Who will win the Premier League in 2014/15 Season?

The 2014/15 English Premier League season kicks off in a few days.

We all are excited. Nine months of football drama and exhibition is upon us again. The FIFA World Cup in Brazil was concluded only last month so why are we this excited? Well, the Barclays English Premier League is the most watched football league in the world with an estimated 4.7 billion TV audience. This league is worth £1 billion a year domestically and generates about €2.2 billion per year in domestic and international television rights. We’re talking big money here!

Last season, Manchester City won the title ahead of surprise package Liverpool and perhaps the biggest underachiever was Manchester United finishing seventh. A tale of two clubs in the same city (Manchester).

This preview is on the teams who have the capacity to win the title. I have shortlisted five teams under this category.

man city

The Noisy Neighbours

Manchester City.  The noisy neighbours reclaimed their lost title in a title race that went down to the wire last season. Manuel Pellegrini’s side have what it takes to retain their title. They have kept the core of influential players from last season while adding quality in areas of need. Bacary Sagna arrived on a free transfer from Arsenal while Eliaquim Mangala from Porto comes at a huge price. City have plugged the holes at the back with these French players and increased competition. Willy Cabalero will keep Joe Hart on his toes while Fernando’s acquisition is a solid bargain in central midfield. Fitness permitting, Stefan Jovetic and Kun Aguero will provide required goals and assist for Dzeko and recuperating Negredo. The Citizens have quality all over, a top-4 finish is certain, could be champions too!

liverpool

The Kopites

Liverpool.  The Merseyside club were the most impressive team during the second half of last season. Perhaps the pressure caught up the Reds as they succumb in the penultimate weeks and fell short. Liverpool impressed with their attacking style but same could not be said of their defensive abilities. The acquisition of Dejan Lovren and Javier Manquillo will increase competition at the back. With Luis Suarez exit, Raheem Sterling and Phillipe Coutinho will be expected to carry the team on their slender shoulders with Daniel Sturridge providing the goals. Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Emre Can, Lazar Markovic have arrived to provide squad depth and quality too. The Reds supporters have to temper their expectation for the season with the return of European football at Anfield. European distraction as well as the short period to build a strong team with several new additions makes the push for the title more difficult but not impossible. This campaign is one for Rodgers to earn his stripes as a top manager if they can perform well once again. Liverpool may be the team to drop out of the top four this season.

chelsea

True Blue

Chelsea.  The Londoners finished third last season. The inconsistent performance from Chelsea as well as the absence of a potent striker cost them the title. Jose Mourinho has addressed swiftly with the arrival of Diego Costa and return of Stamford Bridge legend – Didier Drogba. Arsenal fan’s favourite, Cesc Fabregas returned to London but this time, he will be plying his trade with the West Londoners. Thibaut Courtois returns to his parent club after his three years loan spell with Atletico Madrid. Chelsea probably has the biggest and strongest squad in the Premier League. The Portuguese manager and his loyalist will be aware that anything short of the league title will be seen as a failure. They are favourites to win it.

arsenal

#COYG

Arsenal.  The Gunners ended their barren run last May with the FA Cup triumph. They appear to have kicked off with huge confidence with their performance during the Community Shield where Man City were brushed aside. Arsenal have been very active in the transfer market, Alexis Sanchez is the big money move from Barcelona. Mathieu Debuchy, Calum Chambers and David Ospina have arrived in North London too. Defeats to title rivals and injuries cost Arsenal dearly last term, Wenger has brought in a new fitness coach – Shad Forsythe  to improve physical conditions and recovery.

Arsenal may be one or two signings short but they must learn fast from last season by improving in the BIG games to stand a chance of winning the title. A top four finish is guaranteed.

 

man utd

Red Devils

Manchester United.  David Moyes reign as United boss saw the Old Trafford outfit regressed more than imagined. No one expected the former Everton boss to fill Ferguson void completely but his Manchester United team struggled all season and ended up in seventh position! The club did not waste time in changing route, new manager Louis Van Gaal is saddled with the responsibility of returning the Red Devils back to the summit of English football. With no European competition, the Dutch master tactician has enough time to bed in his philosophy and tactics. There is a sense of optimism around the club considering how their preseason preparation has panned out. Swansea is the first opponent for the new campaign, same as last year but LVG will definitely no struggle like his predecessor did.

Manchester United have to fight back to earn their place in the top four this season. A title chase will not be too ambitious as well. I do not see them winning it this season.

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