with Lucas and Gerrard in the midfield. Their defence is much more settled with the 3-5-2 formation and with quality players like Toure, Agger, Sakho, Skrtel bringing stability to the defence which was lacking last year it means they can deal with most teams offensive players, but the same question pop up like last year what happens if the SAS Army are injured the lack in quality is shown with Aspas is just a waste of space. With this redundancy of strength in depth I can not see Liverpool make the elite again this season unless they go and buy a striker in January which is adequate back up.
Position = 5th
The sheikh’s up in Duabi sacked Roberto Mancini in the summer and replaced him with Manuel Pellegrini from Malaga and two be honest I do not know weather it was the right decision to sack the Italian. Firstly their way form has been as bad as Fulham’s this season. They are thumping teams at home but not away and to win the league its the away games which count. 4-4-2 is an old formation okay at home and away vs Palace, Hull, Sunderland but not anywhere else. While I have listed problems, there are a ton of positives. Negredo was an excellent signing, although I thought City had wasted their money I have been proved wrong. Him and Kun Agureo have been a twosome shoving fear down the spines of the opposing defence. Teams are being hammered efficiently at home including Man Utd, Spurs and Newcastle, and they have the best squad in the league. Their ‘B’ team could give Palace a thrashing at home, now that’s a team. If all of the players can stay fit including Kompany they should win the league.
Prediction = 1st