*Club Descriptions in 140 characters or less
“Big 4” Member. Mini-France. Prone to surprise draws. Ruthless when in clinical mood. Arsene Wenger is Manager. Cesc Fabregas is Captain.
Aston Villa FC
Clarets and Blue. Rivals with Birmingham, Has potential but tends to plateau. Martin O’ Neill is Manager. No discernible superstar.
Birmingham City FC
Bitter rivals with Villa. St. Andrew’s is their home. Alex McLeish is Manager. Otherwise known as the Blues.
Blackburn Rovers FC
Football & Premier league Founders. Former Division 1 hotshots. Firmly midtable of recent. Fat Sam Allardyce is Manager.
EPL Newbies. Manager Ian Holloway is King to fans. Lack of funds & dismal stadium makes them candidates for a swift return to lower league.
Bolton Wanderers FC
Physical, at times Bland Football. Northern brawn. The Trotters. At times barely surviving. Owen Coyle is Manager. Kevis Davies is Captain.
Big 4 Member. Defending Champions. Big spenders since Abramovich. Carlo Ancelotti is Manager. Frank Lampard & John Terry = poster boys.
1 of Oldest Clubs. Bitter rivals with Liverpool. Casual giant-killers. David Moyes is Manager. Look out for Mikel Arteta & Tim Cahill.
Low-profile London Club. Hard to dislike. No “real” club rival. Mark Hughes is new Manager. Danny Murphy and Damien Duff lead the pack.
The Reds. 18x Champion. No PL trophy yet. R.Hodgson is new Boss. S.Gerrard, F.Torres & J.Carragher rules. Anfield. You’ll Never Walk Alone.
Manchester City FC
Sky Blues. EPL Noveau Riche. Player Surplus is hurting them. Manager: Roberto Mancini. Key Players: C.Tevez, S.Given, G. Barry, C. Bellamy.
Manchester United FC
The Red Devils. Big 4 Member. 11x EPL Champions. Sir A. Ferguson is Architect. R.Giggs, P.Scholes, R.Ferdinand, W.Rooney lead the pack.
Newcastle United FC
B&W Toon Army. Rules Northeast Football. Rivals with Sunderland. Current Championship winners. Will be determined to stay up in the PL.
Stoke City FC
Oldest Club in the PL. Promoted in 2008. Stealthy but efficient. Tony Pulis is Manager.
Sunderland Athletic FC
The Mackems. Bitter rivals of Toon. Steve Bruce is Manager. Darren Bent is their goalmachine.
Tottenham Hotspur FC
Spurs. White Hart Lane. North London rivals with Arsenal. Resurgent form of recent. ‘Arry Redknapp led the revival.
West Bromwich Albion
Nickname: The Baggies. Rivals with Villa & Wolves. Home: The Hawthorns. Manager: Roberto Di Matteo. Captain: Scott Carson.
West Ham United
The Hammers. Upton Park. Barely survived Relegation. Forever Blowing Bubbles. Scott Parker is Vice Captain & Prized Asset.
Promoted in 2005. Youngest Club in PL. Nickname: The Latics. Home: JJB Stadium. Manager: Roberto Martinez.
Wolverhampton Wanderers FC
Surprisingly stayed up. Orange & Black combo. Prone to being routed by the bigger clubs. Still, gritty & resilient.
Right. Enough with brevity. Here are my predictions for the 2010-2011 Season:
Premier League Champions: Will be tightly contested between defending Champions Chelsea and Manchester United (Liverpool is in the process of rebuilding so I’m not getting my hopes too high).
Where Liverpool FC will finish: Best will be 2nd, worst will be 4th *fingers and toes crossed*
Premier League Top Scorer: Didier Drogba of Chelsea (I would have picked Fernando Torres but he’s still not 100% fit from injury)
Which Clubs will secure Champions League Football: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool & Manchester United
Which Clubs will secure Europa League Football: Tottenham Hotspurs, Manchester City, Aston Villa
Which Clubs will be Relegated to the Championship: Blackpool, West Bromwich Albion, Stoke City
I have never had a perfect score in terms of predictions in all my years of watching the Premier League, though. The one things that’s for certain is that this league will always be full of surprises, giant-killings and amazing comebacks. And that is why the tagline for the PL is Nothing Compares to It!