2012/13 Premier League preview
The English Premier League kicks off for the new 2012/13 season this Saturday, 18th August.
It promises to be yet another exciting season with new managers at the helm at Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspurs, Swansea, Aston Villa, West Bromwich Albion and Norwich.
Of the teams that finished in the top five last season, only Spurs have changed its manager.
Former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas takes the reigns at White Hart Lane and its interesting to see if the can improve on the fourth position the team finished in last season under Harry Redknapp.
It looks likely that the top four teams will be Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea in some order.
Liverpool could challenge for a top four finish and hence Champions League football in the 2013/14 season, but they will have to be better than Spurs and its debatable whether Newcastle can sustain last season's good run.
The newly promoted teams are Southampton, West Ham and Reading and it would seem like West Ham have made good preparations so far bringing in new players to strengthen their squad.
Reading and Soton will have to do the same or it will be a long season.
Norwich and Swansea did well last season but the managers responsible for that have since left and so it remains to be seen if the new managers can keep the teams well away from relegation.
For the teams that flirted with relegation last season, Aston Villa have done well to bring a good manager who did well in his first season in the top flight.
Wigan will have to start the season the way they finished the last one in order to stay in the division.
QPR will also have to start well and the get the team gelled early enough in the season. Mark Hughes will be there from the start and so that should help them.
The likes of Fulham, Everton, Sunderland and Stoke should be comfortable finishing mid-table.
TipsChallenge will continue with the English Premier League tipping competition and everyone in the competition gets a league table according to their predictions.
Spurs are going to be the mystery team of the season. Will AVB be up to it this time at WHL and finish in the top four? But saying that, he needs Ade or similar replacement to bang the goals, what about Modric? If he goes which looks likely who is going to replace him? Lets see what happens in the first two matches.