Friday, 17 August 2012

FPLH's Projected Premier League Table 2012/2013

1st Man United (+1):
Narrowly lost the title last season, now have much needed quality in squad depth.

2nd Man City (-1):
Will focus more on Champions League.  Their classy squad remains almost the same.

3rd Arsenal (+0):
May surprise many pundits with a shock title challenge via rebuilt team and ethos.

4th Chelsea (+2):
Have bought/sold over the summer, but their strike force is weaker than their rivals.

5th Tottenham (-1):
AVB has a point to prove and may do so with Spurs, but unlikely to finish higher than 5th.

6th Liverpool (+2):
Expect a rejuvenated Liverpool to play Barca Lite football and attack more than last season.

7th Newcastle (-2):
Should carry on where they left of last season, albeit with a harder challenge at hand.

8th Swansea (+3):
Laudrup's new signings have gone under the radar and could challenge for a European spot.

9th Everton (-2):
Selling Rodwell and not buying a marquee player equates to mid-table doldrums.

10th Sunderland (+3):
O'Neill-inspired-Sunderland have a solid midfield that will carry on improving.

11th West Ham (n/a):
Could Maiga be the new Ba? Perhaps.  The Hammers have enough quality to shine.

12th Stoke (+2):
Same old, same old.  Should expect the same long-ball style, gritty tactics and usual team.

13th Fulham (-4):
If Dempsey leaves they could be relegation candidates.  If he stays, another mid-table finish.

14th Wigan (+1):
The Latics got out of jail late last season.  Kone's skill could be the difference this time around.

15th QPR (+2):
Despite some high profile signings expect them to be bogged down in the lower half of the table.

16th Aston Villa (+0):
Lambert hasn't done a complete overhaul as of yet. Bent's goals could just about save them.

17th Norwich (-5):
Exceeded expectations last season. May have just enough in the tank to stay up again. 

18th  West Brom (-8):
Were fantastic last season. But an inexperienced manager makes them relegation candidates.

19th Southampton (n/a):
They have a few glints of sparkle in the squad, but it won't be enough for survival.

20th Reading (n/a):
Unless they play as a team and punch above their weight they are heading straight back down.