2013-14 EPL Season

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2013-14 EPL Season
Sat Aug 10, 2013 10:14 pm
  • Less than a week remaining till Liverpool and Stoke City kick off the 2013-2014 Premier League season. Time for Predictions, I say we should do it like this:

    Top 4(and those who have a chance to contend for those spots)
    Bottom 3

    FA Cup
    Capital One Cup

    Top Scorer
    Player of the Year

    Biggest Improvement
    Biggest Dropoff
    First Manager To Get Sacked

    and anything else you feel like adding.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Sun Aug 11, 2013 12:31 pm
  • Top 4

    1. Chelsea
    2. Man Utd
    3. Man City
    4. Arsenal

    Bottom 3

    18. Sunderland
    19. Crystal Palace
    20. Southhampton

    Top Scorer - Robin van Persie
    Player of the Year - Eden Hazard

    Biggest Improvement - Aston Villa
    Biggest Dropoff - Tottenham
    First Manager To Get Sacked - Sam Allardyce or Malky Mackay
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Sun Aug 11, 2013 2:56 pm
  • I'm going to reserve the right to amend this after the transfer window closes, but as things stand today:

    Top 4 - 1) Chelsea, 2) Spurs, 3) City, 4) United, + 5) Liverpool, 6) Arsenal
    Bottom 3 - the 3 that came up (lame, I know, but I know nothing about any of them. Of last season's survivors I'd pick Hughes to help take Stoke to go down.

    Top Scorer - Bale, followed by Lukaku
    Player of the Year - Bale

    Biggest Improvement - Villa
    Biggest Dropoff - Stoke
    First Manager To Get Sacked - Pardew
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Sun Aug 11, 2013 4:47 pm
  • Hawkspur wrote:I'm going to reserve the right to amend this after the transfer window closes, but as things stand today


    Yeah it's especially hard to predict top scorer/player of the year without the rosters being set.

    It doesn't look like Bale will be playing in the PL this year, so I didn't take him into consideration for the awards/having an impact on Spurs.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Sun Aug 11, 2013 7:36 pm
  • Luis Suarez..
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Sun Aug 11, 2013 8:40 pm
  • 1st Chelsea
    2nd City
    3rd Man Utd
    4th Arsenal
    top scorer: Lukaku

    Relegated: Hull
    Newcastle (please please please)
    Stoke
    Biggest improvement: Southampton

    Biggest drop off: Everton

    First sacking: Pardew

    Also: How strong was that Liverpool team against Celtics 'reserve team'? I know they didn't have Suarez or Agger who else was missing?
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Sun Aug 11, 2013 8:45 pm
  • 1st Arsenal
    2nd Man City
    3rd Chelsea

    Relegation: Man United... Hey, I can dream!
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Sun Aug 11, 2013 9:00 pm
  • Why do people think United will drop off so much? I don't see it. They may drop off somewhat, with the new manager, but 3rd/4th or even out of the top 4? Seems laughable to me.

    IMO, they will be real contenders for the title. 1st or 2nd.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Sun Aug 11, 2013 10:14 pm
  • Dawgs0 wrote:Why do people think United will drop off so much? I don't see it. They may drop off somewhat, with the new manager, but 3rd/4th or even out of the top 4? Seems laughable to me.

    IMO, they will be real contenders for the title. 1st or 2nd.


    Because Moyes is not Ferguson and there will be a period of adjustment. Will the players respect the new manager? It's not easy replacing arguably one of the worlds best ever managers. Many thought Ferguson got the best out of a Utd side that needs money spent on it. Giggs, Scholes need replaced, Rooney looks unsettled. Ferdinand looks past it, Vidic injury prone.

    Mourinho and Pellegrini are good managers who have signed some good players so are expected to win.

    I said third. If third is good enough for the fans (who have been spoiled with success the last 20 years) then I think he will do better next year with new signings and his own players, however Arsenal have a nack of getting in the top 3/4 no matter the players they sign.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Mon Aug 12, 2013 5:56 am
  • Top 4

    1. Chelsea
    2. Man City
    3. Man Utd
    4. Arsenal

    Bottom 3

    18. Sunderland
    19. Crystal Palace
    20. Hull

    Top Scorer - Robin van Persie
    Player of the Year - Eden Hazard

    Biggest Improvement - Aston Villa
    Biggest Dropoff - Tottenham
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Mon Aug 12, 2013 7:34 am
  • Top 4

    1. Chelsea
    2. City
    3. United
    4. Spurs

    Bottom 3

    18. Palace
    19. Stoke
    20. Fulham

    Golden boot - RVP
    POY - Juan Mata

    Biggest improvement - Spurs
    Biggest drop off - Everton
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Mon Aug 12, 2013 9:21 am
  • Top 4

    1. United
    2. Chelsea
    3. City
    4. Spurs

    Bottom 3

    18. Palace
    19. Southampton
    20. Sunderland

    Golden boot - RVP
    POY - Hazard

    Biggest improvement - Aston villa
    Biggest drop off - Arsenal
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Mon Aug 12, 2013 1:51 pm
  • 1. Chelsea
    2. City
    3. Spurs
    4. United
    5. Liverpool
    6. Arsenal

    3-6 can change as I see them being the most active in the window (buy or sell) from here out.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Mon Aug 12, 2013 3:05 pm
  • Glasgow Seahawk wrote:1st Chelsea
    2nd City
    3rd Man Utd
    4th Arsenal
    top scorer: Lukaku

    Relegated: Hull
    Newcastle (please please please)
    Stoke
    Biggest improvement: Southampton

    Biggest drop off: Everton

    First sacking: Pardew

    Also: How strong was that Liverpool team against Celtics 'reserve team'? I know they didn't have Suarez or Agger who else was missing?


    Just missed the back of the net. Played quite well outside downings gaffe that led to conceding. No end product. Such is soccer somedays
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Mon Aug 12, 2013 3:13 pm
  • MANUNITED23 wrote:Top 4


    Bottom 3

    18. Palace
    19. Southampton
    20. Sunderland


    Biggest drop off - Arsenal

    Southampton?... Interesting

    They've had a good window after a strong season. I see them top 8.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Mon Aug 12, 2013 3:14 pm
  • I'm a casual EPL fan and the team I followed the last couple seasons (QPR) were unceremoniously relegated. So your assignment is to sell me on a team to follow this season. Go.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Mon Aug 12, 2013 3:16 pm
  • Southampton?... Interesting

    They've had a good window after a strong season. I see them top 8.



    Either them or West Brom.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Tue Aug 13, 2013 10:35 am
  • peachesenregalia wrote:I fancy So'ton for the drop too, Simon. Just not buying what they're selling.


    Liverpool top 4 now that Shelve Carroll Spearing and Downing are gone?
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Tue Aug 13, 2013 2:43 pm
  • peachesenregalia wrote:
    Uncle Si wrote:
    peachesenregalia wrote:I fancy So'ton for the drop too, Simon. Just not buying what they're selling.


    Liverpool top 4 now that Shelve Carroll Spearing and Downing are gone?


    We need a big CB and someone like Erickson, since it seems we're set to miss out on Costa


    Willian to Liverpool getting legs
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Tue Aug 13, 2013 3:02 pm
  • Uncle Si wrote:Willian to Liverpool getting legs


    I'd like Willian at Spurs. Or Lamela.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Tue Aug 13, 2013 11:23 pm
  • peachesenregalia wrote:So....Thisisanfield.com are saying that Suarez has told Uruguayan reporters that he will be staying at Liverpool and signing a new contract.

    Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm..................


    So... we're to believe a Liverpool site that appears to have zero connection with the club other than being an independent supporters site and a random reporter. I still think he'll be gone by the transfer deadline, I did hear that the German version of caughtoffside(we all know how reliable those bozos are) is claiming that Bayern Munich are reviving their interest in Suarez.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Wed Aug 14, 2013 2:31 am
  • Suarez will either stay or go to Madrid. Most likely the former. If Liverpool can get William or someone similar and hold on to Suarez they will be very, very good. If they sell Suarez to Arsenal it will really boost Arsenal and hurt Liverpool's chance of CL qualification. There is a 0% chance it's going to happen.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Wed Aug 14, 2013 4:27 am
  • Gatehawk wrote:
    peachesenregalia wrote:So....Thisisanfield.com are saying that Suarez has told Uruguayan reporters that he will be staying at Liverpool and signing a new contract.

    Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm..................


    So... we're to believe a Liverpool site that appears to have zero connection with the club other than being an independent supporters site and a random reporter. I still think he'll be gone by the transfer deadline, I did hear that the German version of caughtoffside(we all know how reliable those bozos are) is claiming that Bayern Munich are reviving their interest in Suarez.


    Oh Gate. How Arsenals window going? Sign anyone yet?

    You would believe the same Uruguayan press that started the whole saga. Not that random. Either way its the backtracking we all expected...
    He wants to stay because of fan support (his words.... Oh the irony) and may sign a new contract (which in sure this time would actually contain a release clause)

    Willian Sahko Sequidero... Come on John Henry
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Wed Aug 14, 2013 9:18 am
  • peachesenregalia wrote:Oh, and SkySports are reporting it also.

    Hard lines, Gate.


    Okay let me raise you one reliable Japan media outlet and the BBC are reporting that Suarez has denied those other reports.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Wed Aug 14, 2013 9:19 am
  • Sky Sports Germany is claiming Arsenal are on the verge of signing Bayern Munich midfielder Luis Gustavo and they might complete it before the season opener on Saturday.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Wed Aug 14, 2013 11:14 am
  • peachesenregalia wrote:
    Gatehawk wrote:
    peachesenregalia wrote:Oh, and SkySports are reporting it also.

    Hard lines, Gate.


    Okay let me raise you one reliable Japan media outlet and the BBC are reporting that Suarez has denied those other reports.


    Ok....when you say 'the BBC', are you meaning the actual BBC or that stupid twitter account you linked me to that time? Because the two are very different. Suarez definitely said he's staying, now Kolo Toure has come out and talked about what a lift it is for the other players.

    Arsenal's persuit of Suarez is over. I imagine he WILL sign a new contract, this time with a proper release clause in it.


    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/23695857
    I know it isn't that long of an article so shut up.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Wed Aug 14, 2013 11:20 am
  • I should probably point out that should Arsenal fail in their pursuit of Suarez they appear to have a back up plan involving either Edin Dzeko or Michu.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Wed Aug 14, 2013 12:05 pm
  • Gatehawk wrote:Sky Sports Germany is claiming Arsenal are on the verge of signing Bayern Munich midfielder Luis Gustavo and they might complete it before the season opener on Saturday.



    [/url]http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/499121/20130814/luiz-gustavo-bayern-munich-arsenal-wolfsburg.htm[url]

    15 more where that came from by the way...


    too funny
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Wed Aug 14, 2013 4:03 pm
  • peachesenregalia wrote:So....basically that says "Even though the Uruguayan newspaper says Suarez has said he will stay, he hasnt told the club yet". Nowhere in that article does it say Suarez denies the reports.

    Learn to read, Gate.


    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/footba ... emain.html
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Wed Aug 14, 2013 4:06 pm
  • Uncle Si wrote:
    Gatehawk wrote:Sky Sports Germany is claiming Arsenal are on the verge of signing Bayern Munich midfielder Luis Gustavo and they might complete it before the season opener on Saturday.



    [/url]http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/499121/20130814/luiz-gustavo-bayern-munich-arsenal-wolfsburg.htm[url]

    15 more where that came from by the way...


    too funny


    I'm not even giving a damn right now cause one side is claiming that, another is claiming Arsenal, and another is claiming Napoli.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Wed Aug 14, 2013 6:15 pm
  • The sounders have spent more than arsenal....that to me is hilarious....
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Wed Aug 14, 2013 11:44 pm
  • peachesenregalia wrote:The facts remain, Gate, that Suarez is still a Liverpool player, and that Arse-nal have signed no-one this window.


    Thank you captain obvious. Honestly, I'm convinced Arsenal do have money and want to spend it, the problem this time is nobody wants to sell their players to Arsenal. The reasons going through my mind is A) a slight fear that selling anyone decent to Arsenal could cause the Gunners to become a true powerhouse again, and B) Those same clubs want to leave Arsenal with that paper thin squad they've got due to the clear out.

    I highly doubt Arsenal are just gonna not sign anyone by September 2nd, doing that would be just as crazy as selling a key player after that massive clearing the Gunners did over the past month and a half or so. I feel Arsenal can challenge for a trophy easily this year with how impressive they've been in the preseason, but they have to make some signing(screw weather the player signed are World Class or not) otherwise that depth is just gonna be insanely poor, worse if injuries start popping up in those thin areas.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Thu Aug 15, 2013 6:21 am

Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Thu Aug 15, 2013 1:04 pm
  • Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta looks to be 6 weeks out. That's a big blow for Arsenal if you ask me.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Thu Aug 15, 2013 6:27 pm
  • MANUNITED23 wrote:Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta looks to be 6 weeks out. That's a big blow for Arsenal if you ask me.


    Arteta is very underrated, I agree completely that is a huge shot in the gut of their midfield.

    For me to call the league is too early. I wish the transfer window would end before the start of the season, so they could be in training for a month. It should end at the start of August, but whatever. Arsenal has really dropped the ball this window and better scramble to pick up some players soon, not that I really care I'm not a supporter, but I do wish them luck.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Fri Aug 16, 2013 8:59 am
  • Dream on
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Fri Aug 16, 2013 9:38 am
  • peachesenregalia wrote:Umm....do you pay attention to ANYTHING, united? a front three of Willian, Suarez and Sturridge would dominate the league. Who have United got? RVP and a declining, unsettled Rooney. That's it.


    Lucas and Gerrard behind. Allen as pas Henderson sterling borini skrtel off the bench.

    Definitely challenging top 4


    But..... Long ways from landing Willian. Here's to hope
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Fri Aug 16, 2013 10:02 am
  • Umm....do you pay attention to ANYTHING, united? a front three of Willian, Suarez and Sturridge would dominate the league. Who have United got? RVP and a declining, unsettled Rooney. That's it.


    Willian haven't been signed yet as far as I know. Rooney will be fine if he stays and RVP is a beast. I am thinking a big year for the youngsters at the club as well. Transfer window hasn't been closed yet, there are still signing to be made.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Fri Aug 16, 2013 10:47 am
  • United looked $h!t all preseason. Moyes is no Fergie. RVP is a beast when healthy, but if he goes down United look very short on attacking options, and that midfield is a joke at this point.

    Liverpool are in advanced talks for Willian. I'm not counting any chickens yet, what I'm saying is IF we land Willian, we'll be looking at a top-4 finish.


    United will be just fine. Everton will finish higher than Liverpool in the standings.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Fri Aug 16, 2013 11:41 am
  • nope. Liverpool will finish above United. United lucky to finish 4th.



    Okay...we shall see about that.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Fri Aug 16, 2013 11:44 am
  • McG wrote:
    MANUNITED23 wrote:Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta looks to be 6 weeks out. That's a big blow for Arsenal if you ask me.


    Arteta is very underrated, I agree completely that is a huge shot in the gut of their midfield.

    For me to call the league is too early. I wish the transfer window would end before the start of the season, so they could be in training for a month. It should end at the start of August, but whatever. Arsenal has really dropped the ball this window and better scramble to pick up some players soon, not that I really care I'm not a supporter, but I do wish them luck.


    I among those that thinks it's nearly criminal that Arteta doesn't get on the Spanish national team. The past few years it's seemed like it's taken something major for Arsenal to speed up their transfer dealings, 2011-12 it took that United match to get those deals that brought in Arteta and Mertesacker to happen and last year the injury to Kieren Gibbs resulted in Nacho Monreal's arrival.

    This is a massive blow to Arsenal, he'd be missing for the North London Derby and the CL playoff which are crucial.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Fri Aug 16, 2013 12:30 pm
  • Arteta? What about Michu or Mata? The Spanish won't add a PL player onto the national team. Its why Fabregas left.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Fri Aug 16, 2013 12:36 pm
  • peachesenregalia wrote:Arsenal have missed out on Gustavo. He signed for Wolfsburg today.

    Honestly not taking the piss here, Gate, but this has to be pretty troubling at this point. Season starts tomorrow, and no new signings for Arsenal.


    I'm at the point where I'll take anyone, I never truly believed this squad would need to be improved too much. But they need to make signings to fill out the squad because at this point, we might be forced to keep that douche Bendtner.

    What I've heard is that Gustavo choose Wolfsburg cause Arsenal asked him to take a slight pay cut. Still doesn't make any sense as I think any sane person would probably choose Arsenal over Wolfsburg regardless of the trophy drought or wage offers. You could say familiarity with the Brazilians there and staying in the Bundesliga, but like Steve Nicol said a day or 2 ago, it would've made more sense if it was Dortmund or Schalke. Gustavo's decision is just a bit confusing.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Fri Aug 16, 2013 12:40 pm
  • Uncle Si wrote:Arteta? What about Michu or Mata? The Spanish won't add a PL player onto the national team. Its why Fabregas left.


    Care to show me a more accurate passer than Arteta? Mata was on the National Team a couple times I believe and Michu was a virtual unknown before last year, though he does deserve to play at least one game on the Spanish NT.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Fri Aug 16, 2013 12:46 pm
  • Took me a bit, went back and forth on a couple of these predictions. Please do not grill me over where I have certain teams. The Arsenal one is mainly a "if they sign players" prediction so don't say I'm being biased or stupid.

    1) Chelsea
    Why?: One man, Jose Mourinho. Though I’m not too happy with his extremely arrogant and cocky attitude since he rejoined Chelsea. Mourinho’s arrogance could end up being a problem for the Blues.
    Strength: Gotta be their defense. David Luiz has become probably one of the best defenders in the EPL and couple him with Petr Cech, who’s widely considered the top EPL keeper, and you’ve got a difficult time trying to break through. Also worth a mention is Frank Lampard who is Chelsea’s main source of inspiration and can easily turn a game on its head if he’s given the opportunity
    Weakness: The unknown. Honestly I really don’t know what Mourinho’s plan is for Chelsea, it almost seemed like a number of players were either linked with departures or rumored to be in player swap deals.

    2) Arsenal
    Why?: Stability, Arsenal are the only Top 5 club that hasn’t gone through a major shift(unless Spurs manage to keep Bale). Managing to keep their best players, which it’s up to you why as some say it’s cause there’s no World Class players left at Arsenal, is almost as good as signing players.
    Strength: Their attack, people seem to be so obsessed with b!@ch and moaning about how Arsenal need to buy a world class striker that they fail to realize that the Gunners were only outscored by Chelsea and Man United last season, and that 4 of Arsenal’s players put up double digit goal tallies. Arsenal do have an issue with the fact that they make more chances than you can count before they even get a shot into the goal and obviously signing a striker that can create goals out of nothing would make them more dangerous going forward.
    Weakness: Consistency and Depth. Arsenal have this annoying habit of having a crazy rollercoaster form for the first half of the season, which tends to be what kills their chances of a league title(or even a Top 2 or 3 finish). Also as a result of the summer clearout, the Gunners have a paper thin squad, should an injury hit one of those places that is lacking in options, Arsenal could be in serious trouble.

    3) Manchester City
    Why?: While City probably is the consensus pick to finish in the Top 2 with Chelsea, I’m not convinced. City made a major change at Manager, getting rid of Mancini(still a little baffled with that considering he led them to 2 trophies and an FA Cup final in the last 3 years) and replacing him with former Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini, who is a decent manager I’ll give him that. However City have sold 2 key strikers in the last 6 months and have spent around £100 million on 4 players with 0 EPL experience, and that’s gonna be the toughest part for them. City also have players who tend to half-ass their assignments *cough* Nasri *cough* when they shouldn’t be doing so.
    Strength: Aguero and Hart. In my mind these two are the reason Man City haven’t imploded at any point of the last 2 seasons. Aguero’s ability to get the crucial chances is a major part of City’s success. Hart is also easily the keeper any club would want(though it was laughable with how easy Arsenal scored on him last Saturday).
    Weakness: Selfishness and Arrogance. Something I’ve noticed about City is that their players tend to try to do things by themselves, it has looked less likely to happen this year from what I’ve seen in the preseason. I’ve also noticed that they seem to become complacent when things don’t go their way.

    4) Tottenham Hotspur
    Why?: They have made some impressive improvements in the Summer(as frustrating as it is for an Arsenal fan to admit that). However, despite all their improvements, this summer could still turn to hell if Gareth Bale leaves. Last year I claimed they were in trouble with the departure of Luka Modric, though I don’t think any of us expected the impact Bale would make. Gareth is the only reason in my mind that Spurs had any chance of a Top 4 finish this year.
    Strength: Gareth Bale. In all honesty, if not for Bale’s sudden surge to the level he is at(which IMO isn’t where Daniel Levy thinks he’s at), would Spurs have even qualified for Europe last year?
    Weakness: Gareth Bale’s future. Their improvements could soften the blow of him leaving for Real Madrid, but him leaving could cause a massive dropoff for them. To be honest, if Gareth Bale’s future was decided by now, I would’ve either had them higher or lower in my predictions.

    5) Manchester United
    Why?: Replacing Sir Alex Ferguson is like trying to figure out a Rubix Cube in 1 minute. No disrespect to Moyes, but I’m not too sure he’ll be able to come close to bringing out the best of a average squad(with a few gems) like Fergie was able to do. And if you think Arsenal’s summer transfer window has been frustrating, then United’s has been no different. Thiago was supposedly on the verge of signing with United, then signed with Bayern Munich, and then there are the futile attempts to get Cesc Fabregas. And then there’s the Wayne Rooney saga.
    Strength: Robin Van Persie. Top scorer the past 2 years, I despised the site of him lifting the EPL trophy in that kit(trust me, that’s the nicest thing I could think of saying) and a major reason for United’s 20th top division title win.
    Weakness: Reliance on Robin Van Persie. Like with Arsenal in 2011-12, United seem to need him to perform at his best if they want to win(case in point the Community Shield). Even Moyes has admitted that should something happen to RvP, they’ll be in serious trouble.

    6) Liverpool
    Why?: I’m just not as convinced as everyone else. The signings they made seem almost random which included a misfit who hasn’t been at his best since leaving Arsenal, a goalkeeper who overachieved at Sunderland, a player who spent last year on loan at Barcelona’s B Team, and a striker who played for a club that barely escaped relegation by a single point. I believe their whole season hinges on what happens with Luis Suarez and even though he’s reportedly apologized to his teammates, I’m still skeptical about this meaning the transfer saga is over with. They still seem thin in attack and things could go bottoms up if Suarez leaves the club.
    Strength: Veteran Leadership, Agger and Gerrard are probably the two best Captain/Vice Captain partnerships in the EPL and Gerrard is the most inspiring player on the squad. They do need Suarez’s goal scoring ability, but they need Agger and Gerrard’s leadership more.
    Weakness: Suarez’s Behavior/Future. The main reason I’m hesitant to accept him IF he were to join the Gunners is the fact that he seems to find ways to make headlines on the field for the wrong things. The fact that he scores loads of goals makes him indispensable for the Reds(and why they are afraid to let him go) but at the same time, you know he’s likely bound to do something stupid and get himself in trouble. Should he stay, if he misses any amount of games(aside from the 6 he still has to serve for the Ivanovic bite), Liverpool could find things difficult

    7) Norwich City
    Why?: In my opinion, the Canaries have had the best Transfer window out of any club. Honestly, I will be surprised if they start the season as poorly as they did last year. I just find myself liking this team more and more and if they keep things intact, I could see them challenging for a spot in Europe. They finished the 12-13 season strong and if they can get the ball rolling early on in this season, they’re capable of big things.
    Strength: Options in attack. The arrivals of Gary Hooper and Ricky Wolfswinkle are intriguing signings by Norwich and opens up the possibilities, and despite losing Grant Holt(can someone tell me the logic in why he left for Wigan?) they still have plenty of choices in attack and they might be scoring plenty of goals this year.
    Weakness: How they start. Not necessarily a weakness, but looking at last year, the their start left them fighting for survival for a long portion of the season. Their final position shows how hard they worked to avoid the drop but they still finished only 8 points clear of relegation.

    8 ) Swansea City
    Why?: Heading into the 2011-12 season, if anyone told me they thought Swansea would still be in the EPL after 2 years, I’d thought they were crazy. Not only are they still here, they’re also in Europe by way of their Capital One Cup win. They haven’t made too much noise in transfers, with Shelvy and Wilfried Bony being the most notable ones, they do also have the rumors of Michu and Ashley Williams being on Arsenal’s radar(but at this point there’s nothing more than just rumors). They might make things interesting in the Top 4 fight in the end and with the way this season is shaping up, they’ll be adding fuel to the fire.
    Strength: Style of play. How Laudrup has them playing seems to be eerily similar to the clubs like Barcelona and Arsenal who like to pass a lot, and Swansea appears to be set up perfectly for that style of play.
    Weakness: Fixture Pile Up. Winning the COC last year earned them their first trip to Europe, and because of that, they’ll have to deal with the added list of Europa League fixtures should they progress to the Group Stage. We’ll soon see just how ready they are to compete to be among the elite of Europe.

    9) Everton
    10) Fulham
    11) West Ham
    12) Aston Villa
    13) West Brom
    14) Southampton
    15) Sunderland
    16) Newcastle United
    17) Cardiff City
    18) Stoke City
    19) Crystal Palace
    20) Hull City

    Top Scorer: Robin Van Persie(if he stays healthy) or Suarez(if he avoids suspensions)
    Player of the Year: Frank Lampard, Santi Cazorla, or RvP(really hate saying that last one)

    Biggest Improvement: Norwich City
    Biggest Dropoff: Spurs, Liverpool or Man United(really depends on how the transfer window ends)
    First Manager To Get Sacked: Steve Bruce(Hull City)

    FA Cup: Norwich City
    Capital One Cup: Arsenal
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Fri Aug 16, 2013 1:22 pm
  • peachesenregalia wrote:couple of things. Firstly, no way Arsenal finishes above City. No way in hell.

    Secondly, saying liverpool are 'thin in attack' means you haven't been paying attention.

    Having said that, I actually like your predictions. I would flip-flop Arsenal and City, and flip-flop Liverpool and Spurs and leave everything else pretty much the way it is.


    Did you read the part at the top? I said "if Arsenal buy players", if they don't they could easily be fighting just to finish Top 4. And when I said Liverpool are thin in attack, I was refering to the fact that Suarez and Sturridge are the only two legit threats at the striker position, at least in my opinion. I'll admit they've got goal scorers else where, but I was referring to the striker position when I said that.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Fri Aug 16, 2013 1:55 pm
  • Christ on a bike....

    Not even sure where to start. So I won't. Peaches, ISWT.... Day away boys.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Fri Aug 16, 2013 3:57 pm
  • When your threadbare team is on the eighth year of a silverware drought, most recently snuck into fourth place with all the confidence of a cheating husband coming home after a tryst, and has put its best transfer hopes in the rumor of a $78 million dollar deal for a racist and two-time cannibal, nostalgia is as good as it gets.


    http://www.grantland.com/blog/the-trian ... he-numbers

    Just thought I'd share with y'all.
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
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Re: 2013-14 EPL Season
Fri Aug 16, 2013 6:23 pm
  • Just wanna try something, who wants to try a match prediction thing? Like we predict the winner and scoreline of each match that is played on the weekends?

    What I think is that you get 1 point for picking the correct result, and bonus points if you guess the the correct score for either side. Basically you can get a max of 3 points per game. And if there's 10 games on the weekend you could end up with 30 points total. If anyone wants to do this, I'll keep track of the standings.

    This weeks matches:

    Liverpool vs Stoke City
    Arsenal vs Aston Villa
    Norwich vs Everton
    Sunderland vs Fulham
    West Brom vs Southampton
    West Ham vs Cardiff City
    Swansea vs Manchester United
    Crystal Palace vs Tottenham
    Chelsea vs Hull City
    Manchester City vs Newcastle United
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