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Premier League 11/12 Predictions – Blackburn, Wigan, Swansea Down

With the season fast approaching, it’s time to take a stab at what will unfold over the next 8 months:

Champions: Manchester City

I hate to say it but City seemed to have finally welded their collection of individuals into a team at the back end of last year. They will be dangerous and with probable signing Sergio Aguero coming to town, it’s quite possible.

The Top 6:

United: 2nd

Chelsea: 3rd

Arsenal: 4th

Liverpool: 5th

Spurs: 6th

Never discount the gritty Man Utd as they look to win their 20th championship, but the lack of a create central midfielder could cost them. Also, losing Van der Sar and Scholes is a big loss, while De Gea is inexperienced at the top level. Chelsea will feel the force of Michael Essien’s injury, but if Torres comes good they will be contenders. Tottenham are definitely not contenders, with Luka Modric likely to depart, they will lack firepower. Arsenal and Liverpool will be left to fight it out for a Champions League berth. This battle should come down to what happens to Arsenal in the transfer market and whether Liverpool’s plethora of signings can come good. I believe Arsenal will pip them this year but Liverpool will eventually see a return to the glory days after the new team is settled at Anfield.

Relegation:

Blackburn:

Blackburn are running around like headless chooks. They have no real attacking flair, Junior Hoilett being the exception. They will continue struggling to score, and with the departure of Phil Jones, their defence isn’t exactly strong either.

Wigan:

Wigan are destined to lose their main attacking threat, Charles N’Zogbia and will struggle even more to find the back of the net (Rodagella isn’t THAT good). They have scraped by for a long time but I think this is the end of their road.

Swansea City:

As play-off winners, they will be tipped to go straight back down like Burnley and Blackpool. They don’t possess much Premier League experience and unless Scott Sinclair can replicate his Championship form the wooden spoon beckons.

Golden Boot: Robin Van Persie

Van Persie has a beastly left foot and scores more often than not, racking up 18 goals in the EPL last season in just over 20 starts. In fact, he nearly won in half a season. He hasn’t been majorly injured in 2011, and sooner or later he won’t get crocked for a while, and if he makes 30 appearances, he will win the golden boot. Nobody can deny how good he is when on the pitch.

Honourable mention to…….Wayne Rooney

Most Assists: Ashley Young

Manchester United’s new signing should see plenty of gametime this season. He was 5th in the league last year with 10 assists. The difference this year is that he has three great strikers in Rooney, Chicharito and Berbatov to turn his crosses, corners etc. into goals. At Aston Villa, Darren Bent was wasteful. Also, Young might be called upon to play centrally, to add creativity.

Honourable mention to…….David Silva

Breakthrough Player of the Season: Luis Suarez

Suarez showed the EPL a glimpse of what he can do last season and has sizzled in the Copa America as well. With Liverpool’s quality midfield and Suarez’s ability to also create chances he should go a long way to paving Liverpool’s way back into Europe.

Flop of the Season: Darren Bent

Bent was lucky to have Ashley Young and Stewart Downing flanking him to give him countless opportunities. He still managed to squander many chances, but nearly won the Golden Boot again. With the wingers moving on to greener pastures and Villa yet to replace them, expect Bent to struggle as there won’t be too many sitters this year. Bent isn’t exactly creative either, so he will struggle to hit double figures this season.

Watch Out For:

David Hoilett

Chris Smalling

Aaron Ramsey

Kieran Gibbs

Martin Kelly

Adel Taarabt

David De Gea

Kyle Walker

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16 Comments

16 Comments

  1. mickeyg1878

    24 July, 2011 at 13:57

    i would add josh mceachran to the list of players to be watched

  2. Sam Jones

    24 July, 2011 at 15:25

    Clearly you havent a clue about teams who have just come up. Just because the previous teams who came up through the play offs went down straight away doesnt mean that every team who comes up through the play offs will. Swansea City play by far better football than most team in brittain appart from Arsenal, Man Utd etc. So writing swansea off isnt a great move and for all of you who has put money on the Swans going down well i think you’ll find you’ve just wasted your money.
    Sam SCFC.

  3. Patrik Revelius

    24 July, 2011 at 16:23

    I’m really disappointed and angry at you. My beautiful Swansea are much better than you will believe! The Swans are better than Norwich, QPR, Fulham and West Brom for instance. I’m sure you will be surprised later this season.

  4. Mr Pessimsim

    24 July, 2011 at 19:48

    Excellent! Keep writing Swansea off. I’m looking forward to seeing the look on many people’s faces when they surprise so many supposed ‘better’ teams. The argument used to offer them the wooden spoon can apply to both Norwich and QPR as well. Should I start cooking those eggs and warming the oven for some humble pie?

  5. chris

    24 July, 2011 at 20:13

    watch out for ferrie bodde….will make charlie adams transfer look overpriced

  6. dave

    24 July, 2011 at 21:15

    What a joke. Swansea will be closer to the top ten than the wooden spoon.

  7. Steve

    25 July, 2011 at 09:37

    Swansea were also favorites for the drop from Championship last year! They’ll be happy to be favorites for the drop again!

  8. blimey

    25 July, 2011 at 14:42

    Can’t agree with your Premiership predictions:
    Citeh simply aren’t there yet, if they lose Tevez, 4th at best.
    as for Van Persie??? You must be an Arse fan, surely!
    He’ll never play more than 30 games anyway.

    Suprised to see no mention of £50mil man Fernando Torres..??

  9. mickeyg1878

    26 July, 2011 at 03:53

    blimey you can’t read sorry mate…

    “Chelsea will feel the force of Michael Essien’s injury, but if Torres comes good they will be contenders.”

  10. mat

    26 July, 2011 at 15:42

    most shocking thing ive seen in awhile city champions i dont think so not there not a team, there a group of players, swansea going down dont think it will be that straight forward there a better team than blackpool and they almost survived and rvp for golden boot…..hard to score on sideline + even harder when you dont have a a nasri or fabregas to assist you

  11. mat

    26 July, 2011 at 15:58

    shocking………

    rant 1

    city champions they aren’t a team at all there just a group of players there not the same as chelsea mourinhio bought players who could play together plus hes a good manager Mancini is not.

    rant 2

    the bottom is much more open then ever so jusy because other teams from playoffs went down dont mean swans will either blackpool lost out on the last day, swansea are a better side i dont think it will be so straight forward.

    rant 3

    rvp will not get top scorer cant seeing him out scoring the likes of hernandez,suarez, or tevez (if he stays) hard to score in the stands and hes gonna struggle for service when fabregas and nasri leaves

    can you guess who i support haha

  12. Salty

    26 July, 2011 at 16:54

    Can see Wigan, Blackburn and QPR dropping to the championship as I just think Swansea will have more belief and recruits like Danny Graham show positive intent. Can’t see Van Persie with the golden boot, there’s more chance of Aguero, Rooney or Bent possibly with N,Zogbia likely to join the villians. Think liverpool will be a big threat but I can’t see them in the top four, not the way city are going. Flop of the season for me will be Grant Holt, I just don’t think he can step up but that could be said for the Norwich team. I think they will have a relegation fight possibly on their hands.

  13. sachmaster

    27 July, 2011 at 00:15

    .i wonder you guys support(not just swansea)…..lol van persie was two goals away from golden boot last season… fabregas and nasri still at arsenal…..: hypocrites…..lets see how swansea go….

  14. A.Blackwell

    29 July, 2011 at 14:28

    I disagree with the Bent saga (naturally as a villa fan). However, the fact that young and downing have left is upsetting, we have basically finished the N’zogbia deal and with him and Albrighton on the flanks, (marc may be young but with some of the experience he had from last season he could blossom this season). I recon they will still provide the balls just as good as our old wingers!

  15. ewo boy

    3 August, 2011 at 21:36

    blackburn rovers down keeper brillant left and right backs good midfield now ready 1 stricker sorted 1 more to sort hoillet formica ollson samba goodwillie rohina more to come very very unluckly last season and a lot of upheavel your a idot

  16. keith - walking on sunshine

    27 March, 2012 at 09:47

    where are swansea today ?

    tenth. 8 games to go 🙂

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