Who Will Win The Premier League Title in 2012/2013?
The season, as we expected, has well and truly started with a bang, and it is as unpredictable as ever. We’re a few games into the 2012/2013 season now and though they say you cant tell much about how the season will pan out at this early stage, the margins at the top of the league are so fine come game number 38 that dropping points early on can leave the big teams out of the race come the last straight.
So, we’re evaluating the teams who may well be in contention come May, using their summer signings and the way they have started what promises to be the most exciting Premier League season since…erm…last year.
If there is one team that is always there or thereabouts it is United, and expect 2012/13 to be no different. They’ve strengthened their squad whilst retaining a lot of stability, and are also boosted by the return from long term injury of Nemanja Vidic and Darren Fletcher. United’s squad certainly isn’t the youngest, and it will be interesting to see if they have the legs to last the season, though the Red Devils will be confident that their players are reaching their prime and will gain revenge over rivals City after last year’s drama. Robin Van Persie has started the season as well as we all expected, and we can expect his transfer to have a big bearing on the end result of the season.
Undoubtedly, City are a real force now, and even though their spending hasn’t been huge by their standards, they’ve added to their already superstar squad with some solid players who will add depth to their squad. If Man City are to continue to dominate for years to come, this season could be pivotal, but keeping their huge (and sometimes volatile) squad happy could be a tough job for Roberto Mancini. I predict that City will be pipped to the title this season.
Chelsea are definitely back with a bang, and in my opinion they’re in with a realistic chance of winning the title this year after a few years out in the cold. Roberto Di Matteo has got the team spirit back with his amazing achievements last season, and Roman Abramovich is throwing cash at the squad again. The signings of Oscar and Eden Hazard will have a big impact, but whether Fernando Torres can step up and score the goals needed to win a title is key.
Certainly an outside bet, but Arsenal have started the season well, and look to have coped with the loss of RVP well with some brilliant signings including Santi Cazorla and Lucas Podolski, who are already impressing. Arsenal probably wont be up there at the end of the season, but dont be surprised if they ruffle a few feathers.
Other title long shots include Tottenham under AVB, who still have a really strong squad, and Everton, who have started the season incredibly well, though you can still get pretty long odds on either snatching their first Premiership title.