Will This Be The New Top Four?

Can He Hang On In There?

With a number of transfer dealings taking place in the Premier League this season, many fans are speculations as to who they think will finish in the coveted top four positions this campaign.

Since many people are taking the time to give it a go and play the role of Mystic Meg, I figured why not join the crowd and give my predictions on who I think will be sitting in the top four come the end of the season.

Coming in fourth position I’m going for Manchester City. Manager Roberto Mancini has spent heavily this season with big money signings David Silva, Yaya Toure, Jerome Boateng and Aleksandar Kolarov arriving at the Eastland’s club. In addition, Aston Villa midfielder James Milner is expected to arrive at the club any day now for around £30 million and will provide extra creativity and service in midfield for striker’s Emmanuel Adebayor and Carlos Tevez.

Although these signings will considerably boost the talent at the Blues, as in the case of last season, it may take some time for the players to gel, as we have seen in their somewhat poor preseason campaign. For this reason I think a title challenge is just out of reach this season and a fourth place finish will secure Champions League football for next season and give them they required drive to aim for the summit next time round.

Finishing in third place once again I’m going for North London club Arsenal. While the club seemingly have one or two issues at the back regarding their goalkeeping and defensive capabilities. The ability of Gunners boss Arsene Wenger to hold on to Spanish superstar Cesc Fabregas, will give a complete confidence boost to the whole squad this year.

If Robin Van Persie can stay fit, a partnership with new signing Marouane Chamakh, who arrives at the Emirates following a move from French club Bordeaux, could be enough to see Arsenal challenge Manchester United and Chelsea all the way.

Although I think the North London side will be much more competitive than they were at times last season, I think they will eventually fall short as, although the club has talented youngsters in the likes of Kieran Gibbs and Jack Wilshere, their lack of experience at the highest level will eventually take its toll in the latter stages, resulting in a solid third place finish.

The runners up in the race for the crown this season I think will be Chelsea. Despite lifting the Premier League title last season, I think they may just fall short this time round as they go in search of back to back championships. The loss of Ricardo Carvalho in the centre of defence to Jose Mourinho’s Read Madrid could provide some instability in defence leaving John Terry’s defensive mistakes more open to public criticism. In contrast to their defensive loses, their midfield and attack still boasts a very strong line up with the likes of Frank Lampard, Nicolas Anelka and Flourent Malouda ever present in the Blues line up.

However the outcome of their season rests heavily on the shoulders of Ivorian superstar Didier Drogba. If Chelsea can keep last seasons top scorer fully fit and firing regularly as he did last season, his goals could be more than enough to scupper my prediction and place Chelsea firmly on top of the league come the end of the campaign.

This just leaves one place up for grabs, the much coveted first place and yes you guessed it, I’ve gone for Manchester United. Sunday’s Community Shield 3-1 victory over Chelsea has shown that Manchester United won’t be taking this season lightly and although this was just one game and does not really give an indication of the season that is to come, I believe the title will be ending up in the Old Trafford trophy case come the end of the season.

As in the case of Chelsea’s Didier Drogba, the Red Devil’s season largely rests on the ability of England striker Wayne Rooney to recreate his league form from last season after a very disappointed World Cup with his national side in the summer. With pressure largely on the former Everton striker to perform, this could leave the door open for new signing Javier Hernandez to play a key role in United’s title challenge. ‘Chicharito’ arrived at the club in a £7 million deal from Guadalajara and has already impressed for the club both in preseason and in their victory over Chelsea on Sunday.

If Manchester United as a club can perform on a weekly basis, with all of their key squad players contributing to the cause, fans could see the club finish on the top of the league and secure their highly regarded and record breaking 19th league title.

However, this is just my opinion and who knows for sure how the season is going to turn out! If your thoughts differ from those of mine feel free to take part in our vote as to who will be sitting at the top come next spring.

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