Here are my top five predictions for the Premier League for the upcoming months/years.
1. Wigan will get relegated this season and won’t return for a long time.
Wigan have somehow contrived to stay in the Premiership for six seasons now, however I predict their seventh will be their last. For a long time. Bar a tenth placed finish in their debut season, Wigan have been nothing short of terrible to watch. Roberto Martinez is a nice guy and it’s sad to see his managerial talent being wasted at the DW stadium.
2. Chelsea will become a force to be reckoned with once more.
As it stands, Chelsea are a team in transition. André Villas-Boas is slowly building his own team around the likes of Gary Cahill, Oriol Romeu and Juan Mata.
He’s slowly getting rid of the old guard, with Anelka already gone, the writing is on the wall for Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard.
Expect plenty more signings, and when AVB gets it right (which he definetly will) Chelsea will be feared all over Europe.
3. Liverpool fans will turn on King Kenny.
Kenny Dalglish returned to Liverpool in January of 2011, since then, his biggest achievement has been to waste millions upon millions of pounds. Andy Carroll, Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing together cost over £70 million. All of them have flopped.
Everyone knows about Andy Carroll. As for Stewart Downing, why anyone in their right mind would be pay £18 million for him is utterly beyond me. Still, at least he’s (marginally) better than Theo Walcott. Jordan Henderson is said to be one for the future, but mark my words, he’ll never be a world beater.
This leaves Luis Suárez and Charlie Adam. Dalglish got it right with these two, but is Suárez worth all the trouble? He has tarnished Liverpool’s reputation and Dalglish’s handling of the whole Evra affair wasn’t great.
If it wasn’t for Dalglish’s legendary status on Merseyside, he would have been out of the door months ago. Still, if he doesn’t improve things even the most passionate Liverpool fans will have had enough.
4. Fernando Torres will get 20 goals next season (if he’s still here).
The much maligned striker has now gone fifteen games without scoring, but as the old adage goes: Form is temporary, class is permanent. Fernando Torres is world-class. Every striker goes through bad patches, take Diego Milito for example.
The Uruguyan centre forward was signed by Inter at the start of the 2009-2010 season after scoring 26 goals in his solitary season at Genoa. His first season at the San Siro saw him bag 30 goals and win the treble, including a man of the match performance in the Champions League final.
His second season didn’t go quite as well, just eight goals in all competitions. A goal drought at the start of this season and he was reallybeginning to feel the pressure, but he’s managed to turn it round and is banging them in once more.
Torres can take heart from Milito’s story, because he will start scoring again, and when he does there will be no stopping him.
5. Arsene Wenger will leave Arsenal
It’s been almost seven years since Mr Wenger led Arsenal to their last trophy, that 5-4 penalty shootout win against Manchester United was the last time Gunner’s fans felt any real joy.
Wenger’s team have really struggled since losing Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas last summer, but this much was going to obvious. The question is why didn’t Wenger replace them?
Wenger’s persistence to play the likes of Theo Walcott, Andrey Arshavin and Tomáš Rosický is baffling, and his reluctance to sign proven, quality players is also open to question.
The signings of Gervinho, Park-Chu Yong and Per Mertesacker look less and less inspired as each game goes by. To be fair, Arsenal have had big injury problems, but there’s no covering up the fact that Wenger’s transfer dealings haven’t been up to scratch.
If Arsenal don’t finish in the top four, which is looking increasingly likely, expect Wenger to leave The Emirates. His Midas touch did that a long time ago.
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