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Insight in to each Premier League Team’s 2011/12 Season

Arsenal – Best football team in this country by a mile. However, Wenger will need to strengthen during this transfer window. I believe they lack a tough tackling no nonsense defender and this showed last year as they conceded a lot of goals from set pieces. My prediction: May struggle to be in the top 4 this year. Star Man: Robin Van Persie (need to keep him fit all season though).

 

Aston Villa – Will be interesting to see how much of the Ashley Young and Stewart Downing transfer money they will spend. Shay Given is a good buy and one of the best goalkeepers to ever appear in the Premiership. They need to buy wingers with a bit of flair and an eye for goal to help take the load of Darren Bent. My prediction: Mid table. Star Man: Darren Bent.

 

Blackburn Rovers – Interesting time for this club. Fairly new owners who have promised money to spend when they first took over yet no major signings. Need to invest heavily to have a good season. My prediction: Relegation battle but will survive. Star Man: Paul Robinson.

 

Bolton Wanderers – Owen Coyle has done a brilliant job so far especially with the FA cup run last season. With a few additions to the squad they will kick on from last year. My Prediction: Mid table and a good cup run once again. Star Man: Kevin Davies.

 

Chelsea – If at first you don’t succeed sack the manager and try again. This seems to be the Chelsea policy in the past few years as they chase the Champions league trophy. Need to add youth to their ageing squad, I know they brought David Luiz and Fernando Torres in January but I feel they need more youth in their midfield. Hope the manager has the time and money to put his stamp on the team. My prediction: Top 3 at least. Star Man: Frank Lampard (need to keep him fully fit).

 

Everton – A brilliant well run club with fantastic fans. Never spend more than their means. They always need to sell before they can buy, however I’m sure David Moyes will be looking for bargains and good loan signings during the transfer window. My prediction: Top 8. Star Man: Tim Cahill.

 

Fulham – I’m glad to see Martin Jol back in the Premiership. Won’t have loads of money to spend but what he does have I’m sure he will use wisely. Need a biggish squad to handle Europe and the league but I am sure he will do a fantastic job. My prediction: Mid table. Star Man: Bobby Zamora.

 

Liverpool – Kenny Dalglish is doing an amazing job so far but the real test will be this season. Has so far spent wisely but I do feel they need to buy a quality left back. They need to sell a few midfielders as at the moment in time there formation for this season will be 1-8-1. Liverpool are the most loyal supporters in the world, so hopefully the good times will be back at Anfield. My prediction: Battling for a top 4 finish. Star Man: Luis Suarez.

 

Manchester City – Brilliant last season, FA cup winners and 3rd in the league. Mancini is ruthless and if you cross him you are no longer in his plans. Need to sell a few top earners who are no longer needed to make space for the next wave of over priced earners. Will be a massive blow to lose Carlos Tevez so they need to replace him quickly.  They also need to add more strength in depth to take on Europe’s elite and an assault on the league this year. My Prediction: Top 3. Star Man: Yaya Toure.

 

Manchester United – What else can you say about this team that hasn’t already been said. An historic 20th title last time out however this year will be vital. Losing a lot of experienced players during the summer may be an important factor this season. Sir Alex has brought youth so will have to gel them in with the experienced players to once again build yet another successfully team. My prediction: Easily be in the top 2. Star Man: Wayne Rooney.

 

Newcastle United – Brilliant first season back even with the mayhem surrounding the owner. It was surprising to see Kevin Nolan being sold, he was the highest English scoring midfielder last season so they will badly miss him. So far they have spent some of the Andy Carroll transfer money but on unknown foreigners. My prediction: Mid table. Star Man: Ben Arfa.

 

Norwich City – Paul Lambert has done an amazing job so far, back to back promotions. My only concern with Norwich is that they haven’t brought experienced Premiership players and instead brought from the Championship. Will they be attacking and entertaining like Blackpool last season? A good start is important and picking up points against teams around Norwich will be vital. My prediction: Relegation battle. Star Man: Paul Lambert (He will need to pick up his troops and encourage them to express themselves even after heavy defeats).

 

QPR – Neil Warnock will have his men fired up for this season. Most people’s pick to go down but they won’t go without a fight. A good home record will be so important for their Premiership survival. I’m sure the Loftus Road faithful will be hoping for more signings before the end of the transfer window. My prediction: Relegation battle. Star Man: Neil Warnock.

 

Stoke City – What a fantastic cup run last time out and it was a shame they came up short in the final. Need to add to their existing squad to cope with Europe and the league this year, but I’m sure they will buy wisely. A hard team to beat and brilliant at set pieces. My prediction: Mid table. Star Man: Matthew Etherington.

 

Sunderland – Wow what a busy summer Steve Bruce has had with so many arrivals at the Stadium of Light. They needed to buy with so many injuries during last season. Steve Bruce is putting together a squad that could well push for Europe this year. My prediction: Top 8 finish and a good cup run. Star Man: Asamoah Gyan.

 

Swansea City – They play football the correct way and they are a joy to watch. However, will they change their style of play to adapt to the Premier league? Only time will tell. A good home record will be so important to where Swansea will finish. Need to add experience to their squad. My prediction: Relegation battle. Star Man: Scott Sinclair.

 

Tottenham Hotspur – A fairly quiet transfer window for Harry so far. The whole Modric saga is surely affecting the squad, will he stay or will he go? They need to keep hold of him if they want to challenge the top 4 again. Having said that Tottenham still have a very strong squad and with Harry Redknapp in charge anything is possible. My prediction: Battling for a top 4 finish. Star Man: Gareth Bale.

 

West Bromwich Albion – It was a shame to see Roberto Di Matteo leave last year but since then Roy Hodgson has organised this team well. They are a hard team to beat and each player knows his role. My prediction: Mid table. Star Man: Peter Odemwingie

 

Wigan Athletic – Survived on the last game of last season and I think it will be more of the same this time around. They are so unpredictable which makes them dangerous. I’m sure Roberto Martinez doesn’t know what team he will get until kick off. They need to add experienced hard workers to their squad and do good business with loan signings. My prediction: Relegation battle. Star Man: Charles N’Zogbia (If he stays)

 

Wolverhampton Wanderers – Another team that survived on the last game of last season. However, I believe they will do better this time out and have already improved their squad with the signing of Roger Johnson. With a few more signings I’m sure they will push on from last year. My prediction: Just above the relegation battle. Star Man: Kevin Doyle.

 

Thank you for reading my first ever blog and I hope you have enjoyed reading it. I’m sorry if I have offended any supporters however this is only my opinion.

Please feel free to give me any type of feedback.  Looking forward to hearing from you!  Only 3 more weekends until the season begins!

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