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Barclays Premier League 2013/14 Preview

It’s that time of year again when every football fan in England is giddy with excitement ahead of the Barclays Premier League kicking off this weekend. The highly anticipated season is set up to be an absolute cracker on paper, with the top three teams from last time out all replacing managers, and a host of transfers over the summer to bolster the team’s push for the title, or their attempts to beat the dreaded drop!

So, to whet your appetite even more, we thought we’d give a brief insight into the predicted front runners for the title, enjoy.

Title Charge

Arsenal

Last season saw the Gunners pushing to the final game for a Champions League position, and pipping local rivals Tottenham Hotspur for the spot, they’ll be keen to keep the ever-improving Spurs at bay again this time around. A trophyless near-decade has left Arsenal fans a touch frustrated to say the least, and Arsene Wenger will be all too aware that he needs to produce a trophy soon to keep the fans and the board happy. Expect a couple of decent cup runs, but they’re probably slightly short of a few marquee signings to realistically challenge for the title.

Chelsea

The ‘Special One’ is back! Chelsea have been relatively quiet in the transfer market over the summer, but have probably recruited the most important signing of the season in Jose Mourinho. It’s evident that the charismatic manager has unfinished business at his beloved Chelsea, and the rest of the Premiership should be aware. Inheriting a young and maturing squad, Mourinho will be looking to get the best out of the likes of Hazard, Oscar & Mata, whilst easing into the role like he has never been away. Will push all the way for the title, that’s if Jose doesn’t have it wrapped up by April anyway!

Manchester City

 United’s ‘noisy neighbours’ will be desperate to reclaim the crown following a pretty tepid season last year, which saw their arch rivals race to an eleven point winning margin. The City board began another ruthless re-shape in the summer by sacking their most successful manager since 1971 in Roberto Mancini, and replacing him with former Malaga manger Manuel Pellegrini. The new gaffer has been unsurprisingly busy in the transfer department, recruiting the likes of Brazilian Fernandinho, tricky winger Jesus Navas, and adding to the club’s impressive strike force with Alvaro Negredo and Steven Jovetic. Expect goals, and plenty of them!

Manchester United

Following the retirement of the greatest manager of the modern era, the footballing world will have all eyes on Sir Alex’s replacement, David Moyes. The pressure will be immense for the Scot to deliver in his first season, but footballing success has never developed overnight, and so with a personal backing from his predecessor, Moyes should have a few years of transition to put his stamp on the club. A quiet and frustrating transfer period has left United with the squad that romped to the title last season, but a couple of signings before the September 2nd deadline are fully expected. Everyone knows not to write United off, and they’ll be there or thereabouts come May.

Tottenham Hotspur

Probably the most-improved team of the past few seasons, Spurs are now competing with rivals Arsenal in terms of league position, but it’s probably the perfect time for them to go that one step further and mount a serious title challenge.  Previous seasons have seen Tottenham being left behind in terms of spending power, but the North Londoners have spent big this summer, smashing their club transfer record twice by recruiting Brazilian Paulinho, and proven goalscorer Roberto Soldado. If they can keep hold of the coveted Gareth Bale, they should do well, if not? They may just miss out on a Champions League spot once more.

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