Premier League Preview

Posted by mrice | Teams | Wednesday 18 August 2010 3:34 pm

Traditionally a 4 team race, last season’s disappointing showing out of Liverpool FC has teams that are traditionally relegated to the middle of the Premier League pack thinking it could be their time to break through English football’s glass ceiling. Liverpool’s misfortune was of course Tottenham’s gain as the club exceeded expectations with a 4th place finish. Just two weeks away from the open of Premier League pre-season play, here is a look at what one might expect in the upcoming season.

  1. Chelsea (09/10 record: 27-6-5) It’s hard to knock the defending Premier League champions, especially considering they scored a record 103 goals on their way to the title. Boasting a goal differential of 71, 13 goals ahead of the League’s next closest mark, Chelsea showed offensive firepower unmatched in English soccer. Even with key losses in Ballack, Belletti and Cole, the Blues were even more dominant than the final standings would indicate and should look to hold on to their top position.
  2. Manchester United (27-4-7) Man U came up just one point short of what would have been a record 4th straight Premiere League title, racking up 85 points compared to Chelsea’s 86. Third place accumulated just 75 points, with only 4 breaching the 70 plateau. With Man U and Chelsea head and shoulders above the rest of the league last year, it’s hard to see any team challenging the top two in the coming season.
  3. Arsenal (23-6-9) In danger of becoming the 3rd wheel in a two team league as opposed to an essential quadrant of the “Big 4″ (along with Liverpool), Arsenal needs a strong showing in the coming season. Much of this will depend on whether Cesc Fabregas, the club’s premiere talent, decides to return after making a public request to leave.
  4. Manchester City (18-7-13) Man City is one of several teams looking to pass a struggling Liverpool, hoping to one day rise to the prominence of their cross town foes. Last season’s 5th place finish, which could’ve been higher were it not for 13 draws, was a major step forward. More experience and seasoning could help the squad to close out close games.
  5. Liverpool (18-9-11) They may have been unseeded from their traditional ending point, but don’t count out the Reds just yet. Fernando Torres will return and will have plenty of talent around him, as Liverpool looks to make amends for a lost season.

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