English Premier League: Top 5 predictions for the upcoming season

Next month isn’t far away as we prepare for another breath-taking season that promises to be mouth-watering as usual, especially with the traditional top four teams looking as busy as ever in the summer transfer window.

Here are my top five predictions for next season:

1) Chelsea

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Despite sacking their manager and replacing him with an interim boss, the Blues still managed to secure glory last season. And now with Jose Mourinho set to take over come August, it’s rather foolish not to take Chelsea seriously as a genuine title threat.

Especially when they are one of the busiest in the transfer market; adding players like Andre Schurrle and Mark Schwarzer to an already excellent pack, comprising of players like Juan Mata and Eden Hazard.

It’s sure to be a fantastic season for the Blue faithful to look forward to, and I ostensibly believe they can win the league title next season.

2) Arsenal

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Wenger has had little sympathy from the press especially when he loses his big players, unlike the situation at Dortmund. And last season was horrific not only to the boss, but the fans too as they had to watch Robin van Persie produce those typical scintillating performances to help Manchester United win the English Premier League in his maiden season at the club.

But of course, it’s surely going to be a different environment next season- with Fergie and Mancini gone, the possibility of Arsenal finishing in the top two and even going ahead to challenge Chelsea for the crown is realistic, if only they add some signings in the summer transfer.

The club have been heavily linked with Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain. Getting the striker at the club next season is sure to boost the club’s attacking options as Giroud has struggled on few occasions. That is surely down to the club though, if they make good signings, the Gunners are title threats.

3) Manchester United

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Losing one of the greatest managers in the round leather game was obviously going to create a ditch in the Theatre of Dreams that is slowly turning to the Theatre of Hope. The Red Devils are set to begin life without Fergie .

Rooney looks set to follow suit at the exit door, although David Moyes is confident the striker would stay. If he eventually moves away, that could cause more problems for United. The team looked sharp and deadly as ever when Alex was in charge, as his half-time talks alone, when United needed help, were the perfect anti-dote to a memorable second half display.

But his exit now means United would be counting on David Moyes to deliver, and I expect him to take at least two seasons before his plans would materialise. A third place finish is my prediction for Manchester United next season.

4) Manchester City

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Similar to their Manchester rivals, the blue side of Manchester would be without the manager who guided them to an English Premier League triumph some seasons back.

Although, since the appointment of Manuel Pellegrini, the Citizens have got themselves busy in the transfer market with acquisitions like Jesus Navas and Fernandinho.

Still, a fourth place finish looms, as I find it an impossible task for this signings and the ones to come to blend in immediately.

5) Tottenham Hotspur

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There is something I can’t seem to fathom in this Spurs side – is it that they have tried to pip their arch-rivals Arsenal for that all important Champions League place? Or the fact they blew a 13 points gap to finish third last season and four points this season? Or finishing fourth last season but couldn’t qualify for the group stages of the Champions League simply because Chelsea came out victorious in Munich? I don’t know.

Some would argue Spurs’s major problem is bad luck, but that’s just a few of the lot. And losing Gareth Bale this season could even cause more miseries for the North London club as they are hoping to guarantee a Champions League finish come next May.

And that leaves me with four words- LOSE BALE! FINISH FIFTH!

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