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Premier League Title Predictions 14/15
Matt Posted by Matt 3 weeks ago
New season is sooooo close now I can almost taste the chicken pies (at first like molten sun then colder than ice, how do they do it!!)

So I am interested to hear peoples predictions about the top 4 and bottom 3.

Here is mine:

1. Manchester United
This may shock a few people but my reasoning behind this is Van Gaal is the right manager at the right time for united they have added quality players (they still need a couple more especially in central defence) but most importantly without the distraction of Europe, like Liverpool last year United this year will play a LOT less games than the other title contenders and that can be a huge advantage.
2. Chelsea
Most peoples favourite for the title will put up a stronger challenge this year which will hinge around new boy Diego Costa and his ability to score goals, if he turns out to be another dodgy striker then they will struggle again.
3. Man City
Will not want to concede the title but will want to do better in the Champions League this year so their focus might be on that more than the league.
4. Arsenal
They have bought a great player in Sanchez and if he adapts well to the Premier league they could finish even higher still missing a 20 goals a season striker to really push for the title.

5. Liverpool 6. Spurs

Relegation is always almost impossible to call the bookies make the 3 teams that come up favourite every time but seldom do all 3 go down in fact last year only 1 promoted team went down.

18. West Ham
Have been flirting with relegation for a few seasons now and I can see this being the season it finally catches up with them.
19. Hull
Great season has seen them get into Europe, but I fear the tricky second season may catch up with them.
20. Burnley
Least sure about this one as Burnley could very easily shock a few teams but I fear they lack a bit of squad depth so the start of the season will be very important.

When you start trying to put the teams in order you start to realise how strong the Premier League is. realistically there are 5 teams all with a good chance of winning the league and there are 10-12 teams that will be involved in relegation, so I would not be too shocked to see none of the above come to pass!

What are your predictions?

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Southampton: The Exodus
Matt Posted by Matt 1 month ago
I am being asked a lot these days 'What is going on at Southampton?'. The answer to this question has changed as the transfers keep happening.

It all started really back when Cortese was sacked as chairman as soon as that happened it looked inevitable we would lose Pochettino. So when he left for the ejector seat at Spurs (good luck with that) there was no real surprise although a feeling of disappointment and sleight dread about what this would mean for the team.

As the pre-season has progressed that feeling of sleight dread has in fact turned out to be a total horror show as player after player throw their toy out of the pram and head of for a pay day. here is the current state of affairs:

SOLD! 2/6 Lambert to Liverpool £4mil - Good luck, great servant finishing his career at his boyhood team.

SOLD! 27/6 Shaw to Man Utd £27m rising to £31 - Wow that's a lot of cash, transfer done properly.

SOLD! 1/7 Lallana to Liverpool £25mil - Again a lot of cash, but threatening to go on strike and refusing to hand in an official transfer request (so he does not lose his loyalty bonus) left a bad taste at the end of a great career with us.

SOLD! 27/7 Lovren to Liverpool £20 - Decent return and unlike the above no real ties to Saints and had every right to leave, just keep it off social media eh!

SOLD! 28/7 Chambers to Arsenal around £16mil - Bit of a shock this one, clearly a talented youngster with bags of potential but 16mil!

Current total: £92 million (for a reported outlay of around 9-10mil, 8 of which was on Lovren)

Now notice I say 'current state of affairs' as the rumours keep hitting thick and fast, even today I am reading that ol' Pochettino is planning a £50mil raid for Schneiderlin & Rodriguez. Which I can imagine being confirmed quite soon.

So why is this happening? I think the situation is almost unprecedented sure clubs have had fire sales in the past when faced with money worries but Saints are secure side operating in the Premier league with billionaire owners. The unique thing about this situation is that each and every move has been engineered by the players themselves, the players aren't being sold as much as being set free. If you take any one or possible two of the transfers in isolation you would say they are a good bit of business but all 5 and something starts to stink.

Truth of the matter is players have the power these days and they all want to play for, and this sticks in my throat to say it, a 'big team' (oh god I'm gonna puke). So in my humble opinion you have a perfect storm of players that have had a decent season coupled with big 4 sides that have had disspointing seasons prepared to pay huge transfer fees in an attempt at strengthening.

Where does this leave Southampton? Well it is going to be a very tricky season and I would be very shocked to see us anywhere near 8th place again. Even if the new manager Ronald Koeman (what must he be thinking!) gets to spend that juicy £91mil there is just no time left to build a team ask any Spurs or City fan how throwing £90mil at a side works out.

The overall feeling I am left with is of pure disappointment. This maybe the fan in me talking but Saints were building something special, an English Premier league side with a majority of homegrown players who had been developed by the club not just bought in en masse with the potential to challenge the top clubs. Part of me would love to see a majority of that £91mil stay in the bank and to bring through more players from the academy like Ward-Prowse, Reed, Isgrove and Targett so then if we can't keep our players we can at least keep our ethos.

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Arsenal's wonder kid needs change to realise potential
Footytubeblog Posted by Footytubeblog 1 month ago
Jack Wilshere is back in the headlines yet again this summer. Less than one week after being photographed smoking, prompting boss Arsene Wenger to speak publicly about the issue, the Arsenal midfielder is finally gaining news for a different reason.

Wenger revealed that his quest to acquire a new holding midfielder could be over and many believe that Wilshere will be the man to take over the job that Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini held last season.
Wenger revealed last November that he believed this was Wilshere's natural position and appears to now be going through with the move.

If this holds true, several things will happen as a result. Firstly, Wenger will likely no longer pursue long-time holding midfield targets like Sami Khedira and Lars Bender, both German internationals and players who are more comfortable at the position than Wilshere.

Throughout his career, 22-year-old Wilshere has primarily been disposed as a central midfielder closer to the attack.

Both players mentioned above are likely to command upwards of £20m, although Khedira's price could be driven down now that he is unlikely to see the pitch at Real Madrid following the signings of Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez this summer.

Secondly, this will open up space for the other talented Arsenal midfielders, such as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil.

Finally, it could signal that Wenger is looking to bring in another defender or striker and views those areas as more of an area of need. A defender was probably the bigger of the two with the recent acquisition of former Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez, but the Gunners boss recently acquired former Newcastle defender Mathieu Debuchy as well ... MORE
Chelsea’s little horse is now a thoroughbred bound for Premier League glory
Footytubeblog Posted by Footytubeblog 1 month ago
We all laughed at Jose Mourinho when he came out with this gem after his side beat Manchester City 1-0 in February. Mind games was what it was out down to, after all, how could a team put together with hundreds of millions of pounds of Russian money with a striker who once broke the British transfer record in their ranks be anything other than heavyweights?

Ultimately Chelsea slipped away from champions Manchester City and surprise challengers Liverpool, with some poor results – defeat at home to Sunderland perhaps the pick – displaying the soft underbelly and lack of experience ‘The Special One’ was talking about.

But now with a few more months under their collective belt – and another £60m+ from Roman Abramovich’s bank account – that very same “little horse” is looking rather more like a thoroughbred destined for Grand National glory.

Let’s start with the addition of note, Diego Costa. The one thing missing from the Blues’ ranks last term was a goalscorer. Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto’o bore the brunt of Mourinho’s rage through the campaign, and with 31 goals in all competitions – the same output as Luis Suarez in the Premier League – it’s easy to see why. Eden Hazard took the responsibility for finding the net, but from a wide role the Belgian was never going to match the tallies of big name strikers. Costa, despite his woeful World Cup, is a proven hitman, with 35 goals for Atleti as they secured the Spanish title and ran to the Champions League Final proof of his composure and talent in and around the box. Around the likes of Hazard, Oscar, Willian and Schurrle, chances will come, and he’s sure to return more than Chelsea’s frontline of 2013/14.

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A case of too much too soon for Liverpool?
Footytubeblog Posted by Footytubeblog 1 month ago
With Liverpool welcoming Champions League football back to Anfield for the first time since 2009 next season, the Merseysiders have unsurprisingly been exceptionally busy in the transfer market this summer.

The signings of Southampton duo Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert, along with Bayer Leverkusen's Emre Can, have all been officially confirmed, whilst Belgium's Divock Origi and Benfica's Lazar Markovic are excepted to soon follow suit.

And following the announcement this morning that Luis Suarez has now joined Barcelona in a reported £75million deal, Brendan Rodgers will be expected to continue investing in a bid to fill the enormous void the talisman striker will inevitably leave behind.

But one lingering concern persists, tickling away at the underbelly of what has already been a rather dramatic summer for Liverpool fans. Although Rodgers' desire to improve his squad as much as possible for next season is more than understandable, will it eventually become a case of too much too soon in the transfer market for the Reds?

My fears stem from last summer where Tottenham found themselves in a remarkably similar situation, the obvious parallel being Gareth Bale's record-breaking move to the other Spanish giants, Real Madrid. Keen to improve their strength in depth whilst also compensating for the Welsh wizzard's £86million departure, the Lilywhites went on a £110million summer spending spree, bringing in the likes of Paulinho, Roberto Soldado, Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela to name four of their seven additions.

All coveted names, all with preceding reputations. But making so many changes to the White Hart Lane roster in the space of a single transfer window had an enormously debasing effect ... MORE
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