Wednesday, 15 August 2012

CollinsBeans Premier League 2012/13 Preview

Our views on the potential winners and losers for the forthcoming season, all in 140 characters or less.

Disclaimer: please do not use this as a basis for investment at the bookmakers.

Scarcely believable we know, but the new domestic season arrives on Saturday. And after all the success and emotion of the London Olympics, football’s got some work to do to win people back over.

It’s hard to see overindulged players suddenly becoming inspiring role models, but we’re hopeful that the football itself will entertain and slowly bring back the fans.

And it only seems right and proper to have a few predictions about what might happen over the next few months. We’re conscious of keeping up with trends at CollinsBeans too, and now that it seems most things must be reduced to 140 characters, we’ve kept all our views inside this limit as well.

Please read on for some short, sharp opinions on what may happen in the Premier League 2012/13. Championship edition to follow shortly.


James Platt:

1. Manchester City

Very strong squad, no key players lost & now the experience of winning a title. Strong CL run may distract them but are the team to beat

2. Manchester United

No doubt desperate to reclaim title & will surely be up there. But no big additions to squad & centre midfield looks a bit light

3. Chelsea

Jury still out on RDM but deserved chance after CL win. How quickly Hazard settles + the form of Torres key - not many other options up top

4. Arsenal

Always dangerous to write them off for top 4. Giroud & Cazorla look decent signings. Ultimate cliché here, but centre defence seems suspect

Matthew Snelling:

1. Manchester City

They don’t need to have spent big this summer, they already have the best squad PLUS their players now have the winning mentality

2. Chelsea

Let’s be bold, exciting new attacking signings could be creative delight or unbalanced nightmare. He deserved the job, but RDM needs to step up

3. Manchester United

Massive cliché but never count them out. Kagawa interesting signing, but aging limbs and continued weak centre midfield could be their undoing

4. Everton

Call me crazy BUT tidy squad, great manager & Pienaar back + teams around them looking highly fallible = an unheralded outside the box shout for 4th



18. Norwich

2nd season syndrome too clichéd? Hughton a solid hand but will miss Lamberts tactical flexibility which allowed him to get most of limited squad

19. West Brom

It’s when a Yo-Yo club achieves ‘stability’ you worry. Steve Clarke has fine reputation as a coach he could be out of his depth as the main man

20. Southampton

A meteoric rise but squad looks light on Premier League quality. Defence/goalkeeper look shaky and can Lambert & 7 million man Rodriguez get the goals?


18. Swansea

Hard to see repeat of last year. Manager gone, key players lost & teams now aware of them. Laudrup a good appointment but tough ask for him

19. Norwich

Prime candidate for 2nd season lapse. Lambert seemed integral to previous success. Bad start could spell disaster. Forwards may struggle

20. Southampton

Thin squad low on quality. Strike force looks a bit Championship: hard to see where goals will come. Lack of top flight experience all round



Fernando Torres

Went with Torres last year & it was laughably wrong. But now he’s clearly first choice, with no Drogba around. Rooney & Aguero will be up there


Sergio Aguero

Explosive in his first season while still acclimatising, now he is fully settled with a happy(ish) Tevez beside him. The goals should flow



Sam Allardyce

You never think the Allardyce/West Ham marriage is a happy one. Early struggles, fan pressure and it won’t take much for vile owners to send P45


Steve Clarke

A hunch but Clarke is unproven as No1. If WBA start badly pressure will be on. Outside chance of AVB if he destroys unity of another team



Santi Cazorla

Very Arsenal-type player & fans will hope he does bit better than Arshavin. Exciting to watch, scores goals from wing + excellent free kicks



Will Chelsea be the new Spain? Diminutive attacking midfielders looking to create chances, which if doesn’t work, punt it up to Torres

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