A Tussle at the Top
Man City’s triumph in the English Premier League on goal difference last season was as dramatic as it gets. Whilst that was a two-horse race between the Manchester clubs, expect the top position to be much more openly contested this time around. Along with the Manchester teams, Chelsea will start the season with fresh optimism having won the double in 2011/12 and with their summer purchases could present a formidable challenge. Throw Arsenal and Tottenham into the mix – two teams who should certainly not be discounted – and it promises to be an exciting struggle to claim top spot and the crown of champions.
More Balotelli Antics
Where would the Premiership be without Balotelli? Since arriving at Eastland’s 2 years ago, he has lit up the tabloids with crazy stories ranging from throwing darts at youth team players to giving out large wedges of cash to tramps. The fact that many of the fabricated stories are believable is testament to his legendary status. Aside from this, he’s not a half bad footballer who found the back of the onion bag 17 times last season. Judging by his time so far in the English Premier League, there is no doubt once he returns from injury he will provide plenty of fireworks this season, on and off the pitch. Why always you, Mario? Well you’re a bloody nutcase...and that’s why we love you.
New Stars will emerge
Who will win the English Premier League this season is anybody’s guess, but one thing we can be sure of is that there will be plenty of new talent to admire. Santi Carzorla, a Euro 2012 winner and Arsenal’s record signing, will add a greater creative dynamic to the Gunner’s football this season. English fans will hope to see emerging stars such as The Ox, Tom Cleverley and Kyle Walker having strong campaigns. Manchester United’s £17m signing Shinji Kagawa has impressed in pre-season and has the ability to be at the forefront of the Red Devils title assault. My pick for the one to watch out for is Eden Hazard. Coming from France with a hefty price tag, he displayed glimpses of his undoubted potential in the Community Shield that could make him one of the best attacking midfielders in English Premier League history.
Excitement no other league can replicate!
It may be a slightly biased view but for me, the English Premier League is the most exciting in the world. Man Utd 8 – 2 Arsenal, Man Utd 1 – 6 Man City, Chelsea 3 – 5 Arsenal, and Blackburn 4- 3 Arsenal to name but a few of the incredible games we witnessed during the 2011/12 season. Not to mention some stunning strikes which can rival that of the likes of Ronaldo and Messi any day of the week. Here are some of those wonder goals: