Premier League title contenders 2010/11

Posted by - August 25, 2010 - Predictions, Premier League

Can City break in this year? Or will Roy’s Reds return to reclaim their spot?
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The obvious contenders this season; Chelsea and Manchester United will still be the favourites to win however have Liverpool or Arsenal got what it takes to achieve the silverware this season? Or will Manchester City’s summer spending be enough to gain them the title?

Manchester United

After narrowly missing out last season, will the additions of Javier Hernandez, Bebe and Chris Smalling help to regain the title from Chelsea? Hernandez will add pace to the front line. In midfield, Paul Scholes is running the show and looks in good shape already this season. But his age could catch up with him over the course of the season and there is a question mark over whether Anderson is a suitable creative replacement after United missed out on Ozil. Defensively, United struggled last year due to injuries and therefore let in sloppy goals late on. This was again the case against Fulham. If Rio becomes fit and Smalling gains some first-team experience there is still adequate cover at the back.

Chelsea
The obvious strengths of Chelsea are still clear from last season: the sheer strength of the midfield and the scoring ability of the strikers will be a determining factor this season. The signing of Ramires will bring speed and youth to an experienced midfield. Yossi Benayoun will also bring an undoubted level of tactical intelligence to the team. Jose Bosingwa hasn’t hit his greatest form for Chelsea yet and so there could be a problem at right back. Keeper Petr Cech looked shaky last season but with Ross Turnbull providing good cover Chelsea should be safe there as well.

Liverpool
With the two main contenders out of the way, Liverpool – with new signings such as Joe Cole and Christian Poulsen – are still title contenders even after their 3-0 defeat to Manchester City. Pepe Reina in goal provides priceless ability, However, the defence in front of him has looked shaky over the past few seasons. With Fernando Torres spending more time on the treatment table than on the pitch, there is also worry over his form which is a problem for Liverpool’s title hopes. Steven Gerrard still provides sheer brilliance in midfield and will continue to do so with the ever emerging David N’gog netting goals.

Arsenal
Even with their passing ability, Arsenal will still struggle this season due to their lack in depth and average quality on the field. In goal, Manuel Almunia is not always reliable and has shown an unfortunate trait of making mistakes. In defence, Thomas Vermaelen still looks to be a quality defender and will be crucial for Arsenal’s title hopes. In midfield, Cesc aside, Denilson and Diaby are not enough to compete against other midfields across the Premier League. Upfront there is undoubted class and new signing Marouane Chamakh will have to do well this season to give Arsenal a target man they have been desperately lacking. Even with the 6-0 drumming of Blackpool, against tougher oppenents they may become unstuck.

Manchester City

It’s been spending galore this summer at Eastlands, but will they gel? Against Spurs, no. But against Liverpool there was significant improvement. With depth and quality, they cannot be ignored but there is no spine to the team. When that is established City will be a force. Chelsea’s spending sprees didn’t always gel – just ask Shevchenko – but this new look City side have serious potential. It may take more than just one season before they begin knocking on the door.

  • Neil

    Where are Spurs in this? They certainly have a better chance of winning than Liverpool, and have started off well this season…

    Bit of a pointless article really

  • hollis

    Liverpool gets a shout because tradition dictates that they must get a nod in any article referencing the title or champions league spots. In mentioning Tottenham a few others also merit mentioning, being Everton, Villa and Fulham. Tottenham had a nosebleed season last year and you can’t expect them to be able to pull off a champions league spot again this season unless they crash out of a cup or two in the early rounds.

  • neil

    I don’t see how you would have to mention Villa, Everton or especialy Fulham if you put in Spurs.

    Spurs finished in fourth spot last season, and in the end were only a couple of points away from an automatic champions league place. Last season was nowhere near a fluke for them. Had Harry been in charge for all of the previous season, they would certainly have challenged for the Europa League spots at the very least. They are also one of the best footballing sides to watch, at play a great wide game with a brilliant tempo.

  • FOCKS

    no spine to the man city side? what team are you looking at?

    i’d say joe hart, vincent kompany, yaya toure, nigel de jong, james milner and carlos tevez is a pretty good start!

    joker.

  • Charlie

    With so many players all playing in the same position i.e. Milner Wright-philips and Johnson that “spine” you mentioned won’t be established straight away. Even if Milner players centrally he will then find himself competing against silva etc. The spine will change during the season. By next season they will be far better contenders