10 Big, Bold And Beautiful Predictions For The 2013/14 Premier League Season

Chris Wright

15th, August 2013

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By Chris Wright

We’re but a day and a smidge from the kick-off of the 2013/14 Premier League season so we thought it was high time we did our annual “balls out of the bath” thing and make a few predicitons, ten in fact, vis-a-vis what we think the new term has in store for us.

Let’s get stuck in shall we?

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Manchester City v Queens Park Rangers - Etihad Stadium

1. Manchester City will win the title: Nobody has strengthened their squad as impressively as City. Yes, you can argue that all their embellishments have been made in the attacking department leaving the defensive ranks looking a little paltry by comparison, but an injection of fresh creative impetus is exactly what the squad needed after gradually stagnating under Roberto Mancini’s cautious approach.

2. The top four will be: City, Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal. In that order. Boom! Deal with it, suckers.

Soccer - 2013 Audi Cup - Final - Bayern Munich v Manchester City - Allianz Arena

Dzek yourself before you wreck yourself

3. The top league goalscorer will be: If Manuel Pellegrini is true to his word and gives Edin Dzeko the nod as the blustering apex of City’s front threesome then we’d have a shiny ha’penny on the Bosnian to reach the 20-goal mark in good time – though you can pretty much guarantee that Robin van Persie is going to run him close.

Soccer - Pre-Season Friendly - Newcastle United v Braga - St James' Park

Pepe le Pardpew

4. First managerial casualty will be: Our instinctive reaction would be Paolo Di Canio, but we’re opting for Alan Pardew instead. We know he’s signed up on a contract until Kingdom Come, but if Newcastle are anywhere close to being as woeful as they were last season then Monsieur Pardeaux will be sur la porte quicker than you can say “Je voudrais acheter un petit poney et le feu il d’un canon dans la mer”.

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Sunderland v Stoke City - Stadium of Light

Not a clue, not a bloody clue

5. Sunderland will tank: Apologies where due, but we just don’t buy Di Canio as a credible Premier League manager. His frothing gesticulation and unintelligible passion might fly in the lower leagues and in local derbies but you need a bit of shrewd, calculated tactical nous to cut it at the top table. Add in that he appears to have overseen some real “chaff” purchases this summer and all-in-all, the Black Cats ain’t lookin’ too hot.

Soccer - Luis Suarez

“AND I AM OUTTA HERE!”

6. Luis Suarez will be gone by January at the latest: Let’s face it; he really, really doesn’t want to be stuck at Liverpool next season. If by some miracle, Brendan Rodgers manages to keep him penned in a corner at Melwood until midnight on September 2nd, then you can bet your bottom dollar that old mopey chops will be gone at first light on January 1st.

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Aston Villa v Newcastle United - Villa Park

“Let’s see if I remember how to do this”

7. Darren Bent is going to be the best price-to-points Fantasy League player: Big call, but if he joins Fulham on loan (which is apparently in the offing as we speak) as planned, you can almost hang your hat on Bent rejuvenating his Premier League scoring touch at The Cottage. He’ll presumably have a million or two knocked off his price too given his fallow year at Villa last term.

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“Mah oven chaps are goin’ta taste amazin’ off this lattle beauteh”

8. Manchester United will wobble in their first post-Fergie season: It’s hardly a ground-breaking opinion we know, but we’re firmly of the mind that United will struggle – in a relative sense, i.e, finish third and maybe get knocked out of the cups early, etc – to make progress next season, partly due to the fact that the squad hasn’t been improved at all so far this summer (we know it’s well-trodden, but that midfield sure looks shonkier and shonkier) and partly due to the fact that Moyes will be still getting used to operating under a constant spectre that is far bigger than he’ll ever be.

Soccer - Pre-season Friendly - Southampton v Real Sociedad - St Mary's Stadium

You say tomato, we say Wanyama

9. Southampton will finish comfortably in the top half: The Saints have spent a lot of money on just two players this summer (Dejan Lovren and Victor Wanyama) but in the process they’ve also managed to snare two players that we apparently being touted by club’s far more fashionable and less colloquial than themselves – indicative of their subtle, under-the-radar rise in stature.

We’re probably/definitely getting a little ahead of ourselves bandying a Europa League finish about, but we expect the Saints to finish comfortably in the top half: somewhere around about those 8th-6th-place spots.

Soccer - Premier League Preview Package

“All aboard the Hull train! Stopping at every station on the way to relegation!”

10. The relegation triumvirate will be: Hull City, Crystal Palace and…dum dum dum…Cardiff City. Yep. All three Championship-quality teams will be returning from whence they came post haste. However, don’t rule out Sunderland. Did we mention we’ve got a real bad feeling about Sunderland?!

So, there you go my good people. Feel free to rate ’em and slate ’em as you see fit. Also, hast thou any fearless predictions of your own you’d care to share with the group? Fire away…

For comparison’s sake, here are last season’s shouts. Most of them were absolutely spot on. Most of them.

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28 Comments

  1. Macca says:

    Not bad predictions IMO, Swansea will make top 7, maybe even 6

  2. NellyQuinn says:

    I reckon Hull & Palace will not exceed Derby’s 11 point special… between them! Might as well just give all other 18 teams a few points head startt and have an extra couple of weeks league break in winter.

  3. Jetser says:

    This kills me..

  4. milt_palacio says:

    I think Spurs should finally finish in the top four this season. They’ve signed some quality (Soldado, Chadli, Paulinho, possibly Capoue + Sandro, Rose, Kaboul) without giving up too much so far (Huddlestone, Deuce, Caulker). If they can keep Bale for one more year, they have to finish fourth at least. Especially with Arsenal doing nothing but shedding salary so far.

    City could do with another CB, with Natasic out for the start of the season. Other than that, they look the strongest on paper. Not sure if Dzeko is a starter this year, if yes top-goalscorer should be between him, RvP and Soldado. Oh, and Peter Crouch of course.

    Speaking of Stoke, I’m really interested how Mark Hughes will turn out there, promising attractive football when the team clearly isn’t build for it. Could basically finish anywhere between last and… 13th!

    Thing I’m looking least forward to this season: News stations making every Mourinho, Di Canio, Moyes/Sir Alex – quote into something newsworthy.

  5. Anabelle says:

    City will NOT be #1. There, I said it.

    And all because of that overrated, butterfingers, lettuce hands, error prone goalie of theirs.

    Hart makes Massimo Taibi look like Iker Casillas.

  6. Peters says:

    City will win the title, FA Cup, League Cup, Champion’s League, Europa League, Ligue Un, Serie A, La Liga, the Bundesliga… anything less will be seen as a failure

  7. muppets says:

    @Chris I’m very upset that there’s no ‘Fernando Torres to score plenty’, just for the sake of continuity

  8. BESTIE says:

    Pelegrini will be sacked before Pardew does

  9. Rory says:

    I agree about the Sunderland prediction, Di Canio’s shtick won’t fly with top level professionals in the Premier League.

  10. Straight Dave says:

    You say that Sunderland haven’t made any decent signings, but I reckon Giacherini (sp?) might just surprise you this season.

  11. MJ says:

    @Rory: “top level professionals”. really, they exist in football ??

  12. s says:

    i dunno about arsenal finishing above spurs, they haven’t made any decent signing’s this year. if bale stays, him and soldado could be very good up front

  13. harry says:

    Bryan Ruiz to make a lovely black bean salad and feed it to his sick grandmother live on BT Sport.

  14. etowaheddy says:

    Quite reasonable predictions, except for Cardiff being relegated. Several other sides, including Sunderland, look more at risk.

  15. TravisKOP says:

    Well these are definitely bold. granted your predictions last year were off the mark i predict arsenal dropping out of the top 4

  16. Colin says:

    I can see Hull surprising a lot of teams. Steve Bruce is an experienced premier league manager and has made some really shrewd signings. My prediction for Hull is 15th or 16th.

  17. quebec in your face says:

    I think saying Sunderland have had some naff signings is a bit unfair. I’m adamant that Emanuele Giaccherini and Jozy Altidore have been fantastic coups for a club as undesirable as Sunderland.

  18. Fnarf says:

    Spurs are going to win the league. Arsenal are going to finish 8th, well behind Southampton and Swansea. Liverpool are going to surprise as well. Man Utd are going to feature numerous on-pitch punch-ups and brawls amongst both players and coaches; Rooney’s going to be sent packing after blacking Moyes’s eye following a substitution after a hilariously bad penalty whiff: Youtube heaven.

    • Cameron says:

      You want ballsy, here’s ballsy
      Aston Villa to finish 7th
      Benteke stays hot and Guzan has banner year in goal
      Also, let’s not sugar-coat this, Sunderland are shit and they will go down

  19. hotspur922 says:

    awful predictions.

    top 4, wrong…

    sunderland… top half finish, Di Canio becomes black cats legend.

    I hyave more predictions I can shart outta my ass but i’ll leave it alone.

  20. Cameron says:

    You want ballsy, here’s ballsy….
    Aston Villa to finish 7th
    Benteke stays hot and Guzan has sensational year in goal

  21. Cameron says:

    You want bold, here’s bold
    Aston Villa to finish 7th
    Benteke stays hot and Guzan has banner year in goal
    Also, let’s not sugar-coat this, Sunderland are going down, they are shit

  22. James says:

    You forgot to predict Torres being prolific this year, as you have done for the past two seasons

  23. MrMac says:

    Mourinho to take the title – and get woefully beaten in the FA and Europe.

    Will still claim succesfull season.
    Lukaku to breakthrough in the second half as the new drogba and torress gone by janaury.

  24. alexei says:

    “All aboard the Hull train! Stopping at every station on the way to relegation!” – That combined with the image had me rolling

  25. Maciek says:

    so 3 and 1/3 of 10, not so good Pies;-)

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