Premier League 2012/13 Season Preview: Picking a winner
As the 2012/13 Premier League draws nearer, here’s a look at this years potential title contenders:
You can almost guarantee City will invest before the end of the summer, although they’ve been slow of the starting blocks so far. Mancini’s has already stated his intentions to make an assault on Europe this season.
Emulating rivals United by winning a treble may be beyond the current squad, but they look a good bet for England’s top prize for a second consecutive campaign.
United have a young squad who are growing game by game – the likes of David de Gea, Phil Jones, Danny Welbeck and Ashley Young are all due big seasons, while new signing Shinji Kagawa could prove to be a big influence throughout the next 9 months.
The Red Devils will definitely be contenders again this season and by bringing in a few new players before the end of the window, Sir Alex could secure his 20th Premier League title.
Having won the race to sign Belgian wonder kid Eden Hazard and with a squad packed with experience, they certainly have a good chance this season.
The departure of Didier Drogba may affect their goal tally, but with the likes of Hazard, Oscar, Juan Mata and a rejuvenated Fernando Torres among the ranks, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Blues barely miss the Ivorian.
Much rests on the future of Robin Van Persie going into the new campaign and whether any replacement can make up for the loss of the Dutch striker. Especially considering he created/ scored 53% of his clubs goals last term.
However, Wenger has spent a large sum of money so far this summer. We’ve seen some big name players introduced at the Emirates. With a good start in their opening fixtures, Arsenal will no doubt finish in at least the top four again, if not higher.
He was a revelation at his old club, but with so many Liverpool players underperforming last year, it’s tough to gauge the current squads’ potential.
If the relatively inexperienced manager can implement his passing game, however, then you cannot write them off with the likes of Steven Gerrard and Luiz Suarez in the side.
The departure of Luka Modric could cause a problem for the side. He’ll be a very tough player to replace, but both Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jan Vertonghen have impressed elsewhere.
If everything goes to plan, I think Tottenham definitely have the chance to finish amongst the top four teams this season.
So who do you think will win?