After The Transfers Are Complete, Who Will Win The League This Year?

By on July 15, 2011

The 2011/12 Premier League season is almost upon us, and the usual questions are already being asked; who will win this season’s Premier League title?

The usual suspects will be among the front runners for top spot come next spring, with any one of five clubs in with a legitimate chance of landing the silverware. We look at each potential champion as well as some of their key fixtures during the opening month of the new campaign.

Many fans and punters alike will look no further than reigning champions, Manchester United, who are bidding to add to their record haul of 19 titles; last season’s triumph lifting them above rivals Liverpool in top division titles. They have yet to replace legendary midfield stalwart Paul Scholes, who retired from football at the end of last season, but have added extra pace to their artillery in Ashley Young, and have signed promising Spanish keeper David De Gea from Athletico Madrid to help fill the vacant number one jersey left by retired Edwin Van Der Sar.

Add to that the signature of England U-21 captain Phil Jones, and the future looks very bright for Sir Alex’s Red Devils. The manager has also publicly shown interest in Dutch maestro Wesley Sneidjer. Were he to pull that signature off, then United really would be in the driving seat for the coming season. The players there know what it takes to see out challenging seasons and domestically at least, they will be hard to topple.

Two clubs hot on the heels of United will perhaps be Chelsea and Man City. Both have began throwing their financial weight around in the transfer market again this summer, bidding for a string of top players, but as of yet, both have failed to land any major signings. Chelsea have brought in Lucas Piazon, dubbed the “New Kaka”, although he is likely to set the world alight in his first full season at Stamford Bridge. The Londoners do have a wealth of experience in every area of the pitch though, and if they can get the under-firing Fernando Torres, back amongst the goals, they will be right up there on the final day.

Manchester City have also brought in one or two signings, in the shape of Gael Clichy and Montonegro defender Stefan Savic, but again, they are yet to bring any “superstars” in. With Carlos Tevez set to walk in the other direction away from Eastlands, they will surely have to splash the cash if they are to make a serious assault on the Premier League this term.

Perhaps the hardest team to assess are Arsenal. The simple dilemma Arsene Wenger faces is that he doesn’t know who will still be at the club come the opening game. Fabregas has long been linked with a move to Champions’ League winners Barcelona, and Samir Nasri’s future is very much in the balance with a host of clubs fighting for his services. If the boss can hold on to his key assets then the Gunners have a chance of competing at the top of the league, with the acquisition of winger Gervinho from Lille. However, the Emirate’s faithful have been left constantly frustrated with their team, who play such attractive football, but fall short when the going gets tougher later on in the season.

Liverpool are another team who will be hard to predict this season. If recent years are anything to go by, the Scousers will be a long way off the pace, but then again, they didn’t have King Kenny, Mr. Dalglish, in charge. Since his return to Liverpool towards the end of last season, Liverpool are beginning to play the kind of football the Kop have grown accustomed to over the years. With a new mixture of youth from the club’s academy, along with the purchases of Luis Suarez, Andy Caroll, Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam, the team are on the up. Put that with Captain Steven Gerrard, and the ever-present Jamie Carragher, and there really could be a few surprises sprung at Anfield this season.

The chasing pack, including the likes of Spurs and Everton, aren’t likely to compete for the title anytime soon, but any team can really beat any other team in the division on their day at the moment, and that can only make for exciting viewing this coming season.

Let the games begin.

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24 Comments

  1. Mattyboy

    July 15, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    I think we are in with a chance

    we have a great midfield to compete with any of the top 4

    BALE, MODRIC, SANDRO, VAN DER VAART, LENNON + HUDDELSTONE & MAYBE DIARRA

    we have got FRIEDEL in to replace error prone GOMES who cost us lots of points last season.

    The defence is solid

    AKOTTO, GALLAS, DAWSON, KYLE WALKER
    also if you get a few more games out of LEDLEY KING would be good. + KABOUL AND MAYBE SAMBA

    We are only in Europa League which we will play weakened lineups we canconcentrate on league, no CL distraction.

    We just need to buy 2 quality strikers to cap it off then we will defnately be up there im sure.

    • Ronny

      July 15, 2011 at 2:15 pm

      I agree Spurs have a midfield to compete for top 4 or even title but i am not so sure about their defense. I think Dawson and Ekotto are good but rest of their defenders are not world class.
      Spurs are rich in strikers department with Defoe, Crouch, Pavlyuchenko, Keane but not one of them is world class.
      Big problem for Spurs is that they can’t buy a world class striker because firstly market is so inflated that any top striker would cost around 30m atleast and on top of that high wages which Spurs don’t normally offer and also no champions league to offer. I think its very difficult for Spurs to make top 4 again as all other teams are improving but Spurs are still where they were last season.
      Buying Friedel is hardly a mouth watering signing, Friedel is a very consistent goalkeeper but he is not world class whereas Gomes can be a world class keeper but he makes too many blunders.
      I think Spurs need to spend money to get back in top 4 otherwise they are doomed for mid table mediocrity.

    • M.

      July 15, 2011 at 2:31 pm

      Yes, I feel you guys are in better position than Arsenal. However, I don’t think Spurs are a balanced unit yet. Still over 6 weeks to go & if Spurs can buy a quality forward like Higuan, Benzama or Mario Gomez, they indeed can go the distance.

    • Kev

      July 15, 2011 at 4:02 pm

      My god. How deluded r spurs fans.

  2. afc

    July 15, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    to the mug above hahahahahahahahaha

  3. gfergo

    July 15, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    what a daft question who knows who is buying who? come back in 5 weeks with the same question

  4. richy1971

    July 15, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    There will be six teams fighting it out at top of the league this year and those six will be Arsenal, Tottenham,Manchester utd and city, Liverpool and chelsea. I am a gooner so top four should look like this arsenal chelsea and Manchester utd to fight for top 3. the other remaining spot will be fought for by the other 3 I would like to stay tottenham because they have some class players but for me liverpool have the edge because they have spent well and added some english talent and premier league experience to their ranks so less bedding in time for their new recruits.

  5. Archie

    July 15, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    To the mug above – will The ar@e have any players left come start of the season? Hahahaha. Spurs have more chance of winning the pl than your bunch of no-marks.

  6. FootieMan

    July 15, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    As a Spurs fan 4 life it’s hard to say the following but:
    1) Man C
    2) Man U
    3) Spurs
    4) Chelski
    5) Arsenal
    6) Liverspuds

    CL – Barcelona, with Man U and chelski only getting the semi, Arsenal the quarters and Man C not getting beyond qualify group. Europa not sure but Spurs for the Semi’s. FA Cup Liverspuds, League Cup Arsenal. Norwich, Wolves and Wigan for the drop with WHU and Brum coming up and poss Leeds.

    This is all based on current and projected teams with the first manager to be sacked at Sunderland …

  7. M.

    July 15, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    I guess, this ‘ll be most open battle in years. Six teams ‘ll fight for the title & though LFC & Spurs are behind the top 3, they are not in Europe (CL), meaning can focus entirely on league. I feel Arsenal is in hot waters most.

    Still 6+ weeks to go & all the top six are yet to close the book, I feel MU is in best position to win again, closely followed by Chelsea & LFC. The 4th spot ‘ll be fought between ManCity & Spurs & Arsenal finishing at 6; as of today’s team. However, Chelsea & ManCity still has millions to spend.

    For the managers, I won’t be surprised if Sunderland loose their Manager first. Among top 6, Mancini & Redknap are at most vulnerable position.

    Here is my Predictions

    EPL – MU, Chelsea, LFC, ManCity, Spurs
    FA Cup – ManCity, LFC
    League Cup – LFC, ManCity

    CL – Barca, Real
    Europa – Spurs, Ajax

    • Tharique

      July 16, 2011 at 9:22 am

      Fantastic comic comments from spurs and liverpool fans . They are in a world of dream. We all saw the last time how hard the league was.spurs cant compete in front. they can give good challenge to all top clubs.we cant say the chances of liverpool because of the inconsistency and the inconsistency time to settle for the new players . They have spent big money but not enough good quality to compete in high level they need time to settle .as an arsenal fan I will not say they will win for sure but they have good chance this year when nasri and cesc stays plus the arrival of gervinho . If any new boys will increase the the strength and quality. Man city will offer more threat to the title to arsenal ,united and chelsea but liverpool and spurs will be challenge to the top 4 but they cant win now but they turn the way of the title.

  8. Mattyboy

    July 15, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    lIVERPOOL 6TH – TOO MANY NEW PLAYERS, WILL NEED TIME TO SETTLE , NOT CONVINCED OF THE QUALITY OF PLAYER BOUGHT.

    ARSENAL 5TH – KEY PLAYERS HAVE AND MAY LEAVE, INEVITABLE INJURY TO RVP, LACK OF WORLD CLASS KEEPER & CB, STUBBORN MANAGER.

    MANCHESTER CITY 4TH – CL DISTRACTION; INEXPERIENCED; GOOD SQUAD BUT NOT NECESSARILY HAPPY; NEED TO REPLACE TEVEZ.

    CHELSEA 3RD – NEW BOSS, NEW REGIME, COMPETING ON ALL FRONTS, MAY TAKE TIME TO SETTLE SQUAD AND TEAM. ENORMOUS PRESSURE ON MANAGER.

    TOTTENHAM 2ND – SETTLED SQUAD; TALENTED PLAYERS; BALE, MODRIC, VDV NO CL DISTRACTION; GOOD MANAGER – WORLD CLASS STRIKER NEEDED BUT IF THEY GET WILL BE UP THERE.

    MAN UTD 1ST – DONE EVERYTHING EXACTLY RIGHT; CONSOLIDATED SQUAD STRAIGHT AWAY; FINDING REPLACEMENTS FOR OUTGOING LEGENDS; GETTING THEM IN EARLY TO GIVE THEM TIME TO GEL – WINNING MENTALITY

    • Barca

      July 15, 2011 at 3:19 pm

      You are stupid what game are you watching. It’ll be decades before spurs get anywhere near 2nd. Always in the shadow of arsenal. Key players want out. A manager who bankrupts clubs. Poor keeper (even friedel). No striker poor defense ye but all that aside I’m sure you’ll get second with your “settled squad” of players who want to move to bigger clubs. Chelsea, united, city, liverpool

  9. Kev

    July 15, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    We will easily win number 20. Chelsea are our only rivals, but the Russian has bought a Spanish transexual to replace drogba.

    • FootieMan

      July 15, 2011 at 4:17 pm

      City have more chance than u this year, Fergi might have bought but not with wisdom …

      • Kev

        July 15, 2011 at 5:44 pm

        Yeah right. A team of defensive midfielders and no tevez. Tevez hates city, if he didn’t like Manchester, why did he join city after 2 years at utd?
        City have no chance. Tevez is their only quality player and he’s goin.
        Their losers, like u.

  10. larush

    July 15, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    pish…spurs 2nd!!! Fantasy.and to my suprise matyboy says chelsea wont win just bcos they ve got new squad which u predicted that it will take them much time to settle,but u said something contrary in the case of man u.anyway,u had better shut the trap if u dnt know what to put up.

  11. Doc

    July 15, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    We don’t know because all the transfers have not been completed yet!!!!!

  12. mp

    July 15, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    premier league- chelsea
    fa cup – chelsea
    uefa cl – chelsea
    league cup- chelsea
    europa league – birmingham
    uefa super cup – porto

    • Kev

      July 15, 2011 at 10:07 pm

      Ha ha haaa. What an idiot

  13. seun

    July 15, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    (1)manutd
    (2)lfc
    (3)chelsea
    (4)mancity
    (5)arsenal
    (6)surs(they are pretenders)

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  16. trugooner21

    July 16, 2011 at 2:09 am

    Hmmm! impossible to judge at this point but since we’re guessing,i say:

    1. United: Fergie is just too good and has the EPL in the palm of his hand.

    2. Chelsea: I have a funny feeling the management changes wont work out because Abramovich is a nut! but if things go smoothly, top three for sure

    3. Arsenal: Will be highly motivated but will fall short again. Wenger is no fool, but his priorities are all screwed up!

    4. Liverpool: Kenny has revitalized the squad. the typical top four will be their only stumbling blocks this season

    5. City: more players are committed to the cash than the cause. I don’t think any player can feel settled either.

    6. Spuds: best team outside of the top five. If not them, my wild card team is Newcastle

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