Who Will Win The 2011/12 Title? We Look At The Five Contenders

By on July 16, 2011

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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.

Man Utd

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.

The new arrivals will need to settle quickly as United face Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea in their first five Premier League fixtures, so a tough start for the Red Devils, however all three games are at Old Trafford where United were almost faultless last season.

Chelsea

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.

The new season gets underway with an away trip at Stoke, shown live on Sky, followed by games against West Brom and newly promoted Norwich City, so many would say it’s a favourable start for the Blues and an opportunity for them to build up a head of speed before they travel to Old Trafford on the 18th September. A game not to be missed!

Man City

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. A good test of City’s credentials will be the season opening Community Shield against rivals United, the first live televised game on Sky for the new season. A win here and City will be full of confidence heading into the new campaign.

Arsenal

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.

The Gunners have a tough start, facing away trips to Newcastle and Manchester United as well as a home tie against Liverpool in their first three games. A slow start is the last thing Arsene Wenger and his men need after their capitulation towards the end of the 2011 season.

Liverpool

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 first big test of the new-look Liverpool will be a trip to the Emirates on the 20th August to face Arsenal, prior to that is a season opener against Sunderland who have also been busy in the transfer market.

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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19 Comments

  1. topspurs

    July 16, 2011 at 11:38 am

    I love it. Liverpoo`

    • Doctor

      July 16, 2011 at 12:44 pm

      I love the way he kept the spuds out of the whole equation……..classic!!!

  2. topspurs

    July 16, 2011 at 11:40 am

    I love the way Liverpool are title contenders despite finishing 6th last season and Spurs are not going to be challenging any time soon. The transfer window ain’t closed yet. I’m not saying Spurs ARE title contenders, but neither are Liverpool. Written by an optimistic Liverpool fan I think.

  3. AdamB

    July 16, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Have you forgotten that Liverpool have finished 6th for the last 2 seasons, sold their one world class player in Jan and have a captain (Gerrard) who has done nothing for 2 seasons and is getting older and less influential?!?!?

    Since then Spurs have finished 4th and 5th and have a pile of cash to spend this summer

  4. Twitchy face hater

    July 16, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Spurs ain’t got no cash, levy does the same thing each transfer window. You will sell at the last minute and then get someone cheapish. Remember this comment when it happens.

    You got so much money you’re going for adebayor lol. Modric knows it which is why he don’t want to play for you no more. Next summer it will be bale.

    Even with lots of money bagpuss is cak at spending it, he hasn’t bought your best players and only buys old guys or guys he’s worked with, most of whom you’re trying to sell now.

    At least Pool have shown ambition they nearly went above spurs last season with only half a season with dalglish and after an awful start.

    You need to start worrying about the likes of Sunderland coz you won’t get close to pool

    • J Egan

      July 16, 2011 at 12:41 pm

      Haha love the response from a clearly bitter/bias liverpool fan.

      Despite your obvious non existent knowledge of tottenham and how they work, I commend you for helping everyone realise how deluded you are.

      Firstly we actually have a ton of money, but rather spend it on a bunch of average british players we’re waiting for quality. Lets look at it, Henderson, Adam, Downing. 48m all together? Would one of them get in Tottenhams starting XI? Theres an argument that 2 of them would struggle to get on our bench.

      Spending money doesnt mean showing ambition! Its what you do with it that counts.

      Oh and our largest signing was Modric for 16.5m, who now is touted to be sold for at least double that. Yeh our signing policy is turd…

      Come back to me when the window is closed.

    • Tru

      July 16, 2011 at 1:31 pm

      As a Spurs fan, unfortunately Twitchy Face Hater is right, we are going to be a mid-table side next season. Liverpool were already better than us before the season finished and now they have invested where as we are losing our key man. Sorry Spurs fans, but we’re screwed.

      • bubble9

        July 17, 2011 at 10:16 pm

        Tru……your a spurs fan!!!! I think your twitchy face moron replying to his own posts!!! How sad that is.

    • bubble9

      July 17, 2011 at 10:13 pm

      sorry mate, but the players you have bought this summer really havent strengthened you at all, Charlie Adam?? Jordan Henderson £20m??? Stewart Downing? Your spending is nearly finished and I would be really pissed off if that was the quality of the players bought in at Spurs. Our spending is yet to begin and if Luka does go then thats another £30m+ added to the war chest. I’m confidently ticking the “Spurs win” box when we play you, thats been the case for the last few years and cant see anything changing anytime soon… 🙂

  5. Football formation creator

    July 16, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Liverpool are looking strong and with a few more additions will be up there challenging with United and Chelsea. Arsenal won’t be challenging and City won’t make a proper go at at until Mancini gets gone.

  6. Dr Sain

    July 16, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Ambition in a football club can be achieved only by spending money.look at chelsea,man city.berca have the best youth system,yet every year they sign big deals like henry,maschrano,villa,and sanchez and fabregas this yr most probably.man u payed astronomical figures for mediocre players like anderson, hargrevs and they paid again for jones and more to come.real madrid is always paying big.inter,ac milan all the same.if u have money and dont spend,u r Arsenal.if u have no money,so cannot spend,u r Totenham.
    Most of us who follow BPL,can clearly see that these two r the teams,who will most probably be out of top four,unless they spends big.
    Arsenal and Totenham are always selling club,with or without money.Liverpool was a selling club,due to lack of money.But not anymore.

  7. 4everaspur

    July 16, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Sad to see all the scousers thinking they are contenders for the title so soon after they were contenders for the championship. The truth is that Manure and Chavski will end up 1 and 2 then 3 and 4 are probably between Tottenham Citeh and possibly liverpool. Dalgleish has done well in the short time he had but he can’t turn the club around overnight.

  8. Ibraheem olayiwola

    July 16, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    I see the blues winning wrestling d title 4rm man utd.

  9. MarkSpur

    July 16, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    It always makes me chickle how football fans argue about their ability to make transfers and how much money their club has, or has not, in the bank. Football is increasingly becoming no more than a collection of soulless brands, fighting for the employment of a bunch of mercenaries who could not give a **** about our beloved clubs and the badges they kiss. All targeted at making them richer and us considerably poorer.

    • Weezy f wafi

      July 17, 2011 at 9:57 am

      Spending cash on players is good, keny d has done good signin 4 lpool, but he now has 1 of d quantity midfield in epl, but nt good enough 4 d title, bcos there less quality, n tell ken 2 find a place 4 steve gerad on d bench n see how pool squad will progress. Anonymous united fan

  10. Pete

    July 16, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Yeah right Liverpool because the 5 teams who finished above them would love to have signed great talent like Adam, Carroll and Downing, do me a favour if they are in the top 5 it will be a miracle……

  11. Ibraheem olayiwola

    July 16, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Yeah…Because next season we are going to come out stronger and i want AVB to go into d market to get some world class and future player…especially luka modric d best croatian creative midfielder who can make wonder and do wit d ball, on every seconds on d pitch.pls RA SHOULD give t’ham the money dey request plus alex and sturridge.

  12. MarkSpur

    July 16, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    That should, of course, read chuckle, not chickle!

  13. Jamali

    July 17, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Goodness, Scrousers all over the world do talk the same. Every off season, they get very exited about all these signings and talk about them as if they just signed an incarnation of Messi or something.

    Since sometime in the last century we’ve been hearing this same rhetoric “this will be our year….” crap.

    Half way through the season, they realized it’s another false dawn. 2/3 through the season, the pathetic rhetoric starts to die off and they began imploding on their own team.

    Just concentrate on getting a CL spot before harboring dreams and fantasies about gunning for the EPL crown. Before you can break the stranglehold of United and Chelsea, you need to first fight off Spurs, Citeh and Arsenal.

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