philipl Posted August 6, 2010 Share Posted August 6, 2010 I know we are all waiting for the Transfer Window to open but you have probably not noticed the 2010/11 domestic football season starts tonight with a Championship game... Ordinarilly, we save these things until there is a decent view of who has signed whom but on the basis nobody is signing anybody (apart from City splurging £100m on near nobodies) here is my, as always completely incorrect, projection: 1. Chelsea - have got too much for all other clubs to compete with but might suffer from players continuing their lousy World Cup form into the early new season. 2. Arsenal - do or die season for the Wenger kids (and Wenger who has not renewed his contract expiring at the season end). Surely cannot be as badly affected by injuries as the last two seasons? 3. Man U - the Mexican looks a very good signing but still massively reliant on Rooney. Tirng midfielders are a year older and slower, Van der Saar 40 this year I believe and central defence is better than the sum of its parts. 4. Man City - might well do well early on as fixtures are kind but anywhere between 1st and 8th for this lot so plumped for mid-range. 5. Liverpool - Benitez going is worth at least six points in itself. Hodgson is a great coach, and whilst the players he has inherited are mostly mediocre, his early transfer trading suggests they will be stronger when the window closes. Keeping Torres is offset by his injury and an opening fixture list from hell. 6. Tottenham - I know I projected great things for them last season and they let me down by only winning a string of key games against other clubs at the top when it mattered and qualifying for the CL. Weird that 'Arry has not traded (unless his sticky fingers have been pulled completely out of the till and he isn't bothered any longer). Only in 6th because I think City and Liverpool will be much tougher this time round and the CL (depending on the qualifying draw) will stretch them too much. 7. Everton - if they keep everyone fit could be the surprise package challenging for a CL place. 8. Aston Villa - just think that O'Neill has been rumbled. Still a very potent side. 9. Fulham - huge fan of Sparky and he will strengthen without losing anyone. Could well be in the mix higher up the table than this for much of the season. 10. Rovers - OK I am assuming that we will make signings by 1 September and that we won't have a rubbish first half to the season like we did last time. If we continue the run we had in the last 20 games last season, we will be top half. 11. Stoke - have money and still cannot make signings. Will be better than last season but needed a dramatic overhaul to move into real contention at the top this season. 12. Birmingham - probably being unkind to this lot. Have a suspicion the rest of the Prem will know how to handle them better than last season. 13. West Ham - Grant is a very good manager and is making shrewd signings. That they supplied so many players for England says more about England than West Ham though. 14. Sunderland - Bruce is a poor manager. I am assuming they make an OKish start and he keeps his job. Anyone else in charge and they should be in the top half. 15. Bolton - huge regard for Coyle but too many question marks in the team. Fletcher might be quite a useful acquisition though. 16. Newcastle - definite relegation candidates but probably have too much about them to go straight back down. 17. Wolves - signing players from relegated clubs for a shed load of money will probably keep this lot in the Prem for another season. 18. Wigan - love the Manager but I think that defence is going to cost them once too often this time. Will probably lose one if not two players before the window closes sealing their fate. 19. West Brom - been making good signings but I don't think the yo yo will stop this season. 20. Blackpool - Holloway is inspirational but without half the team that won him promotion (gone back to the clubs that loaned them out) and no signings it is walking on water time; 38 times! Sunderland and Derby will be looking for relief from their entries in the Premier League's record books. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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