Premier League Predictions 13/14
With the Premiership season about to start again tomorrow, here are my predictions for the upcoming season (note: all predictions done before the season, before the end of the transfer window):
Champions: Chelsea. Can’t look past the Mourinho factor (and the fact they have the best attacking midfield trio by far). Combining the squad inherited from previous seasons, and the return of “The Special One”, there is only one place the trophy is going this year, and that is to Stamford Bridge.
Top Four: Chelsea, Man City, Man United, Spurs (special mention: keep Bale, and they will be genuine title contenders).
Relegation: Hull, Crystal Palace, Stoke.
Top Scorer: Robin van Persie. Would have gone for Suarez, but seems like he’s spitting his dummy out, and for being the world’s worst human being, has a lengthy ban at the start of the season.
FA Cup: Hard to call as depending on the luck of the draw, but I’m going to be bias and predict Man United to break their long barren run in the competition and give Moyes a trophy in his first season.
League Cup: Liverpool.
Champions League: Real Madrid, with or without Bale.
Europa League: Either a first round Champions League drop out, or I have a sneaky feeling Swansea City will do something very special this year.
PFA Player of the Year: Eden Hazard.
PFA Young Player of the Year: Logically, this should be Eden Hazard as well, but I’ll be adventurous and go for Wilfried Zaha.
Surprise Package: Norwich City. Leroy Fer is an awesome signing, and Ricky van Wolfswinkel will bang in some goal (as well as having the best name in the league). I also believe Southampton will finish in the top half, against the odds.
Keep your eye on….: Ross Barkley. Could be a late contender for the England World Cup Squad (if they even make it…). Also a special mention to Ravel Morrison, touted by Sir Alex Ferguson as the best player from the United academy since Paul Scholes. Lots of off field troubles saw his early exit from Old Trafford, but now seems to by knuckling down, and could be a gem for West Ham this year.
Rising star: Adnan Januzaj. Man United youngster not many people will have heard of at time of writing, but I’m pretty sure everyone will know who he is come end of the season.
Flop of the season: Raheem Sterling.