We are now halfway through the season, and lets be honest the quality has been average. United are threatening to go undefeated with nothing close to the quality of the ‘Arsenal Invincibles’, and last years winners look as awkward as a female Sky employee around Andy Gray.
Nevertheless here are my predictions for how the top 5 will finish along with some wholly accurate events that are yet to occur.
1st – Manchester United
Efficient, dull, effective. Three words to sum up their season, it won’t matter in the grand scheme of things as I think they will win the league at a stroll. Hernandez has taken to English football remarkably easily and for me looks far more competent than Rooney and surely will get more appearances as the season goes on. They may not go undefeated, but they will go close.
Season Shock: Paul Scholes will reveal that actually he IS that sort of player and that he simply can’t tackle, the adorable scamp!
2nd – Arsenal
So the flair is not what it was in years gone past. Keeping Van Persie and Fabregas fit seems key to their success, and unless Wenger breaks the habit of a lifetime and makes a signing this month I cannot see them claiming the title. Definitely progress though on recent years and maybe winning the League cup will instill the winning confidence in them for next year.
Season Shock: Nicklas Bendtner will score a league goal* (Edit – *Without incorporating his bottom).
3rd – Chelsea
Their current form is patchy, and they really need to drop Anelka to give Sturridge more game time but there are signs of life. Their demolition of Bolton this week showed that they can still play some good stuff, but there is still too much to do this season. Their three sitters of Essien, Mikel (how does this guy get games?) and Ramires are not helping the forwards but the return of ‘Super Goals Lampard’ should definitely help.
Season Shock: There will be no scandals involving any of their players.
4th – City
A one place improvement that cost another massive spending spree, City fans won’t care since top 4 was their aim (got to love our negativity), and opposition (dare I say jealous) fans will lambast them for finishing so low. They need to field a solid back four, preferably without Kolo Toure to solidify the defence and a plan B would be ideal for teams stifling them through the middle, a work in progress.
Season Shock: Nigel De Jong will not injure anyone.
5th – Spurs
Spurs will struggle to match their good start. They have a very strong first team, but I am not sure their whole squad is up to the intensity of battling on two fronts. There are also question marks for me over how good Redknapp is tactically. Undoubtedly a master motivator, but in some games I feel Spurs are pretty easy to work out (much like City). An injury to Van Der Vaart would make life difficult and the obsession with Crouch is also a mystery to me.
Season Shock: Jonathan Woodgate and Ledley King will announce their intention to donate their bodies to medical science .
Load of old rubbish? Agree entirely? Somewhere in between? Well don’t just sit there, get in the debate, follow me on twitter @soccercityjoe
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