Part 1 looked at Arsenal, Aston Villa, Burnley, Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Everton. Part 2 looks at Hull to QPR:
Via the FA Cup final, Hull qualified for the Europa League qualifying stages, and after defeating Trencin are in the final round before the Group stages now. In terms of the league, they ended up fairly low down but going for it in the Cups paid off for Steve Bruce’s men. This summer they have added a lot of quality, young British players, and got rid of the high earners who were not pulling their weight:
Tom Ince (Comp), Jake Livermore (£8m), Harry Maguire (£2.5m), A Robertson (£2.25m), Robert Snodgrass (£7m)
Matt Fryatt, Robert Koren, Nick Proschwitz, Cameron Stewart
So – plenty of attacking flair added – Snodgrass and Ince should be cracking signings, with young Maguire an astute signing, with the lad looking to be an international star. Here’s how we think they could lineup this season:
McGregor, Rosenior, Davies, Chester, Figueroa, Huddlestone, Livermore, Meyler, Snodgrass, Ince, Sagbo (4-2-3-1)
They have to be careful with the Europa League as the likes of Wigan and Birmingham have really struggled while in it, with Newcastle and Everton both nearly getting relegated whilst in it. If they get into the Europa group stages, it means they will be playing Thursday-Sunday every 2/3 weeks, and unless they make use of their entire squad, they will struggle. I can forsee them finishing in the bottom 5.
There is no real value I can find on sites such as William Hill. A simply bottom half finish is 1/7, and outright for the PL they are 5000/1…Shane Long to finish top scorer is 100/1, Niki Jelavic is 150/1.
Leicester won the Championship convincingly, with Nigel Pearson doing a fine job. They have a good squad, with Kasper Schmeichel between the sticks, Anthony Knockaert and Matty James in midfield and David Nugent up top. They do however need to add quality to stay up. They have signed some experienced players such as Matt Upson, and then taken a risk with Leanardo Ulloa from Brighton.
Leanardo Ulloa (£8m), Mark Albrighton, Ben Hamer, Matt Upson, Jack Barmby (Free Transfers)
Lloyd Dyer, Gallagher, Sean St Ledger, Kevin Phillips, N Danns
They really need a few more players – And Pearson is looking. However, this is how we think they will line up for the first game:
Schmiechel, De Laet, Upson, Morgan, Schlupp, Knockaert, James, Mahrez, Albrighton, Ulloa, Nugent.
It will be interesting to see how Matt James does – he was highly rated at Man Utd, and has impressed with them so far. Anthony Knockaert is another who impressed in the Championship, and Kasper Schmiechel can finally prove himself in the Premier League, where his dad made his name.
Odds wise the only decent value is for them to get relegated @ 9/4 – I believe unless they bring in a couple more players they will struggle. Cardiff spent £30m on 3/4 players, and all three have gone already since relegation! The key is buying the right player, rather than the expensive ones. Price does not guarantee quality
This summer is pivotal for the Reds in terms of if they step on and push for the title again, or slip away back into mid-table. Suarez has gone for £75m, and in a way they may be better off without him. He gave them a bad reputation, and without him there they may regain respect from referee’s after a series of poor discipline and diving from several of their players. With that money, they have replaced well in other area’s, but not up front. Here’s their deals:
Emre Can (£10m), Manquillo (Loan), Dejan Lovren (£20m), Divock Origi (£10m), Lazar Markovic (£20m), Adam Lallana (£25m), Rickie Lambert (£4m)
L Alberto, Iago Aspas, Conor Coady, Divock Origi, Pepe Reina, L Suarez, A Wisdom
Nearly £90m spent, but no true replacement for Suarez. Loic Remy was close to signing but they pulled out due to an underlying medical issue. Now they are searching for a world class star to fill the void and appease the fans. Very hard to find! Here’s how I think they will line up this weekend:
Mignolet, Johnson, Lovren, Sakho, Enrique (Moreno if signed), Henderson, Gerrard, Emre Can, Sterling, Sturridge, Markovic (4-3-3)
A strong squad, espcially if you consider the likes of Coutinho, Skrtel, Toure, Lallana, Allen and Lucas etc are waiting in the wings to come in, although Lallana is injured.
Liverpool are 12/1 to win the title, and Evens to get into the Top 4. Danny Sturridge is 7/1 to end up as top scorer, Sterling is 66/1 and Lambert is 50/1
Pellegrini’s men are chasing a 3rd straight title, and have started with a slight handicap. They were fined £50m for breaking FFP rules, and their squad limited for the Champions League. They can also not increase their wage bill, so players had to leave before any could arrive. Here are their dealings so far:
Willy Callabero (£4m), Eliaquim Mangala (£32m), Fernando (£12m), Frank Lampard (Loan), Bacary Sagna (Free), Bruno Zuculini (£1.5m)
Gareth Barry, Jack Rodwell, Joleon Lescott, Costel Pantilimon, Emyr Huws
A few more may follow – John Guidetti and Matija Nastasic two that may well leave. Here’s how they could lineup against NUFC this weekend:
Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Mangala, Clichy, Toure, Fernando, Fernandinho, Silva, Navas, Aguero (4-3-3)
They are 5/2 to retain their title, and 8/11 to get over 82.5 points. In terms of Top Scorer odds – Aguero 11/2, Edin Dzeko is 14/1, Yaya Toure is 20/1. I personally think they will win the title.
After a dreadful season, Moyes leaves and Van Gaal arrives. So far there has been little action in the transfer market, with Herrera and Shaw the only two to come in thus far. Van Gaal wants time to asses his options before making decisions, but doing it late may have an affect on their early season with players taking time to adapt.
Luke Shaw (£27m), Ander Herrera (£29m)
Ryan Giggs (Retired), Bebe, Patrice Evra, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Alex Buttner, Federico Macheda
Their lineup is still rather impressive – here is how they may well line up this weekend:
De Gea, Rafael, Evans, Smalling, Shaw, Herrera, Fletcher, Valencia, Mata, Rooney, RVP (4-2-3-1)
After such a bad season – it’s amazing they are just 9/2 for the title and 1/2 to get into the top 4. Liverpool finished 2nd and are 12/1 for the title and Evens to get into the top 4! Shows the effect of Van Gaal. Had Moyes still been in charge those odds would be the other way around! We expect them to make it into the CL, but not win the title. 3rd at best
After half a brilliant season, and half an appalling season – it’s crunch time! They needed signings badly, and have got them in abundance. They have spent over £35m on 9 players, and rid the club of players who should not be there. Siem De Jong and Remy Cabella stand out, and Emmanuel Riviere has looked good in pre-season. Here are their deals in full:
Remy Cabella (£8m), Siem de Jong (£6.5m), Emmanuel Riviere (£6m), Jack Colback (Free), Ayoze Perez (£1.6m), Karl Darlow/Jamaal Lascellas (£7m double deal), Daryl Janmaat (£5m), Facundo Ferreyra (Loan)
Shola Ameobi, Dan Gosling, Mathieu Debuchy, Sylvain Marveaux, James Tavernier
With Luuk de Jong, Loic Remy and Shola Ameobi leaving, they needed forwards badly. In Riviere, Cabella, De Jong and Ferreyra they have quality, though all are unproven – Graham Carr rarely gets it wrong though! Daryl Janmaat replaced Arsenal new-boy Debuchy, which is one of the deals of the summer. Here is how they could lineup on the weekend:
Krul, Janmaat, Williamson, Coloccini, Haidara, Anita, Colback, De Jong, Cabella, Sissoko, Riviere (4-2-3-1)
There are some good odds on the the North East side – To Finish top without last season’s top 7 sides is 7/2, and a Top Half finish is 5/4. Top Scorer wise you can get 150/1 on Remy Cabella, Emmanuel Riviere @ 66/1 and Papiss Cisse is also 150/1.
The big spenders from the 12/13 season are back and under the cloud of a potential fine of over £50m after breaking the Championships’ FFP rules. Had they stayed down, no doubt an embargo would have been placed on them and the fine confirmed. However, they were promoted and have made some good signings. Loic Remy looks like staying put for now, and the likes of Steven Caulker and Rio Ferdinand have come in. Here are their dealings in full:
Rio Ferdinand (Free), Steven Caulker (£7m), Mauricio Isla (Loan), Jordan Mutch (£6m)
Yossi Benayoun, Estaben Granero, Aaron Hughes, Andy Johnson, Stephane Mbia, Luke Young, Gary O’Neil
Here is how they could lineup this weekend:
Cesar, Isla, Ferdinand, Caulker, Traore, Barton, Mutch, M Phillips, S W Phillips, Austin, Remy (4-4-2)
A decent side – the issue last time out in the Premier League was having too many players who were over the hill after one last payday – this time out there are less, but still some of that team who were so bad.
Relegation is @ 2/1 at the moment, but for them to be the top promoted team is 11/10.
So – that’s part 2. Part 3 is coming up tomorrow around 12.