As the 21st Premier League season begins, out of 17 teams who managed to stay up, 6 of them now have new managers which has set the tone for an unpredictable season ahead.
With the likes of Modric, Van Persie, and Drogba all leaving their clubs, to be replaced by the likes of Vertonghen, Podolski, Oscar and Kagawa who have all joined the Premier League, the fresh wave of talent should create another exciting League campaign.
But with every club looking to set off the season with a win, what will the scorelines actually look like?
- Arsenal vs Sunderland: 1-1
With the departure of Van Persie rocking the Emirates, as Wenger insists a replacement has already been purchased in the form of Giroud, the atmosphere will be even more hostile in North London with Alex Song’s future being in doubt. Whilst Arsenal have been looking sharp in their pre-season, the absences of Koscielny and Chamberlain might enforce an underwhelming starting XI to be announced.
Sunderland however have not made an impressive impact in the transfer window, only purchasing Louis Saha on a free who could be a game-changer for the northern club. But with both sides looking to change their line-up before the close of the transfer window, it could be a very close game.
- Fulham vs Norwich: 2-0
New manager Chris Houghton will struggle to get anything from Craven Cottage. Despite Clint Dempsey’s future being in doubt, the new additions of Hugo Rodallega and Mladen Petric. Whilst Norwich have been successful in the transfer market with the addition of former Leeds captain Robert Snodgrass, it will take some time before he adjusts to the quick tempo of the Premier League, as the same with Houghton.
- QPR vs Swansea : 3-1
Both teams successfully stayed up in their first season, and would look to start the new season well to prevent a case of second-season syndrome. But both teams have new changes which could be pivotal in the race to stay up. With Swansea being forced to find a new manager after Rodgers accepting the Liverpool job, Laudrup must travel to Loftus Road with a disrupted team. Since last season, Rodgers, Allen and Sigurdsson have all the left the club, and Scott Sinclair refusing to sign a new contract. Because of this, the additions of Park, Fabio, Nelsen, Green, and Hoilett should be more than enough to overcome the Welsh side.
- Reading vs Stoke : 0-1
The newly promoted side will struggle against Stoke City. Reading have not made huge changes to their side, but with Stoke’s team including the likes of Peter Crouch and Jermaine Pennant, the Potters should easily overcome the Championship winners. With Crouch’s aerial threat being unstoppable; if Stoke utilise this area against a prepared opposition, they should be able to win by a narrow margin.
- West Brom vs Liverpool: 0-3
West Brom will struggle this season with their new manager Steve Clarke. On the other hand, even though Brendan Rodgers and his signings may not be the most impressive in the Premier League, his philosophy is one which is publicly adored by his opposing managers. Maybe due to its predictability after the first half of the season? But that remains a topic for another day! Even though his signings have not been the title challenging prospects, the likes of Suarez, Gerrard and even new-boy Joe Allen should be enough to overcome the Hawthorns.
- West Ham vs Aston Villa: 0-0
A deadlocked game between two improved sides. With Villa now having the resources to improve upon last season, they should be able to make an impression in the long-term. But, with West Ham using their money to bring in experienced players such as Diarra, Maiga, Diame and Collins from opposition Aston Villa, they should be able to contain a new Villa side with a new manager to match.
- Newcastle vs Spurs: 1-2
With Tottenham going into the game with Modric’s future in the balance and only one recognised first team striker, the club will still spend a lot of money following this game at the Sports Direct Arena. And whilst the Newcastle side is far from injury free themselves with Cisse, Ba and Cabaye and Ben Arfa all being doubts; the final tweaks needed to AVB’s high line will show as Spurs go into the game with a new manager.
But, with Bale, Van Der Vaart, Sandro, Lennon, Sigurdsson and Huddlestone all being available for the game, the Spurs side should dominate the midfield with the likes of Van Der Vaart, Bale and new addition Sigurdsson all being potential goal-scorers for the game considering the situation regarding the lack of strikers at the club.
- Wigan vs Chelsea: 0-4
Quite frankly, Chelsea should dominate the game. With the likes of Hazard, Oscar, Torres, Lampard and Mata all featuring in the Chelsea team, Di Matteo’s side should easily overcome a weak Wigan defence. With Wigan still yet to sort out the future of Chelsea target Victor Moses, the winger will be distracted in this game and would do excellently to pose a threat to the opposition defence.
- Manchester City vs Southampton: 5-0
The Premier League champions easily overcame Chelsea’s full strength team in the Community Shield final, and with the likes of Tevez, Aguero, Nasri and others all playing against the inexperienced Southampton squad, they will easily break the Saints’ defence. Even though the great addition of Jay Rodriguez upfront will help Southampton down the line, it is a big ask for him to join the Premier League and rattle the City defence of Kompany, Clichy and Lescott and score against Joe Hart on his Premier League debut.
- Everton vs Manchester United: 1-2
Manchester United have stolen the headlines by capturing former Arsenal captain Robin Van Persie, as he is set to make his Premier League debut by heading a strike-force with Wayne Rooney, But, with the creative midfielder gap still being opened, despite the addition of Kagawa from Borussia Dortmund, it would be a struggle for United to get the ball in the final third of the pitch. But, with Tim Cahill leaving the Toffees with Jack Rodwell, the midfield of Everton is looking bleak.
With the addition of Pienaar returning to Goodison Park, and also £16 million being created in sales so far just from those two sales, Everton will still look to invest in the market after a 2-1 home defeat to the Red Devils.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!