The Barclays Premier League 2014/15 Preview

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The FIFA World Cup is over, and now friends turn foes. You both supported Germany? That is history. Belgium had Fellaini, Mirallas, Hazard and Kompany, and yes, friends, turn foes.

Manchester United will host Swansea City, in the first fixture of a 10 month event of beautiful, physical and exciting football, thar begins on August 16, 2014. The Barclays Premier League season, returns. 380 games of pure drama and action. Will the Blue Moon continue rising? Will The Special One triumph? Will The Kop Challenge Again? Find out on the new season of the Barclays Premier League (Read: Dragon Ball Z)


Kasabian’s Fire echoes through our minds and gives us goosebumps, as we look ahead to one of those things, that sets our timetable. Last season, was one of the most memorable season, that left the neutrals salivating. Manchester United slumped to 7th, their worst ever position, since the inception of the Premier League; Liverpool had a drastic change in fortunes as they narrowly missed out on winning their 19th League Title; Chelsea showed us the importance of a quality striker; Manchester City showed us that money is power and Arsenal, as usual, were happy retaining their “4th Place Trophy.”

The season saw the most effective partnership is SAS (Sturridge and Suarez), and probably the worst ever in DM-MUFC (Kinda obvious, isn’t it?). Goals, wonder goals and even more wonder goals rained in the league as Luis Suarez, Jack Wilshere, Jonjo Shelvey and Wayne Rooney left everybody awestruck.

Last season had plenty of upsets (Manchester United fans, take note), plenty of thrashings (Manchester United fans, you guys are up again), it had quite the surprising teams (Liverpool fans take note, oh sorry, we mean Southampton) but most importantly, had drama, throughout the season, be it Manchester City or Cardiff City.

So Manchester City took the trophy home, although they fought until the very end. Liverpool “slipped” up late on, and lost out. Chelsea finished 3rd, and trophy-less. Arsenal finished fourth, but won a trophy. Everton, Tottenham, Manchester United, Southampton, Stoke City and Newcastle United completed the top 10. But, it was bad news for Cardiff City, Fulham and Norwich City who were just not good enough and were relegated.

Top teams, make top signings. This year was no exception.

Manchester United and Chelsea were the quickest in signing players, with Manchester United signing Ander Herrera and the promising left-back Luke Shaw whilst Louis van Gaal had not formally started managing the club. Alexander Buttner, left for Dinamo Moscow, Patrice Evra left for the Old Lady in Turin.

Chelsea signed Fabregas (Arsenal fans, what up?) on the eve of the World Cup, then bought Diego Costa, Filipe Luis and just days after Mourinho said that Chelsea’s transfer window was over, they signed legendary striker Didier Drogba. They are, London’s reckoning (read in Bane’s voice). David Luiz left for PSG for an astounding 50 million pounds.

Liverpool were also heavily spending money, by investing a lot in Southampton, through Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana, two top quality but mediocre players. They also signed Emre Can, Markovic and Belgian youngster Divock Origi and are yet to buy a quality player. Luis Suarez left for Barcelona for 75 million pounds, without him, they will struggle.

Manchester City signed Bacary Sagna on a free transfer from Arsenal, they signed Porto midfielder Fernando, and Malaga’s Willy (Carabello), a stiff, hard hitting and very satisfying goalkeeper. Jack Rodwell left for Sunderland.

A special mention to them, for masterminding the brilliant transfer of Frank Lampard.

Steps involve:

1) Buy a club in the MLS

2) Sign David Villa so you have one good player

3) Wait for Lampard to go out of contract at Chelsea

4) Give him a bumper offer at New York City FC, Manchester City’s subsidiary in USA.

5) The club is in MLS, and is still trying to still get ready for the March 2015 season.

6) Sign Frank Lampard on loan until January so he can “train” and “be fit” for the MLS Season.

Arsenal did the best piece of business in the summer, by signing Alexis Sanchez and James Rodriguez’s brother in-law goalkeeper, David Ospina. Two solid signing, will definitely make Arsenal strong challengers and the dark horses this year. Galvanized by their FA Cup victory and Community Shield triumph over Manchester City, the Gunners will be on the prowl. They also welcomed 19 year old defender, Callum Chambers from Southampton. Their captain Thomas Vermaelen left for Barcelona, becoming the 3rd Arsenal skipper to depart the capital since 2011.

With these signings of all the aforementioned teams, and more yet to come, the coming season is getting more invigorating by the minute.

So what is new this season, that will have its own place in our heart?

Here’s 20 reasons why this season will be different:

1) David Moyes is gone.

2) Chelsea have Drogba, Fabregas and Diego Costa.

3) Frank Lampard is a Manchester City player.

4) Ryan Giggs, Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic have all left the Red Devils, sadly, Tom Cleverley is still there.

5) Alexis Sanchez has joined Arsenal.

6) Southampton does not have half its team.

7) Luis Suarez is at Barcelona

8) VANISHING SPRAY, VANISHING SPRAY.

9) Manchester United have a real manager.

10) Manchester City have strengthened their team extremely efficiently.

11) The newly promoted teams are exciting.

12) None of the ‘99 team are playing for Manchester United.

13) Per Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski come back as World Cup Winners.

14) Frank Lampard plays for Manchester City.

15) Liverpool have brought in 5 players to replace Suarez, yet none of them seem close enough.

16) Newcastle United have added to their French Colony.

17) Arsenal signed a new goalkeeper.

18) Thibaut Courtois will finally, finally, play for Chelsea.

19) Manchester United finally signed a decent midfielder.

20) IT IS THE BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE. If that isn’t enough to get you excited, we don’t know what is.

All these new transfers, players, squads, managers, make us wonder, what is store for this year?

Joe N.H.’s views:

Winners: Chelsea FC

The obvious choice, they have supreme depth in squad and they have match winners all across the pitch. With Drogba, Fabregas, Costa and Hazard, beware of the Men in Blue. Moreover, Jose Mourinho is looking to make amends for an underachieving 2013/14 season.

Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United shall complete the top four, whilst Liverpool and Everton shall claim the Europa League spots.

Manchester City won last year, but had to fight tooth and nail to complete the victory, but this year, they will comfortably outclassed by a superior Chelsea outfit.

Aaron Johnson’s views:

Winners: Chelsea FC

Mourinho was quick during the transfer window and secured the signings of midfield maestro Fabregas, Target Men Diego Costa and Didier Drogba and also got their Prodigal Son, Thibaut Courtois back from a three year loan spell at Atletico Madrid. With a lot of depth in every part of the team, they seem to be the favorites for this edition of the Barclays Premier League.

Manchester City FC, Arsenal and Manchester United shall complete the top four, whilst Liverpool and Everton shall settle for the Europa League spots.

Manchester City won last year and i believe that they can do very well this season if not replicate their success as they have a fantastic team and a sane manager. (Yes Roberto Mancini, everyone knows)

COMMON VIEWS:

Arsenal, spearheaded by Ramsey-Ozil-Sanchez shall run the course of the season for the Gunners and finish a respectable 3rd. Expect flashes of Brilliance from Giroud too.

Manchester United look bright and their attacking displays under Louis van Gaal do give fans hope, but with just 2 signings as yet and a gaping hole in the middle of the defense, don’t expect wonders, but just enough to make it to the Top 4, again.

Liverpool will struggle without Suarez and Champions League football draining them out, they lack a depth in squad, with their trio of LOL (Lambert-Origi-Lallana) not being good enough to fill in Suarez’s studs; but it’s football, we could see some new stars. (Sterling maybe?)

Everton are good, but they are not quite there yet and Roberto Martinez should look to comfortably take up a Europa League place and do well in the domestic cups.

Aaron Johnson:

Top Scorer: Robin van Persie (Manchester United FC)

Relegated Teams: Aston Villa, Sunderland and Leicester City

Surprise package: Crystal Palace

PFA Player of The Year: Diego Costa

PFA Young Player Of The Year: Raheem Sterling

Man To Watch Out For From Top 5 Teams:

1) Chelsea: Cesc Fabregas

2) Manchester City: Stevan Jovetic

3) Arsenal: Alexis Sanchez

4) Manchester United: Wayne Rooney

5) Liverpool: Daniel Sturridge

Joe N.H.:

Top Scorer: Wayne Rooney (Manchester United FC)

Relegated Teams: Aston Villa, Sunderland and Leicester City

Surprise package: Crystal Palace

PFA Player of The Year: Cesc Fabregas

PFA Young Player Of The Year: Luke Shaw

Man To Watch Out For From Top 5 Teams:

1) Chelsea: Eden Hazard

2) Manchester City: Yaya Toure

3) Arsenal: Aaron Ramsey

4) Manchester United: Wayne Rooney

5) Liverpool: Adam Lallana

Expect lots of goals, lots of drama and pure ecstasy and 20 teams look to battle it out in the fiercest and most competitive club competition in the world. Stay up late, don’t study, put in extra hours, but do not miss, the Barclays Premier League 2014/15. Where do your loyalties lie? This is set to be the most explosive, dramatic, bamboozling and difficult season yet. Place your bets, get the drinks, and get ready for one long and tantalizing roller-coaster ride.

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