Back in early February, I posted an article that predicted the end of season table for the top clubs in the Barclay’s Premier League. Lets take a look at how my predictions compare to the final table:
- Manchester United – I don’t see a collapse here, they are way too strong of a squad and look to finish out the Premier League season rather comfortably to win the title yet again. Verdict: Correct. United were under no pressure from the rest of the Premier League and won the title with weeks to spare.
- Manchester City – They do not have the firepower and consistency this season to catch United, but I do not see them slipping below 2nd and I don’t envision another club going on an epic run to catch them. Verdict: Correct. City was under no real threat to give up the 2nd spot as the clubs below them were concentrating on 3rd and 4th.
- Chelsea – They had a great start to the season then faded the last couple of months. They should regain form and I believe they retain the 3rd spot. Verdict: Correct. Maybe I do know what I am talking about after all. Spot on to how Chelsea closed the season.
- Arsenal – Arsenal’s summer signings (Giroud and Podolski) are now clicking on all cylinders. Injuries have plagued them in the past and they do not have a deep bench so if they can stay healthy, I think they squeak into the last Champion’s League spot. Verdict: Correct. Arsenal was able to stay healthy and this is exactly where I saw them finishing with that happening.
- Tottenham – With shades of 2011/2012, the Spurs miss out on the Champion’s League to their North London rival. I think the 4th/5th spots will come down to Arsenal or Tottenham and based on how Tottenham finished last season, I don’t have much confidence in their ability to finish strong. Verdict: Correct. Up 7 points on Arsenal with 2 months to go, I was getting nervous until I remembered this is Tottenham we’re talking about and they love to collapse at season’s end. 3 collapses in 3 years.
- Liverpool – Recent draws against Arsenal and Manchester City should be seen as positives even though they had a 2-0 lead in the 2nd half against the Gunners. They are starting to score goals with the help of a new signing in Daniel Sturridge. Coutinho also provides a burst of midfield youth so I see them improving on last season and taking the 6th spot. Verdict: Close. I missed Liverpool finishing in 6th by 2 points, so sue me.
- Everton – I think they finish at the same spot they finished last season. They had a good run of form but have to start turning those draws into 3 points if they want to contend for a Champion’s League spot. I think they pull a Tottenham and fade down the stretch. Verdict: Close. Everton did fade down the stretch, but not as much as I thought they would. A physical squad that is just a couple of quality players away from Champions League action, in my opinion.
After going through those predictions, you might think I knew what I was talking about somewhat.
Take that SkySports and ESPN Soccernet.
Over the summer, I will be providing my “expert” predictions for the 2013/2014 season. I will also be providing analysis on the summer transfer window week to week so stay tuned for the latest signings and analysis of each. In the meantime, enjoy the Champions League Final this weekend as there will be plenty to discuss following Saturdays German clash.